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Update From the Thick of It

First, why the hell is WordPress asking me if I’m a night person or morning person instead of the usual “type here to start a new block” instruction? That’s fucking weird, WordPress. No.

Second, I know I haven’t done a real post in a while, but instead of excuses I have real reasons. SK and I got married in November and I officially joined the Horde, which took up a ton of my attention (and blissful recovery time after the awesome party we had with our friends and family). My ONLY regret of the day was I couldn’t see anyone’s reaction when the kids’ music changed from a Bach concerto to “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley (yep, we rickrolled the kids) OR when my music started. I hear my mom absolutely cackled when she heard it, though. It was the theme song for the Wicked Witch of the West (followed by She’s Got a New Spell by Billy Bragg). Overall it was a fabulous day followed by a lovely relaxing getaway for a long weekend. Which reminds me, I need to get some of the pics printed for holiday presents. Dang it…adding to the ever-growing to-do list.

Anyway, since then we’ve had all the Thanksgiving things, some sort of upper respiratory disease making the rounds through our house, school, karate, writing club, D&D, kid boyfriends visiting, a LOTR marathon with all the hobbit meals, and vet appointments. The usual around here. SK has the coughing sick now, and it’s not Covid but it is annoyingly lingering and energy-sucking for all who get it. I suppose I’m next (and last in this house) in the sick line, so I’m hoping it hits early enough to not stop me from doing holiday doings.

fAngus is better. He’s been tentatively diagnosed with FUS (I know, I know) which basically means he has stress/anxiety belly which is making his bladder and buns hurt. So he’s on Prozac and special food which will hopefully straighten him out. Poor dude. He’s thoroughly enjoying the bird feeder I hung on off the deck for the winter, so I’m counting that as enrichment.

I have a book review assignment for World History Encyclopedia to finish before year end (so far it’s quite good, although it has some disturbing as hell violent scenes here and there): a novel about a Byzantine boy during the Seljuk wars on the Byzantine empire in 1,000 – 1,100 CE). The WHE is volunteer driven, and I think the guy who used to coordinate reviewers must’ve finished grad school because I was out of touch with them for a few years, then I got an email asking for reviewers again, met the new guy, and here I am. It’s a nice balance to my usual book list. I currently have four more from NetGalley to review after that, so I’ll have plenty to do this winter.

I’m on track to get over the halfway hump today on writing the Breast Cancer for Pagans book. I’ve even pulled out my project management skills and created a reasonable writing schedule to finish the first draft by Yule, so if I don’t pop in here again before then, that’s why. This writing full time thing is never going to happen if I don’t complete some of the in-progress stuff, so it needs to be treated as a job, not a hobby.

OH!! I also finally started real life in person cello lessons! I’ve had my poor cello for five years now and it was never touched…shit got in the way, you know? But I have to say, I’m ridiculously proud of myself for being able to plunk away at Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, pizzicato, since we don’t start bowing at all until next week. My teacher is very patient because he usually teaches fifth graders, which is lovely for me because guess what: all the encouragement given to a 9 or 10 year old learning is just as nice for a 45 year old.

I have another 4,440 words to get through on the cancer book, so I’m off to get Starbucks.

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