I forgot to mention one very important thing in my most recent post. My new friend Kate is a keeper. As mentioned previously in the Dating Scene post, Kate has been so welcoming and friendly since we've arrived. But today she made a friend for life when she brought over homemade pumpkin thai soup and freshly baked bread for our sick little family, all so that I didn't have to cook. Thank you Kate, you made my misery disappear today, at least for the dinner hour. Many, many thanks. I think I'll go blow my nose now.