But it was another good week, and we're getting that much closer to spring. I've noticed the days getting lighter sooner, and staying lighter longer. Valentine's Day came and went. We don't typically play into the Hallmark holiday hype around here, but we do typically get chocolates for the occasion. As it happened, both Magnum and I forgot the chocolates, but the marriage survived.
On a somewhat related note, two of my celebrity crushes also had good weeks. Sam Smith (yes, I know he's gay) won 4 Grammys - 4! Benedict Cumberbatch got hitched on Valentine's Day, breaking many hearts.
A definite highlight this week was a quick visit with brother Guano, who travels a lot for his job. In fact, he more than makes up for my lack of travel. Once in a while, his travels allow for side trips near my neck of the woods, so we get chances for short but sweet visits. Naturally, I've known him my whole life, but it's always nice to get together and catch up on what's what, and talk about what is no more - Mom, some old friends, the way we used to be able to eat when we were teenagers and not weigh 300 pounds...
Related to that, I'm thankful for the flexibility in my schedule, so I can say "you betcha!" when I get a text from Guano saying, "I'm headed down the interstate, wanna go for a burrito in about 30 mins?" Have I mentioned that my classes for the masters program are online? Yes, it means I have to have a bit more self-discipline and sometimes I miss the classroom atmosphere, but I love the flexibility.
My Systems instructor (I'm inventing a sewing machine for him) is an avid cyclist. There's a mug shot of him on the university website, and I think I've spotted him several times on the pathway, but it's hard to tell with all the Secret Squirrel get up and such. One of these days, I'm gonna shout, "Larry!" cuz that's his name. And if it's not him, boy will I feel stupid.
I'll keep you posted.