I’ll will have to do

41 hours at home. I had this conversation with a musician a while ago, talking about being on tour and leaving for a long time and going through phases when you’re not home, and we talked about the phenomena of coming home for just one or two days… and he said he wasn’t a fan. “The expectations are too high” he felt. “You walk in the door and everyone wants you to make up for being gone, but you can’t make up for it, because you’re so tired and empty yourself. You’re disappointed that your family turns out to be more people who want you to deliver, and they end up being disappointed because you’ve come home to rest and they think you’ve come home to make up for being gone.”

It would almost be better, he maintained, to take the two days lying in a hotel room watching tv and getting room service, punctuating your sloth by going for he occasional walk in the park. That, he felt, would be more restorative than running in the door, throwing your stuff (along with their stuff because nobody has done laundry in weeks) into the washing machine, cleaning the kitchen and hitting reset on all of your relationships before going back out the door with clean pants 41 hours later.

Dude has a point, I’ve discovered, although I think that his warning has served me really well. I don’t come home expecting a rest. I come home expecting that there will be people who need things and me, and that I have come home to give them a little bit before I leave again. It has helped enormously to lower my expectations….as it almost always does. Plus, while I am giving them what they need…


I can knit. Loksins (link to pattern in the right sidebar) sock in the entirely delicious superwash merino from Dana. Every person I show this yarn to has boggled that it’s wool. We have even conducted a few experiments to see that it is. (It is.) It’s lustrous and a little shiny and bouncy and elastic and I’m a fan. I think these socks are going to be rather hard wearing too. I started another pair too…


Classic Elite Alpaca Sox in a gorgeous gold, being knit into the charming Francie socks. Should both be excellent entertainment for the plane. I’ll be in San Fran by dinner time.

104 thoughts on “I’ll will have to do

  1. Coming off tour is always horrible, especially for those in-between days.
    Loksins is gorgeous.

  2. For the best vegetarian meal ever (with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge) try Greens.

  3. Ah yes, the people at home that can love you to death. My mom invoked the ’15 minute rule’ when she got home from teaching each day. We were teens by then, and we could not speak to her for the first 15 minutes unless it was, ‘Hello’, “I love you.” or ‘This is an emergency’ (which it better be). Thus, she was allowed a few minutes to catch her breath, change her clothes and use the bathroom after a 9-10 hour day of constant clamoring for attention. Turned out it was a good rule for all of us. Hope the time at home exceeds your expectations.

  4. Two days? Room service? Movies on demand? Walks in the park?
    Maybe I should write a massively successful book so I can go on an extended author tour and get so exhausted that I could justify that kind of blissful me-time.
    And since I’m clearly not going to do *that* anytime soon, wouldja please do it for me? Vicarious thrill and all that.

  5. any chance of the sock monkey pattern coming out anytime soon? Or do you have to sign up to BlueMoon – it’s never on there!!

  6. It is online, but it’s under Kits. Go to Shop Online and then to Kits, and you’ll see it under Funky Monkey Kits.
    Here’s hoping you get some rest soon, Steph.

  7. Steph, what you are experiencing is called in the military “sailor syndrome.” Sailors on submarines are “out” for three months, then “in” (or home) for three months. Sounds good, right? Except in the three months the hubby is gone, the wife learns to handle everything. Then he comes home and thinks he is going to be in charge — you can see where this is going!

  8. I just got back from two back-to-back work trips (New York and Boston) in which I spent the very short time in between in a hotel in Boston, sleeping til noon and going for nice long walks in the afternoon. It’s definitely worth it, and you can get a lot of knitting done that way.
    Take care of yourself!

  9. aha, thanks for the pointer, I’ve got my toothpicks at the ready πŸ™‚

  10. The socks are great. Your musician friend has great insight, I never would have thought of it that way, and it makes a lot of sense.
    What would happen if you only did *your* laundry when you were home for 41 hours?

  11. Dana’s yarns are the best. The merino is so soft and lovely, works up beautifully and the dye jobs are amazing πŸ˜€

  12. Travel safely…we leave today for Salt Lake from Boise to hear you on Sunday. Will spend all day Saturday crawling in and out of all the yarn shops touching all the yarn! Can’t wait…
    btw those socks are both beautiful…my hubby said, “she really cranks them out”…
    See you in SLC.

