Adowable pet stowy awert: Tom taught Charcoal a new trick. When you put your head down by his pen and say "Gimme a kiss," he will come over and lick your nose. (Charcoal, not Tom.) It just doesn't get any cuter than that.
In the meantime, G.'s surgery is tomorrow at 11 a.m., so you probably won't hear from me until the weekend. Thank you for all your good thoughts.