Part of falling behind has also been great fun. Alex (one of my ex's, and a very good friend) came to visit Saturday and is staying with us through tomorrow. We had a mini-reunion Saturday night -- Alex and Todd and Jordan and Michael and Kevin and me. Very reminiscent of the old days in the U of C math department, though of course it would have been even better with Bryan and Elissa and Tasos and Eugenie and Kirsten and Adam and Tom and Greg and Jerome -- some day we really have to get all of us back together in one place... We played bridge and poker and talked Tolkien trivia and generally had a tremendously good and hilarious time. It's been ten years and no one's changed at all.
And then yesterday, Alex and I drove out to Jordan's place and met Jordan's wife Carol and daughter Madeleine; I had a hot buttered rum and toasted marshmallows in their backyard by the firepit, which was very satisfying on a chilly evening. Then way too much dinner at a local restaurant, after which Alex and I came home and played Magic with Kevin until 3 a.m. Which is why I'm getting a bit of a late start today. But my blue-green deck triumphed, so I am well-satisfied in that regard. (Triumphed may be a bit of an overstatement, but it definitely held its own at least. :-)