was wonderful! Spent it with S: my close friend from grad school and her family. Totally enjoyed the warmth and hospitality, fun and jokes and very hearty meals. Meeting S's parents made it so clear why S is such a great person, and why I am so glad to have a friend like her. Oh, I also got to sleep on a water bed for the first time and that was such fun!
Was also the about perfect time for a break. Was nice to be offline all weekend long. It was nice to go away, and I am happy to be home, now. The my shower, my couch, my bed thing.
Is it possible to respect someone's choices when you don't believe in them? Some things are hard to explain. Where do you start? Do you start making your point, or do you start trying to remind people that it's entirely within reason for two people to have very different stands on the same subject and let it be? Or do you step back and decide that you don't owe anyone any explanations, hence tell them politely to eff off? I've learned that the easiest/nicest way out of it all is the nod and smile policy. :)
You know its time to stop asking some people for advice when they begin doling out unsolicited advice.
Read through more of Henrietta Lacks' story. There are points in the book that make you want to shut the book and walk away from it all. Because it hits so close to home that is biomedical research. The story stays with me for hours after I've read it: it almost numbs my reaction to everything else around, as the story lingers on in my head and has me looking at everything else with a very different perspective.
Sometimes, when I am having a really great time- I miss B, but more than missing him, what brings me down is thinking of what he's missing, and how much he must be missing all of it. And how he must've made his peace with it, to whatever extent he has. It can't be easy. :/