Yesterday, woke to news of NewTown Conn. DH calls me from work, "your family"...etc. Wait wait wait. Some relief knowing nieces/nephews go to a different school. WHEW. The word SandyHook threw both of us. Walk to my near-by church. Pray, all day it seems - for the souls of those lost yesterday and the families who are experiencing this evil. Clean up, pick up wrapping paper that seemed to spread from the back bedroom to the living room. How did THAT happen?! The kids don't even live here anymore and the trail of paper still exists. lol. DH gives bonuses to employees - YES! it's the first time in 5 years we've been able to do this. Employees can't stop smiling - they are so surprised! It's soooooooo worth it. They are the most loyal hard working group of folks. Steam dress for Xmas showcase. uhhhh, I hope I fit! thoughts cross the brain waves! Rain, nooooo,,,I have to drive to Huntington Beach for the annual "steal the ornament" party! Go away rain! argh. Resign myself that I'm driving no matter what. No matter how long it takes, there is no excuse. Get to party, see old friends, hostess and I started civil service together, her DH and my DH are good friends as well. Chat, talk, catch up, wine, food, snacks, and oh yes,,,,stealing the ornaments from each other! Such fun. Come to find out, as I share personal life with her,,,,that she too, knows the soon to be bride of my ex-son-in-law. Who is the daughter of a captain we both worked for decades ago. And we both knew her as a little girl. SURPRISE, what a small world this is - as I didn't meet soon to be bride, until Grandsons baseball game in Austin, TX in November. Hostess and I both laughed,,,,as we recounted the "my daughter just did this....stories" our boss would share with us...like "his wallet being dumped into the toilet to watch it swim". Good stories, small world, HUGS abound and lifelong friendships are oh soooo worth it. Drive home, still raining, harder and colder. What the heck? it's almost midnight and traffic looks like a work day mess. At least it was moving and I got home safe and sound. Stayed up reading for a bit. Thought about the days events. And how blessed we all are.