–This morning my injections arrived in a box looking very much like something a medical team would use to transport an organ. I opened up the box and found four syringes and no instructions. It was kind of a process and I mapped it all out in Storify. I should notice the effects in about one to twelve weeks. The past two weeks haven’t been normal by any means, but I’ve had a few good hours at least once a day reliably and I’m hoping to build from the that. And not die of tuberculosis.
–We have been squeezing all the juice out of life this summer. Isobel started swimming lessons and has been such a rock star. I can’t praise her enough. We’ve been doing these lessons for years and there’s always been a high level of anxiety and even angst about them on her part. Not this year. She is, quite literally, diving in. It’s just fantastic and it feels like a miracle after all those other hard lessons. We’ve been meeting up with people at the splash pad next to the pool afterwards, and it’s been a lot of (exhausting) fun.
–In addition to swimming lessons, we’ve been meeting up with cousins Sam and Victoria for Cousin Craftapalooza and family togetherness playtime once a week. We also had a visit from our friend Becky who has been trying her hardest to help me out around the house since I’ve been so sick. I’m letting her help by spending quality time with Isobel. It’s a pretty sweet deal. In addition to all of this, we are working in the garden, visiting the library, and practicing our skills via educational apps and homemade games. As if all this wasn’t enough, my dear friend Jenn has been sending her mail and is her first pen pal. It’s a lot. It’s great, but it’s a lot, and naps and resting are a crucial part of my day.
–If I were to write a comic book about Isobel and Elias’ summer, I would call it “The Adventures of Pikachu & Diaper Boy”. Isobel had been wearing her Pikachu costume for at least part of every day, and it has been so hot Elias has preferred to be diaper-clad only. Really, he’d prefer to be diaper-free and totally naked, but we have to draw the line somewhere. He lets you know his preference for being unclothed by shouting and trying to pull his clothes off.
–Sometime Elias follows Isobel around the house saying “Ta-Tooo! Ta-Tooo!”which is how he says “Pikachu.” It is so adorable I can’t stand it.
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Decorated in perfect style circa 1965, the home is intricately and gorgeously decorated in the 1950s and ’60s era — from floor to ceiling. This home, belonging to a 96 year old woman, is on the market, and it’s exquisite.
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EXCLUSIVE first look at The Donald’s campaign logo. Very Trouble With Tribbles, I like it.