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  • Everyone is nervous about the Texans and if Watson keeps developing... But if you're going to get them, early is better. You've got the most complete team in the NFL at present. It should be a game, but I'm taking your guys. Not sure if we'll have power to watch them, of course.
    So, are you nervous about the Chiefs, like having a number one ranking the fourth week of the college season, or are you confident that Alex plus this running game is going to let your defense get the big game it's ready for? I really like your chances this year, barring injury. New England is a defensive mess and you have real balance across the board.
    I only watch preseason when dieting, as a rule. I take it the game plan was to really give your punters and special teams a good look? :eek:
    Being a SoCal girl, humidity and I don't get along well at all, but I've heard our August humidity is like the Sahara desert compared to Southern/Gulf humidity. :chuckle: You're a brave soul. :)

    I like my humidity in the teens. Anything more than that starts feeling foreign.

    I'm sorry work is stressful. That makes Sunday nights pretty tough sometimes. Hang in there.
    Hi kmo. Good to see you. :)

    I'm doing somewhere between okay and well enough, so I can't complain. :chuckle:

    And how are you?
    Thanks, kmo. :) I'm halfway through that stack of books, and all is well with me. I hope with you too.

    Also, I'm glad you don't read romance novels. I might have to stop associating with you. :eek:;)

    :chuckle: That was awesome.
    Your mom is a saint.

    I've heard of the Silmarillion, but haven't read that either. It would be interesting for you to go back and read it again and see if you still find those parts boring. You might think of it entirely differently. I never read the Harry Potter books either. :eek: For pleasure, I always tended to large cast-of-character books like Maeve Binchy writes (I think I've read almost every book of hers), or crime/mystery novels a la John Grisham or various spy/secret intelligence kinds of books like Tom Clancy - and historical fiction too. Never was much for romance novels, because they're predictable and boring, so what's the point? :chuckle:

    I'm going on hiatus tomorrow, and don't know when I'll be back. Hope all stays well with you and yours.

    Thank you as always for your steady kindness and thoughtful posts, you're a treasure.
    Yeah, Julianne Moore was amazing. I was a companion to an Alzheimer's patient who passed away a few months ago, and I'm going to ask for another assignment soon. I don't have anyone in my family who has suffered with it (that I'm aware of, at least), but the older any of us gets the more chance we have to develop the non-hereditary form of it. I hope they find that cure soon.

    I've never read the LOTR series, although I saw all the movies. I know how good Tolkien is, but I was never able to read much fantasy or science fiction. I don't know why. I'm sure I've missed out on some amazing literary craftsmanship by not forcing myself to go outside my personal preferences.
    I just finished Still Alice, I'd already seen the movie and the book is excellent and an easy read. It's written by a novelist who has a PhD in neuroscience, and it's about a woman who gets early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 50. I recommend both for a careful, empathic look into what it's like to descend into dementia.

    Subliminal does sound fascinating - I'll let you know how that one goes, it's actually next. (I picked the reading order by doing eeny meeny miny moe... yes, I really did that... :eek:)

    We really aren't in control the way we imagine we are, you know... we're a lot more deterministic and have a lot less free will than we think we have. It's kind of unsettling, really. :)
    Uphill both ways.... yep... :chuckle:

    Beautiful drive, but a little scary if you're driving south because there are places where there's nothing but a guardrail between you and the beach hundreds of feet below. I've been to Julia Pfeiffer State Beach and camped at Ventana Campground, but the entire west coast is beautiful and wild in many places from north of LA all the way up into Canada. You can't go wrong anywhere. :)
    Thanks, yes, it was a wonderful trip. My son and his wife are very experienced travelers, so I was in skilled hands. I didn't have to worry about a thing. :)

    I came home and everything looked so.... new. :(

    Big Sur had a big landslide... part of Hwy. 1 is impassable at the moment, sorry to say. But don't let that stop you, you can still get there - and what a beautiful stretch of coastline... :)

    Here's my stack of books:

    When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
    Still Alice by Lisa Genova
    Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow
    How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
    Night by Elie Wiesel
    My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard
    :chuckle: Thanks, kmo.

    Those gave me more than a smile, they gave me a chuckle. My favorites are the walking Ikea bag and the one with the long black fur with just his snout poking out. Too cute. :chuckle:

    And my summer plans are to get a lot of reading done, both for pleasure and to keep my psychology knowledge fresh. I already did my summer traveling, so that's about it.

    How about you? Heading west? ;)
    Hey. :)

    I'm glad to hear you're doing all right. How's that little niece of yours? I'll bet she's at a fun age now.

    I'm doing okay myself. Maintaining. And yes, all done. I graduated last month. :)
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