March 28th, 2005


Little Update

Last night I got to sleep in my own bed. I'm really starting to feel like myself.

While I was sick I did a lot of reading. First was The Writer's Mentor by Cathleen Rountree. Next was Writing From Personal Experience: How to Turn Your Life into Salable Prose by Nancy Davidoff Kelton, Letters to a Fiction Writer edited by Frederick Busch, Ghosts of Albion by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, And Now You Can Go by Vendala Vida, Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald, A Box of Matches by Nicholson Baker, A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, and Writers on Writing; Collected Essays from The New York Times edited by John Darnton. That adds up to a lot of time spent awake at night working on stuff. Of all these, probably my favorite was the Nicholson Baker.

Today was an exciting day for me at work. A project begun by my predecessor was finished and went live today. I've had this albatross around my next since June 2003. For a year I've been hopeful that my Monday nights would be freed once this went live. *does a little boogie dance* I'm free! I'm free! I'm free!

My husband was so sweet while I was sick. On top of the sinus infection, I turned out to be allergic to the antibiotic I was given. A co-worker stayed at home last Monday but I went in to work. I almost threw it in his face, "Well, I went to work with a fever of 100 degrees. I'm tougher than you!" But I didn't. There didn't seem to be any point to it. My husband was a little lost as there really wasn't anything he could do for me to make me feel better. Every couple hours he'd ask, "How are you? Any updates?" When talking about it last night, he said that he wanted to strangle me one night. At first I thought he meant it in a mean way, because I was really getting on his nerves with my coughing. What meant, was that he wanted to strangle me to put me out of my misery. I was only half-joking while I was sick and would tell me, "You can put me in a medically induced coma." As a thank you for being so sweet and concerned, I bought him a 2 Deck Card Shuffler. I couldn't find a deck of cards to test it with, but I found out that it will shuffle up the 20th Anniversary Trivial Pursuit cards just fine.

My mother wasn't upset that I missed her Easter dinner. Or at least she didn't give me a hard time. However, she bought 42 pieces of Broasted Chicken and she has a lot leftover. When I spoke to her on Saturday she was still trying to figure out how to get some to me.

Yesterday was really the first Easter we've had by ourselves since we got married. If it isn't, it's the first one I remember, anyway. The plan for dinner is that I would make Turkey breast, spinach, mashed taters, and apple crisp. The turkey breast has been frozen for a few months and I took it out on Saturday night. I read the directions in the afternoon and it said to let it thaw for 1.5 to 2 days. Eep! No wonder it was still frozen each time I checked on it. A lot of places were closed and wound up at Texas Roadhouse. We hadn't ever been there before. He got the All American Cheddar Burger and I got the 12-oz New York Strip. My hunger for steak is satisfied for the moment. My husband has been promising to take me to The Top for a while. Maybe I'll get a trip there this year.

We might go to Philadelphia for their film festival this year, but I'm getting new glasses next week, so we'll see. I am sure I could get the time off work.
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