It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had a real vacation. Most of my “vacations” are spent traveling back and forth to relatives’ and friends’ houses, and this Christmas holiday has been no exception. After a jaunt to Ohio to visit family, I’m currently in the metro D. C. area visiting a friend, and hooked up with fellow Sciencebloggers Janet of “Adventures in Ethics and Science” and Evil Monkey of “Neurotopia” recently at an Irish pub here in the area (photographic evidence can be found here). I’ll be traveling back to Ohio tomorrow for some more family time and to work on a house I still own back in Toledo (anyone interested in a 5-bedroom, 100-year old house in a historic district, cheap?), and then back to Iowa after the new year. And in between all the driving, it’s still a working vacation; this semester has been crazy, and I have a new course next semester as well, so it’ll be equally busy. No rest for the wicked, I suppose…hope the rest of you out there had a good holiday.