After a very pleasant stay with the Lillys (thank you!), I left Los Altos this morning and endured the tedium of the 11.5 hour trip back to Salem. It was wholly uneventful, a phrase which only begins to suggest the level of boredom I faced. I was very happy to return home.

I’ll be spending the weekend watching the NFL playoffs and trying to catch up with everything after being away for so long. Forgive me if I don’t yet respond so readily to iChat invites, emails, or phone calls. I’ll be caught up soon and back in the swing before you know it, and I’m eager to hear how everybody’s doing. Except for being swamped with work and having a bit of a nagging cough, I’m doing great.