Well done Lance!
A quick anecdote from today. I've been in Dallas this week for work. I flew the Mooney up and parked at Dallas Love. We (my boss and I) were planning to leave Dallas at noon today to fly home to Austin (Smithville 84R). Today was a very convective day over much of Texas but we headed to the airport anyway. Just about the time I completed the pre-flight, a big cell moved right over the field and opened up. It was raining so hard we couldn't see any of the Southwest jets from where we were on the ramp. So we waited about 20 minutes in the FBO. Once it cleared enough to get out to the airplane without getting soaked, we climbed in, called for our clearance, fired up and called ready to taxi. Ground control said it might be awhile to get us out as Southwest jets were lined up everywhere. We were offered 13R even though we had a south departure and I quickly accepted. They might get us out quicker. We taxied to 13R and were lined up on Bravo behind two of those 737's. And the rain had picked back up to the point the prop couldn't keep the windshield clear. I called tower and said we were ready to go. Tower asked if we could get around the 73's. I said I thought I could. The next question was could we accept an immediate turn south on take off, terrain permitting. Again, yes. N252AD cleared for take off right turn as soon as able. We rolled past the Southwest jets and I swear I could see one of the First Officers saying, "hell we don't want to be flying today, what the hell is that Mooney doing?" We took off, made our quick right turn to cross the 13L at mid-field, climbed through several layers, in and out of rain, got one vector from ATC around a cell building in front of us, leveled off at 10K ft in the clear and flew home in the sunshine for a standard VFR approach into home.
Without the IR, we'd have left the plane in Dallas, driven the rental car 3 hours to Austin only to drive back the next day to get the plane. And in spite of what it looked like to observers on the ground, it was safe, easy, and an enjoyable flight home.
Go get that IR wet, and make sure it gets regular watering. When it's useful, it's very useful.