1) N heads off to Kauai for a single today tomorrow (Wednesday) and will return Thursday morning. It would be nice to believe that she will be lounging around the Garden Isle, but, alas, it's work.
2) The semester started yesterday, so we are off and running again. I am using course credit to be a teaching assistant for phonetics, and then taking one other course on the history of my field. It's a really light load, which is intentional so that I can get this dissertation thing cranked up.
3) OK, the big news. My sister, who has commented here several times usually under the name C or court, has gotten engaged. I have never met her fiancé, but I spoke to him on the phone, and he came across as a nice fellow. That's enough for me, so I approve. She also was accepted to a year long pastries program at a culinary school in Austin. So, IF they can make the money work, they will be moving down there near the end of the year. New job and future husband all in a couple weeks. Not bad. (I believe the fiancé news is a secret for now from one family member (for surprise reasons), however that family member has never to my knowledge looked at my blog in three years, and so I think this is safe. If you disagree, sis, yell. It's just an edit away.)