What I’ve Been Up To

The past month has been a whirl of domestic events, some of them inconvenient but minor in the larger scheme of things, others wonderful. The cumulative effect was that all of my attention was required for life offline.

First off, in the middle of June I contracted a weird eye infection that left me with a swollen eyelid and a course of antibiotics to be taken four times a day on an empty stomach. It was disconcerting to find myself tied to a schedule of “Take one tablet no sooner than two hours after eating and no later than one hour before eating.”

It was also disconcerting to look in the mirror and see someone staring back at me who resembled a character actress in a B movie.

And then there was the weather: unseasonable chill and rains for most of June that delayed the flowers by 10 days to two weeks, which then turned into the blistering heat of July that most of the rest of the country endured. During this time the weeds grew tall and the delayed flowers did not.

And in the middle of the very hottest, 88-degrees-at-midnight phase, our air conditioning unit started leaking water all over the basement floor. The problem was a plugged drain port, all the more annoying because the unit had its annual inspection just six weeks earlier. The good news is that I now know how to fix it should it happen again.

Older Son came home from overseas, where he had been teaching for several months in Godforsakestan, so we defrosted the fatted calf and I baked him a belated birthday cake (yellow, with from-scratch chocolate fudge frosting).

Younger Son had a request for the first 50 pp of his novel from an assistant to Really Big Agent, so we defrosted another fatted calf and celebrated that, too. (For non-writers: agents sometimes request a “partial” rather than the full manuscript as a way of triage. If you can keep them interested in the first x number of pages, then they get serious and request the whole thing.)

The Mister had a Minor Surgical Procedure (outpatient) during this time, so everyone was around 24/7 and it was great fun (except for the Minor Surgical Procedure part).

And now Older Son is back in the DC area taking summer courses before grad school begins. The Mister went back to work this past Monday.

I have celebrated this quiet by taking a couple of days to sit on the porch and read several marvelous MG and YA books (details another time) that all came in at the library at the same time. I also spent a fair amount of time tearing out the tallest of the weeds and plucking crabgrass from cracks in the sidewalk. At this rate I should have the yard looking presentable by… Labor Day. Just in time to start raking leaves.

I also have started excavating my desk. I haven’t gotten back to writing yet, but I am clearing space, physically as well as metaphorically, to accomplish this!

Update {and I know there’s no way to say this w/o sounding like I’m bragging}:  Assistant to the Really Big Agent emailed Younger Son earlier this week asking him to send a “full”–meaning, the entire manuscript!!!!!)

© 2011 Anne Bingham and Making It Up as I Go

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6 Responses to What I’ve Been Up To

  1. Hmm, I had been wondering if you were on vacation at some balmy, breezy place. Glad you and The Mister are better, Older Son back home, and that Younger Son IS SENDING A FULL!!! 😀


  2. Anne M Leone says:

    Good to hear what you’ve been up to!

    Ohhh, too exciting for your son! Very cool!

    Also, still giggling over our modern conveniences that allow us to defrost the fattened calf. =)


  3. Pete says:

    Congrats to the Younger Son!


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