Monday, March 14, 2011

a nearby beach

Monday, March 14, 2011
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Gloomy and COLD!

Saturday was just a very disjoined, disconnected day. I’m not really sure why. I did a few loads of laundry, but that was the only tangible accomplishment.

I caught up with student work, which was great, and always exciting. I finished the Kay Thompson biography — but not early enough to get it to the library before they closed for the weekend. I discovered that I can get a separate card for the Sandwich Library (one of my favorite libraries on the Cape), which also plugs me into a network of 28 off-Cape libraries, expanding my research capabilities even further. I wrote material for the conference board and threw it all out, because both tone and content SUCKED.

Started the next assignment for Confidential Job #1. Stylistically, it’s well done, but it’s rather depressing and certainly not enjoyable. So it’s a bit of a slog, but it’s the last of this set, and once I’m done, I can invoice, so I’m going to grit my teeth and get through it in the next few days.

My treat for the evening was to dive into a book given to me by Costume Imp, Mercedes Lackey’s TRIO OF SORCERY. I read the first novella in it, “Arcanum 101”, which is a Diana Tregarde story. Diana Tregarde was one of the early kick-butt urban fantasy heroines before it was called “urban fantasy” –I used to find the books shelved with paranormal mystery. She is one of my all-out favorite characters. While I completely support any writer’s choice to stop writing in any given series, I still always hunger for more Diana Tregarde stories, and was delighted that this book, published in 2010, had a novella with her, front-and-center, and, even better, it took place during her college days in Harvard in the 1970’s. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

Overslept on Sunday, due to Daylight Savings Time — I HATE “springing forward”, I resent losing that hour, and it takes me weeks to feel like I’ve caught up. Got in the papers, comments on student work. Had hoped to get in a walk at Ashumet, but then it clouded over. There was talk of snow flurries, and I would have just burst into tears if I had to look at one more flake of snow. I LIKE snow and I’m done! 😉

Read the papers — so at least I know what’s going on around here — and read the second of the TRIO OF SORCERY, called “Drums.” Also fascinating.

Headed down to the library for the discussion on ornamental grasses. I wasn’t in the mood for it — I was worried about the work I had stacked up at home. But I’m really glad I went — it was fascinating. I learned a lot. I also met some of the people with whom I’ll be going to the Flower Show on Thursday, and I won an adorable little birdhouse! I’ll have to post a photograph at some point. The refreshments were also great– everywhere there’s an event here, they put out a great spread!

I came home, pulled out a book on New England Gardening, and got some ideas on how I can apply what I learned to this property, which is always good.

Cooked dinner, and finished a local history book — the diary of a sixteen year old girl writing about her life in Woods Hole (only a few miles from here) in 1881.

Weird dreams last night, everything from cats lost in transit (not mine) to . . .I don’t know. Woke up just before 5; should have gotten up, didn’t, and then, thanks to the damn time change, overslept.

I have A LOT to get done today, especially on the seminar and on the play. So I better get to it. I’d hoped to go to Ashumet today to walk, but it’s dreary and cold, with talk of either showers or a snow flurry, so I think I’ll pass! This week is insanely busy, but in a good way. I just have to make sure everything gets done on time, and nothing is left dangling.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde

Today’s my birthday, so I’ll be offline most of the day. I’ve got Fun Stuff to do! 😉

Yesterday was busy — spent time on the workshop, got some great work done on the play, had to do some research for the play (why do I insist on writing about lost civilizations and lost languages all the time, and then I have to go find them?), and working on the landing page for the seminar.

Web Design is not my forte, and, of course, because I could design a pretty nifty page on iWeb, I couldn’t upload it to my host. So I deleted one of my sub-domains (which needs revamping anyway) and used the host’s site builder to create a simple landing page. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but all the info is there. It wasn’t too much of a gut-wrenching nightmare, actually. It even let me cut-and-paste (usually I have to hand-enter every keystroke). It didn’t let me do everything of course, and I’m not particularly quick, but it’s done, and now we can tweak it over the next few days and jazz it up a bit, and then promote it. I also started setting up the conference board, but then hit the point where I couldn’t think straight any more. I’ll have to go back to it tomorrow.

I even spent some time cleaning up the fallen branches in the front yard, and, lo and behold, as I hauled them to the back to pile ‘em up, I found crocuses valiantly peeking up and around the rose bushes on the side of the house.

But that’s a post for tomorrow’s Gratitude and Growth! 😉

The next assignment has come in from Confidential Job #1, and I will start tackling that this weekend.

I’m reading a biography of Kay Thompson — I didn’t realize she had a long career in radio and in Hollywood as a singer and musical arranger before she wrote the Eloise books! Very interesting to see how radio worked in the thirties, forties, fifties, etc.

Last night’s kundalini yoga kicked my ass, but it sure helped my hip! 😉 This morning’s session was pretty good, too.

Tomorrow, it’s back to commenting on student work, setting up the conference, and working on my deadlined material, but today is all mine!


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