Today, I officially became a retired teacher. No more teenagers, no more Final Exams, no more Standardized Testing , and NO more administrators!!!! A week from today, we are packing up the cats, our son, and his snake, and drive from Las Vegas to Kansas, a trip of about 1200 miles. The cats are going to love our house in Kansas; its rooms are large, with lots of windows, there will be stairs, lots of places to watch birdies, and best of all, all of the heat registers are in the floors or baseboards. In the meantime, the finches have returned to the desert, and Marcus and Cleo are happily supervising their birdies again.