Since I'm not all that pleased with myself today, I'll just pass on other people's good news.
First of all, there's a new baby in the family. No, not that one. In fact, he's not exactly a member of the immediate family of people related to me by blood, but of the proximate family related by longtime friendship and shared interests and children growing up together. That kind of family. Anyway: new baby, congratulations to all concerned.
Also, there's a new house in the family. Tammy and David have found a duplex to rent, with three bedrooms to accommodate their expanding situation. And it's right here in Santa Rosa, so it's within a short drive of all of us (except Eric, who's still in Rohnert Park but who drives here to school four days a week (and to do laundry the other three, I think)).
So that's good, right? D.J. and Dakota will have a big back yard to romp in. That makes the possibilities for D.J.'s birthday present (he'll be five in a little over a week) a little broader and more interesting. I have something for him, but it's an indoor thing, and I think he needs outdoor stuff now, too. Really it's just an excuse for a trip to the toy store, and any excuse is good enough for me.
Mom and Sammy are doing well. Life goes on, smiles all around. Sure, I had a sucky day, but I worked four hours and got four hours worth of work done, so I shouldn't complain. The green beans came out perfectly, and the leftovers were (as usual) better than they were the first day (and for once they were pretty good the first day). I kind of wish I'd had a chance to—
Oh, never mind. But I do wish I'd taken the time to wash my car today. It's filthy from driving through the mud and splashing through the deep puddles in my very own driveway. It really looks bad, and there was enough sun today that I could have taken care of it. It might be my last chance, weather-wise, for a while. Oh well.