And then I saw the gift tag. I'd recognize the handwriting anywhere. It was from my best friend in Wisconsin. I took Sammy for his walk and then opened it up to find a "40" mug inside. (40 - You're not 40, you're eighteen with 22 years of experience.) She was here last month and we didn't get to see each other so I imagine she had her sister or mom drop it off for me. So sweet!! It made the day seem not so bad after all.
I tried to call her but didn't reach her so I'll send her a thank you note.