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Things, Things, Things

  • I apologize to all the wonderful people - including my own beloved BB - whose July and August birthdays I've failed to acknowledge. I hope you all had excellent natal days; I think all of you help improve my world, and you're lovely in general. I'm glad I've gotten to know all of you via the Internet.

  • I listened to a radio interview tonight done a few years ago with a woman who translated Rainer Maria Rilke, and who was pretty interesting in and of herself; worked for the CIA in Germany in the 1950s, became a buddhist monk after meeting Tibetan refugees (including the young Dalai Lama) while being part of one of the first Peace Corps families in India, as well as being an early environmentalist. Can I remember her name? Of course not.  Now I want to read Rilke's poetry. I've only read a few bits, and loved them.

  • I want to write about why The Goblin Emperor is my comfort food novel. I think I've read it four times already, and I think I know why. But some of the reasons might sound disrespectful to Sarah Monette, who wrote it under the pseudonym Katherine Addison. They aren't; they are, in my mind, one of the reasons I think her writing is marvelous. But still ... can I put it all together well? I don't know.

  • Less than a month before BB and I head to Canada to celebrate my step-dad's birthday. I can hardly wait - I'm looking at things to do, like a wine-tasting at Grand Pre, maybe some theater in Halifax, dinner with friends in Wolfville ... augh; I don't know. But it's our first big blow-out vacation in years, and I want to come back to Chicago remembering it with great joy.

  • I've taken to listening to "ancient" music - stuff from the Baroque period and before, which I've mentioned before. It's very soothing.

  • My right hand is starting to stiffen up again, after a few years of really good recovery from the initial attack of RA and scleroderma. And my stomach is giving me rather constant troubles. Not sure what to do about the first thing, but I'm looking forward to my Aug. 25 visit with my gastroenterologist to talk about the second thing.

  • Had back spasms Friday and some of the weekend. Kept me out of work Friday. That'll teach me to lay off my back exercises.

  • FB and Miss Emily got back from their trip; it was good to have them home, and to welcome Emily into the family with a hug. (No, they're not married yet, but as far as I'm concerned, she's part of the family now.)

And I think that's about all I can think of for now.

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Aug. 17th, 2016 04:08 am (UTC)
You've always considered her part of the family, be honest, lol!!

Good to hear from you, lovie. You are missed!


Take care of you. I know the paper works you to the ground. John Oliver recently reported about print media and how (if it dies out) it will take a lot of the actual news industry with it. Corporations owning the news and the profits they make while reporters actually lose out all around and we all suffer because of the lack of good media (that even the BAD media quotes from). It was good stuff...

Aug. 17th, 2016 03:41 pm (UTC)
John Oliver recently reported about print media and how (if it dies out) it will take a lot of the actual news industry with it.

Oh, I watched that, and wanted to cry and laugh at the same time. He even talked about our company, tronc, (augh). It was spot on. I happened to read an ex-journalist's response to that, in which he pooh-poohed that; but the ideas the writer proffered, that he said newspapers should do to survive, are actually things I've watched my compan(ies) try - and watched them fail, so I had to resist telling this guy that he was an idiot.

You take care of yourself, my dear - I hope your throat is feeling less awful, and I hope the kiddos are feeling better. Take care, and many, many hugs.
Aug. 17th, 2016 08:03 am (UTC)
*sends some hugs*

May the holiday come soon and be marvellous! :-)
Aug. 17th, 2016 05:55 pm (UTC)
*receives the hugs happily*

Only 24 more days before we climb on the plane, and I'm counting down with glee.
Aug. 17th, 2016 01:57 pm (UTC)
Hoping you have a wonderful vacation! And I feel your pain on the hand thing. : /
Aug. 17th, 2016 05:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry that you have any experience with hand pain, but thanks for the wishes. As long as I can type without pain, I'm willing to live with general discomfort.

I hope I can come back from the vacation with a few pictures to post.
Aug. 17th, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
Wrist and hand tendonitis has been an ongoing issue for me since 2000.

It didn't help when I slammed my hand into an oncoming car last Monday. It's just beginning to recover now. : (
Aug. 17th, 2016 07:31 pm (UTC)
It didn't help when I slammed my hand into an oncoming car last Monday.

AAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaugh!!!!! How on earth did that happen? (I'm not sure I want to know; was the car attacking you? That's only half facetious, since I've had to pull myself out of the path of oncoming cars driven by idiots at least once or twice in my life.)
Aug. 18th, 2016 03:59 pm (UTC)
You can read all about it right here:


Somehow the only person on my flist who seems to have seen this entry is a_phoenixdragon.

The main thing is, I'm okay. My hand is stiff and sore, and it's still in a splint. I suspect it will be for a few more weeks. The swelling and bruising are down. The pain is manageable with small doses of OTC painkillers. I'm seeing my doctor on Monday for a re-evaluation. He said it was a sprain. I really don't want to hear, "Oh, there's a broken bone we missed two weeks ago, and now we're going to wrap your arm in plaster, so you can feel sweaty and gross and uncomfortable until the end of September." : (
Aug. 22nd, 2016 09:58 pm (UTC)
Glad I caught up with you over there, but whoah, yes, avoiding hot, sweaty plaster is to be lauded and applauded.
Aug. 23rd, 2016 04:59 pm (UTC)
I had my follow-up appointment yesterday. Another set of x-rays was taken and still showed no signs of fracture. It's feeling a lot better now. If it continues to improve--and no reason now to believe it won't--I should be back in the pool when it re-opens after Labor Day. Hey, I have my priorities straight. : )

The thought of being in a cast at this time of year gives me the vapors. Obviously it would be a nuisance at any time, but in hot, muggy weather, it would be a particular misery. So happy to have dodged that bullet!

Edited at 2016-08-23 05:00 pm (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2016 03:02 pm (UTC)
I hope your hand gets better. My Mum's is bad at the mo', so her life is painful and mine is pretty boring right now.

I hope the Canada trip goes well for you:)

Aug. 17th, 2016 05:58 pm (UTC)
Give my best wishes to your Mum; we pain sufferers have to stick together!

Do you want your life to be unboring, or is it a relief at the moment? I ask, because sometimes having a perfectly boring day is extremely restful. Heh.
Aug. 18th, 2016 02:57 pm (UTC)
Less boredom would be good. My Mum hands are so bad she can't lock her front door when she goes out or lift her arms up so I'm on gripping duties etc which isn't exciting, not that my Mum wants it that way either.
Aug. 22nd, 2016 09:56 pm (UTC)
A delayed response to say that I hope your gripping duties have lessened in the last little while, and that boredom has also dissipated.
Aug. 23rd, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks:) I'm still on gripping duty and awaiting a letter for an hospital appointment:/
Aug. 24th, 2016 01:10 am (UTC)
Argh. Waiting for an appointment is so frustrating. Best wishes!
Aug. 18th, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC)
September in Nova Scotia sounds like glory. Have some apples!

Aug. 18th, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC)
Heh - since my step-dad's family is one of the major apple producers in Nova Scotia, I suspect I'll have apples, applesauce, apple pie, apple butter and more!
Aug. 18th, 2016 04:05 pm (UTC)

Good to hear from you! :)

Aug. 22nd, 2016 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks - it's good to be heard from, although I'm terrible at keeping up to date with other folks (I liked your most recent picture of James, though!)
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