Dear Mr. Veen: sorry if I gave you a heart attack when I fell flat on my face last night during our jog. I now have new empathy for little children who fall and skin up their hands and knees = ouchie! Dear Rain: there is something very comforting and cozy about hearing you against the windows and skylights. I must be a true Oregonian. Dear Self: YOU DID IT! Officially you are a graduate student!! WHOOP, WHOOP!! Dear Avett Brothers: thank you for summing up in lyrics some of the feelings I have about being right here, right now. Inspiration found at .57. Dear Peppermint Mocha creamer: I love you. That's all. And last to Mr. Veen: thank you for being my biggest fan and encouraging me along the way. I love you WAY more than Peppermint Mocha creamer.