Hi everyone! I was thinking of you all today and thought I'd drop in and say hi and let you know I'm still alive and well. I thought of you all because I'm working a faculty for a summer program with our state's honors students, and one of the RAs, who is a physics major, did a demo for the students today on "things not to do with your microwave," which reminded me of the threads on that topic back in the day with MIH and Gokul. (And as soon as we replace the microwave now sacrificed to the physics gods, we're going to do it again with more stuff, though the RAs are thinking they might want to take the microwaves off the floors the students are living on tonight.) And, of course, if he's a member here, I've probably just outed myself. :D I'm still requesting grapes for the repeat, even if I have to go do the shopping for them myself. It's a 3 week program that's intense, but tons of fun. It's a refreshing break to be teaching a group of ONLY honors level students who are there to be challenged. In other news, as of today, I'm officially promoted to associate professor (I got my notice a month or so ago, but today is the official date). And, last time I visited, my cat was very ill, but with lots of tender, loving care, she's been restored to full health and is as bratty as ever. It turns out the brat had found a spool of thread and sucked it down spaghetti style. Fortunately, all passed in the end (okay, yeah, the pun was intended). It took her a while longer to recover from all the GI inflammation and medications she was on before we found out it was thread (it wasn't showing in the x-rays), the secondary cystitis, and just general other issues she had from such a severe illness. But she's all better and as normal as she ever was now. There are probably too many other things I've been up to to fill everyone in, or even remember. It's been a whirlwind of a year. I'm not even on long now, because we have to bundle these kids onto buses ready to pull out by 7 AM tomorrow, so I need some sort of sleep tonight (I know I'm not going to get any on a bus full of rowdy teens tomorrow). So, hi everyone! I'll look around and see what everyone's been up to and who is still here that I know.