I put in my card today for Sho Dan Ho: a request for the extra training prior to shodan, or first-degree black belt. It's essentially saying "Okay, let's do this. Bring it on." Which Cyndy did, of course, and I got worked just about to the point of falling over, then a chance to rest, then worked again. Lather, rinse, repeat.
My rakusu! It is finished. Fourteen months or so (I had some time of not working on it so much). Loooots of stitching.
Looks like I'll be going to Grass Valley Saturday: I'd planned to tackle my apartment chaos with Anna, but she may have to bail in favor of work, and the relations up yonder mailed me an invitation to a party. Anna will come with me if she can. So that'll be fun either way.