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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Okay V. 1.3

Okay, so, here's a quick update on everything that's been going on so I don't have to clog the internets with all the necessary background information for getting all y'alls [hehe] up to speed on my exciting, fast paced, cosmopolitan, avant garde life.

First, there was the bizarre disorder --- Old Dog Vestibular Disease --- which struck my elderly German Shepherd girl. And let me tell you, pobrecita, both her and moi!

Because, you see, the disease struck three days after I'd turned in grades for Spring Semester. Now, during those three days of freedom, I'd driven up to turn in grades, returned home, immediately collapsed, then roused myself long enough to get the dishes done and the muck moved around enough that my home was now health department inspection safe.

And I was so looking forward to three-four weeks off, meaning enough time to visit friends do things go to movies go out to eat garden talk on the telephone stare at the ceiling read books ...

And I'd just enjoyed my first real day of after having done the dishes and moved the muck around, and had left early one morning to go into town and eat out with some friends, visit a museum, stare at books in a used book store, make a complete grocery store run, visit other friends --- you know --- normal things that normal people who are not also teachers do ...

And I'd just stopped on my way home to see the vet to make an appointment to get my lovely German Shepherd girl an exciting professional grooming (she does like to look her best) ...

And I'd gone home immediately after and had just walked in the door after an exciting day being a normal person instead of an insane teacher with so freakin' much grading that she appears to be a total antisocial agoraphobic madwoman ...

And the pups had run up to me excitedly, hoping I had carrots for them (their favorite treat) ...

And the lovely German Shepherd girl had pranced her way from the carrot hunt to her beloved water bowl, when suddenly, it was as if someone had picked her up and thrown her against the wall.

And she was down for the count for three weeks.

And there went my exciting three-four weeks off to pretend I'm a normal person with a normal life. Yes indeed, the powers that be have a funny way of reminding us the minute we're certain we have a little extra time.

You see, Old Dog Vestibular Disease isn't a permanent condition, but it does require near-constant nursing for the duration. And hooboy, the mess. What happens is, the doggie's inner ear apparatus goes completely bonkers and they lose all sense of balance and their eyes flit wildly back and forth and they can't eat or drink or walk or even move without putting themselves into profound danger because it usually hits the older dogs who are fragile anyway and you don't want older dogs to be falling down all over the place.

So I ended up moving all the furniture out of the living room area, where she originally went down for the count, and bunkering the entire area with pillows, towels, rugs, blankets, everything I could find.

Needless to say, she was also doing some peepeeing and pooing in place. Pobrecita!! So I was having to do a lot of hiney cleaning, not to mention laundry. Oy!!!!!

And trying to handfeed her and keep her hydrated.

Three. Weeks. Of. It.

And, once she began coming around, she required retraining walking because she also has dysplasia, meaning I was also doing range of motion exercises on her --- which helped. But boy did she lose a lot of muscle mass. Bad thing for a pup with dysplasia.

And once it was finally over ... the *&^%$#@* summer semester had begun. And I was scheduled, much to my dismay, to teach four days a week. Gawd.

So that was one thing.

In addition, I've been dieting. This is fairly new, only a few weeks at it --- South Beach style. And it works, although I have got to get my exercise levels up. I really packed it on over the summer because it was too freakin' hot to do anything. Lordy, what was that about?

Anyway, I've been bitching about not having a calorie counter, and then happened to find this extremely handy doodad on fellow dieter [and Okie] Sister Scorpion's blog.

And ooooh, she's right! It's fabulous! Works like a charm!

And while I haven't been posting here, I've been posting on that madhouse Daily Kos, where I've learned quite a bit actually, but I never really posted there with any intention of much coming from it I mean my god who would want that attention? But one day, fellow dKossian tvb got this wild idea to start a what's for dinner? series and I said yes, as did fellow dKossian Kate Petersen ...

... which kind of led me back into blogging because you have to pay more attention to your sepllgni hehe when you diary at dKos ...

... and so we started the series a couple of months ago and you can read them if you want to right here ...

... and I think that kind of gets you all caught up.

Oh yea, plus ... I HAVE A NEW JOB STARTING IN JANUARY WOOHOO MY LIFE IS PERFECT! well, not really, but I will have more time now!

And now ... I am off to garden.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Okay, I really am back

I hope I am, at least. Way too much to do, way too little time!!

But here's a quick update: I gave notice at my job --- a job which has been eating me alive in every possible way (financially, time-wisely, etc.) --- and was hired by another university. I'm not finished with the old job til mid-December, but once that's over and done with, I will actually have time --- and more money! Because my new teaching job requires ALMOST NO COMMUTING!!! and reasonable hours!!

