Wrapped up the week visiting family and friends back in Indiana. Was really nice to see my parents, cousins, old pals, and so forth again.
Mom and I did our kitchen thing, cooking meals for 20+ people three different nights... it's what we do, don't judge... and the holiday cheer flowed freely. A little too freely some nights, and I'll have to take a few days off the booze to recover, but so be it.
Hit the road this morning, headed back to Colorado. I made it to Grand Island, Nebraska, today, after about 11.5 hours on the road. For the most part, I-80 was clear and dry, save for a 30 mile stretch around South Bend, Indiana, that was slicker than two snakes in a bucket of spit. Had to drop speed to 30 mph or so, and pay a lot more attention to driving, but I made it through.
It's colder than a well digger's ass outside. The radio weather lady was talking about wind chill nearing 30 below tonight, so not fit for man nor beast. I was actually feeling good, despite a numb butt, and probably could have pushed all the way to Fort Collins tonight (another 5.5 hours), but I just didn't want to. Besides, getting stuck or broke down in 40 degree temps is one thing... Breaking down at 11pm in -15 temps is dangerous.
At any rate, I'm checked into the hotel for the night. Finish the drive tomorrow, should be home around noon Mountain time. Plenty of day left for me to unpack, get my truck washed (it looks white in some areas, due to the excessive salt), unpack, do some laundry, and rest a bit. Have another short week coming up: Work Tue-Wed-Thur, then fly to Maryland on Friday to pay respects to an old friend at his memorial service on Saturday, then turn back and fly home Sunday.
I'll be asleep long before midnight, so an early Happy New Year wish from me to you.