OK, this is as good as it is going to get.
The final score: 52 lbs. I thank all of you in blogland who chimed in with packing suggestions! I am going to pray for the kindness of desk agents at LAN airlines. I was able to get my carry on/camera bag down to 17 lbs., but only by figuring out how to get a huge amount of stuff into my amazing Scottevest jacket (with 17 pockets). I had to jettison every aid to traveling comfortably, not to mention ALL my dress up clothes. The only upside to this situation is that my dear spouse said, ” Think how many clothes we can buy after we send a duffel bag home with Rebecca.” You’d better believe I am going to hold him to that. Ticking down the time. Watch for the ball to drop on January 8th! -S-