The house is all tucked in, we're packed up, and people have been hired to feed Hodag and keep him from getting too bored while we are gone. We leave early in the morning for vacation. We fly from Louis Armstrong Airport, then to LAX, then to the island of Kauai in Hawaii. I know, our lives are so hard. Somehow we manage. We'll be in Hawaii with Nora's parent for Christmas, then in California with both sets of parents for New Year's, then in Chicago for a few days just to see everyone there. We may check in a few times while we are gone, but our posting frequency will probably be closer to the last two weeks than to the rest of the semester.