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birthday, etc.

For my birthday yesterday, I took a proper vacation day and hung out at home:  no trips to Mayo, no family visits...okay, I did check work email - twice - but only very briefly.  And I did laundry, and dishes, and I vacuumed...but it was still a vacation day:  it was Mine.

I was off Thursday and Friday last week, too, but that was a snowy drive to Mom's, followed by more driving, stress, and family discussion.  My hatred of our health insurance system deepens with every new med prescribed to Mom:  how could a sick person without a helper ever predict the true financial burden of a treatment?  It looks like the new meds will be fully covered, rather than $1000-$1500/week...but we won't feel entirely certain until we see a bill where the balance due is zero.

Anyway.  Sunday was Happy Seed Catalog Day, an informal spring-fever gathering in the basement library at Boerner Botanical Gardens.  My friends gave me birthday gifts while I was there:  a lovely mug from...a local potter whose website link is buried in the work email somewhere, a curved plaque depicting a scene from this Vaphio cup, and a reproduction of this double inkwell.

My friends are cool, and know my tastes well.  After a pleasant day browsing and chatting at the library, we went to "surly waiter" Mexican restaurant; I had seafood in a tequila cream sauce.

Today it was back to work, sort of:  an all-day offsite meeting.  We spent much of the day listening to the usual managerial glossy optimism about the latest set of fuzzy goals (you know: "working smarter").  But we did have two longer breaks to actually talk to people we rarely see.  I had actual useful conversations on two long-standing issues, and I made a new acquaintance on the test team - we agreed to be each others' contacts for questions.  So, that was good.

Tonight, I call Mom to see how the new meds are going.  I hear she caught a cold - that is unfortunate.
Then, some therapy/experiment cooking, to feed me for the rest of the week.

Tomorrow, it's back to the salt mines proper.  So it goes.
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