* ahem * So I was gone last week. Back to Dallas to visit the family. I’m afraid I was the grandma this Christmastime. Luckily it was an Airzooka instead of a flamethrower, and in my defense it was sheer dumb luck my brother got it in this year’s white elephant, but I don’t think the dog’s gonna be happy in the house for weeks, and it’s a good thing dogs aren’t real capable of extended abstract reasoning or I’d have wound up with poop in my bed. What’d I get? Lottery tickets! $25 worth. Return of five bucks. Got me a cuppa coffee in the airport. Life is good!