I’m realizing all of my coffee mugs have their messages written on the side for me to see, when I really want to broadcast the message to my zoom meeting colleagues. We need to reverse the coffee mugs in this pandemic age! Or I could just drink left-handed.

Flora

It’s still impossible for me to wrap my head around, but it’s been six months since we said goodbye to Flora. She was part of our family for 14 years, through some wonderful and some very hard times. Jane and I have never lived together without her, and her absence in our lives is as fresh a wound today as that first night without her.

I’m so grateful that our children were able to know her, even just for the ten weeks she overlapped with our daughter in this world. Her love for and kindness toward them left an indelible mark on me.

Flora took responsibility for tending to all of us from the very beginning. She held on until she knew we were all going to be ok after our daughter’s arrival, and left us on the night of our tenth wedding anniversary - she was taking care of us right up until the end.

I miss you.

I have mixed feelings about Project Monarch. As a Mac user forced to use Outlook, the current inconsistencies across platforms make me crazy. But it’s hard to imagine this will feel nearly as native at the current client.