I am grateful for family and friends supporting me this weekend so I can go to New York for time with an old friend. To Carter and Camila for teaching my group class for me. For my students parents who support the idea that middle school aged teachers might be a positive experience for their kids and agree to stick around in case it isn’t. To Michael for laundry and unconditional support and holding down the fort and solo entertaining our house guests Eric and Oliver. To Betty and Cat for forgiving and understanding my absence (ok. Cat doesn’t give a s*it as long as he gets his pate). To Alex for restaurant suggestions. To Lorraine for a special sleepover party for Carter. For my favorite headphones and my phone that will enable me to learn repertoire on the train without actually practicing. To my old friend Juli for understanding that I will be truly happy helping her to clean her closets in New York.