@annpan thanks for being so sweet and supportive, everyone! This is just what I needed to steel me to make the move and schedule some lessons :)
@frigwiggin oh my gosh, your comment takes it full circle for me: have you heard about taking high-ish doses of ibuprofen for a week or two to stop excessive/irregular periods when you have the implant? I just got one 4 mo ago or so, and after bleeding for most of those months I was desperate for a solution. I was told by my doctor to do the ibuprofen thing to - wait for it - interrupt my prostaglandins!! Same culprit as the period poop!!
Anyway, good luck with the implant. It's better than HBC for me, but faaaar from perfect.
Have any of you taken swimming lessons as an adult? I got up to level three or so when I was a kid, but dropped out when shit got real - I'm blaming you, breaststroke. As a result, I'm a terrible swimmer now, and fear of embarrassment (and water up my nose) is keeping me from taking the plunge (sorry) and signing up today (not-so-ironically, these are largely the same concerns that made me drop out when I was 7 years old).
yes. Yes. Yes! YES!!
@Ragged But Right Of course - I absolutely understand. I hope that my post didn't come across as a reprimand. I'm sorry for what you have been through with your family illness as well. And you're right, despite the difficulty and sadness: how lucky we are.
@Ragged But Right I understand and admire the conclusions you drew from your experience, but I experienced something rather opposite. My mother went from rather normal health to being very ill extremely quickly - after a whirlwind 10 days at the hospital, she died. I think it is easy to get caught up in the bustle of caring for someone in the hospital, so it often took seeing people's reactions when I told them what was happening to grasp the full tragedy of the scenario and access that despairing part of myself. I remember every person who cried and who I have cried with about my mother's death before and after it happened and still view them as the kindredest of kindred spirits.
I checked out AstrologyZone last time there was a Hairpin post about it and my Cancer horoscope said that the following day, February 28, would be a very lucky day in love for me. I reacted by responding to a few OKCupid messages with halfhearted vigor and scheduling my first IRL date with an online dude EVER for the following (lucky love!) day.
Today: First date dude is now boyfriend dude. I'm in the best relationship of my life. Susan Miller 4Ever.
@annway Thanks, guys :) After I got home last night I got a "can I see you again this weekend?" message (!!!) - I've had a loooong romantic dry spell in recent months, so I'm pretty psyched.
I met someone from OKC in person last night (my first online to IRL experience!), and not only did I not get murdered, but at the end of the night we kissed and it was so good that my knees are still weak and my head is still swimmy today! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!