I haven’t been back to Texas in three years, but that’s where we’re going for Christmas. My parents have made brief visits to Seattle, and we’ve taken trips together to Vegas and to Disney World. But my home state and the extended family have taken second place to other priorities. I saved up a lot of vacation time at work and now we’re about to check out of Washington for two weeks to enjoy spicy food and warm weather. We gave it a lot of thought and realized that there’s really no good way to update the strip during our vacation. So rather than try to do something complicated we decided the best thing to do is to let it wait until our return. Scooter and Ferret will be going on a two week vacation starting next Monday and ending on the 8th of January. During that time we’ll be down in Texas taking a break during a season of traditional downtime at work.