The conference wrapped up this morning and directly afterward I was picked up outside the hotel by this fine lady. Mom, that is. We went out to lunch and she schlepped me around on a shopping trip before heading back to Mom and Ray's. It was hot like summer, but their autumnal yard decor looked so stunning I had to take a picture. We took our time fixing dinner, then enjoyed it with Grandma and Grandpa. It was cozy and fun and we all pretended it was okay that The Swede and Jamie weren't there. But if I'm not in Sweden with them, there's nowhere I'd rather be than this home-away-from-home.