April 17th: my calendar for this date contained a couple of different things. The Husker Red/White scrimmage for which we possessed 12 tickets for ourselves and family members to attend, the Novartis 10K race which I was registered to run in with Cash. The weekend was even more full than this as I also have a project that I am super busy with that would take up any extra time I would have. I didn't anticipate a lot of extra time just because Cash would be here with his girlfriend Annie. On Thursday I was a little overwhelmed. My knees hurt from the shoes I had been running in, so I was fitted with shoes that were more appropriate for my feet, but I hadn't yet run in them and I wasn't successfully anticipating a decent run before the race. My house was a disaster and I was 24 hours from someone's first impression of my home. The children were not listening or obeying and again, I was 24 hours from someone's first impression of my family. I had/have lots of Miela G things on my plate and I was beginning to feel in over my head. How is it that this weekend was going to be a good one? My brother reassured me that I always seem to pull it off and that the only expectation he would have is that we would stay up to visit with him and Annie and that we would have ice cream in the freezer so we could make our ritual coffee icecream treats. Big deep breath and...I knew he was right. I was looking very forward to meeting this new girlfriend...the ONE...the object of his affection and the main subject of his every conversation. It would be ok...she would like us and we would enjoy her too...we would have a great time at the game and at the race.