A sick and busy time of year

Okay, you may have noticed that lately I haven’t updated the blog very regularly. I have my reasons. The writers I work with have taught me the beauty of the excuse when it comes to productivity, whether it be sickness, natural disaster or, my favorite, “the dog died.” Well, our adorable and lovely dog died a while back, and she wouldn’t have wanted me to use her that way in any case. So, here are my excuses:

First, the week after Thanksgiving Charlie got a mild case of pneumonia that meant he was at home for a week and taking multiple medications. (At least he wasn’t in the hospital.)

Second, two big projects at work morphed into two nearly impossible-to-complete projects. One arrived on my desk three months late and everyone involved wants two months worth of work done in a week, like yesterday. The other was a long-term series that was supposed to be published over the course of a year. Now, we’re doing it all in three months. Suddenly we’re behind on that as well. I have been reading manuscripts in all my spare time. I have a stack of magazines and books I haven’t gotten to in weeks. It’s towering and about to topple our kitchen table. To say I am busy with work is like saying war is hell. True, but nowhere near the whole story.

Third, Charlie almost blinded me. He head-butted me in the eye and I had to take a day (a Monday, work day!) to visit the ophthalmologist (and yes, that’s spelled correctly; we triple checked). When I complained that this was the worst time for it to happen, Jesse wisely pointed out that going blind would not improve things. Luckily, no serious damage, just some trauma that will heal with time.

Finally, Christmas, which I love, is taking up all my personal time. Buying gifts, wrapping gifts, writing cards, sending cards, enjoying choirs and tree lightings and, tomorrow, lights at the zoo. It’s great fun, but doesn’t leave much time for blog writing.

So, maybe on our upcoming vacation (Family, we will be there next week! Yay!) will allow me to write a little more, or at least download some more pictures. Until then, be patient, or I will sic Charlie’s head on your eyes.

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