Been in an "off state" all day. Stuff happening. Daughter #1 had a 3-hour test this morning (the third year in a row she'd been invited to this "bright kid tracking" deal), then we were off for a going away party for The Girls' main martial arts instructor. Alex had been teaching them (well, #1 at least) for over seven years at this point, which is pretty much "all their lives" (heck, it's 1/7th of my life) so having him not around is going to be a big change. He's heading out to L.A. to be an actor ... so it was more like a "bon voyage" party, but still ... big change. I could use some big (good) changes too. Unfortunately, I don't have any plans or much of any hope (aside from the twice weekly hope of winning the MegaMillions ... and it's pretty depressing to think that those are the best odds I can come up with for emotional support).