Whew! I'm finally feeling human again, just in time for a 3 day weekend! I've gotten myself sucked in to an addictive Facebook game called Gardens of Time - hidden pictures, Victorian gardens, Egyptology theme, I'm toast. Fortunately it limits me. I refuse to ask my friends to become "neighbors," and I'm sure not going to buy "energy." So I can only play a little at a time. No doubt that's a good thing.
I have also recently stumbles across a couple of noteworthy new blogs: http://unusualincident.wordpress.com/
Thoughtful and funny, respectively.
I've been trying to put a badge on my sidebar for http://johnshore.com/
It's the only religious site I follow. I like how John sees Christianity, and his commenters are among the best anywhere. Check him out if you're so inclined. He has a great sense of humor, loves words, and he's honest. He's published a couple of short books on theology, but believe me - churches DON'T buy them. He hates bullies, and he's not afraid to criticize modern Christianity for bullying. He often writes about how the church treats homosexuality. Like me, he's a hetero who sees the utter hypocrisy in the church's views on it. I won't go into it, simply because I couldn't say it as well as he does. He has a bit more reverence than I do, for the Bible and a few other traditions, but I'm cool with that. Also like me, when Christianity contradicts Christ, he listens to Christ. Duh. Otherwise, what's the point of being Christian?
PFC is loving his work and his home in CA, and he just bought himself a mid 80's macho car. It needs some work, but it'll be a great learning experience. He also bought a mountain bike. Smart boy.
BH is seriously considering going back to work for the Airline. His current job is pretty good right now, but not necessarily all that secure. If he goes back to the Big One, his pay and bennies will nearly double. And we'll have flight benefits again. Hello PFC!!! Almost a no-brainer, but he'd have to work in another city. Kind of a hassle, especially if he gets a formerly-laid-off-with-a home-elsewhere-just-like-him roomie, but financially, we'd still come out ahead. We'd see each other on weekends, which is not too different from some weeks now, and we could probably afford for me to quit working. Now that I finally have a job worth keeping. My inclination is to keep working and build up some savings, at least until he retires. On the other hand, if I quit working, I could seriously focus on my health. It would be nice to have the time to actively build up some strength, a necessity that has hit home all over again this past month. (I'm presently as weak as I was 4 years ago, after that nasty "cold." I hope to God I haven't lost all the progress I've made this past year. Scary thoughts.) I'm sure we could sell this place eventually, and I could move to where he works, if the cost of living is reasonable.
I'm going to try to get outside and putter in the yard this weekend. I promised myself today as a do-nothing day, but I scavenged a few hundred free tulip bulbs a few weeks back, and I really should get them into the ground. They came from the compost pile at Hooterville University; so nice to know someone in this county can afford to throw money away. And hey. I'm not too proud to take scraps.
One more link. Beat and release has done a great analysis of the Jose Guerena killing in Arizona. I highly recommend reading it, several posts worth:
Oh. And here's the image from John Shore's badge. Gotta love it!