on the brighter side of things, i am spending a few days hanging out with my mom in ojai, and it is haas avocado season. one of her neighbors brought by two ginormous bags of avocados and oranges (none of the fruit on my mom’s trees are ripe yet). it’s really quiet and small-townish here, and everywhere you look there are trees and plants and flowers. a drive to the bank or the market takes you down orchard-lined streets and past horse corrals. it’s really warm and there is a pool. life is good.