Thank you, gabriel and lei. We think they're pretty darn special, and actually as we're excitedly preparing for our getaway this Saturday, I'm experiencing some sadness at the thought of leaving them home. Now for some venting...for months now I've had a 17-year-old neighbor set up to feed them, lock them inside for the night, etc. and two weeks ago when I confirmed this, she informed me she forgot, and won't be able to do it because her family will be in Italy. I had even talked to her mother about it several months ago, so you can imagine how annoyed I am. I've been scrambling trying to find another neighbor kid who wants to earn some easy money, but no dice - damn kids and their summer vacations. Fortunately my next-door neighbor has come to the rescue, and since she's refusing to let me pay her, you can bet somewhere along our trip I'll be buying something very special for her.