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As of January 28, it's been 14 years since I started this journal. I'm older and fatter, yet both physically and emotionally healthier. I have gone from an apartment in Northampton to a house in Easthampton. When I started this journal, Modern Myths didn't even exist, and now I'm looking back at a career there. [livejournal.com profile] millari And I were just starting to date, now we've had a whole marriage. Feisty has gone from vibrant young little tiger to sleepy old kitty who creaks with the years.

Some other moments worth noting:

This past weekend, I had a lovely supper at a tapas place near Union Square with Redacted. I haven't seen him/her since last spring, so it was good to catch up.

I tidied up in my bedroom and found a number of old cards from [livejournal.com profile] usakeh. They follow a consistent pattern of apologizing for not staying in touch more, and then thanking me for sending a gift, calling when she was in the hospital, or otherwise reaching out. It's actually rather pleasant to read so many affirmations piled up together. I hope she keeps sending them.

I also found a program from when [livejournal.com profile] mole_underfieldAnd I went to see Book Of Mormon last March 15th. We very much enjoyed the show. We stayed at my godmother's flat near Lincoln Center, and didn't go out that much. I had wanted to gad about the city more, but MU, as was his wont, preferred to stay in and chill. We tried to get into the Nightly Show, but couldn't. (We went to see American Sniper instead, which was OK.) I spent a fair amount of time reading a book which I quite enjoyed, but now I can't recall what it was.
[edit: China Mieville's Perdido Street Station. Just the kind of immersive fantasy I can't stop eating with a spoon.]

That was, in retrospect, about the peak of MU's respite from the cancer. He went off the chemo for a couple of months after that, and the cancer bore down on him until he smothered.

The weekend of October 4th, I flew to Cleveland to catch the final game of the season between the Red Sox and the Indians. I'd floated the idea to MU last winter, and he said he'd like to go if he felt up to it. I stayed with B, whom I hadn't seen much of for many years, as we'd had a falling out after my doomed romance with Grounded. I had a great visit. We reminisced, and carried on as we had done years ago when we in our 20s. I even dug up an old 2nd edition character, just in case it had worked out that I could join his D&D group for a session.

The weather was perfect, and Cleveland was lovely and friendly. The Red Sox capped a losing season by getting beaten 3-1.

Date: 2016-02-04 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vizsludraugas.livejournal.com
The years do fly, don't they?

Date: 2016-02-04 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] millari.livejournal.com
This was oddly pleasant to read, despite all its melancholic notes, which I guess it was for you to experience as well.

*sigh* MU's was such a raw deal. But I know that he enjoyed that trip to NYC with you. With the Big C ruling and limiting his life, I'm certain that he valued the sense of normalcy that trip gave him. That means a huge deal to someone with chronic, life-altering conditions. You should feel good about giving him that trip.

Date: 2016-02-05 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daybreak777.livejournal.com
This was sad to read but I'm so glad you have good memories of your brother.

Time does fly. I'm linking to this video of a cat growing up because it shows how quickly months go by. And she's so darn cute. ;-)


Edited Date: 2016-02-05 02:47 am (UTC)

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