BBM there are quite a few dingos on fB that rarely come here anymore, I'm sure at least a couple would like in on the SS.
Jo, right (about the unstable situation!). Things can go (pardon the expression) south super-fast so I'm sure it can be very worrying. I have a friend who does a lot of work in Egypt and all of a sudden he is banned from the country and lucky he was not there when they decided that. Apparently the powers-that-currently-be think that what he writes isn't all that flattering ... sigh. And Iran...well, yeah. Hope it stays sane for (at least!) another few months so you can get back stateside and take a break.
Fizzy water. I am trying to cultivate this as opposed to diet coke. My new plan is to have seltzer for the house and if I want a diet coke, I'll have to go out and buy one. Usually this plan lasts about a week. I don't know what it is about this stuff. I know it's poisonous and toxic. For crying out loud, my father polishes his golf clubs with coke! That can't do good things to a body. It's so weirdly addictive. I do find that if I add a squirt of lemon or lime to my carry-around water bottle, I'm much more likely to drink more. I have to remember to do that. I also have to find a water bottle that I like carrying and is easy to drink from (i.e. won't splash all over my face) and does not sweat. You'd think it wouldn't be hard but apparently such a water bottle is not so easy to locate.
I'm dressed to run. That means I must run....soon as the temp goes up a few degrees.