a) The IRS direct-deposited my income-tax refund, first thing this morning. One chunk goes straight back to savings. Another chunk goes to bills (including my accountant, because of whom I have this money in the first place.) Maybe the rest can go to a new rug for my living room, to replace the old, now-frayed one that was here when I moved into this house. But only if it’s on sale.
b) I received official confirmation that our college’s Board of Regents has confirmed the vote of my colleagues and my dean — I’m being tenured and promoted, effective this August. The best part of all has been the warm congratulations from family, friends, colleagues, and students. Thanks, y’all.