Wincon was fabulous, and I hope to get a post up about it this week. SO many people to talk to, both new friends and old, and it was exactly the kind of break from RL I needed.
The flight out of Denver was unnerving (turbulence!), and since I didn't allow enough time for the airport's excruciatingly slow security process (one line for each HALF of the entire airport), I ran out of time to buy souvenirs for the kids. I looked frantically, but nothing good caught my eye.
The family was glad to have me back, and things were pretty much how I'd left them on Friday morning (including the things that shouldn't have been). :0
Christopher stayed home sick the next day, reading boatloads and yacking my ear off while I tried to work from home. My parents called Monday night, and this conversation really cracked up my Dad:
Christopher: I almost threw up in the toilet this morning.
Grandpa: And how do you think the toilet felt about that?
Christopher: It's seen worse. (!)
I'm getting caught up on some of my shows (some Torrented, some via Hulu). Still a week behind on The Mentalist (though Rigsby's looking fine this season, and Cho needs more lines. He kills me). I WAS caught up on Glee (and the "harlot with eyes like a bush-baby"-- best insult ever!), but I haven't seen last night's episode yet because we watch L&O: SVU live.
Tuesday's storm splintered the neighborhood, and I mean that almost literally. Our area is full of brittle Modesto Ash trees with a 50-year lifespan that are at year 58 now. We lost a good fifth of one of ours, and the yard is covered with random branch-bits. Our really great tree-guy seems to have vanished (NOOoooooo!), so some opportunist working the neighborhood with his chainsaw got our business. We paid him too much, considering that he didn't repair the damaged part of the tree. As usual, the storm trashed the trees but left most of the mistletoe intact (thanks a lot!), and now we don't even have our special person to take care of that in December. :(
The local park was a mess (caution-tape everywhere), and Christopher and a friend went there to throw a football around yesterday. I think the real motivation was seeing how bad it was, and yes-- it was bad! Fabulously bad! They were thrilled.
On the downside, flu has been raging through Christopher's classroom. One of his closest friends went to the hospital last week (feverish, glassy-eyed and unresponsive, and those were his primary symptoms). He had both pneumonia AND Swine Flu, and underwent surgery to remove a lung infection. As of two days ago, he had finally come around and was alert and able to talk. He's still in critical condition, but things look much more promising.
Most of the parents in the class are panicking, so the Yosemite trip has been postponed from next week to some vague time in January/February (the only other availability). Fortunately, no-one else has been diagnosed with Swine Flu, though lots of the kids are randomly sick (seems to be waning, though).
Lauren's school, OTOH, has had no real problems and she's as healthy as ever.
Hope you and yours are well too.