  13. Thank you SO much for blogging my yarn, Stephanie!!! πŸ™‚ I’m so very pleased you like it.

  14. Travel safely! The realistic expectations are key. I’m sure it is rejuvenating for each of you to see each other, even briefly. The finish line is in sight!

  15. Poor dear! I hope you have a l-o-n-g stretch of staying at home when this tour is complete. Hugs to you and to your family too.

  16. Thank you for all that you give to us who are inspired by you and your family who has to share. We can see you are having such a great time meeting us. Hang in there, you’ll be back home soon and the rhythm of your life will return. Remember, you have the yarn to sustain you! Thank you for the gift of theta brain. Makes so much more sense now. I love this community of knitters!

  17. I understand this sentiment completely. I travel quite a bit for work and coming home is often a “let down”. I want to rest, my husband wants to interact. There’s laundry, vacuuming, and endless mail/bills/email to get to. And there’s often work again the next day.
    Have a great time out here – and if you don’t already have dinner plans, I would suggest that you head to Thai Time in San Carlos. It’s close to the airport (about 20 minutes) and their food is delicious. Otherwise, pretty much anywhere in San Mateo works, too.
    Good luck tomorrow! I’ll miss the show but will be “rejuvenating” before my next trip on Monday.
    (apologies in advance for the mess that is SFO)

  18. I hope the tour is still “fun” for you by this point. I feel kind of guilty that I’m so excited to see you in SLC on Sunday. (We’re heading out from Rexburg tomorrow morning so we can take my mother to the Temple where she was married. She hasn’t been there to see it in 25 years, so thanks for the great excuse to get down there.)

  19. I so want to drive down and take you to dinner.
    As it is I’m just hoping to be able to come to the Maker Faire tomorrow and see you. If I do manage it, I’ll have hubby with me.
    Have a safe trip.
    San Mateo’s much easier to get to than Petaluma, though I still wish you were coming up here.

  20. You knit the coolest socks. Me, I am lucky to fudge my way through a normal sock or a Hedera. I have knit 5 pair of socks in my knitting lifetime (which is about 3 years now). I just absolutely love, love, love seeing what socks you’re knitting, and always marvel at them. So cool. Enjoy San Fran!

  21. I hope somewhere in there is rest for you! And you’re right, that blue sock is absolutely gorgeous!

  22. travel is hard and expectations of family are hard too — I was just explaining to my boyfriend about why he will continue to fight with his almost teen aged daughter when he comes home from 2 week business trips…because he is tired and she has missed him. It isn’t about her growing independence as it is about her still needing him and he hasn’t been there. parenting is crazy, isn’t it? Nice socks, at least you won’t have cold feet next winter.

  23. I enjoy your posts and your books. I wish I could see you on tour. BUT I admire you most because of the love and respect you show for your family in your writing. They sacrifice a lot to share you with the rest of us, and to them I extend my thanks.

  24. I LOVE the loksin sock. I think that will be my next project with my new Loopy Ewe order. Beautiful! Best of luck on relaxing. I know how hard it is to return to life…

  25. On the one hand, you have the coolest job ever. On the other, I don’t know how you do it. Must be the wool fumes.
    The Francie socks are glorious…I’ll definitely have to make me some of those.

  26. Steph– if you want to score points in San Francisco, refer to it as “The City.” They love that. Don’t use any other abbreviations– “Frisco” is the worst.
    Wish I could be there, but I have to be in Pasadena tonight. Until I get my matter transporter, I’ll have to pass.
    Great socks.

  27. This one time long long ago, pre-family, I remember getting back from 6 weeks on the road in bars with the blues band… and after a night’s sleep, calling up a good friend to let her know I was in town, and she was thrilled, and said “Let’s go out and hit a bar and hear a band.”
    I totally burst into tears. No lie.

  28. Wow -the guy has a great point except for one teensy-weensy detail (that would at least get me and most of the women in my family hung up if we were in your situation and following his advice)… guilt (and the desire to suck up the exhaustion and see your family). I dunno… I love his advice, in fact I might even swallow the unpleasant feeling of guilt, but it’d be nice if the suggestion came with a guide for overcoming that nasty feeling. But heck, I feel guilty when I work 4 12-hour shifts in a row! Is this feeling a universal female/mother thing? Or is it just my family?
    Hope you have a nice time at home and can get through the remainder of your tour! You are a Super Woman!

