My parents, sister, brother-in-law, nephews, and dog—don’t tell Mom he’s not hers—are in town for the Fourth. Simon (the mutt) is a little out of place, but finally tired of trying to get me to go to bed and went ahead on his own. Naturally he took as much of my spot as possible. I just hope he’s tired enough from the travels to not need to pee in the middle of the night. Once I can fall asleep, I tend to stay there until my body has determined it’s rested enough for the next day.

Nicholas Lindley