It's been a rough semester, getting into the swing of things. With Odysseus's new job,* I've had to pick up a whole lot more that I didn't used to have to do.
So, this past semester, I've been running the kids in to school, and either heading in myself on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, or heading back home to clean without small monsters underfoot (Tuesday) or to run errands without small monsters in tow...though I still refuse to go to Walmart--even when it's not busy, the people in the parking lot have a fine disregard for their cars and others, as well as their own safety.
Everything put together ate up not only my blogging time, but my writing time, too. I haven't done more than scribble in my draft books for a couple of months.**
(Why, yes, I'm hearing voices. No worries--it's just the characters in the book/stories I'm working on, agitating for me to get to writing again ASAP.)
Add in with that the cats' stupid-crazy behavior--Shadow's funny jumping bug was only one incident; remind me later, and I'll tell y'all about Cricket eating a chili pepper that I'd left out to dehydrate naturally--and family obligations, and grading obligations, and other tripping hazards that life left out like my kids leave toys laying around...
(One of my cousins' wife needs prayers--she had a double bypass, and surgery took twice as long and was more complicated than it should have been, because she has MD, and two of the initial attempts at grafting tissue didn't take)
...and you have a five month period where I've been lucky to tread water.
Thank God for auto-draft billing on the utilities.
There's also the factor that I've been outright avoiding the news, especially politics. I'm...not apathetic, but definitely believing less and less that I actually have a voice that counts and is heard. Not that that keeps me from voting, just from writing about the stupidity that we witness every day. There really is only so much of that I can take.
I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving, and that I can get my feet under me after the crazy part of break is over.
*He was hired before the end of finals week of the summer semester, about three days before official graduation.
**I have more time--and stamina--to read others' work than I do to write my own. I think I may be developing arthritis in the joint where my index finger meets my palm, and it's worse in my dominant hand...and acts up worse when the weather is typical SW MO weather (i.e., schizophrenic and bipolar) than when it's just cold and damp. And no, I don't need to be paid to read stuff and offer feedback when I don't have to turn in a grade for it.
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