>[Crickets Chirping]

>Yeah… it’s been quite a month.

I’ve thought a bit about blogging (though primarily on my professional blog), but haven’t got around to it. Something about work and school and school and work… and no time to breathe.

Anyway, in this week’s news:

  • Alex is currently in Kharkov, Ukraine (yes, again… again), and staying a total of two weeks (yes, through Thanksgiving)… and his suitcase is lost.
  • Despite my neti pot, my sinuses are giving me intense grief. By which I mean pain.
  • All the Christmas presents have been bought, and arrived in nice brown packages last night. I’m having a little wrapping party by myself tonight, then sticking the presents under the bed until Christmas.
  • I’m trying to register for spring classes… and facing the likelihood of three evening classes a week–which means getting home around 10pm three nights a week. Geez, can I just live in Denton??
  • I’m not really as grumpy as all this sounds. Promise.
  • I keep trying to read a chapter or two of a fiction book to put myself to bed, and I can’t concentrate on any, even my favorites. The last book I successfully read for fun was A.J. Jacob”s non-fiction “Know It All,” about reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. (Oh, and “Freakonomics.”) I think my brain doesn’t have the energy for escapism–so anyone have fun non-fiction suggestions for the winter break? (So much for reading my new comics–geez.)
  • I have been in love with Etsy.com for some time, but finally made my first purchase(s) from it last week. Etsy people are WONDERFUL, and their products are even better in person. My paycheck trembles.
  • I’ve been in NaNoWriMo envy this month–there is no way I could balance the holiday, school, work, and 50,000 words of a novel so I won’t even try–but it did spur me to write a lot of notes on mine Monday. The end of the first draft is in sight, people–when I start writing again in earnest in mid-May, I think I can finish it pretty quickly.
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