Hi there. I didn't mean to leave such a bleak post at the top for so long. My silence hasn't been about despondency so much as it's been about a head cold. The sun came out yesterday morning for a while, and Lila and I took a long walk together and it smelled like spring. So that has helped a lot. The head cold is moderately bad. It feels like a horse is stepping on my head, most of the time, and there's a fair amount of sneezing and sniffling and sleeping.
Expect a post about Lila, the new dog, someday soon. I haven't written about her yet partly because she's skittish and I was fearful that some of this shelter skittishness would take its form as aggression. I want to do right by this dog, but I also do not want a dog that is aggressive, or that I can't feel safe inviting people around. So we were in trial mode, and I didn't want to write too much about her because in the terrible circumstance that she didn't work out I would have felt even worse about it if a couple hundred internet strangers all second-guessed me. But she's calming down and showing much more affection and trust and she's quite disarming and loveable. So I'm pretty sure we're a good match. I'll introduce her when I can get my hands on a digital camera.