Elizabeth Hoyt lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband. There is some debate on whether a golden hamster resides with her family as well. The hamster was a freethinking rodent and decided to live sans cage sometime in the summer of ’05. It has not been reliably spotted since, although Elizabeth’s youngest child holds out hope of its return. The hermit crabs are best not mentioned at all.