Fortunately, there is the spoken word. I have a series of lectures about Evolution now (with the amusing bit in the intro lecture on how Jews (and Christians and Muslims) consider the Creation story in Genesis to be "gospel" - um. No. Not even necessarily in the way he actually means.) And I just grabbed a couple of slash podcasts, too. I have a doctor's appointment, and I always have to wait. Now I have something to listen to while knitting. Note - listening is NOT my preferred mode by any means, *but* I do get more if my hands are busy at the same time, so this is a win/win.)
We're also going out to dinner tonight, for my father-in-law's (bli ayin ha-ra) 85th birthday. Here I must note that, thank God, he's in excellent health. He has bad hearing - gone in one ear, hearing aid in the other - because of both physical problems and years of playing trumpet in orchestras - and his short term memory isn't what it was but that's about it.
We're going to Abigael's, which is a steakhouse, but since it IS the Nine Days, it'll have a pareve/fish menu instead. This is a concession to us, because while my inlaws are also avoiding meat and my brother-in-law is a fish/vegetarian (and his future stepdaughter has no say, being four . His fiancee is not joining us at all.), none limit themselves to kosher restaurants. That is, they will eat non-meat (actually, my father-in-law will eat non-pork) and non-shellfish anywhere.
Jonathan is preparing a sort of siyyum to justify the festive gathering.
Alsok, and without spoilers - I nearly cried three times while reading this week's comics. Once for the treatment of a character, once for a memorial and once for a surprise. That's rare. I'll post a spoiler entry later, I think.