Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014

Journal 365:
Describe the last time you were embarrassed.
When my beloved 18 month old granddaughter wandered outside wearing only a diaper and three pairs of her mother's underwear.

Makes me happy:
I don't watch The Simpsons that much anymore, but this couch gag charmed me.

In my life:
It's been unseasonably warm the last couple of days, and now the rain has come. It's been raining schizophrenically all day.
Mommy is leaving for DC tonight, and the grandmonsters will be staying with me and Papi and Bear for the weekend.
Kind of sleepy after staying up late, gaming on the internet with my friend the Birthday Girl.
Finished reading The Plague Tales by Anne Benson. It's a pretty good set of intertwining stories, told across time between the Middle Ages and present-day or near-future England. The pace and descriptions were good, until we got to the end, where everything seemed to speed up to the point where there was no time for detail, as if the author was rushing to make a deadline. Characters in this story make stupid, selfish decisions that potentially impact the whole world, usually in the name of self-preservation. It made me think about what I might do in their place, and I liked that about it.

Something beautiful:
I really like this pin:
In the news:
Ebola! The second patient in the U.S. to contract Ebola in the country (as opposed to contracting it in another country), a nurse who had treated the initial Ebola patient, had taken a flight from Dallas to Cleveland, possibly exposing an additional 132 people to the disease. CDC will lower the fever standard for airline passengers from 101.5 deg. to 99.4. This is the difference between book learning and application, apparently.
The new iPads will be released today.

Ebola! President Obama was due to speak at Rhode Island College (not far from where we live) this afternoon, but canceled his visit to deal with the Ebola issue. Meanwhile, local hospitals are updating their staff protocols for infectious disease. Must remember to ask my friend, a healthcare worker in the Chicago area, what's going on where she is.
Local indie newspaper The Providence Phoenix published its last issue. They've been around for 15 years, so it's the end of an era.


  1. There was even an Ebola scare in southern Maine!

  2. I can't get over that she's 18 months old already! And I wish you'd snapped a photo.