Showing posts from September, 2011

My turn

Sorry, everyone. I have been in the hospital for two nights with food poisoning. Slowly recovering, but I feel horrible. Until later, take care.

Lunch with Melanie and Mylee!

I had lunch with Melanie and baby Mylee today! It was such a great time! She is six months old now! I can't believe it!

Evan Thomason

Though you may not know them, please send comforting thoughts to the family of 10-yr-old Evan Thomason, who died this morning from cancer.

Also, if you ever can spare a few dollars, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a wonderful place to donate your money.

I don't get it.

Why must people drive twice as fast in the rain as they do on a dry day?? Can they not comprehend that this is dangerous?? I have had to dodge so many crazy drivers today!

Susie has reached her limit.

I am nearly mad, I think. And when I say "mad," I mean that in the "insane" way. The last two weeks have driven me to the brink. I had a complete emotional breakdown, beginning on Thursday night. My poor mother...she has been great to help me. The stress of everything finally got to me. But, hey...I think I did pretty good, considering that this has been building intensely for five years and slowly for 20. I will be fine, but I when I started crying on Thursday night it was really hard to stop...and I didn't, for the most part. I just took breaks.

So, I am working today and tomorrow, and then I am taking three glorious days off. I have been asked not to do anything...and I am going to try to comply with that. At least, I will not do anything work or dissertation related. I desperately need to get some new clothing, though. Ah. Good times. (Lots of sarcasm here. I hate to shop.)

Anyway, you may not hear from me much...and, then again, you might. It just depends …

A new blog...

Well, new for me, anyway. I am sure half the world knows about this one, but I didn't discover it until I looked up Lebovitz's new book on Amazon. I really like his blog, though, and the photos are gorgeous!

David Lebovitz: Living the Sweet Life in Paris


Just wanted to wish my cousin Jessica a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

One of the three books I am reading right now....


Check out my office!

The painting is finished and the books are on the shelves again. My desk is not as neat as I like it (aka: sparse), but it is getting there! Still, I love working in an old house!

Here are "BEFORE" photos:

Here are the "AFTER" photos:

Crazy Weekend

As you know (if you read the last post), my dad had to go back into the hospital. He started having chest pains while at the doctor's office, and the doctor sent him straight to the ER. I swear, we should have our own room out there, now!

Any trip to the ER with dad these days is a scary event. His body is so fragile, and I always am terrified that "today is the last day." Yet, the strangest thing always happens when we are in the ER. We laugh about everything. I guess it is nervousness, but there isn't any anxiety in the jokes. We tell funny stories, make fun of the fact that we should own the hospital, tell each other we love one another about a million times, etc. This time, we were, once again, in the same ER room we are always in, and I suggested that it become the "Dave" room, complete with photos and memorabilia and "Crazy Date" blasting on speakers. (For those of you who don't know, "Crazy Date" was my dad's Top 40 song t…

So tired.

I was at the hospital all day yesterday with my dad. Please send good thoughts/prayers his way.


The fumes in my office are still out of control, so I am, once again, working at the bookstore. I don't mind it so much, especially now that I have finished all of the changes to our proofs. Not being able to have access to my usual software has been an adjustment. I don't have remote access from home just yet, and the university library is the only place in town that offers the Adobe software I, with the Labor Day holiday and all...well, you get it: I couldn't progress! UGH! I hate having to be flexible when I know things are due. I just have to tell myself, "Get over it, Susie!"

I am taking a mini-break right now, so I thought I would write a quick blog post. It is a "LIVE" post! :) See...

Here I am (well, okay...not me, exactly, but my computer), at my favorite back corner table at Barnes and Noble, writing on my blog! I have my first Pumpkin Spice latte of the season (yay, Fall!!!), and I am typing away. Yes, I know it isn't that inter…

The rain is falling!

This weather is totally crazy! We have had almost seven inches of rain here today! The wind is blowing really hard and the lights keep flickering...ugh. I am so afraid of falling trees, and these conditions are perfect for helping one to topple over.

I have taken the last couple of days off...and it has been a beautiful thing. :)

What have I been doing in this blissful nothingness? Reading. Drinking coffee. Staying up late. Sleeping late. Watching movies. Meeting with friends. Yay!

But, back to the books...what am I reading? Well, I am finishing up a reread of Gail Carriger's Soulless ( review due soon). I love Carriger's books and it has been fun to reread this one. I haven't finished the series yet, either, so I look forward to the rest.

I am also reading Becoming Jane Eyre.

I am reading this particular book for the internet class...I really like it so far, but I like bio-fiction anyway. I am trying to find a good bio-fic on Lord, if any of you ha…

I just read this:

The book Persuasion is the "thinking reader's Pride and Prejudice." What think we of this statement??

I wish I had something exciting to tell you...

...but I don't. :)

This week has flown by! I have been working from home, but we are in production and I have been super busy. I heard that my office looks great (the new paint and all), but I haven't been by to see it yet. I plan to make my way over there on Sunday, if I can. I need to make changes to the proof copies this weekend...which means that I might take a little comp time next week, if I can.

Other things I have been doing:
1. I finished a draft of my conference paper. I am not at all satisfied with it, but I decided to turn it in to my most amazing dissertation director--a.k.a. the one who pulls me out of the proverbial "Castle of Doubt" (oh, yes...I so just made a Pilgrim's Progress reference). He sent me some really helpful feedback, so I am ready to go back to it now.

2. Reading more Kresley Cole... :)

3. Watching Dallas, season 7. (Oh, yes...I am so addicted to that show. I bought up through season 6, and my friend/boss gave me season 7 for my B-da…