I’m (finally) back.
My six hour flight from Connecticut to Los Angeles took eighteen hours, after bad weather forced me to spend the night at a Ramada Inn at O’Hare airport after missing a connecting flight. Yow. However it was worth it to see family and sisters, and to discover I still like going for hikes in the snowy woods when it’s 25.
New England foodie tip: Use maple syrup in coffee instead of sugar or honey. It tastes great!