Thank you all so much. It's very cheering and touching that you're still there and, in the midst of all this turmoil, willing to lend a cyber ear (which, in this case, would be an eye, I guess, though 'Lend an eye' doesn't sound pleasant, but I digress....) and offer commiseration and support. I am firmly planning on an extremely tedious and boring summer full of run-of-the-mill activities and annoyances and postings on same. And on our Brand New RED Mazda 5
which will join us in a week and which my husband chose and will obsess about (I think this is as close to a mid-life-crisis and the attendant car as this excessively sensible man will ever get)! And after a Spring like the one we've just had, what's a little more consumer debt, in the face of an adorable, fuel-efficient, RED car?