After a few days characterized by some intensive reading and life-organizing, Sydney and I are getting ready to lighten up a bit: Nelson flies into Syracuse this evening. Our cat will be quite happy for the extra petting, and our housemate is happy at the thought of having more company at the Christmas dinner table. Now, I just have to figure out whether Nelson is into holidays (I’ve given up on Sydney, who is not) and see if he’s into Christmas baking that I could help with. Any chance? I’m not totally desperate, though; Christi (our housemate) said she would let me help frost her secret-family-recipe sugar cookies later this week. Yess!!