We were going to go up to Chicago tomorrow, but the person who stays with our dogs has some heinous stomach flu (poor thing), so instead of taking pooches with to the dog-friendly hotel, we opted to cancel and stay home. It's going to be cold in Chicago anyway. Also, this means I have more time to spend with Joseph Priestley, whose scientific experiments with cabbages and batteries are pretty entertaining. Also more time to cook. I'm going to try to talk JM into spending every penny we were going to spend on travel and lodging and dog care on something outlandish. Wish me luck.