Another rocky week - but I feel like I'm ending it on a good note. I went back to my primary doctor yesterday and was able to ask him about all my questions and worries. He said I'm basically really healthy, with something little going on that's a big deal now, but shouldn't damage me permanently. We'll figure it out, but it'll take a while. And I don't need to worry too much about it. For now I'll just treat the symptoms and try to be healthy. I feel good about that and I feel more hopeful than I have for weeks. So great, right? The best news is that I'm eating nightshades which I'd felt obligated to avoid as an unsubstantiated internet-claimed Lupus precaution. Paprika is in everything so that was pretty daunting. That may be something to consider in my future, but for now I'm good.
Enough of that. On to more interesting things from the internet!
Maurice Sendak talks about how there's an eternal child in each of us. "I like Blake's adoration of the child self as being the best part of the human self. How sad that as adults, we just drop it along the way — or are embarrassed by it, often." It also reminded me of this comic. There's something great about being a parent and having permission to be a kid again.
Along those same lines, I've long wanted to build a fake tree in our playroom. This DIY not only shows me how, but also convinces me that it's probably more work than I'm willing to do.
Sesame Street has been bought out by HBO. Interesting to see how it will change. I liked this article looking at how sesame street has changed already, and how Elmo is bad news.
I feel manipulated and duped when it comes to the sugar debate. I guess it's pretty obvious it's not great for you. But just how bad and how much we need to cut out seems hard. I guess we're so extreme with sugar already that cutting it back to a moderate level would feel excessively conservative at this point. I liked this article in the national geographic about the history of sugar to put things in perspective. And this is a modern naysayer. I agree with the premise - but dang it's hard to cut sugar out completely.
Related topic - not eating enough fiber hurts you, and generations to come. Ouch.
Praise effort instead of talent. It took me years to realize that failing can be a sign of effort and growth. It's okay to try and fail. Good subtle message to teach kids in the way we compliment them.
The Wisdom of the Aged - following six 85+ New Yorkers for a year.
You don't need twins to identify with this: I've made a terrible mistake.