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Huffington Post has a slide show of writers who were "late bloomers," i.e. started writing later in life.  Of course I clicked over to it for some encouragement, since my writing tends to be stalled most of the time but I have hopes of publishing something someday.  So it seems that publishing your first book at 37 or 38 makes you a late bloomer.  Oh. Well, I guess I can't actually disagree with that. Apparently I have missed the late-bloomer train already, and I will have to continue to cling to Grandma Moses as a role model.
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We had a very nice turkey day, followed by Charlie having a big old allergy flareup on Friday afternoon & evening, persisting through Sunday morning. Rash, cough, vomiting, wheezing. Not a lot of fun. We think he may be allergic to dogs, since he spent most of Thursday playing with, hugging, and kissing my brother's dog and otherwise didn't have any unusual exposures.

Fortunately he was good about taking his Albuterol via nebulizer--we have an inhaler but he won't use the staging chamber thing that helps him to inhale it properly, and the neb just works better because it doesn't require him to be able to breathe well to use it. So we got through the weekend without an ER visit, yay! However the Albuterol made him hyper like whoah. Sunday night he was feeling fine, as evidenced by his getting up at 1:30 am and playing until 3 am.

Monday I dropped him off at school and took the day off from work--I only have a few days left for the fiscal year (which doesn't end until March 31) but I was at the end of my rope, so heck with it. I lay on the couch pretty much all day and it was AWESOME. I haven't taken a day off where I didn't have to do anything in, jeez, months I guess.

This morning I'm feeling pretty good--I woke up at 5:30, 30 minutes before my alarm, and was rested enough that I got up and puttered around instead of going back to sleep. And I got to take my shower without a little helper pushing me into the shower and shutting the door for me, unlike most mornings. So today it's back to the grind but it feels much less grindy.
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Taking Charlie for a walk, I stopped two doors down at the Y's house to look at (but not touch) the latest litter of semi-feral kittens.  There seem to be about 6 of them hanging out in a basket on the Y's porch and playing in the yard, with 3 adult cats looking after them.  The cats normally live in the garage and have a small opening to come and go as they like, including wandering through my yard and everyone else's who doesn't have a dog or their own territorial outdoor cat.

A few doors further on, we stopped to talk to another neighbor for a while, one with a bird feeder hanging in a tall pine tree and a lot of sparrow-type birds apparently living further up the tree. A large commotion started among the birds in the tree, and I look up to see a frickin HAWK flying toward us, being chased by screaming gulls who usually hang out in the BK parking lot a little ways past my house in the other direction (I live on the scenic end of the street).  The hawk lands in the other tall tree next to the pine tree and just hangs out.  The neighbor explains that the smaller birds will try to attack the hawk to drive it away from their nests, and that's why the gulls were chasing it and the sparrows were hollering.  Good luck with that, birdies.  As we headed back home we saw that all the kittens had retreated to their porch, and one of the mom cats was sitting in front of them giving me the side eye. 

I love the suburbs...just enough nature to be interesting, but not so much as to require me to deal with stuff like having a raccoon in my bedroom wall (I grew up next to a wooded riverbank).
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Got (stole*) this from [livejournal.com profile] cloudscudding :

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Became a mother.  Went to a convention. Collaborated with other writers.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I have New Years' goals, not resolutions, and I frequently accomplish them.  It's an important ritual for me to make them and I will definitely be making more for next year.  I might even post them :)

3. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
Relaxing with husband and baby.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
The US of A!  Specifically, Minnesota & Indiana & Pennsylvania

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Good health.  Calmness.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 25, the day we became parents.

8. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?
Adopting my son.  Not because of the parenting part, which has been relatively easy, but because of the endless run-up--paperwork, training, learning to be comfortable with open adoption, travelling while ill to have out-of-state social worker meetings, etc.  There is no momentum in adoption; you're fighting inertia the whole way.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Oh, this was a pretty good year.  I'm a little fatter than last year, instead of skinnier, but, meh, whatever.  I haven't been very good about my food-allergy diet, but again: meh.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yep.  Endometriosis, as usual, and allergic stuff including a nasty bout of esophagitis. 

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Hmmm, I guess that would be my Elfdoll Hazy BJD.  I also got some great jewelry from [livejournal.com profile] elisem and [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange

12. Where did most of your money go?
Adoption expenses!  And baby expenses--furniture, clothes, $9-a-jug monkey vomit (a.k.a. "hypoallergenic formula"), etc.

13. What song will always remind you of 2008?
"Lawyers, Guns & Money" - Patrick sang it at 4th street, and Mike and I played it in the car during our mad rush to Indy to get Charlie.

14. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Hmmm, nothing really.  Maybe writing but I've actually written more than usual this year.

15. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Being sick

16. What was your favorite TV program?
Storm Chasers

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Naw.  Dislike, yes, but not hate.

18. What was the best book you read?
The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler.  Also really liked Born Standing Up by Steve Martin and Schuyler's Monster by Rob Rummel-Hudson.

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Um.  I got "Rocking the Suburbs" by Ben Folds but I don't think I can call it a discovery; everybody has it, right?


20. What was your favorite film of this year?
Favorite film that I saw was probably "Pan's Labyrinth."  I think it came out last year?

21. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I had a party (on or near the date), and I turned 40. 

22. What kept you sane?
I'm sane?

23. Who did you miss?
My husband & baby.  Working full-time & commuting 2 hours a day is a little hard right now.

24. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a heap of wonderful people at the 4th street fantasy convention--some online friends made flesh; some brand new buddies, and some new creative playmates.  My life is so much richer for having made that pilgrimage.  But my favorite new person, hands down (well, hand down, as he only has one),  is Charlie Dell...my darling, my young chevalier.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Dreams can come true long after I've stopped believing in them, as long as I keep pursuing them.  Sort of a Pascal's wager for life goals. 

*dunno if this is something going around or something unique she wrote--in the latter case I'm stealing it.  Gleefully!
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I'm really DONE with this chest/head/viral/bacterial thing. Pity Party )

 


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Despite the recent personal and national turmoil, I'm a lucky girl and life is good, as I sometimes have to remind myself. 
-Charlie's learning to smile.  
-And the market recovered a little bit today. 
-And I get to go to sleep early tonight.
-And the Sox get to go to the playoffs--or so I deduce from the happy phone conversation I'm overhearing between my husband and my favorite brother. Who are good friends with each other--another blessing.
-And little boy clothes and decor frequently contain dinosaurs.  Um, not contain.  frequently feature dinosaurs.
-And there is a board book about berserk hippos. 

charlie smiling

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