We celebrated Amanda's birthday (belatedly) last night by going out to dinner at the Outback. Amanda had come down to Denver to sing in a Met competition. It was a little unnerving for her, but one of the judges gave her his card and said to apply to his school in Tennessee when she's choosing graduate schools. That was a bright spot in her experience. It was nice for me that she came home on Thursday night, as it gets a little lonely around here with Ed being gone all week. We gave her some nice presents and lots of love. We'll miss seeing her as much when we move to Baltimore. But, we'll be back frequently for her senior recital, the school opera, and her graduation in May. I'm hoping Verlene and Barbara are looking forward to hosting me this spring!