it's all set.
i officially have my flight to shmoocon, and the hotel room. i'll be in dc from the night of thursday, february 5 until the evening of monday, february 9. i'll be staying at the wardman park marriott, the hotel where the con is happening.
note to anyone who is going--you can get some dirt-cheap fares on southwest airlines if you're willing to take the bus into town from BWI. it's not a bad bus ride, and it's worth it for cheaper plane fares.
another note to anyone who is going--right now, hotel prices on hotels.com are ten bucks a night cheaper than the advertised con-block rate. as such, it's probably a good idea to book there now instead of holding out for a special con-block room.