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Welcome back, Sara! Sorry you had such a lousy time. I just came down with something, hopefully just a cold, and I'm flying to Mexico tomorrow - very long day. It should be swell. I'm taking a ton of herbs and vitamins, maybe I'll fight it off. Heh.

Anyway, hope things are looking up for you and you can get back to writing. I've been in a writing slump myself. Hoping vacation will recharge me.


Thanks, Leslee. I hope we both get energized in time for spring.

Meanwhile, Mercury is retrograde 'til 3/25, tomorrow is the full moon (and a lunar eclipse), and there's a solar eclipse on 3/29, so I'm not pushing myself. I haven't been pushing myself, of course, but I'm not going to start at this inauspicious juncture! ;) I'll just dip my mental toes in first and trust that the rest will happen at its own rate.

Have a good vacation, and thanks for stopping by. I look forward to reading of your adventures.


Sara, you have been missed! I'm so sorry to hear you were feeling so awful (even though you made it sound very funny), and very glad that you are on the mend. May you recoup your energies soon!


Thanks, MB. My energy is returning. Now it's mainly a matter of organization. And cleaning. Lots of cleaning.

Hopefully there will be less need to clean, as both the boyfriend and I seem to have recovered from our colds and the cat seems for the moment to have ceased vomiting out one end and shooting explosive, bloody diarrhea out the other. We suspect and hope that the cat's latest improvement has more to do with us removing the coconut mat from under the potted tree in the living room than with his probably terminal illness. See, I caught him chewing on that mat obsessively right before this last bout of symptoms. Fiber's supposed to be good for him at this point, but I'm pretty sure you'd be hard pressed to find four out of five veterinarians who'd recommend coconut matting. We'll see. Fingers (and paws) crossed...

Uh...more than you wanted to know, right? Sorry. Life -- as I'm sure you're aware, Ms. Mom -- just ain't all poetry all the time. :)



No it ain't, but you do make it funny! Here's to your cat!


Hooray! You're here!

I am so sorry for a sucky, snotty winter. The flu thing has been around and around the Midwest, too.

I will agree that the Olympics were gorgeous this year. Like I need another flood of reminders from the t.v. about why I need to get my ass to Europe. Gah.

Here, here to a fabulous spring and thereafter!

Welcome back, baby!


Thanks, Melissa. And thanks for keeping me so well entertained with your own blog while I was down. (Other Visitors: Click Melissa's name or the name "Sugared Harpy" in the left sidebar to get there and read of the wild adventures in motherhood, art, and activism by a feminist and professional art historian with flaming ovaries in St. Louis.)

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