  29. I am going to HAVE to try Cassie’s pattern, it’s beautiful.
    Have fun in San Fran! It’s a beautiful city and I hope you get to see some of it. Drink some Peet’s coffee and go to the Farmer’s Market if you get the chance – veggies to die for – and look for geraniums as tall as you are (can you tell I like California?)!

  30. The hotel thing DOES sound nice though, I think I leave home and go to one to get rest. lol
    I absolutely LOVE the blue sock – it looks as decadent as you describe.

  31. I had the strangest dream about you and the Maker Fair last night. You know how you blog about these events by posting photos of groups of knitters — knitters with first socks, knitters with babies, knitters with washcloths? Well, I dreamed that in the middle of your talk you asked all the knitters that play tuba to come down, meet you, and pose for a group shot. I was absolutely astonished by the number of tuba-playing knitters — nearly half the audience. Of course the fact that they could fit tubas in their sock knitting bags was a bit surprising too πŸ™‚

  32. I think some previous comments have said this already, but you’re really describing a “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” kind of difference. He thinks he should be able to rest when he gets home. Moms know this is a fantasy, and the best one can hope for is (as you said) some knitting time.
    I have refused, through all kinds of jobs with varying commutes, travel and surgery, to teach my husband how to do laundry. I’m convinced that we will all, including him, wind up with everything pink or shrunken or both – he’ll look ever so cute in pink Jockey shorts and undershirts. He can cook, he can wash floors and vacuum, he can clean (mostly – although his cleaning window screens so that I have to clean below all the windows makes me wonder), but laundry I’ve resisted conceding.
    You are, however, at the stage where you have female children old enough to learn this chore from the only possible source – their mother – which is where I learned it. Think about it.
    And I love the yarn for the Loksins.

  33. There’s a Dan Fogelberg line: “the audience is heavenly, but the traveling is hell.” Thank you for posting what that musician told you. My husband used to travel a lot on business when our kids were babies, and it drove me totally crazy; it was like we had to start our relationship from scratch each time he came home after a week or two (or, once, three) away.
    Which is part of how we ended up in California, moving away from that job and that boss.

  34. Lovely, lovely socks!
    And THAT syndrome…yes. My husband telecommutes. I work at an office. We deal with it daily; it’s gotten a little better over the years. (The kittens, however have Issues!)

  35. Just to clarify a moment, it wasn’t the traveling so much, though–that boss wanted DH to take a temp assignment across the country, by himself, without moving the family. For a YEAR.

  36. I hope you actually get to see San Francisco! It seems you’re always booked for appearances at points afield (Petaluma, San Mateo) and staying at airport hotels (San Bruno). You could have a lovely time in the City, if only you HAD the time. . .
    PS: It’s not just San Franciscans who call it the City, it’s everyone in the greater Bay Area. Been that way for a hundred years, no doubt. Even those who live in Oakland and Berkeley refer to SF as the City, not to mention us ‘burbanites.
    Wishing you good cheer as the tour continues!

  37. Thank you for your thoughtful post about being away from home (the socks are awesome too). My husband is currently traveling a bunch – I would say “a lot” but YOU are traveling a lot, he’s traveling a bunch. For sure your insights will help me in responding to his re-entry.

  38. I forgot to say…that invitation of doing nothing on the side of a mountain on the Italian Riviera after your England gig is still open…nothing but knitting, drinking a little wine and eating some good grub, that is.

  39. Oops, for those who haven’t realized (maybe including the Harlot herself), the Maker Fair is in San Mateo, about 25-30 miles south of SF. The SF airport is actually in San Bruno, about 15-20 miles south. So she won’t get to see San Francisco itself unless she makes a break for it!

  40. I see that someone above recommended Greens, which I have to second (not only are they a great restaurant with a spectacular view, but they’ve put out some of my very favorite vegetarian cookbooks!).
    I know what you mean about coming home…It does help to know that down time is just not in the cards; that’s what airplanes are for, right? Travel safely πŸ™‚

  41. “It has helped enormously to lower my expectations….as it almost always does.”
    You said it all right there! Knit on.

