First I was distracted by my fic (well over 60,000 words now), then I had to switch apartments which means, yes, moving. Then I was without internet until the previous occupants' internet expired and I could get the self-set-up (cheaper). I got that the evening before I was scheduled to leave for my sister's in Utah, which gave me just enough time to shift through most of my email and print the map I needed before bedtime.
Got back from Utah late yesterday and spent it catching up on email mostly. And getting food because what little I left is the stuff that can last for a week by itself but doesn't make a meal in and of itself.
Utah was gorgeous, especially since it was rainy here in Colorado when I left. Went to the zoo, went shopping at the mall they made out of the old Winter Olympic Village in Salt Lake, when to an amusement park, took one of my nieces to summer camp.
Both of my nieces are teenagers now... I'm actually closer in age to my oldest niece than to my sister. As a result, I'm the cool aunt who apparently got them addicted to Peter Pan of all things. Heh. Definitely my fault. I used to tell them Peter Pan stories before bedtime. My first forays into fiction were actually crosses between Peter Pan fanfiction and original fiction before I moved into original fiction by itself - and then later discovered fanfiction on the internet. Mom always wondered why I never wrote the stories I told them down, but even then I was aware of copyright. It wouldn't be until college that I started writing down the fanfictions playing through my head.
My nieces are also turning into talented artists. I'd be jealous if it wasn't for the fact they admire my own drawing and writing skills. Eldest niece even read part of my current fic. She wished I'd brought the beginning with me because I only brought the notebook with the part I'm currently on (which starts about 40,000 words in), and as a result she had no idea what was going on but found what was there utterly engrossing. I'm gonna have to get her into fanfiction, but it's going to have to wait until she leaves for college. Her parents monitor her and her sister's internet usage (another reason beyond being frickin' busy all week why I didn't check DW/LJ - you guys are awesome, but not all of you are exactly safe for work - or busybody parents) and they're very conservative. I've actually had words with this sister about our differing stances on gay marriage. My niece, K., however, happily read some scenes featuring m/m innuendo so I think she'll be fine.
Anyway, I've been gone long enough that there's no way I'm gonna be able to play catch-up. Anything important happen while I was gone? Talk to me, peeps. :D