can you believe that i am still trying to shake the last vestiges of that terrible cold? i've become so familiar with coughing that i barely notice it anymore. today is a clear and crisp pre-winter day, the kind where you don't linger outside unless you're moving around. i happened to have taken a random, mental health holiday from my 9-5 job and am enjoying the quiet of a solitary day. strong, black tea and purring lap cats are in order. dinner will be homemade spinach and mushroom lasagna with a glass of pinot noir.