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Vinny came over this weekend and, after much effort, moved his race car, which has been parked by my garage ever since he and Charis moved in -- what -- over a year and a half ago? Long enough that the tires were low and it wouldn't start, but they managed to get it onto a trailer. It's at their new house now ... I think Vinny wanted it because he's one of those people who relaxes by working on mechanical things. Never have understood that.


The result was a rectangular patch of dead grass. Very dead. Then Charis called because their cell phone had disappeared, so Emily raked all the dead grass up, looking for it. This led to a patch of bare earth, matching the patch of dead earth that's been in my front yard for a few years now. Unlike me, Emily doesn't shirk from landscaping responsibilities, so we (mostly she) spent much time raking, hoeing, seeding and watering.

Meanwhile Vinny and a friend came back and placed painter's tape to cover trim along all the walls in the downstairs bedroom. Jillian is busy with graduation preparations and last minute schoolwork, and the room's just been sitting there since we finished scraping off all the wallpaper, spackling, sanding, and cleaning. It's to be her room through college, and I'm hoping to have it as an office again after that.

(Why did Vinny and his friend do the taping? I think Vinny still feels kinda beholden to us for letting them live there after he and Charis rather suddenly lost their home -- not to mention we've still got a garage and basement full of their stuff. He's also working on the old Nissan, so Jillian will have transportation this summer and Emily this winter.)

Meanwhile, I've dragged several boxes of writing related material up from the basement, and began researching markets again. I've got three completed novels and four short stories to shop around, and I might try to sell my idea for an emergency services related column again, too. I've developed a heightened sense of urgency in this job, because of the looming responsibility of having monthly car payments again.

*And* We're in training for the Relay for Life, which is a week from yesterday. Emily and I are signed up for two different time periods right now -- that's an hour solid of walking, each time, and we might go back that night. So we've been walking at least an hour most days, and sometimes more.

And graduation is the next day.

Basically what I'm saying is: I'm ready to pull my hair out (and there's not that much to spare). Being a sentimental person by nature anyway, I'm not at all sure how I'm going to hold it together between now, graduation, and the twins first birthday less than three weeks after that. We're taking a trip down to Ball State College the weekend after graduation, to look at their Macs in the student-priced computer store, and I'll probably get all emotional then, too!

I don't remember the last time I felt so overall exhausted. Plus, I have no idea when we're going to actually paint that bedroom.

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petzipellepingo
May. 24th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC)
You'll manage - somehow "pats you on back".
ozma914
May. 25th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
Oh, sure -- I've been through more busy times than this! Can't think of when ... :-) I just needed to vent.
kassto
May. 24th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
Wow, you are a real writer.
ozma914
May. 25th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
Anyone who writes is a real writer! Getting paid is just gravy. :-)
kassto
May. 25th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
Oh yes. What I meant is that you have actually written a lot of stuff.
ozma914
May. 26th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
True, that. Let's see: Three complete novel manuscrips, four completed novel rough drafts, four or five partials, about 20 completed short stories, all the newspaper articles plus twenty years worth of weekly columns -- which even with the occasional reprint would be what ... about a thousand columns, each around a thousand words.

No wonder I'm so tired!
curiouswombat
May. 24th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
Gosh it does sound busy - but at least they are all 'nice' busy things!
ozma914
May. 25th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
True -- now if they could only happen one at a time! :-)
enigmaticblues
May. 24th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Aw... *big hugs* You know, I've been meaning to say that I think it's awesome how close you and your girls obviously are. As someone who hasn't always had the best relationship with her dad, I think it's really cool.
ozma914
May. 25th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm all too familiar with broken families, and I swore nothing would come between me and my kids.
cbtreks
May. 24th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
You have been busy! Have you given any thought to using either of those bare patches of dirt for a garden? (I'll wait till you're done laughing hysterically....) Yeah, a garden is one of those things that, while I like the idea of it, I'm not too fond of the reality. I'm impressed with amount of non-fanfic writing you've accomplished. That's hard work. Where's Jillian going to college? (PS - don't pull your hair out; you want them to have something to shave off when you complete your 5k!)
ozma914
May. 25th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
Funny you should mention that: the bare patch of dirt *behind* the house is being used as a garden! It's where the yard had to be torn up to put in a new sewer line ... which means there are lots of nutrients down there. :-0 All we have there are some tomato plants, though -- I just don't have the time to deal with it. Some people find gardening relaxing, but to me it's just another source of stress.

Jillian's going to Ball State College, in Marion, Indiana -- about a two hour drive from here. She wants to major in fashion design and minor in fashion related business -- I hope she stays on course!
leap_to_faith
May. 25th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Muncie not Marion
ozma914
May. 26th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
Oops, sorry!
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ozma914
May. 25th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
Oh, I'll do it -- what choice do I have? But sometimes I just have to vent. :-)
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ozma914
May. 25th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
It's better than bottling it in!
kevenn
May. 24th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
Busy! As you always seem to be! :)
ozma914
May. 25th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
yep, pretty much always -- you'd think I'd be used to it by now. But this is a new high -- um, low, for my time constraints.
tonyamoore
May. 24th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Wow - I feel like pulling my hair out and I'm just reading this. Hang in there!

How are you doing these days?
ozma914
May. 25th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
I'm hanging! Overall how I'm doing is pretty much covered in that post, but it could be worse: I've still got a home, food, and a job. How are things going for you?
elizalavelle
May. 25th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Wow you're busy! But it's a fun kind of busy :) Have a great time!
ozma914
May. 25th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
If you say so, I'll try my best! :-)
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