Everyone, I'd like you to meet my new favoritest person in the whole world: my sister-in-law, Sherise.
That's her on the right, obviously.
Sherise lives about 45 minutes away from us, and has four very active children between the ages of 10 and 2. Yesterday, she called to ask if I'd like to send my kids to her house to play sometime so I could work on my research. (Is that a trick question?) Yes, I would love to send them off for the day. So she picked up Link and Peach this morning and took them back to her house to play with their cousins, and I went to campus and read a book about the cultural history of medicine in seventeenth-century England. Apparently things went well at Aunt Sherise's house, because when I went to fetch the kids, Peach announced that she didn't want to go home. So everyone had a good day, and Sherise is my new Bestest Friend of All.
The book I read was Roy Porter and Dorothy Porter's In Sickness and in Health: The British Experience 1650-1850. It was fascinating. No, I mean it! Really interesting stuff. It talks about British attitudes toward health and health practices, including hypochondria, and it described a fascination with preserving health by regulating every action, every day, that sounded an awful lot like Mr. Woodhouse in Austen's Emma.