sadly for us, the evil germ empire has won this round. we were unable to drive to Columbus to meet The Bobs (E for the first time) while they’re in Ohio for new year’s, because whatever i had took a turn for the worse (i won’t bore you with horrible details). it was a big disappointment for her, as she was really excited to finally meet them. for me, too, but i’ve learned to never get my hopes up, so i don’t get let down. it means i rarely get excited anticipating or looking forward to anything, so when it doesn’t work out i just resign myself to the inevitable. call me Eeyore, but it works for me. take that, evil cooties from space. i’m down, but not defeated.