Ambition this shall tempt to rise,
And moody Madness laughing wild
Amid severest woe.
-from Thomas Gray's "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College"
Back on an even keel
I am feeling much better today, after getting my free coffee, reading Serenity #2 and the last section of Tom Perotta's "Little Children" (which should have been depressing, actually...no happy endings, but you know, the characters had realistic endings, and that's okay with me), and then spending the rest of the day with my sister-in-law, who is both incredibly optimistic and upbeat but also has her feet squarely planted on the ground. I love her to death.