  42. I am *so* bummed I won’t be able to see you on your Bay Area stop. I’ve been out of commission with a back injury and didn’t realize you were coming until day before yesterday. Unfortunately, though I’m healing well I can’t yet drive any appreciable distance, and an hour on CalTrain is I’m sure more than I can handle at this point. Next book tour, I can cook you a homemade veggie meal if you like–I’m veggie, and a good cook. (I do have a little squirrel terrorist at my house though. Just giving you fair warning.)

  43. No need to tell us you’re not back 100% — the headline says it all.

  44. This is sooooo none of my business, and god knows why I feel compelled to say this, but it seems like you get sick a lot? I really think you need to rest more and take better care of yourself, and your family should help you out with that, so (maybe) they should lower their expectations for now, not you. (I feel better now. Nice socks!)

  45. Welcome to The City! Okay, Welcome to the Bay Area! I’d offer you a homecooked meal, but I’m not a very good cook. I’m looking forward to hearing your talk tomorrow at the Maker Faire, even though I was lucky enough to just spend a week with you and all the other glorious teachers and knitters at Sock Camp. This will be the first time my husband and 3.5yo get to see you and I hope my son is well behaved enough to let them hear your talk. See you tomorrow!

  46. The socks look great. Hope you manage to get some rest anyway, regardless of your low expectations.

  47. Welcome to SF! (Or at least the Bay Area.) I’m so excited for Maker Faire, I’ve been wandering around work saying “I get to go see the Yarn Harlot!” They all think I’m very strange now.

  48. I’m EXHAUSTED!!! And I’ve just been READING the posts; no planes, airports, hotels, taxis, signing, interacting, posting ….. oy, EXHAUSTED I tell you.
    Remember, whenever you can, to close your eyes for a bit and pull in your snow walls, and the solitude of a secluded cabin in Canada, and the deer peering in at your knitting and the warm cuppa tea in front of you.
    And then open your eyes, and be grateful that if you need som t.p. or a guinness, you can just call down the front desk and they’ll bring ’em right up!! Looks like you’re off unitl Pittsburgh. THANK GOODNESS. I’m too tired to go any farther.

  49. Well, as a former military wife and former military serviceperson, I’ve seen this syndrome from both angles. Even when my husband was only out to sea for a week or so and then they’d come back into port for a weekend before heading out again, it was almost more trouble than it was worth to have him come home. I wouldn’t tell him that, but you’d just get things flowing smoothly at home….get into a rhythm of life without them and then they’d waltz in the door, upset all your routines for two measley days with them and then waltz out again, leaving all of the remaining family miserable and unsettled once more. And so we’d start the process all over again of surviving “life without Dad.” Not to make you feel guilty or anything but I think your musician friend was right on. But hey, most families are adaptable and we all survived. The kidlets are married themselves now and my hubby and I are now on our 29th year of marriage. And there are plenty of times when I wish he had a cruise or two to go on so I could get some uninterrupted knitting time in. (sorta kidding)

  50. I travel for work too and sometimes I am gone for 4 weeks, with just a quick 2 day trip home in the middle. I totally get what you’re saying. I love coming home for that brief visit but everyone is disappointed at the end. I think you’ve got the right attitude! Attitude is everything.

  51. Oooo – I’m so bummed I won’t see you this year, but I appreciate your making the stop and taking the effort to come out to the Bay Area. Please call SF “The City” – that way you will blend right in. If you can get to Greens, that’s the best, and be sure to order an Anchor Steam beer. We’re supposed to have good weather this weekend, so you’re in luck!
    Maybe you should tour every other year? Would that work? I think I could handle it!

  52. Hubby surprised me. We are gonna be there tonight and all day tomorrow and tomorrow night too. He booked us into the RV parking lot outside of gate E.
    You have got to stop by if Jaime gave you room to breathe in your itinerary.
    Cannot wait to show you my first sock.

  53. I found the coolest thing here in the DC area; maybe they have it in Toronto. It’s a curbside laundry service. They will come and pick up your dirty clothes (you arrange the day ahead of time, and you have to bag it all but not sort it), wash your clothes and iron them, and then return the clothes to your doorstep about three days later.
    I can’t imagine that it would be cheap for a family of five. For me, it comes out to be slightly more than I’d pay at a laundromat, but I’d have to do the folding and ironing too so it evens out. Just think of all the time you will have to knit because you don’t need to fold or iron?
    The name of the company here (in Silver Spring, MD), is The Wishy-Wash. Silly name, indispensible service.

