I guess this is just a case of bad timing this month. It's my turn to host the monthly Ladies Night Out tonight with a group of friends I've been getting together with for the past 7 or 8 years... it used to be a 12-person bunco group that's evolved into a 9-person dinner group. Anyway, I knew three of the gals were out of town this week, but then I got two last-minute cancellations today. So now instead of 8, I'm hosting 3 (although I only got a reply from one of the remaining three... with the way my luck is going, that's all that will show!) Oh well. At least my house is now reasonably clean.