and I can definitely say that I'm glad to be back in mine!
Arrived Chicago late on Saturday to slowly make my way through customs with soggy laundry, a bad sunburn, and about a million bug bites.
Many things in my life haven't gone "as planned", but this is the first time that I could blame it on a hurricane, or rather, the threat of a hurricane! As it turned out, the hurricane went even further south than they thought it might, so all we got was bad wind and rain - and poor students confined 4 to a room for 18 hours. We were all like cagged and hungry animals.
We finally made it to Cancun 4 or 5 days late, with our international scientific meeting canceled, but enough of us still around to salvage a days worth of talks - leave it to a bunch of nerds to want to sit and listen to each other after all that rather than hit the sunny beaches! So I settled for an early morning swim before heading home - only I didn't realize that the sun there isn't safe on the fair Irish skin even at that time of day.
So, thanks to all of you who prayed for our safety. Now if you could have a go at my sanity, I'll move back to the topic of obsession.