  54. I have found that my imaginary family (the ones that I think of when I am on my way home) from even a regular work day, is so much more wonderful than my “real family.” I figured out that my real family isn’t lacking, it’s just that they are, well, real. I never had a dog like Lassie, and I’ve had some pretty nice dogs (but then Lassie was several dogs). No horse I’ve encountered was at all like “Flicka” (of the TV series- I’m old right).
    I guess my imaginary family is all of the special things about the children and my husband and my house. The highlights. Like ESPN doing the highlights of all the baseball games played in a day within 5 minutes. Now that’s baseball.

  55. Why is it that i never post anything related to knitting? I live to be helpful. Yeah, that’s me.
    Tell your kids: “It’s called Wash and Wear for a reason. If you want to Wear it, you have to Wash it.” Write washing directions (easier than a pattern) and post it in the laundry over the machines.
    Damn, there I go again. It’s easier to give (unwanted) advice than it is to start my first pair of socks, the prospect of which scares the hell out of me. I’d rather come do your laundry.

  56. I travel for a living (may have mentioned that before) and I’m usually gone for 2 weeks each month. I’m lucky in that I don’t have a family to deal with (or without) when I’m gone, so I can’t give advice on that aspect.
    But, still, that interim weekend is nearly always spent away from home. Why pack up, check out, deal with airport hassles, get home, unpack, do some laundry (maybe), repack, deal with more airport hassles, and then check back in to a hotel? Instead, there’s room service, knitting time, and some touristy things in whatever city I happen to be in.
    It’s nice to have the option to spend the interim weekend at home (many of my colleagues fly too far to even have the option), but I’ve recognized my limitations. I stay where I am and order more room service πŸ™‚

  57. May, right? You only have a little bit of madness left, and then you can sleep for a week, and your family will become your solace and not your thorn of guilt…in the meantime, I think they might want to become acquainted with Mr. Washie–just an acquaintanceship, really–it doesn’t have to be a marriage or anything, but a passing knowledge of how not to shrink their jeans, and maybe your time home will be a little more enjoyable.

  58. Please, please, please come back to SF or the bay area at some point in your career. I’ve been hooked on your books and blog for some time now and am completely BUMMED that I won’t see you Saturday. You don’t know how tempted I am to cancel a baby shower my co-workers are throwing for me to sneak down and see you. A few are knitters, and I bet they would join me, but the rest would scratch their heads in wonderment even though they benefit from our craft during birthdays and holidays. Have a wonderful time here and come back soon!!!! Hopefully my little one will be knitting by the time you return to our area.

  59. Those Loksins look great! However, they don’t look the same as the ones on the pattern website… are you using a heavier weight yarn? The one on the website looks lacy-er. (is that a word?!)
    Thanks for sharing all your adventures. Its great to get my knitting reality dose!

  60. On a much, much, much smaller scale that happens to me every evening after work. Much much much smaller!
    May you have easy flights.

  61. One of the most important things my *therapist* taught me was to develop realistic expectations. Everyone is much happier that way!

  62. It’s so nice to see you knitting my sock pattern! I have to admit, I knew you’d cast on before I saw this post, because I opened up my email after being away from the computer all day, and saw that I had 58 new emails. There are very few people in the world who can make that happen to my lonely little inbox. πŸ˜‰
    Happy knitting!

  63. Lovely socks, and I second the comment about Greens. Best restaurant meal (maybe best meal period) I’ve ever eaten plus the unbeatable view.

  64. As a musician’s wife, I can confirm the wisdom of your friend’s words…it ain’t easy on either side of that equation! But well worth it to be doing something you love – or see your loved one doing the same. Hang in there! It’ll only make them appreciate you all the more!

  65. It would be worse if you came home and the family looks up to see you walk in the door and then down again. Enjoy their neediness and relax when you are knitting. Enjoy San Francisco- my favorite town. Walk the hills for a workout!

  66. Here’s to a decent length at home break when the heat sets in and the South steams up. If not, well, I hope there are plenty of cold ones waiting in those hotel rooms.

  67. I wish your musician had been in my neighborhood 20 years ago, when we had two very young children and my husband was travelling for work 2 weeks every month, for about 8 months. It was awful for us and awful for him. We were too caught up in the mangled expectations to be wise about what was really going on.

