Five years ago today on the Ideapad: “It is enough for you to know that I am dizzily happy these days.”

Today? More on the side of contented than vertiginous, to be accurate, but no less happy. Owning a dog will do that to you.

I am also drawn to post right above that one: “One cannot understate the elation of shopping for pants after a successful diet and discovering that all the pants at one’s usual size are, suddenly, too big in the waist.” Apparently the first week of May 2001 was a good time to be me. (Note to self: keep dieting!)