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Archive for November, 2007

Home Again, Home Again

Sunday

Arrived home on this evening early enough to get clothes a-washin’ and have time to do a few things around the house. Must get to the Audubon newsletter tomorrow if I’m to get it out in time for December!

Monday

Work. Not much to add. Lots to do. Big show Saturday night. Finished newsletter tonight for printer tomorrow.

Tuesday

Good day at work. Curtis left for the rest of the week for book tour. This morning: Dentist, Haircut, printer. Good to get things accomplished. Afternoon: lunch with Jeanne and heard from Silver City — they want to confirm I’m still interested in the job there — wow! Tonight: crashed with heating pad on neck.

Wednesday, 5:35 a.m.

Can’t sleep so am up writing and reading backlog of emails. Duncan woke me at 5:00 barfing — no, that’s not a typo — he was actually throwing up on the rug next to my bed! He apparently chewed up something rubber last night and ate it, so this a.m. it’s B-a-a-a-a-a-c-c-c-k! What a way to wake up!

Saw John and Tom (students) last night as I was leaving campus.  They are both such good guys; I have missed many of my students since I’m teaching so little and not so much in the department these days.  It was great to hear what they’re up to and chat for a few minutes. They were on their way to class and I on my way home, but it reminded me why teaching is a good thing in my life.  Another thing to be grateful for . . .

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So far, so good. We left Hattiesburg on Friday afternoon and arrived in Mobile in time to hook up with the McPhail crew for “Art Soup” (more on that in the future). We left Mobile Saturday morning with Miami as our ultimate goal on Tuesday, but with stops in between where we love and have been and new places.

So, today (Monday) we’re in Sanibel. We arrived last night, just missing sunset, and found our lovely hotel, The Anchor Inn, without any problems, settling into our lovely room. Then we found Schnapper’s Hots (ah, seriously, the BEST hotdog anywhere!), falling into bed with full stomachs and full brains.

Today we explored Ding Darling Nature Sanctuary early (many raptors, roseate spoonbills, every heron and egret imaginable for this part of the country and a few tiny, hard to spot warblers). Then we explored the rest of the island, finally coming back to AI for an afternoon cup of joe and siesta — well, rest, if not sleep.

Now, in the dwindling light of afternoon, we’re gearing up to head back to DD and the evening in-migration of waterfowl to that protected habitat to find roosting for the night…what a delicious treat. And, then, there’s dinner — spot unknown as yet, but I know it will be as delicious as everything else this trip.

Tomorrow …Miami.

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Silver City Dreamin’

This week I applied for a new job — in New Mexico. What an ordeal! Not in terms of the application, but in terms of the inner turmoil it caused me — for weeks! Should I apply? Should I not? Maybe wait a year? The “what if’s” about killed me!

Do we ever know if we’re making the “right” choices? I don’t want to get all esoteric here, but it’s a question I keep coming back to . . . do our choices really matter in the big scheme of things? Certainly I understand we sometimes make choices that have immediate and long-term consequences, but generally, I think it’s just a choice . . . we don’t have immediate feedback on most decisions. Eating the piece of chocolate cake won’t kill me (today) but it will effect my blood sugar, and in ten years I might die from diabetes or a complication of it. My conclusion is that all we can do is the best we can do every day, every minute, every hour, and hope for the best.

I applied for a job this week — in New Mexico! Wow! I think I need to keep saying it so I can begin to believe I opened that door . . .

To see the job description, look here.

Wish me luck — whatever that means!

Happy Sunday!

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