I just wanted to thank all the wonderful folks who helped cheer me up here last night. Some you showed your compassion openly in the chatterbox and in private messages. Everyone who was here - whether or not we interacted - was a source of comfort and joy. Still, others did it indirectly just by the virtue of writing some awesome nodes. I only wish I hadn't run out of C!s to spread in gratitude.

The night wasn't a total loss. Mom assures me my step dad is getting better and that they want to reschedule our feast ASAP. Plus, I got an unexpected surprise: my friend Chris wants to take Hubster, Munchkin and me out to dinner tonight. I know that's going to be a blast!

Family and friends are some of the true treasures that make things in life - good, bad and indifferent - worthwhile. Again, thank you.