my life since Friday
Erik spent time at my parents' house with my dad. They watched TV and movies together. Erik read a book of haiku called The Haiku Anthology all weekend. I read a little over his shoulder and liked it.
We're going back in just two weeks for a visit that coincides with my friend J's visit to the area. I haven't seen J in...many years. About 10 years? And even then it was only for a minute at Jack's. He's been busy in other states. We're planning to see one another twice--once with his daughter and Erik, and once just the two of us. I have a hard time in groups, so it's better for me to focus when it's one-on-one. J is one of my favorite people in the world and has been since high school. He's two years older, and I looked up to him and respected him a great deal (I still do). He played piano very well--he played for choir, and I sang alto for a semester. That's how we met. I was going to sing a song for Pizza Pops, a really strange idea because my voice isn't very strong, and I was paired with him as my pianist. So that's how we became friends. Then he and I went out to coffee a lot, back when I drank coffee, and I remember many a Garcia mocha at Cafe Monet--Garcia mocha was a regular mocha with a shot of almond syrup. I think it was my favorite. We talked late into the night and had religious conflict. I think of my friendship with him very fondly and as one of the best things about high school. And now a days, he and I are in touch a lot through blogs and letters and Facebook. Yay Facebook and its status updates.
Today Erik and I had doctors appointments. I need to go periodically so they'll refill my blood pressure medication. My blood pressure today was 120 over 78. So that's okay. Erik went about a lump he's had on his head since he was a kid. It's right in the middle, front and center, and it was hidden by hair for a long time, but now his hair is thinning, and the lump is visible. I was hoping they could refer him to a low cost surgeon, but I guess there's no such thing, around here, and the PA said he should expect to pay between $600 and $800. So we won't be doing that--we were willing to pay up to $300. Maybe one day we'll have health insurance. Anyway, it was Erik's first trip to the doctor in about 15 years.
I have a deadline today for some zine reviews, but all I want to do is sleep. I have two and a half reviews left to write, and one and a half zines left to read. Plus I need to do all the stuff that's at the end of each review: the address, email address, how many pages, how long it took me to read it.... All the address info has to be checked against a database that I don't know how to use. So maybe I'll be up late.
The air is way better now.