I was beginning to think that I had run out of things to say. (I know... alert the press!) Or, barring that miracle, perhaps I had just run out of blogging oomph; it happens every day to better blogs than mine. But no. I've isolated the problem.
We have now established the upper bound for the endurable amount of time spent away from marital...ummm.... comforts. And believe me, the upper bound -the absolute maximum amount of time possible- was about three days ago. If I get any crankier, more disorganized, or wound up any tighter, the people in town are going to take up a collection and buy me a plane ticket to go visit my husband. They'll be thinking of it as enlightened self-interest. Get this girl out of town and out of our way!!!
But there's a respite in sight. Dave will be home for spring break (and our daughter's 25th birthday), starting Saturday night. I have accumulated a shamefully long list of things I either haven't wanted to do, don't know how to do, am too short to do, or have lost all patience with and just decided that he could jolly well do things around here rather than stroll the groves of academe and have the graduate students drop peeled grapes into his mouth.
Did I mention I'm crabby???
But it's going to be so nice to have two people to deal with the trials and tribulations of daily life. I'm a nice, competent girl (when I'm not... you know... on a flaming TEAR!) but it's exhausting to do everything alone.
And acknowledging that humbling fact leads me right back to the blogging project. The sad fact is that the world is still in need of a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens. Not the blog so much, but the actual thoughtful citizens. I have no illusions that this blog will accomplish much at all. Really I don't. But I do think that it's important to get in the game. And stay in the game. Play until the end. The world needs us and we need each other.
So I'm back at it. I will write. I will think about issues of social justice. And I will totally welcome and be grateful for your comments.
But it will NOT be a funny practical joke for anyone to call at odd hours of the evening while Dave is here. Trust me. We'll be busy ;)