Facing the Day
I got dressed and went downstairs and found my new watch cap which I haven't worn yet. I got it from Barth and I haven't thanked him yet--oh God, thank you Barth, thank you thank you. It is a talismanic watch cap because it says 'El Riesco Siempre Vive' which was graffitied on Vasquez's body armor in Aliens II. Vasquez is a sort of talismanic figure for me because when I married Bob I was 5'4" and 132 pounds of muscle--I was working out with weights. I was tough. And he compared me with Vasquez. Me and Vasquey, tough broads, you know?
I put on my Vasquez hat and went out to the library and picked up Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel and and then got myself some lunch. Then I came home shoveled off part of the back deck so that the miniature dachshund would go out. This may not sound particularly tough to you, but for a woman who had been sitting in the bathtub in a funk, for a woman who now gets winded going up a flight of stairs (curse you belomycin) it was at least something.
Remember, the brave always live. Now I'm off to read Jonathan Strange, having been completely enchanted with the first chapter.
(Thank you Barth! Thank you thank you thank you!)