After nearly three weeks, I saw my suitcase for the first time since checking it as I departed Boston for the Qatar trip. It smells of smoke and gas fumes, but doesn't seem to be permanently damaged. I have my belongings back. And Katie finally got her Christmas gift, on January 12th!
A courier for British Airways called on Thursday night and said my suitcase would be delivered after midnight - is there a safe place it could be left? I had them leave it on the back porch, where I retrieved it the following morning at 6 a.m., wrapped in plastic. I love how they snuck in under the dark of night to leave it outside as I slept. Clever.