I'm pleased to report that all has gone well so far here in Colorado. My mom's surgery went about as smoothly as it could, and she was walking around and eating (and relatively pain free) within a few hours of the operation1. We won't know the tissue test results until Friday at the earliest, but at least so far everything's gone about as well as we could have hoped for.
Unfortunately, however, things are not going quite so well back in California. My SO came home tonight (after a very long day of work) to find that our house was full of hundreds of buzzing, potentially stinging, uninvited arthropod guests. After some investigation (and careful shooing), my SO determined that we have a swarm (or other congregation) of bees in our chimney. As a friend in Oregon said when I told him about this: "So THAT'S where they've all gone!"
Anyone need some bees?
1 In fact, my mom was feeling good enough today to head around town with me to help buy supplies for all the projects she wants me to do while I'm here. I should emphasize that I'm not complaining: many of those projects entail cooking, which I'm more than happy to do (and which I benefit from as much as she).