Two things accomplished on the flight from BOS to DFW
One of my proud accomplishments on the cramped plane ride home was to solidify my understanding of continental-style knitting: both k and p. If you aren't a knitter, you probably can't understand how doing the same thing, but differently, can be such a big deal. Changing from English to Continental isn't even as much of a change as switching from a stick shift to an automatic transmission. It does feel a bit like learning to write with the non-dominant hand. Or perhaps speaking in a second language: not quite easy or natural, but serviceable and successful.
The second proud accomplishment was finishing the 800+ page novel Pillars of the Earth. People I've talked to who read it all say it was one of their all-time favorite books. I enjoyed it. I appreciated the characters, character development, dialogue and interweaving of more knowledge than most people would want to know about the construction of a twelfth century stone cathedral or the invention of a mill-run machine that would turn wool into felt.
Lest you think I didn't like it, I am quite keen on getting the recently published sequel,World Without End. The social, economic and political history of Ken Follett's fictional Kingsbridge is illuminating and interesting. So many characters got killed off in Pillars of the Earth, though, that I wonder how much continuity there will be!