In today's stressful (more like terrifying? horrifying?) political climate, and during this time of the year, I am focusing on my adorable new grandkitty, Ziggy. I'm hoping to get to visit him, and Ashley of course, in the middle or late March. It'll also be therapeutic to soak up some sun and warmer weather. I would never want to live in Southern California, but it's a great place to visit, especially in the winter!
Have I ever mentioned how much I despise V-Day? It's one of the most difficult "holidays" for high school teachers; students are very up or down, depending on their romantic situation. Even when Patt was alive, it was a tough day; we just exchanged cards and he would buy me a plant or flowers. And I'm reasonably sure that Henry plans to do nothing, which is fine...although a part of me would like some kind of acknowledgement that we ARE a couple. I believe that I'm special to him, and he's realizing that we've been together nearly a year; that could scare him into another withdrawal though. sigh On the good news front, we had breakfast together yesterday, followed by a river walk. Admittedly, the Puyallup River isn't very scenic, but it was still lovely to get some fresh air.Later in the day, we went out for a couple beers and dinner, then a movie at my house. Henry is getting interested in genealogy, thus on his way out, I handed him an ancestry DNA test I had lying around, and said, "Happy Valentine's Day, Henry!" :) On the retirement front, the paperwork is all quite overwhelming, especially the medical insurance. However, I'm determined to figure it out and move forward. I need to figure out who I am when I'm not so busy being Madame, devoted French teacher of 37 years. I would like to experience just being Margaret, who I hope will find other talents and interests to explore!