so alex is stuck in toronto until tuesday morning. i was a little freaked out last night because we were totally out of food, and i was afraid there wouldn't be any left in the grocery store, but penny and i headed out first thing this morning, and now we are totally stocked. when we got to the last aisle of the market and i looked in our cart and saw how much we had, i stopped and took a moment to realize how lucky we are to be able to afford everything we need, and to have it available to us when we needed it. i told penny "mama was a little scared, but now i'm ok". she patted me on the arm. "better", my charming daughter said to me. "yes, mama feels better now. what made mama feel better?" "shopping!", said penny.