May 3rd, 2006

saxon cross

Treasures great and small

Today, May 3, is the date observed in ancient times as the anniversary of St. Helena, mother the Emperor Constantine, finding the True Cross in Jerusalem.

When I was in Great Britain last year, I bought a small Roman coin from the reign of Constantine featuring the Empress Helena. I always wanted a Roman coin, and I thought St. Helena, with her association with the Cross, would be an interesting piece to have in my coin collection.

Let's get physical

Had my annual physical yesterday. It was pretty pro forma. I guess my doctor thinks he knows me pretty well, and is only checking for certain things. I'd be happier with a little more prodding and poking. I even had to remind him about the bloodwork I had done last week -- usually his main interest in these matters.

Well, my numbers are simply magnificent -- all of them. So that's good news. My weight remains more than I'd like to carry, but I'm hoping to slim up a bit this summer, what with all the activity I'll be taking on. I used to bulk up in the winter and drop all the extra weight every summer; after my metabolism slowed down to a crawl, I couldn't do that any more. Getting weight off and keeping it off is really hard. Last summer, though, I trimmed up a bit naturally again for the first time in years. So maybe I'm getting back to normal. I know that last summer was the first time I'd felt really, really fit for about eight years. It took me that long to get over the beating I took at my previous appointment plus dealing with Dad's death.

Just a couple more tests to complete the process, including my first colonoscopy (O, be joyful). And I need to make sure my vaccinations and such are all up to date for the trip to Tanzania.

Meanwhile, Cuthbert's in a feisty mood this morning. His sub-species ought to be Felis domesticus pugnax.