It's good to hear from you,
I'm sorry to hear that you've been down with a bug, I tend to be in the same boat as you when comes to venturing out in public, I inevitably end up catching some form of lurgie when I do. I'm glad that you managed to to make those bus journeys regardless, it requires a lot of strength and determination to fight through the anxiety. The way I see it is, the outside world may see as insignificant, but it's still a victory and something to be proud of.
Thanks for the update on how your sister is fairing, and my hopes and prayers continue to go out for her.
That's great news about the dolphins, I recently heard that with the Atlantic warming up and is now teeming with squid, if thats the case, we could be in for quite a few more sightings as they follow the food source.
On a side note, the auto-suggest on my iPad wanted to write in teeming with squirrels as opposed to squid, I must say I got a chuckle from that mental image. I'm not sure if it's my writing style or what exactly, but I had disable the autocorrect on this thing pretty much as soon as I got it, otherwise I fear I would have inadvertently insulted a lot of people.
You're right, I'll definitely be spoiling my nephew, and I'll continue to do so for as long as I can still afford to do it. For the past few years I've been buying most of my gifts from the Natural History Museum store, I've found it a good deal less stressful being able to get almost everything in one place.
Speaking relieving stress have you tried Japanese picture puzzles at all?
They work on a similar principle as minesweeper, but as you work through the puzzle you slowly reveal a picture. I've found it very easy to lose myself while playing them.