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Entry date: 1-15-2023 - Happy Sunday - Letters to My Friends

Dear Friends,

Today started out nice. Slept in after having one of my lovely "Wake up at 2am to pee and can't go back to sleep" episodes. I fiddled around on my phone for a couple of hours and played my fair share of Hearts. I like that game.

I also like backgammon, too. When my students ask me about what video games I play, my answer is always baffling to them. I like Hearts and Backgammon and Risk. Fun stuff. Also wordle and nerdle. I like them, too.

I was playing wordle and nerdle around 3am today. Solved them both without embarrassing myself. Hopefully I will sleep better tonight.

After getting up, I took Teresa to her first job interview. It was supposed to be yesterday, but the hiring manager wasn't there when we got there so she rescheduled. It was a proud moment. I'm hoping she gets the gig, too, as she seems to be jazzed about it. She's in work mode now and wants to be in charge of her own money, so that's very fun.

We had a wonderful time last night at Morgan's 1-year of no drinking party. It was a really nice event and the kids have some great friends. We were there longer than I expected and I really enjoyed myself. Much of the time I was there I spent petting the various dogs running around, but still... it was fun.

I watched a couple of episodes of the new HBO+ cartoon, Velma, when we got home. I don't know if I like it or not, but I was intrigued. It was kind of like watching a grisly accident happen in real time. I couldn't take my eyes off of it until I couldn't keep my eyes open.

This was before I realized one of our cats, or maybe several, peed on our couch. I am an animal lover, but I am so disappointed at the size of our ever sinking couch. I am very nervous about getting a new couch, too, because what if there is something about the new one they want to pee on? Is there a way of keeping pets from doing this?

I hate the idea of having to go and buy a new couch. It was not really part of the budget for this month, but what can you do? I also sort of feel like until we are a one or two pet family, we can't really have nice things. Our cats are mostly getting to that age where they are going to start peeing on more things and just being generally expensive and annoying and sad.

I will miss them, for sure, when they cross the rainbow bridge, and I will be sad, but part of me may do a little, tiny happy dance, too. They have pretty much made their mark, either by pissing or scratching, on every piece of furniture we own. In the words of Hyman Roth, though, "This is the business we've chosen."

We are off to lunch with the Number One son and his bride soon to belatedly celebrate his birthday. I'm looking forward to it.

Have a great rest of your day and see you soon.

I really liked this painting of Jesus and Mary Magdalene at the Phoenix Art Museum.

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