Thursday, May 30, 2013

Shots done... and other random news

For the last three weeks I've been getting shots of goo in my knees and yesterday was my last shot.  Now I just have to go back for a final check up.  I've noticed a decrease of pain in my knees though I still have pain and problems but it is a decided improvement.

Last weekend we went to Vicki's place in Indiana and Gin and Stephanie came there from Georgia.  My nephew and our friend also joined us so we had seven in Vicki's apartment.  Considering there were so many we did really well.  The time flew by but I think we all had a good time.  Except maybe Sasha who was not happy that Moo shoo from Georgia (Gin and Steph's cat) came to visit too.  He was all about love me and she was all about get the hell away from me.  By Monday when they were getting ready to leave she was not having hissy fits every time she saw him.

Circle Magazine has one of my articles in it.  I was pleased to see they printed one after they had contacted me for a few to use.  This is the next thing on my list - get back to writing.  I'm supposed to take it easy this weekend (because of the shots) so I'll work on the grad gift I still have to make.  However, once this weekend is done I'm going to switch to writing mode.  I, of course, have a to-do list.  There is a grant to write, articles for Circle, a contest, and a few other things I want to work on.

I have vacation to use up so I'll likely be taking a few days - after my department moves - to have writing time at home ALONE.  I'm very much looking forward to having this time and being very productive.  One thing I have to tackle is cleaning my office.  It is a wreck and I need to handle it - sooner rather than later.

No kids and no pets - it has been nice in the house with just Ken and I.  I have my moments where I miss my kids but mostly, I'm quite content to be without extra people in my house.  Ken and I are figuring out how to deal with each other which is always interesting.  At least there hasn't been any bloodshed - yet...

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Done...

The semester is done.  I think I’ll end up with one A and one B.  If I’m lucky the B might be an A-.  I’m glad it is done and I learned nothing from my science class that I will use or remember and some good things from my Prose Stylistics which I’ll use when I’m editing.

Yesterday was a busy day with errands and running around.  Ken helped Dominic unload from his move up from Indiana and I hung out.  I wrote in my journal for the first time in forever – that felt really good.  I have to type up a poem I wrote while I was waiting. 

One of my essays was published in Circle Magazine.  They contacted me for some they could use so I sent them in a few.  It was a one page essay that I wrote a while ago. 

I have to make a list of deadlines I don’t want to miss for writing.  There is a grant I want to write for and a few competitions I want to enter.  There is also a few publications I want to look at their guidelines.  Yup – there is definitely a to-do list for the summer.  It should keep me busy and out of trouble…well at least busy.

Vicki has made a very successful start to her job.  She is busy from the moment she steps in the door until she leaves.  She is even taking work home with her already. 

Now that Ken and I are on our own, we have a few things to get done – like rearranging things in the house, the basement fixed and so on.  It is nice to settle into a schedule with him and getting used to there being no buffer between us. 

I’m getting shots in my knees for the next two weeks.  I started last week and it was interesting to say the least.  I nearly passed out on the nurses – I guess I should actually drink water before I go to these appointments.  Fortunately, I’ve noticed a decrease in pain this week for my knees and I’m hoping the other two shots will keep that going in the right direction. 

The next couple of weekends will be busy with a visit to Vicki - Gin and Stephanie are coming up from Georgia so they can see her new place – and helping Kelly and Dominic move to their new house.  I’m excited for both.  We haven’t seen the girls in a while and it will be a quick visit but we aren’t going to do a lot of running around but just hang out at Vicki’s apartment and be together.  Kelly and Dominic will be moving into the next stage for them.  While I’ll miss them living near us, I’m happy for them to be on the same page and moving forward.

After that I'm hoping for a slower pace so my weekends will be less hectic and more about writing and relaxing...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

One Down - One To Go


Just finished my last science test, I’m done with one class.  Next I need to finish my paper – have all the data; now I just need to write.  I can take my school books back to the book rental.  I am half done and will work on the other one tomorrow night.

The end of this semester hasn’t been as bad as last semester when I was laid up.  It has in many ways been stressful and variable.  I sure didn’t expect to have to move Vicki just before the end of the semester.  I also didn’t expect to have to prep for the department to move either. 

Next I just have to write – this is never a hardship.  I already know at least two to four differences I want to talk about for my final project.  It is just a matter of sitting down and writing.  This will happen tomorrow night when Ken has gone to bed.  I can spend time writing about the sliding scale and so on.  I have a good section of it in my head – it is just a matter of getting it on paper.

Funny how it is a ten page paper that is due Thursday and I’ve not written a word about it.  I have it all in my head and I think once I start writing it will go quickly.  I’d love more time to develop more of my comparison, include more examples, research different genres, and so on but that isn’t going to happen.  I’m just going to have to be happy with what I have and get it done. 

Then I can take a week off and just do fun stuff like reading and crocheting.  After that a brief slacking period, I have to start my to-do list.  Although I will try to keep my to-do list in a more manageable size, unlike I’ve done in the past

Saturday, May 11, 2013

End of Semester Craze Plus....


Vicki is moved and settled in to her new place.  She will start her new job Monday.  It was a long weekend of a lot of stress and work.  She has organizational things to do with her books and dishes but I think everything (or nearly) is unpacked.

This week has been crazy with move stuff at work and end of semester work stuff in addition to the culmination of my own classes.  Tuesday after a long work day I came home and finished off my last chapter of science.  I just have the last exam to do.  Wednesday I read part of the book and picked out stylistic things to write my paper on.  I wrote the rough draft and put it away.  Thursday morning I asked my chair if he had time to read it – he took the time.  He gave me GREAT feedback that I was able to use to refine my writing.  I turned in the paper on Thursday.  Now I just have to do my final project, which is a ten-page paper. 

This weekend will be working on that paper, bills, and sleeping.  I also have to finish a baby gift and work on the afghan for the grad gift.  I’m hoping to have a rough draft by mid-day on Sunday and then revise, revise, revise until Thursday when I have to go to class and turn it in. 

Once my classes are done, I’ll turn my free time to self-publishing the romance and meditations book.  I’ll also go back to working on my novel.  However, this summer I have a long list of things to crochet and write. 

If you've read my blog before you know my to-do list always outreaches my ability to get stuff done.  I plan to get a lot done including rearranging the house now that we no longer have kids or pets.  (pause to enjoy the thought)  I’m looking forward to having a quiet peaceful house.  No idea whether I’ll actually get that or not. 

I just have to get through the end of semester stuff and the move at work – then some of my sanity will return (if I had any to begin with). 


Crafting Escape

It was a good weekend.  Friday I left work to go to the doctor with Vicki.  We were forceful about her needing a different antibiotic.  She ...