Mother-Daugter Love

February 16th, 2012 → 8:06 am

“Two loves I have, of comfort and despair.” – Sonnet 144

It’s my mother’s birthday today, so of course I woke up thinking about her.  About how much she used to comfort me when I was down, and about how much I miss her now that she is gone…

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February 11th, 2012 → 7:54 am

    “Though what they will impart
    Help nothing else, yet do they ease the heart.” – Richard III

A smart person told me the other day to write in order to ease my pain.  I’m happy to report that I found some time to do that yesterday and it worked!  I don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep it up in any kind of a consistent fashion – with a young baby and a full time job right now it is just so hard to carve out regular chunks of time – but if I can, I will.  The writing life is for me.

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The Flu II

January 30th, 2012 → 6:35 am

“So shaken as we are, so wan with care.” – Henry IV

We’re still sick around here….but, thankfully, on the mend…

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The Flu

January 28th, 2012 → 7:43 am

“Unwieldy, slow, heavy and pale as lead.”  Romeo and Juliet

My boys (both husband and son) have been throwing up since Thursday evening.  If I have to clean up any more curdled, stinky stomach contents I think I’m going to be sick myself.  It’s actually a wonder I’m not ill yet – cross my fingers.


Update, 9:20 a.m.:  Now my cat, NoMe, has jumped on the bandwagon and begun barfing up in various rooms around the house.  It is C R A Z Y around here!!!

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Hectic Days

January 26th, 2012 → 7:37 am

“Where is the life that late I led?” – The Taming of the Shrew

It’s barely two weeks since the semester started at school, but already things feel so hectic!  Students, classes, lecture notes, problem sets…where did the time go for just sitting at my desk and playing on the computer??!!

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January 24th, 2012 → 6:37 am

    “The ground that gave them first has them again.
    Their pleasures here are past, so is their pain.” – Cymbeline

Today is the anniversary (“yartzeit” in Judaism) of my father’s death.  It’s been a long time – he died while I was in high school – but I still miss him and think about him every year.  I know that at the end of his life he had some joys, but also some serious troubles…if one is now gone, at least the other is too.  I wish I could give you a hug, Daddy.

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January 18th, 2012 → 4:44 am

    “And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel,
    And shining morning face, creeping like snail
    Unwillingly to school.” – As You Like It

School starts again this week at colleges and universities across the country.  When I was a student I didn’t creep to class so unwillingly as Shakespeare describes here, but then again, I was sorta geeky.  That’s probably why I became a professor, after all.  Happy first week of classes everyone!

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December 26th, 2011 → 9:05 am

“O wonderful son, that can so astonish a mother!” – Hamlet

This holiday season was the first time many of my relatives got a chance to meet my newly adopted son.  And it went swimmingly!  My baby was friendly and cute and playful the entire time, even with all the new people, places, and smells.  We couldn’t have shown off a better baby – I say this as I hear him crying a fit downstairs in the kitchen right now, but whatever…

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December 24th, 2011 → 7:14 am

“I am Misanthropos, and hate mankind.” – Timon of Athens

Sometimes, I am just not into the holiday cheer.

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Pigging Out

December 16th, 2011 → 6:10 am

“No more cakes and ale.” – Twelfth Night

They say the average person gains about five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  I’ve still got a couple of weeks to go, but there are so many cookies in the house I may have reached my quota already.  Ugh.  I feel gross this morning…

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