Well, i certainly can't say "back from the dead," as the expression goes! :-D I've been busy and having a good time!
The break from the usual grind has been good for both of us. It's been about three weeks since we started preparing to go on vacation -- first taking Spense and Pip to our daughter's house (with our back yard torn up, getting our pet-sitters to visit wasn't really feasible), then the trip to Florida and the cruise, then back to Texas. Whew! It was quite a ride!
I took some good notes during the cruise presentations, so i'll have some highlights for you this week. The talks ranged from VERY informational all the way down to tepid, but there were a couple which were really outstanding. The last two years, though recordings were made of most talks, "something happened" and were not posted online in their entirety -- i HOPE they learned their lessons and did better this year, and that you'll actually be able to see the full presentations instead of the slides of a few....
But anyway, i'm back: a bit tired but happy and spiritually rested, ready to tackle the "real world" again!