I can't wait.

So it might be a bit of a slow startup to getting back to blogging, but that's because I STILL DON'T HAVE ANY FREAKIN' TIME!!!

But I really am back!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Okay, I'm back

It's going to take me some time to get back in the swing of things, but I'm back!

Well, maybe better to say I'm just kind of back --- I'm not terribly interested in spending too much time on the computer --- I already do that and really, really don't want to add to it. But I am sort of back and if I can think of anything to say, I'll be saying it.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

In response to ...

... Erishkigal's comment below and MJ's comment on her blog, I'm posting an update.

First, i don't know when I'll be back. I'm having a lot of fun not blogging. I've made some new friends and have been renewing some old friendships.

The two-dimensional world of the net is a good place, but I'd forgotten how great the three-dimensional world is. The goal is to be equally at home both places and eventually to meld two and three dimensional --- what do you think?

As for gardening, don't get me started! I can't believe I'm really seeing results, even though there's still so much to do.

I'm getting my first grapes this year. I can already see the little clusters on the vines.

I have butterflies everywhere. And it appears I had a mess of Monarch lay eggs here perhaps? because i was covered in Monarchs --- little ones --- for a week or so.

So my initial butterfly gardening attempts have worked.

I'm redoubling the efforts. New goal: to be certified as an official Monarch Watch site sometime in the next year or so.

I haven't yet planted fruit trees or nut trees, but I have just about finished my fruit plantings here. I now have blueberries, strawberries, elderberries, raspberries and something else ... ? ... going. The next step is to establish vegetable gardens. i have tomato and herb gardens going, but no real wonka wonka veggie gardens. So this is the next step.

Lots more, too.

In a month, I'll finally have a back porch. I've gone through tons of money --- my savings is nearly gone.

However --- and maybe the best news of all --- I might have another job.

So that's what I've been doing. I'm still watching you all and I will be back soon enough.

Thursday, March 30, 2006


This is my official announcement that I'm on an extended hiatus from blogging.

As if you hadn't already noticed.

I'm simply unable to write right now. I think I've gotten to the bottom of it --- it has to do with events over the past, mmm, 6 years, and really doesn't have much to do with being burnt out. More like several epic battles for my soul which I fought and managed to win, if winning is even an option in those matters.

It's taken me a while to get down to what's really going on and I'm in the middle of massive, massive cognitive processing. It's such a bad idea to have too many things going on at once for too long. But I did.

Oh well.

Besides, I'm trying to really cut down on my time on the internets --- not to mention, it's plantin' season!

I'll still be watching a few of you.

I'll also be looking for a new blogging home. One obstacle has been that, whenever I've felt a wild hair to do some writing, there have been problems with Blogger.com, and either i haven't been able to post or the post gets lost or my entire blog is gone or whatever. When I find that new home, I'll post the redirect link here.

Meantime, if you want to talk to me, leave a comment! :=D

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

There's nothing romantic about any of it

It's all very down to earth and practical.

First, I spent much of the weekend meditating on the proper way to go about my job dilemma. I decided I needed to tell the administrator I simply can't work full time for three-quarter time pay. I was quite resolved --- a bit nervous, but determined to do it.

I smoked all the way to work yesterday in preparation. Calm thoughts, be calm, you can do this, the typical pep talk.

She freaked out.

So. So much for that. I should have gone with my original plan, which was to get another job and simply --- well, leave. But I didn't.

So tomorrow, I cut my hair off. It's insane look, wild and long, meaning it is not job hunt material.

And Sister Scorpion's blog is now missing. MJ's is still there, but Sister Scorpion's is missing. Which is somewhat of a relief --- I'm glad to know I'm not the only blog at Blogger which goes missing now and then. But it seriously interferes with my reading, which is now on a timer --- I've set my internet thing to ask me every ten minutes if I really want to be online. This is in the hopes of rehabilitating my fat ass.

Oh, and a student yelled at me yesterday. I basically told her to shove it. Well, okay, what I really said was don't like it? File a complaint against me, toots. Sans toots, but something like that.

And the tomatoes are coming up and the last I saw of the guineas, they were running as fast as they can the other way. No sign of them since.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Blogger ...

... is driving me crazy. Today all my links are gone. Yesterday it was telling me my blog doesn't exist. Before that, it locked the blog because someone turned me in as a spam blog.

I think I might find someplace else to blog. Grrrr.