And speaking of Dr. B, I got my first Christmas card from him and his new boyfriend (jointly - and did I mention they're living together?). Nice to hear from him, great to know he's doing well, can't wait to see him at Christmas... but a part of me did have a twinge of regret. There are times I miss him very much. Still, I can't disagree that the move westward was one of the best things I ever did for myself - it's just that my relationship with him was also one in that list as well.
Meanwhile things continue apace with the chew toy. (I suppose I ought to give him a better moniker, eh?)