Well I have been away from the blog for a while now. I’m home for the holidays, sort of. Right now I’m in Indianapolis and my family is in Cincinnati but I’m close. It’s been a great time so far. My flight back on Saturday was fine but my luggage took a little delay and didn’t make it back until Sunday. It was a happy reunion because nothing was broken in my luggage (several bottles of wine, olive oil grappa, and ceramics). I have managed to see many of my friends already. Then Monday I drove to Detroit to renew my work visa. I was amazed when I arrived at the Italian Consulate and there was no one waiting. I went straight up to the window and turned in my paperwork and I was back out on the street in 10 minutes. I never thought that would happen. Last time I waited about an hour and half and there were only about 6 people in line. Then today I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get my expired driver’s license renewed. This too went very well and didn’t take nearly as long as I expected. I had visions of needing to take the driver’s test again (even though none of my research supported this). I was even considering studying for the written test last night, just in case. So after this I decided get another errand done and I purchased a cell phone to use while I’m in the states. Now all this is done and it means I need to go into work and get some real work done tomorrow. This plan is not a sure thing because our friend mother nature may not cooperate. The weathermen are all getting tons of airtime predicting the end of the world. It’s after midnight and she hasn’t unleashed her fury yet as the weatherman is predicting. We’ll see.