At the doctor's office, another person in the waiting room had a giant fuzzy dog, close to one of my ideal dog types (Field Spaniels and other really intelligent-and-quirky breeds are another ideal that comes to mind). It was really friendly - while I got to pet it a bit, I wanted to give it a great big hug. I love affectionate pets. I'm inclined to think that if I ever get more pets, I should get a big dog instead of cats because dogs are better for hugs.
Rather than trying another anti-headache medicine, my doctor referred me to a neurologist. Because of how it pounds, is only on one side of my head, and some symptoms leading up to it, he's pretty sure it's a migraine, although the last medicine he gave me made me want to curl up and die. I've put on a few winter pounds (up to 190 lbs), but that's probably to be expected.