holy moly. i took copious notes on my trip, but i don't feel good about lj-izing them all... i will get to that later, because it's a quiet night at work and i have 600 friends posts to catch up on. yes i even came back to work on time. all i can say so far is that i am so glad i finally had a real vacation, and it was amazing, in fact nigh-unto-perfect. also i think i would NOT enjoy mardi gras. more on all that later, but for now, i probably have a few comments to make.