I am both extremely happy and extremely sad. Yesterday I got to pick out a present that will no doubt be my last for many, many gift giving occasions. On Thursday they will be delivering my new piano! I am beside myself. I haven't had a piano to play for nearly ten years, and I had not dreamed of owning one of my very own for a long time. However, as excited as I am about its arrival, it's a hard thing to look forward to. Between now then we will have to put our dog down. She is rapidly being overcome by kidney failure. This choice we've had to make is the first hard one I've had to make in my adult life. It's also the first time I've wished not to carry the responsibility that rests on my shoulders.