We were supposed to take a vacation to Portland and Seattle next week that has been planned for months. Long story short, when Chris's work plans changed, his deadlines changed and his current project's deadline does not allow for a week away from the drawing table. We were in denial about this for a couple of weeks, believing that Chris would grow an extra set of arms, or clone himself, and there would still be time to go. But reality set in this week and I cancelled all our reservations and plane tickets. Le sigh.