–Late again, I apologize. My sister is visiting from Virginia and that’s kept me plenty busy. This was a last minute trip prompted by my grandma’s visit to the hospital, but fortunately grandma is fine now and my sister took her vacation early. She and her husband decided we looked terrible and needed a break so they paid for us to go out to dinner and catch a movie while Auntie T watched the kids. We tried a new local pho place (Pho Americana, check it out) and went to a movie theater with reclining seats. It was pretty much the best.
–We took Auntie T with us to visit Macedo’s Mini Acre National Farm Alpaca Days Open House and Isobel followed her around and worshiped her very footsteps. For her trouble, Auntie T decked her out in accessories from the gift shop and she looked like a socialite on the farm.
–My sister is spending all her money while she is here on food she can’t get back home. I support this plan.
–I heard Elias making terrible, terrible noises in the other room, and I jumped up and ran down the hall, fearing he was dying. Turns out he was just pretending to be a dinosaur.
–While on the road to picking up my sister from the airport, we noticed a goat in a truck on the freeway.
–I’m pretty much constantly on decongestant thanks to Humira’s good job of killing off my immune system. I’ve decided to start referring to generic Sudafed as Psuedofed from now on.
–While we were driving, Isobel said, “Dad, I have some really bad news. I saw a Trump sign on someone’s lawn.”
—Valerie, our Tiara Fairy Godmother, surprised us by sending the kids lovely plush kitty toys. Isobel named her pink, tiara-wearing cat “Princess,” and we all loved Elias’s blue cat, which came wearing a pair of tightie whities. We named him UnderBlues.
–While we were shopping at the store, Elias, who was at face-height thanks to sitting in the shopping cat seat, stuck his finger right up my nose, shouted “MOCO!” and laughed. (This was revenge for all the times I’ve stuck my finger in his nose, fishing for an errant booger.)
–October is Dysautonomia Awareness Month! Dysautonomia is a terrible set of disorders that can be completely debilitating. I had never heard of it until Stefani, one of my best friends, developed it. Help me raise awareness and Make Noise for Turquoise in the month of October!
Snapshot 09.14.16. Elias’ first joke.
I’m tired and I want to go home. Why god why
How it feels as a Canadian watching US politics right now. Also, America.
Enterprise gas station. It’s beautiful!
I like the motto of this old candy company. Would wear on a tee shirt.
Welcome to Wigtown: A Photo Tour of Scotland’s National Book Town. Heart heart heart
Nightline: Flashpoint: Refugees in America. “Student refugees from the Language Institute at Grace M. Davis High School sum up what America means to them. ‘It doesn’t matter where you’re from, as long as you live here, you’re American.’” This week we have a recommended viewing. These refugees were settled in Modesto, which is right next to where we live, and the city where my entire family was born. I have never been so proud of Modesto.
Breakthrough Study: Fungus May Trigger Crohn’s Disease. I remember, probably about five years ago, my GI specialist, the illustrious and highly beloved Dr F, mentioning a link between fungus and Crohn’s disease. At the time, he thought a cure was on the horizon, perhaps less than ten years away. It seems there might be hope for better treatment now!
Cognitive Impairments in Crohn’s Disease Patients. I rage-cried when I read this BECAUSE I FUCKING KNEW IT but I have been pooh-poohed so many times when I tried to bring this up. This is why I stopped writing here on the blog when my disease got so bad. I could not mentally function enough to form thoughts, let alone write them down. And lord, did I try. This is a deeply satisfying piece of news. DRUNK PEOPLE outperformed us, for crissakes. Medical professionals, listen up: WE ARE NOT MAKING IT UP.
Scrapbook: Pumpkin Patch 2012. In looking through this I found myself thinking, “I really miss that skeleton warrior shirt Anthony used to have.”