Good morning. I have nothing pithy or therapeutic today. I'm in PTSD mode, anxiety-wise. We're coming up on the first anniversary of my mom disappearing, getting in the fender bender 200 miles away, finding the brain tumor... And the dates? Conicide exactly with Miz Medical Anxiety's bloodwork and GP app't! Argh! Medical anxiety is so horrible, anyway, why not pile on? Sure, c'mon! Feel like a football that's been fumbled at the playoff and there's all *that* coming at me.
Meanwhile, I'm so stressed that Hubby did laundry voluntarily... but left me the folding. OMG. I had to laugh. So proud he could run the washer and dryer, but God forbid he fold his own underwear, y'know? Then he said he doesn't know how. (Insert disbelief here.) Then again, hey, who am I to question? We're 25 years in, and he still can't figure out how I only need one suitcase and he needs two and we haev the same basic amount of stuff. I keep forgetting my dad was Navy and my mom was a nurse. I learned space-saving military-ish packing. He throws things in and prays to the unseen gods of travel that it'll work, I guess?
Happy birthday, Montreal, Quebec, Canada! Founded today in 1642, and a great visit. Wonderful skyline view here shows that mix of "Old World" and modern. https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/03/9b/2f/df/montreal.jpg
This is my fave view Ifound online, btw. Downtown, winter, and so darn scenic! (And slippery)... Montreal downtown winter pic
In 1802, today, Great Britain decalred war on Napoleon Bonaparte's France, which was only fair, as Bonaparte pretty much loved to declare war and invade.
Because history loves its bookmarks... Two years later to the day, Napoleon was declared emperor of France by the French senate.
Rather more sobering, today in 1980, Mount Saint Helens erupted. The eruption cost the US Northwest about $3 billion in damages (mostly to the lumber industry, which, btw, went in and salvaged the fallen trees anyway, so I reallllly want to dicsount that... the effers...) and about 60 lives. Some were scientists. For an excellent account of all this, please read "Eruption" by Steve Olson. I enjoyed it for the human angle it took, the way ti pointed up the lumber industry's role in the problem of evacuation zones, state and local politics, all the history of the people whose choices affected all sorts of aspects of things in the eruption's effects. (It's on Kindle, btw.)
BTW, Mt. St. Helens revolutionized vulcanology (study of volcanoes) b/c they saw stuff there, documented it, that they didn't previously know were potential warning signs and indicators of what the eruption would do. It happens a lot, that you need a disaster to learn something. (Think Fukushima nuclear plants finding out too late that a tsunami barrier wall can't stop all tsunamis...)
What's really bizarre, btw, was the way people scraped up ash from the volcano and sold it in vials for souvenirs. I still don't get that.
OK, off to deal with massive anxiety, the urge to eat waaaay tons of chocolate goodness b/c I don't know what else to do, and my fibro is flaring form this bloody dang hot humid weather. Why that triggers my fibro, but other people it's cold? We just are part of the Great Mystery, fellow Fibro warriors. Part of the Great Mystery.
Off ot feed the morning soup line of cats.
Blessed day, y'all!
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