Woke up this morning with an abysmally sore throat, unable to speak. Makes for a fun day at work, though luckily mostly I just need to get the new FPGA-load for the Peabody board done so I don't need to talk /too/ much since I have all the specs here. Am sipping on some tea, and it's helping a little.
Have been thinking a lot about relationships, lately. They're important to me on some deep level, something which surfaces a lot in roleplaying and writing...and yet I'm still scared of them. Aside from my innately somewhat shy nature, where I tend to hide myself away under deeper layers from those around me, I still have a lot of issues with relationships after my disaster of an ex-boyfriend. It's an unpleasant duality...I crave physical contact; not in a heavily sexual sense, but just affectionate ways. Cuddling on a couch, etc. And yet on some level, I'm also very uncomfortable with physical contact anymore after that whole mess. Right now, a healthy and loving relationship seems about as far away to me as the 'distant land' poking up from the sea of clouds across the Sound; close enough to see, but always just out of reach.
And yet, I /am/ lonely. With kieri and brent2005 back into displays of affection and cuddling, it does bring it home again. I certainly don't begrudge them their gestures, though...I just sort of wish /I/ had someone to curl up on the couch with. Unfortunately, I'm not good at even /starting/ a relationship, due to my fears, so...
Eh. On a somewhat happier note, I'll be up in Vancouver this weekend with my mother. For all that she and I butt heads over things, and she's almost scarily motivated to 'remain a controlling influence' in my life, I /do/ love her. And she's about to return to the monastery for the better part of a year, in late February...so we're going to have a mother/daughter weekend, since she's leaving for Hawaii with dad soon for /them/ to have some time together before she goes. I'll try to stop by and say hi to some of the Vancouver crowd while there, and I'll get to go to La Casa Gelato and get more of that ungodly good black cherry ice cream.
Anyway, back to my driver-coding.