October 15th, 2010


[links] Link salad dreams of Italian

MLN Hanover on Urban Fantasy — Daniel Abraham is very smart.

Street art — More photos of Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, from mysterysquid.

How Often Should a Married Couple Have Sex? — Presented without comment.

A quiet shift in GOP stance on gay marriageThe GOP isn't displaying its usual anti-gay election-year demagoguery, and not just in the "Pledge to America." mmm.

?otD: Pizza or pasta? Show your work.

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours
Body movement: Airport walking to come
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently reading: Slice of Life by Paul Haines


[travel] To the skies, young ward!

For those playing along with the home game version of "Where's Jay", I will be flying from Omaha to Portland today. Home briefly, then off to San Francisco tomorrow morning. There might be more blogging if time and airport wireless network access permit, and there might not.

In the mean time you may shop as usual; there is no need to return to your homes.

[cancer] Looking back and forward

There's obviously a lot of transition going in my head and heart right now. In my life as a whole, I suppose.

Physically, I feel better right now than I have since right before the lung surgery in November, 2009. After spending months waking up every day feeling, at best, like I just got over a dreadful flu the day before (and those were the good days), I now wake up feeling like I partied too late the night before. Not hung over, just worn. The dissolving stitches itch, the scars kick up sometimes, fatigue still stalks me but without overwhelming. Honestly, I feel so damned good, and it gets better almost every day.

Emotionally and mentally, this has been quite a week, as noted. I lost a few days, so won't be starting Kalimpura until this weekend or early next week. Not a crisis, but I am a bit disappointed in myself. calendula_witch and I are doing an extraordinary amount of talking right now by way of relationship maintenance and post-chemo re-entry into the fullness of my personal life. It's not pretty, but it's loving.

I would not have gotten here today without a hell of a lot of love from a lot of people. calendula_witch herself, first and foremost, of course. shelly_rae, who poured an enormous amount of love and affection and attention into me in my most desperate hours of need. My mom (tillyjane), dad and step-mom. the_child and her mother. My friends and loved ones in Portland and all around the world. You, reading here today.

Thank you, all of you. You helped me hang in long enough to do what I'm doing right now: get my life back.


[travel] Oops

DEN-PDX flight was first delayed by a cockpit computer problem. Now we are back at the gate due to smoke in cabin on taxi out. They are still saying the flight will make. And here's me with a tight schedule back In Portland. Sigh.