Can’t say the holiday was great

This has been the weirdest Christmas time ever! It was one thing after the other.

First, my 21-year-old step-daughter announced that she’s pregnant. I won’t go into details, but this is very far from a good thing.

Next, my cat gets sick and we end up having to put him to sleep.

While all this is going on, Ernie comes down with some mystery bug and stays sick for his entire 10 days off of work.

On the upside, Dad and I have been going to the Y  regularly. He’s getting his walking in, and I’m working out on various cardio and strength machines. I bought a book, Full Body Flexibility by Jay Blahnik. It’s a great resource with tons of stretches. I hope to use it to overcome the imbalances that have been causing problems with my gait. If I can’t fix things on my own I will ask my doc tor to refer me to a physical therapist. I also bought a new yoga dvd, Rodney Yee’s A.M. Yoga for Your Week. I think that doing yoga every is a must for me-emphasis on the word DOING.

Another thing to mention on the upside: I made one Christmas card!

Christmas card

Cover (left), Inside (right)

Sick kitty

I noticed yesterday morning that Pericles wasn’t feeling well. He was meowing loudly and strangely. He’s not much of a talker, so his noise-making was cause for concern. I considered taking him to the vet right away, but decided to wait and see if he was any better when I got home. He was not better, so we went to the vet this morning.

When the doctor examined him, he know in seconds what was wrong. Pericles has a blockage in his bladder. This is causing toxins to build up in his system and make him feel awful. They’re going to keep him overnight and clear the blockage. They’ll call me if anything goes wrong with the procedure. The doctor said that if I don’t hear from him, it’s good news. He also instructed me to buy a urinary tract care type of cat food. He said that OJ can eat the new food as well.

So I wish I had taken him in yesterday.  It would have alleviated his suffering sooner. He was sick like this a few years ago, and I waited too many days to have him checked out. He ended up having an $800 hospital stay. The problem that time was a different one however.

The doctor asked me if we’d noticed Pericles squatting and straining, and I said we hadn’t because he’s never in the same room with us (because he’s scared of Sadie). I need to spend more time with him. He’s my miracle kitty after all.

Pericles in his pet porter at the vet's office.

Pericles on the table at Arlington Heights Veterinary.

Change of plans

Remember when I said that I was signed up for the GRE so I could apply to the Instructional Systems Technology program? Guess what? I’m not doing it! Here’s what I’m doing instead.

I am back in the library science business. I originally moved to Bloomington because my friend Karen was enrolled in the library science program at Indiana University,  and she jokingly said, “Why don’t you move to Bloomington and go to library science school?” I said, “Ok.”

So I moved, waited a year to establish residency, and then applied. I got in (the year was 2000), took quite a few classes, and then dropped out because I had too much going on. I was heavily involved a a local dance troupe, and that commitment took up a huge chunk of my time.

Fast-forward to 2013. I started filling out the online application and came to the point where it asked for the names of the people who would provide my letters of recommendation. It occurred to me that it might be a good idea to check with the ILS program to see if I could get back in without re-applying. By the way, the Department of Information and Library Science (ILS), used to be SLIS, the School of Information and Library Science. SLIS merged with the School of Informatics to form the School of Informatics and Computing. Just so you know.

Anyway, I contacted the admissions coordinator and she told me to write up a proposal to have my courses re validated. I did, and in a matter of days I was back in the program. I’m registered for a course in Spring 2014 and I’m  ready to  be all scholarly and stuff.

Yes, I’m a little  scared of all the hard work that’s in store for me. But I’m motivated and I’m excited!

That’s the plan.

This is what I say when I went out the door by  the ILS offices in the Wells Library.  They’re building the School of Global and International Studies.

Building site near Wells Library

Building site near Wells Library

 

More thoughts about writing

November is over, and  that means all of those people who did NaNoWriMo will stop posting Facebook updates about their progress.  I tried NaNoWriMo a couple of times and failed quickly. There are two reasons for my failure, I think. First, I don’t have enough time to write that many words every day. Well, I do have the time, but I apparently would rather be doing other things. The second reason is probably a better one. I don’t think I enjoy writing fiction. At least I don’t think I like it.

Do I  really not like writing fiction? When I ask myself that question, I have trouble answering it. I’m always thinking of story ideas, but I don’t jot down those ideas and keep them on file like real writers are supposed to do. When I do start writing a story I start thinking of so many details to include that it  makes me tired. I feel like I just want to get to the point and then wrap it up.

A few years ago I had this idea that I would write story components that I could hyperlink  to each other at strategic points. I was creating something interesting, I think, but it wasn’t a story. Maybe it could have been. Maybe I should try that approach again.

I just Googled the terms “hyperlink story” and got some results, including this one. So it’s actually a thing! Gotta look into it.

I reckon I’ll continue to struggle. I will also grapple with dance and with art. I hope I can get some enjoyment out of it.

Winter Blues