I had a bad headache & toothache last Thursday and didn’t make it to my monthly Buddhist discussion meeting. My toothache went away when I replaced my cracked night guard, and my headache slowly diminished until it had faded away completely by Sunday. I picked up my brother’s family on Friday morning and we had a great time together! I hadn’t seen my brother and his family since November 2011, so it was really good to see him. We ate outside in the warm, afternoon sun on Castro Street in Mountain View, and spent the rest of the afternoon rock climbing at Castle Rock in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I have a ton of great pictures too. Saturday afternoon we met my sister-in-law’s family in San Francisco for dim sum to celebrate her father’s 80th birthday. Needless to say, Yank Sing dim sum in San Francisco is excellent!
Sunday, John and I relaxed and Monday I joined my brother’s family for a day trip to Santa Cruz. It was beautiful weather until the late afternoon when we nearly froze to death at Natural Bridges! A few young men went swimming in the ocean in nothing more than swimming trunks and the water was ice cold! Brrrrr! John joined us for dinner and we ate at our favorite Mexican taqueria down the street from our house. On Tuesday, my brother, my sister-in-law, my niece and my nephew left for more spring break family time in Sacramento. We really had a great time!
The best part of my brother’s visit (aside from seeing him and his family, of course!) was the diminished intrusiveness of the voices. I heard very little screaming and yelling. There was some whispering here and there, but overall, I wasn’t as bothered, irritated, annoyed, harassed, mocked, or insulted as much by the voices over this past weekend as I have been during the past 2-3 years. The voices are definitely less intense, less consistent, less intrusive, and less present in my life, but the progress is very gradual. I am looking forward to the day when they are completely gone. I will never give up on this. Never.