Friday, February 3, 2017

Laughing, Silas Marner, Habit Grill.



Let's start tonight's blog post with Edda laughing.  I'm happy that she's laughing.  I had a moment this afternoon where I was sitting down trying to work and think about the regular things that I normally work on and think about and I had a feeling of great sadness and tiredness and hopelessness wash over me and literally had to put my head in my hands and had to stop myself from crying.

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Finding reading material is difficult.  My reading group is reading Never Let Me Go which made me sad.  I was going very slowly.  I'm turning to Truman's biography.  I'm not sure that's right either, but it started with this quote - "We can never tell what is in store for us." Jeremy and I are at a loss of what to talk about in the 15-20 min before we go to bed.  It's usually a time that's reserved for a lighthearted chats what happened during the day, but everything we want to talk about is not very relaxing.  I think we are going to turn to reading books out loud to each other.  Which book though?  I want Jeremy to read out loud the Crying of Lot 49 which he read out loud to me during the first few months of our courtship and I tried very hard to pretend I liked it even though I did not know what the hell was going on.  If he reads it out loud to me now, I'll be happy to fall asleep listening to his voice.  That doesn't seem so equitable though.  Maybe Silas Marner?

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I got my hair cut today & so did Vince.  Linda, our hairdresser, mentioned that she hasn't felt so unsafe since she left Cambodia about a decade and a half ago.  She's cancelling holiday trips to SF and even daytrips to downtown DC.

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We went to the Habit Grill tonight for dinner with my mom and dad.  Note the RM cheerleaders over at the next table.

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Here's Vince's new haircut.  Pretty short.

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Small acts:

They seemed particularly small today.  This morning, I emailed my handful of Pennsylvania friends (even ones I haven't spoken to in decades), to urge them to call Toomey to vote no on DeVos.  Most of them wrote back promptly and said that they were already on the case, emailing and calling for days now.  Though we had no impact on the 6:30 am vote.  Jeremy is cautiously optimistic about his actions this week regarding oil company regulations on methane wast turning out OK, we'll see.  You can read his blog post here.  I need to follow up on Soojung's email to testify on behalf of ARC of MD about the autism waiver.  If they pull back the Medicaid expansion, we'll lose our waiver.

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