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How did one third of the month slip by and I have so little to show for it?

I haven’t joined WW yet for the simple reason that I decided to hold off til after the family’s visit. Since it’s going to be so heavily food-oriented, I didn’t want to set myself up for failure.

The house is starting to come together. Of course, having a toddler in the house is a sure way to know that your house is never quite prepared enough. I’m sure Tom and Laura have nightmares about our set-up.

I’ve done a lot of reading, recently. Natae lent me The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Awesome – told from the point of view of a terrier/lab mix on the eve of his being euthanized. She also lent me David Sedaris’ When You Are Engulfed in Flames. And I do love his writing. I bought one for the Kindle on my last trip called Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, by Susan Gregg Gilmore – that I really liked because it took place in Ringgold, GA and had bits about Chattanooga and Atlanta that I recognized. I wrote her an e mail after I finished it. She wrote back. She lives in Chattanooga, but just moved there from Nashville. I hope I’ll meet her some day. Natae gave me two other books that I haven’t even glanced at, plus my friend Rosie gave me one that’s sitting in my trunk. It’s an enviable problem to have.

Work is mostly good – some changes are working themselves out, and some are good, some are frustrating. It is definitely a white man’s world, and I only meet 50% of that description.

Lola seems to be doing far better than she was a month ago. She’s gained a few pounds and looks less gaunt and altogether healthier and better. I do love that dog. She’s the best. Her favorite cousins in Alaska sent her a present. A new fashionable e-collar - it's black and white gingham on the outside, white and black stripes on the inside. I think she looks lovely.

Let’s not wait so long before we talk next.