Saturday, October 6, 2012


Holy crap, it's October.  I don't know where this term is going.   Suddenly I'm giving midterms.

September was insane, in a way I have never experienced insanity.  I'm not even sure right now why I was working 14-hour days and not getting weekends, but that's how it was.  Even with that schedule, a manuscript revision went in this week even though it should have been done in early Sept; I was almost late on a grant reviewing deadline, and I still have a pile of things on my to-do list that are left over from two weeks ago.

In the meantime, I've been trying to put my back in order, as the occasional problems I was having with my low back during my summer fieldwork escalated enough that I finally went to a chiropractor, which is something Partner does regularly but which I had never done.  I'm getting used to it, and it has taken me from a lot of pain to zero pain (with some minor reversals) pretty quickly, but I'm still not a fan of the sensation of having things cracked and relocated.  I'm also not a fan of paying for tri-weekly visits, though I'm hoping that will slow down now that things are a little better.  Mostly, I find this situation to be proof that I am now old.  I'm trying to get back into a workout routine, since not exercising drives me crazy, but most aerobic things are causing stiffness and setbacks, so I'm not sure how to make it work.  Maybe I'm just being impatient.

Partner has been dealing with his own irritations; he had previously decided to go back to school, and was admitted for the current term.  Then his temporary summer job offered him a one-year position, and since he is one of those who worries about not making money, he decided to defer his school admission and work for one more year, which would allow us  to pay off the last of our car loan and put something additional in the bank.  But, of course, as soon as it was too late for him to enroll for 2012, the one-year position was revoked; he applied to a traveling position instead at that point, and was only recently hired.  So, it looks like he will be working until next fall, and he might be traveling for several weeks at a time until next August.  He will be making more money this way, but it's been an irritating wait and I would have been happier with him being home more often.  At least we know it's a short-term situation.

That's the summary of September - it's been a little bit of a roller-coaster.  Right now we're taking down some ancient wallpaper and painting our foyer, and thinking about putting in some carpeting now that we'll have the cash to do it.  We have a tendency to sink money into our house, even though it's probably not the smartest use of spare cash.  I'm loving the colder temperatures; I am a huge fan of winter, though fall is my favorite.  This weekend I finally have two full days to do whatever I want.  Can't complain about that.  

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