I do have about 4.5 inches of the back done now, which is a fair start. I worked on it some at knitting group, which also included the annual pot luck and gift exchange. My contribution was a couple of needles, an amusing card, and a packet of buttons. In exchange, I received two calendars (a page a day of knitting related quotes and a magazine monthly one of socks with patterns at the back) plus two skeins of yarn. There was also plenty of raucous conversation, but I suspect it is all "you had to be there" humor.
Friends, food, knitting - that makes for a great day!