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I’ve been sick since about 2 a.m. with an upset stomach and just now finally feel up tp typing.  I had such a full day planned and had to cancel it all.  And I can’t eat.  So I am feeling extremely crummy today.  I wont’ go into details, but I’ve been good and sick.

So I am going to wrap this up quickly so I can go back to bed and rest some more.  Hope everyone has a good weekend,


Up Early

So I am awake early so I can take my youngest to her church event at 9 a.m.   I feel good being up on time and not dragging along so much as usual. Maybe school starting soon won’t be so hard on me.

Speaking of which, I am teaching this fall–I have a full class thus far but we will see how many we have left by the end of September. I’m not going to be hard on them I don’t think, but I am going to demand they do the readings as homework and state that demand early on so there is no confusion.  We will see how many weed themselves out.

I am getting better.  The past two days I haven’t gone back to sleep in the afternoon.  I’ve kept myself busy doing stuff.  Not big stuff, but little stuff, like laundry and what not.  And I’ve been writing on a new project I’m really excited about so that has kept me busy as well.

Hope everyone has a good rest of the week and a good weekend.  Keep praying for me as I try to get better and better every day.


Trying to Stay Positive

Trying to keep on the positive side.  My youngest is home but getting ready to ship out again, this time with the church. She is looking forward to this event and I hope it makes a difference in her life for having gone.

I got my meds refilled so I did that correctly. Just trying to do what all I’m supposed to do. I need to swap the laundry around and get to work on it more this afternoon.

My friends up in Ohio finally caught a break–my friend’s wife had lost her job, and she’s already found a new one right off the bat.  So they can continue to have insurance to treat his colon cancer.  I’ve been praying for them for months that things would start to turn around, and it looks like they have.  God is so good.

I need to get back to writing this morning–Ive been goofing off with my youngest but now she is absorbed in her book so I can type for a while.  Hope everyone has a good rest of the week!


Things Can Be Better

Bob and I met some friends for dinner last night and had the best time talking and eating.  WE really enjoyed seeing them and just talking about what was going on in our lives.  SO that was a good ending to my empty day yesterday.

I’m up earlier than usual this morning trying to get some things done before I go to the grocery store.  I am SO sleepy though.  THe temptation is always to go back to bed.

I’ve about finished my silly little story about the incompetent assassin.  He’s a good shot but not good at the espionage part of things.  I hope people can see that it’s supposed to be funny so I’m wondering what to title it so as to telegraph that right off the bat.  I’m just not great with titles.  But I wrote something.  I’m just hanging on to that victory right now.

My youngest comes back this afternoon so we will see how that goes.  She has had a goo time I think–gone to church for Camp Meeting every night and I think she enjoyed that.

Well, if I’m  going to get anything done I need to get moving.  Thanks so much for teading and following along as I keep on living this bipolar life.

Empty Day

I don’t have the heart to write today.  Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow. Hope everyone has a good week.


Another Appointment

Went to see the dermatologist this morning and that went well.  Got a new cream for my neck and face that’s not a steroid so it’s safe to use long term and we wills see how it works.

I’ve come up with an idea for new fiction but have to settle down and actually start writing on it.  I’ve been generating ideas for a short story collection and have about 10 ideas so far.  Just need to put pen to paper.  ANd I think they’ll be funny ones rather than the really weird ones I was writing for a long time.  But we will see.

My youngest has gone to visit a friend today so I have the house to myself.  Not sure what I’m going to do with it besides laundry.  I need to finish Bob’s and do my own today as well.  So that will keep me busy.

My oldest is enjoying herself at Disney World–she bought herself a limited edition set of stuffed animals from the new Winnie-the-Pooh movie so she is proud of those.  She seems to be really making an impression on her higher-ups because they have asked her to train new people coming in.  So that sounds like positive feedback.

My middle one has run into a class she has to actually STUDY FOR (gasp).  SHe made a 96 on her Calculus II test but says she is having to actually spend time outside class on it, which is a new thing for her :).  But she has a long way to go in the maths department so I told her she just need to get used to it.

SO that is how everyone in my house is doing.  Hope everyone has a good weekend, and see you back next week!


Good Day So Far

Went to see Dr. Bishop this morning–said I was doing fairly well.  He renewed all my prescriptions and we talked for a bit.  Told him I’m looking forward to school and what not.  And I am in a way.   I just wish I could feel better about my chances with my writing.  I got a big rejection today that I was halfway expecting since I hadn’t heard anything around mid-July.  So that was a bit grim.  But I am trying to stay positive and seeing what more I can do.

Took my youngest shopping for a new purse for the school year–all of hers are small and she wanted something larger with more pockets to take to school this year.  So we did that and also bought a wedding present for a shower I’m going to Sunday.  SO we’ve accomplished a lot today all before lunch.

I go back to my dermatologist tomorrow and my skins has cleared up with the steroid cream so that will be a good report.  I just need to keep washing my hair and staying up with that treatment.  That’s difficult since I am so out of the habit of washing my hair every day. But I’m getting better.

Hope everyone has a good end to their week and is looking forward to a good weekend.  We will see how it all turns out.  Happy Thursday!



I finally sat down and made out my new syllabus.  I added a lot more authors to the end since I cut down on some of the historical discussion.  So that was good.  And the last day is clear for the final exam discussion they will inevitably want to have.  So that was a big load off of my shoulders.  I’ve sent it to print at the office and will go pick it up next week. while my youngest is gone to see my parents.  I need to set up my syllabus in the online interface.  I dont’ really remember how to do that so may schedule a session to have that done on either Monday or Friday next week.  I will have to see.

Slow day so far.  I’ve accomplished the above and done some laundry and not much else.  We have a meeting tonight about the church youth event next week so that will hopefully be informative and I’ll get a schedule of when she needs to leave and get back and etc.   I hope it goes well and she learns a lot.

Got some more rejections.  I am really getting frustrated with my writing.  I can’t seem to break through anywhere that pays for articles.  They are just now sending out payments for my novella and it’s no more than a token payment–I am going to go along with what they want me to do as far as marketing within reason so that maybe they will look at me for a book publication in the future.  But that is so far out into the future.

Hope everyone is having a good week and is already looking forward to the weekend.  I have doctor appointments tomorrow and Friday so  I will be getting up early for those.  Not much else is going on.  Have a good rest of the week!


Speedy Day

Ive been busy this morning–had to have my youngest at the church for an event for her youth group and went to therapy then to lunch with MJ.  We had a good time talking, but now I have to go to the dentist and get my permanent crown in.  So it’s not much of a post but just long enough to say and hi and thanks to all who are still reading me after all these years together.

Hope everyone is having a happy first of the week and that things continue to go well this week.  Hope to talk longer tomorrow!



Good Morning!

Good morning!  I’m back from my trip and glad to be done with dance for a while.  My youngest enjoyed herself and learned a lot so that is good.  That’s why we go.  The competition was okay–our girls didn’t get the highest ratings but also did not get the lowest either, so that was nice.  They got  a lot of applause whenever they performed so that was nice as well–they were crowd pleasers.

I forgot to pack one of my meds and it started to show Sunday–I was very jumpy and anxious.  But I’m back on it today and am managing well so far.  I just miscounted my pill bottles and forgot to recheck them.

Long day ahead–I’ve got to  go to the grocery store and get food and what not and then I’m not sure what I’m going to do.  I am still so tired–I had a lot of trouble with reflux last night and did not sleep well until late at night.  I didnt’ cough any, just felt the heartburn coming on.

Hope everyone has a great start to their week!