it seems that the universe has so graciously gifted me a category 3, threat-level-orange cold virus for my birthday. i have spent much of the last three days in a recuperative hibernation, thinking often of the evolutionary perfection of viruses. alas, i do seem to be coming around. today i have the glorious feeling that only comes after being sick for some time; the faint glow of "normal". it's startling how easily we forget the gift of good health!