  68. I’m very sorry that you are touring and touring and spending too much time away from your family. I totally know the alien-ness of coming home and the weird disconnect between expectations and reality.
    All that said, I’M EXCITED! I just started my very first sock, and the Yarn Harlot will be in my town! See you Sunday in SLC! Please let me know if you need any help or, you know, logistics. (It is possible to find beer here; just not easy.)

  69. Both socks look lovely, but the Francie sock as pretty and different as it is troubles me; isn’t that a very lot of pattern on the sole? To be stepping on? And, show & tell–did you finish the Rivendell ones? I had major problem with that 7 stitch wrapping; frogged about 4 times, put it aside & started 2 other pairs. Will go back to it eventually; love the design!

  70. i worry about you sometimes. i just read about you nearly fainting, and i know you barely eat, and hardly sleep and phew… your post sounds like a woman in need of respite.
    i talked to rachel h on the phone one day when denny was in calgary; clearly she is astounding. i’m going to start a petition that she become your handler. i think she’s up to the job, don’t you? she can orangize everything and everyone, and make sure you have enough calories, and that when you get home all you have to do is rest.
    what do you think?

  71. Nice sock projects. Rest. Slow down. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Have I said this before? yes

  72. A husband and wife of my acquaintance had to learn that one of them would have to wait their turn for the chance to tell the other one all about their time apart, or there would be hurt feelings. (The wait-er gets to feel superior for being more adult.) Still, I think the hotel room might be a good idea once in a while. I still say the schedule should be designed with mental health hotel-room days built in _during_ the tour.

  73. Wow you must be tired – ‘I’ll will have to do’?? Did you mean for there to be two ‘will’s there or just one? Maybe you are just a ‘will’full lady …LOL

  74. Yeah, I think I’d go with the hotel room. But then, I don’t have a family to worry about. πŸ˜‰ Still, somehow I get the feeling your next tour will be spread out a little more. Or something. Really, no matter how they work it, I can’t see how anything like this can be other than a big, exhausting whirlwind.
    Meanwhile, I’m just hoping along with everyone else you don’t collapse. During or after. Don’t lose track of the beer. According to Mrs. Feeley, it pads the nerve endings. πŸ˜‰ (see Mary Lasswell, author of several hilarious books in the 40’s-50’s; highly recommended if you can track ’em down.)
    Love the Loksins!

  75. I just got home from a day at Maker Faire and seeing you speak! Just as expected, you were hilarious πŸ˜‰
    I am totally kicking myself for not having brought my knitting in with me–I’m even in the middle of my first pair of socks! (And a Coachella…and an Emerald…and a Hemlock Ring blanket…)

  76. While dude has a point, so do you. They need you; you need them. Take a sip from each other to keep all of you going until this tour is over. Until then, the Loskins are very pretty!

  77. See, this is why you have to come to Florida! YOu can come down to orlando and drop your family off at disney world! Take a few days off after speaking, ride a couple rollercoasters, say hi to mickey mouse, knit minnie a sock…. Fun and a half! =^)

  78. in san fran ? oh wow, i’m in COLD and foggy san fran. wish i’d known ! maybe
    i can still find you while you’re here .
    i’ve been cold since i got here five months ago.
    hope you have better luck than me.

  79. Dear Yarn Harlot,
    Could Boston be added to your tour? Pppppplllllleeeeaaase… That is, after you have had plenty of time to rest and be home with your family.
    Caroline, the SockPixie

  80. eep. don’t let the San Fransiscans hear you call it San Fran! They get quite uppity ’bout that πŸ˜›

  81. If you are ever in the Mississippi Delta area and need a break, just give me a buzz πŸ™‚ I’ll offer up my house as the hotel with room service (and good local beer and a hubby with a scotch thing). Seriously, I was having a rough day and wanted to thank you for the blog. It always manages to cheer me up. The socks are lovely!

  82. …meeting you was fabulous… I’ve waited 3 days to say this cuz I’ll probably say it again when you post about San Mateo, but I couldn’t wait – hopeless fangirl and all
    My mom and I had a blast, she’s become a rabid knitter overnight (she just….can’t….stop…knitting. The mojo of holding the travelling sock definitely worked), and she was also thrilled to meet you. Hope you’re home…and for a little while, and getting to decompress.

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