I *so* appreciate the family visits I get because some of my siblings work seasonally in Alaska. It gives me something to look forward to every spring and fall. Sara just came through to spend a few days with us, and we had a fabulous visit! Her visit was shorter than usual, since she needs some extra time for apartment hunting in Seattle and the family get-together in October in Utah. So I get fewer days now, but I'll get to see her again (along with practically my whole family) when we're remodeling my mom's house. Bittersweet, but acceptable.