Hey Mike, rumor has it that the DAs may be swapped out every other week to go do GA work (which would really be a neat thing, if they did that). The primary reason I heard was to help prevent repetitive motion injuries, but it would also help with the tediousness too. Have you heard anything about this? I hope they do it.
Melissa, by now you’ve been swamped with good suggestions! If it all seems too much, don’t worry. It’ll all make sense when you get there. Any don’t really worry about forgetting something at home — you’ll survive just fine!