Hurrah, I'm in Seattle! Now with luggage - it got delayed and they only delivered it yesterday (the day after I'd arrived) so I have plenty of catching-up to do on "work." There's something surreal about dodging taxis in NYC one day, sleeping on a friend's couch in Boston the next, and running through tulip fields on the other side of the country on the third.

All my cousins have suddenly gotten big. I'm not sure when this happened, but I should be used to it by now. I should also go see them more often so I don't have "wait... you're speaking in multi-clause sentences? This happened when?" moments quite as much.

Yeah, this is a pretty boring post. I could fill it in with all the grandmother birthday celebration stuff that happened yesterday, but I think I'll remember it, so that's good enough for me. I will, however, note that one of the decorations my younger cousins put up made all the older ones mildly disturbed - they suspended a stuffed toy dog (one of the Target stuffed animals) from the balcony by means of a yarn noose around its neck so that it hung with its mouth slightly open, swaying back and forth in the living room. We quickly cut it down.

I wonder how often I'll get to see the sun in this state while I'm here for the next 2 weeks.

Oh, also - if you're in the WA area, - come on over. I'll be presenting.