So, I'm a whole mess of conflicting things lately.
Yesterday, I was an emotional wreck because we got news that Geoff's aunt (the one who was recently diagnoses with breast cancer) and her husband had to be evacuated from their house because of the Waldo Canyon fire
on Tuesday night. And, of course, it was yesterday, Wednesday, that she went in for her surgery. (Prayers for her safe and speedy recovery would be appreciated.) Perfect timing, wouldn't you say? We think that their home is still standing, but her recovery will take place at their son's place for the foreseeable future. Hopefully that will be a good thing. I suspect it will.
It also bothers me, perhaps more than it should, that my childhood home, in a different part of Colorado, is under an evacuation alert due to a different fire. On the plus side, my in-laws' home (and my sisters' places, too) is probably safe from any of the wildfires raging, because its city is surrounded by sand.
Today, SCOTUS ruled that the individual mandate is legal. I am personally relieved about what this means for my family, although I do think the ruling is slightly... skeezy. No, this is not a tax as it is currently set up. If it were a single payer system, then yes, it would be a tax, but as it is... Falling under the federal imperative of interstate regulation is closer to the mark, but it's still rather unsettling to let the government tell us we have to buy insurance from a private business without a public option available to all. That said, HOORAY FOR UPHOLDING THE SOCIAL CONTRACT!!!!!!!
Meanwhile, I have basically been a slug of slothiness this week. I have been reading like mad when I haven't been under the spell of a ninja nap. I think Page has a cold, and I've been fighting it. (That's my story and I'm sticking with it!)
Yesterday's visit to the library found me carrying out "The Hunger Games." And, yes, I see why everyone's been raving about it. I'm torn between wanting to rush to the library to see if they have "Catching Fire" on hand today or just chilling and reading the other five books I've got out. Especially as "The Hunger Games" interrupted another book I started, "Mr g" by Alan Lightman.
I don't know if any of you have even heard of Alan Lightman, but he wrote "Einstein's Dreams" and "Good Benito" (among other things). He's a theoretical physicist, and most of his book revolve around science, and the interplay of science, philosophy and humanity. I really like his writing.
"Mr g" is his take on Creation seen through the eyes of God. I am loving it. It's a very meditative book, demanding to be sipped and savored rather than gulped down greedily (as "The Hunger Games" did), but it's an easy read nonetheless. It resonates at the same frequency of my daydreams and inner dialogues (yes, dialogues; I don't converse to myself, but with myself), and is... interesting. It's basically looking at the philosophy behind astronomy and evolution.
I'm probably going to get it for Geoff's birthday or Christmas (should I remember it). He would really enjoy it as well (and just doesn't have the time to read it right now).
What else... I have finally given in and ordered a bug suit from Amazon since I'm tired of either subsisting off of benadryl or avoiding the back yard. I would like to garden, but I refuse to slather myself in poison to do so (although I will be slathering my bug suit with poison... But that's once a season, and I'm not going to put it on until the poison has dried).
Meanwhile, I need to mow the front yard again already. This time, on a slightly lower setting, I think. Hopefully I'll be able to do that today after acupuncture (which has finally been scaled back to once a week).
Overall, life is going pretty well, really. I'm waking up cheerful, my leg is starting to ease off (loads of magnesium helps with that), and my body is even starting to cut back on its need for milk thistle and vitamin D. Yay! Now to just be able to work for 8 hours a day without crashing for a week, and I'll be healthy, right?