misskitty - I hope you feel better before your "big show". Nightmares are the worst, I don't get them very often but when I do it can take days to shake off that bad feeling.
Gut That's pretty awful the way they "fixed" the overcrowding problem at your school district. It makes you wonder if they care at all that the students are in a place where learning is possible. I can't imagine trying to manage a class of 50 fifth-graders
Margaritaville All I can say is hopefully everything that could go wrong, has already gone wrong. I hope the rest of your recovery is speedy and as painless as possible.
mrd I'm surprised you didn't keep your mom's "rods". They would make a great conversation piece in the living room.