Being sick over the last few days has given me some time for quiet reflection, some reading, and a little bit of catching up on personal correspondence. Ying was away in NY, and the fluid in my ears has also really muted my hearing, so everything seemed really peaceful and calm in the apartment. It's intriguing the effect that something as simple as noise-level has on my mood. I think I'm going to get some noise-cancelling headphones today.
That's right: it's July 4, and to celebrate I am going to sit in perfect