Thursday, April 13, 2006


still ear-infected. I'm on my second round of antibiotics and starting to tilt to my left. Back to the GP today and then on to the Ear Nose and Throat doc. Yippee. This is so boring. And it's not a very grownup kind of problem.

Meanwhile, the move to Seattle is looking like a go. Just a few more bumps to work out before putting my house on the market. This is where being a realtor (insert trademark symbol here) comes in handy. I can sell my own home for 1/2 the regular commission. Big yay there!

Gorgeous day here in Colorado. It's supposed to get into the mid-seventies. Now, we will probably get snow next week. There is usually one more heavy Spring snow before we move into Summer.

In Seattle, it's time for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Acre upon acre of tulips laid out like a gigantic multi-colored carpet at the base of the Cascade mountains. This is a must-see if you visit the Northwest in April.
I think it's raining there today.

Much love-

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Another Saturday Night

This is Kelsey, my daughter. She is miffed that it took so long to post her picture here. No special reason for including it in this post. Just trying to maintain my motherly standards of excellence and keep her off my back.
Problem solved.

Getting old(er) is interesting. On the one hand, it sucks. Your body freakin' rebels. The laser eye doctor says, "Well, we could make one eye for near vision and one eye for far. Or, you could get bi-focals", (What happened to all that new technology?), your kids get jobs and don't need you anymore (not necessarily a suckie thing), you go snowboarding, fall on your face and feel it for a week...or more. And so on, and so on, and so on.

On the other hand, there are many benefits. Umm...umm...hang on, I knew what they were a minute ago...musta forgot my ginko today.

Ah, well.
Status: a tad confused.
Listening to: not much. My left ear is shot, and it is my "good" ear.
Not that this is such a loss. Things inside my head are a lot more peaceful lately.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

One Swollen Gland...

Yeah, right. So, the kids go back to school, and I get a major (really major) ear infection. I'm talking lots of antibiotics, and shots in the hiney for pain.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to the doctor soon enough, and my ear drum popped. So the past few days I've been walking around with a tissue hanging out of my ear soaking up the ooze, and taking horse-sized pills of Ibuprofen and Vicodin (which I NEVER take. Honest, never).

If this is how my kids feel when they get an ear infection, I will be infinitely more supportive of them the next time. Owie.

Not getting much writing done, but I am catching up on sleep.

Today I woke up and accomplished a few things. Like laundry, checking my emails and doing some dishes. And thankfully, tonight I'm thinking book. That's comforting. I thought I'd never think about anything except my ear ever again.

Thinking is the first step. Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to actually look at my material and figure out where I am in it. Then, maybe Saturday, I can think some more and get some kind of word count accomplished.

It's good to have goals. I mean besides keeping the oozing stuff off my bedding and trying to remember when to take my next dose of medication.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Hidey Ho, Neighbors!

That's me on the right, my great friend, Stephanie on the left. We are sitting at the Continental Divide...

Well, we all survived Spring Break.

The weather was fantastic. We got snow every other day, with full on sunshine the days in between. Amazing boarding, great breaks in the lodge, FABULOUS nachos. My ribs still hurt. I'm thinking that I definitely cracked one or two during my big fall that first day, but I'll heal.

The last two days in Salida the fam started coming down with a strange virus. High fever, swollen glands, very sore throat, but no other evidence of strep, and it goes away in a day or two.

So, today, the first day after Spring Break, I have three kids home with me. Humm. What's the point of breaks if the kids never go back?

One of the cool things that came out of the vacation was a real desire to move back to Seattle. I've lived in Colorado for eleven years, and it's never felt like home. I just can 't quit Seattle...

Besides, since my book/future series is set there, what better way to research? I'll keep everyone posted as this potential new journey unfolds. There are a ton of things that need to fall into place - foster kiddos to transfer (if possible), selling my home here, blah blah. Never a dull moment. But, if I don't act on this, life will be the same and change is fun.

More to come...

Status: One blocked ear and swollen gland.
On the TiVo: Starting Over.