Hello to new readers batshua, bookwyrme, richlayers, and tobias_buckell!
Eurgh. Basically, it's been a weekend of pushing my body a bit harder than it wants to be pushed. Well. More than a bit.
Conversation last night...
Me, wistful, when the topic of honeymoons/vacations came up: "I never get a vacation."
Sister: "From what?"
Aunt: "Well, you're getting one this week."
Me: "No...this week I'll be writing til I blow out my wrists and my brain melts out my ears. This is not vacation. It's boot camp."
Went as well as could be expected. Kids I used to babysit are in med school and law school now. Everyone is disturbingly thin. Parents' friends are still mostly assholes. I did only have to use my prepared line about my weight gain once: "It's a side effect of the medication that controls my seizures. So basically, it's either be a bit curvier than I used to be, or have seizures; I prefer the option less likely to result in death." One can't really argue with that. To her credit, this one didn't. (The people who saw me when I was five pounds from the feeding tube think I look great, or at least said so.)
Related: Why do people feel the driving need to touch curly hair? No one messes with the coifs of the straight-haired. Curly chicks? Constant hair mauling.
Asking for recommendation letters = scary. I have done scary things this morning. Be proud.
I did not have time to teach Adam how to update the Shayara site. I do not know if I'll have 'net access at the condo. (At parents' house right now.) So you may or may not get Shayara this week. I'll keep you posted.
This is a lull in the story right now anyway. Breathe. Have a cup of tea. When we return, you shall have a return to Tessa and her crew, as they pick up the mysterious Amy Blake. (Or you'll have the five-dollar tour of the city, if I have access this week.)
Link Soup, Daily Science Edition
* Coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body, research suggests.
* Northwestern University researchers have shown that a nano-engineered gel inhibits the formation of scar tissue at the injury site and enables the severed spinal cord fibers to regenerate and grow. The gel is injected as a liquid into the spinal cord and self-assembles into a scaffold that supports the new nerve fibers as they grow up and down the spinal cord, penetrating the site of the injury.
* Early data from twin experiments at the Tevatron, the world's reigning particle accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Ill., suggest an unexpected chink in the hugely successful standard model of particle physics.
Will check e-mail daily at Starbucks, if condo isn't online. Emergency? I'll have Elayna's cellphone.