Thursday, November 09, 2006

the blog gods are smiling

Aside from the emotional thrill of the election and the big bloom of hope in my soul, I'm not feeling so hot. I think I might have to go to the doctor, which I generally do precisely once a year, for that unavoidable appointment known only to women. This will make 2 whole trips to the doc in one year! For years as a "starving" artist I had no insurance at all and was blessed with virtually perfect health (still am, knock wood). The blithe uninsured era of our lives came to an end with Jim's melanoma. Now we pay hundreds of dollars every month to enjoy our good health and the possibility one of us might have to visit the doctor unexpectedly. Hundreds of dollars a month. Totally healthy and never using the system. That's so screwed up. I want to be able to go to the doctor when I need to, but I shouldn't have to pay THAT much for peace of mind. It's so disproportionate.

But enough of that. I will mutter under my breath one brief hopeful prayer that the Democrats will make us all proud for the next 2 years, and then even prouder for the next many more years when we get a Democratic president in office to undo the years of depraved incompetence of the current half-wit tyrant. [whisper whisper pray pray] There. Done. Onto FUN things!

I got to meet another blogger in person this week! Meg! My first blog friend and my partner in Sunday Scribblings, was in Seattle all the way from England to visit with some other blog gals, and she and Liz drove down to Portland in the middle of the MONSOON to see me & Alexandra! (Thank you Liz for driving!) It was wonderful, though I wish we'd had more time. We had sushi, a slumber party, desserts, a fire in the fireplace, pizza-sized pancakes in the morning, and the necessary pilgrimage to Powell's Books, and then, too soon, it was over. Thank you blog gods again for providing this weird matrix for the meeting of kindred spirits!


kelly rae said...

oh man, where were the pancakes? cameo's? cadillac?

looks like so much fun. i am missing out on so much being away!

and yes, yes, the democrats brought it! yay, us!

January said...

The cost of health care in the country is outrageous. But then again, good health is priceless.

Hope you feel better.

So nice to see you and fellow bloggers get together. I want to have a get together for the Boston bloggers one of these days. Love your photos.

(And YEA for the DEMS!)

melba said...

My husband and I were snuggled in bed watching CNN and Feeling a shift in our country. But I was confused because I really don't know how the power works. Who does what. I had to ask about a million questions because either I paid no attention in school or I have a horrible memory...
I am better informed now and happy as can be.

And I LOVE your hat! So CUTE!

(hope you are feeling healthy again soon)

Kim G. said...

Laini - so glad you had a little bit of fun - seems that you've been working very hard these days! Hope that you feel better soon!

la vie en rose said...

i love those faces!

Jim Di Bartolo said...

Hope you feel better soon Sweetie :) SO glad we have health insurance now & while expensive, it's definitely a comfort to have.

Seeing those pancakes in the pic I took makes me want them for dinner tonight! (except that we have take-out sushi tonight AND we get to watch The Office! Yippee!)


deirdre said...

I hope you feel better very soon. Yes, the issue of health insurance for the self-employed is horrifying and frightening. I also pay a stupid amount each month for something I rarely use but would be terrified without.
So glad you got to have another bloggie meeting. You all look like you had a great time. Did you go to the same sushi place? My mouth still waters when I think about that yummy food.

Shesawriter said...

Good luck with the doc. (((Hugs)))

chest of drawers said...

So, so, so happy to see you guys together BUT so, so, so wishing I wasn´t so far away.

Patry Francis said...

It almost seems as if the whole world has a big bloom of hope in its soul right now. Your smiling faces reflect that bloom perfectly. Feel better!

oh and p.s. Don't even get me started on the health insurance boondoggle. We pay our hundreds of dollars and still have a $2000 deductible per person. It's a system designed to drive us all mad.

Left-handed Trees... said...

Those blog-Gods need to show some East Coast lovin' soon! You all look so sweet and cute and happy--hope you're feeling better!!!

jennifer said...

Feel better soon laini!!!

Anonymous said...

you have spoken my EXACT feelings about health care. ALL that money I could spend in at Dick Blick or wherever I want and instead off to some soul sucking institution--- grrr.

but there's so much to be happy about right now, no griping from me!


Amber said...

How very very cool! That you got to visit with blog friends, I mean, not that you are sick. :( I hope you get better soon. And i know what you mean about paying for insurance! It kills me. I hate it in every form. But what are ya' gonna do if you don't have it? grrr.

You look so cute in your hat. ;)


Deb R said...

You mean those are pancakes in that top photo?? Holy crap!

LOVE the pics and YAY that y'all got to visit.

I'm sorry though that you're feeling rough. :-/ I'm in complete agreement about the state of our country in general and health care and med. insurance in particular!

paris parfait said...

About health care coverage in the US, my sentiments exactly, Laini. It is a huge problem that needs to be fixed. It is heart-breaking that the rich get the best treatment while the poor and middle-class suffer. Of course socialist medicine (i.e. Britain) has its problems, but living in Europe, we typically pay about one-tenth of the cost for prescriptions that Americans must pay. The drug companies deliberately jack up the prices in America, saying research costs justify the high prices. But European pharmaceutical companies also conduct extensive research and don't pass the costs on to their customers.

As for the election, hip hip HOORAY! Now time for the Democrats to take action and make some changes - although it will take more than two years to clean up Bush & Co's mess.

So glad you Meg, Liz and Alexandra all got to spend time together! It sounds like a blast. And I love your colourful room!

Marilyn said...

Hope you're feeling better soon. But do tell, WHERE did you find those pancakes?? :)

Laini Taylor said...

To respond to inquiries about the pancakes: they're from Cameo Cafe in NW Portland, near 23rd St. Delicious! Meg had chocolate chip; Jim and I had apple-blueberry, and Liz had plain old wonderful buttermilk. You order them by the acre -- really!

Colorsonmymind said...

I hope you are feeling better.
Those pancakes look so yummy-as does your house.

I am glad you got to meet up and have a bloggie friend slumber party.