16 March 2008

Unplanned Break

I've been on an unplanned break from the blogosphere; I don't even know now if it's been one week or two weeks. First my mother's aunt & her mother were hospitalized, her aunt died, my mother took off on a sudden, unplanned, and uncommunicated road trip from Colorado to Ontario, the Parental & Disreputable Dogs both came down with a doggie virus they caught from a dog they play with (I love it when an owner starts telling me how the vet said it is urgent for them to get their dog in while its playing with mine), the Disreputable Cat came down with some unknown nose problem (bacteria, allergy, or mold?), and the Parental Cat, Mr Nibbs, who is quite elderly suddenly degraded immensely with kidney failure & blockages, and vomiting and continual visits to the vet. Meanwhile I started working full time at a independent booksellers (oh, to not spend my paycheck there!) while still working full time at the last "cash" job which was at a green building center and I've taken up the guitar. In between all that I've been trying to make deadlines for various ology jobs, doing my taxes (oh, criminee! 3 countries!) and have been using every spare moment to walk the dogs or to go running to keep myself grounded. I've really wanted to be here and especially at your places, reading, and seeing what's going on in your lives and I'm afraid to open my bloglines and see how many I've missed, but there was no doubt there were other things that took priority. But I'm back, and soon I will come visiting (and I believe I have a meme or two that I have been tagged for that I will do soon too).

Oh, and while I was gone the Iditarod came to an end with Lance Mackey winning. It was a great race in that you never knew until the very end who was going to win.


  1. My goodness - what a lot to deal with. I'm so sorry the illness - human and canine and feline - in your family. I understand the need for money, so jobs are good (even if they mean you don't blog - and I have been wondering how you were) and I'm rather envious of your time with books.

    I'm wishing you all good health and smoother roads for a long time, starting now.

  2. Good to have you back! Hope all the dogs and cats are feeling better.

  3. sounds like a whirlwind, and then there was the guitar. girl meets guitar. love it.

    i miss you but am you know, always here when you are ready. xo

  4. Glad you're back! Sorry to hear about the illnesses.

  5. Yes, glad to hear you alright, and hope things will settle down now.

  6. Sorry to hear about all the illness...that sounds like a very stressful time. Hope everything's going better now. Good to have you back!

  7. relaaaaax and take care of what is going on. I hope Disreputable Cat gets better...

  8. Holy cow, that is a lot! Hopefully that means the illnesses are wrapping up, and life is getting back to normal.

  9. Good to have you back. Life has a way of all happening at once, I reckon. I hope you can see your way through it all.

  10. What a plate full! Understandably distracted from bloglife. Hope all returns to well soon. Hang in there.

  11. Oh my goodness! Sorry to hear of all the illnesses in your family. I hope all is calming down now, and that all is well. I did miss seeing your posts, and hope you have more blogging time (and about good things!!) soon.

  12. Man, it never rains but it pours, eh? It sounds like it's been an incredibly tough time; I hope things improve soon.

    What kind of guitar did you get? If it's classical then I may have some sheet music you'd be interested in.

  13. All of that in a couple of weeks!?! I'm not surprized you put the blog down for a while - it sounds exhausting just contemplating what's going on.

    I'm hoping things quieten down a bit for you (in the best possible way) - and sending you good vibes from across the pond.

  14. Wow. I'm sorry to hear about all the illnesses (human and animal). That sounds like a lot of stuff within the past few weeks. I hope everything clears up in the days/weeks ahead.

  15. Geez! So sorry to hear of illnesses and hard times. I hope things settle down soon...

  16. Wow - that's a lot to deal with. Sorry about all the difficult things you've had to face. Have a hug from me, and I do hope some sense of calm will restore itself.

    Good luck with the job hunting - and keep strumming that guitar...

  17. Welcome back! I've been absent, too. Sorry to hear about all the animal illness.

  18. Hearing about your week makes mine - new puppies, university deadlines seem less stressful. After all I don't have to practice the guitar :)

  19. And please give the disreputable pets my very best wishes.

  20. post-doc, thank you for your wishes! It is lovely to be among all these books, but it's also a bit sad because I'm always seeing another book I want to read that I don't have time to!

    brigindo, thanks for delurking and thank you! The animals are all doing much better now, thanks.

    jen, :) thanks. I do indeed know it and am thankful for it.

    ecogeofemme, thanks!

    silver fox, me too! they will eventually, they always do.

    mad hatter, thanks! The animals, at the least are getting better. The rest, we will see.

    crazymuuma, ah... Ms Disreputable Cat is 100% now. She appreciates your concern.

    sciencegirl, working towards normal...what is that again? laugh.

    parlance, indeed it does. And I've been down this road before so I reckon I can find my way through again.

    julie p, thanks so much.

    bean-mom, glad to know I was missed! I missed seeing all of your blogs too.

    cae, it does seem that way doesn't it? Definately a classical guitar, ooo - sheet music?? Hops up and down. Email me and I'll send you my snail mail address!!

    but why, thanks for the good vibes! It has been exhausting. It's amazing how tiring emotional things can be.

    amanda, thanks!

    dancingfish, thanks, me too.

    trousers, thanks for the hug, I take any that I can get! Especially now!

    hel, well you know, that guitar practicing is tough ;) Thanks from the Disreputable pets, they were excited to hear the puppy news at your house.

    orangeblossoms, thanks!

  21. How about I scan and email?!


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