Okay, I'm back (happily). Much as I like visiting family (and there's a lot of them), I missed the divot in my side of the mattress, my air conditioning, and the output from my coffee pot.
Had a blast though. My sister told me to aim for the high school and I arrived just in time to hear my nephew's valedictorian speech (not the one approved by the principal). Needless to say, 99% of the audience thought it was funny, the remaining two people (my aunt & uncle) were seriously scandalized. I made it to my couzin's son's birthday party and the reunion (caught up with relatives and gossip I hadn't seen/heard in years). Even got to sing Happy Birthday to my mother (yep, she's out of the hospital and recovering to the point where she's obnoxious again).
Learned some curse words in sign language.
I missed my cousin's pinning ceremony on the way back due to traffic (damned DC maintenance planners thought it would be a good idea to squeeze I-95 traffic in to one lane, during rush hour, at three different locations! (Sorry Rich!)
Anyways, I've backfilled the last few days with entries and will be digging for more new stuff over the next week (the draft pool has gotten dangerously low).