Hey, guys. So I did, in fact, finish my paper on time. There wasn't
really much doubt. :-) I do wish I'd done it a week ago, so I'd have more
time to revise and polish it...this is the problem with being the sort of
person who procrastinates right up until she runs smack into a deadline.
Ah well. I'm getting better about that sort of thing, slowly. Maybe I'll
even start that mystery for Puritan today instead of waiting a month.
Although actually, now that classes are over, I have a whole pile of
paperwork and revisions waiting for me.
Feeling just slightly ill and very lethargic. I think I've been pushing
myself a bit hard. Today'll be a 'take it easy' day, I think. Maybe I'll
finally plant that last poor tomato plant. My outdoor basil is getting
eaten by some bugs, but the peppers and other tomatoes appear to be doing
fine. I also have to plant some bougainvillea I bought -- it's been
sitting in pots since the party. Did I mention that's probably my
favorite flower? Ever since visiting Sri Lanka and seeing the way it just
covered the houses, in huge swatches of red and pink and white...hard to
resist. I'm going to try planting it behind this gazebo thing in the back
yard -- don't know if they'll get enough sun there, but it's worth a
The poppies are doing well. I don't know if y'all have seen California
poppies -- they are these utterly gorgeous yellow-orange flowers -- really
vibrant. They're also illegal to pick, since they're endangered, also I
sort of assume that if you planted them yourself you can probably pick
some. I've forgotten the names of the other flowers I planted --
petunias, I think, and then these odd little bristly cone-shaped flowers
in bright red and yellow.
Eh, I'm babbling. Sorry -- still kind of sleepy. I should probably go
exercise, though Ian woke me up yesterday at 6 to do sit-ups and 8-counts
and jumping jacks with him and my stomach is still sore. He's over at his
girlfriend's this morning, but that doesn't mean I should skip exercising.
Maybe I'll just wait a little while longer...:-)
I've been reading a lot of children's books. I've finished the Tamora
Pierce Alanna series, which I REALLY liked -- I wish they'd been around
when I was a kid, although it's kinda neat discovering a new fantasy
writer who I haven't read before. Also been catching up on all my E.
Nesbit -- the generally utterly inadequate Mills library has, oddly
enough, a really good children's section. Go figure.
Tomorrow Joe comes into town from Australia (for a month-long job
training), and it'll be fun seeing him before I run off to Chicago, and
actually, Kirsten is in town for a job conference early next week.
Saturday night is a reading at Diana's, and Sunday is a potluck party at
my friend Cris's. Oh, and Sunday night Brian and Yvonne are coming over
for dinner. Maybe I'll make the curries tomorrow -- day-old curry is
actually better, and I'll have more time to cook Saturday. In any case,
it should be a busy weekend.
Okay, I'm avoiding my work -- you guys are really good for that -- but
there's only so long that I can make this diary entry be. Will talk to
you later, and if I don't write again, have a great weekend!
11:00 - hey, some good news! My publisher has managed to schedule a book
signing for me at a B. Dalton in Chicago while I'm there. If any of you
want to come buy a copy of my book, or have me sign a copy you already
own, here are the details -- I'll announce it again closer to the
date, but this will give Chicago people a chance to write it into
Wednesday June 11, 1997 12:00pm -2:00pm
129 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602-1907
312 236 7615
Oh, and I'll also be at BookExpo in Chicago May 31 - June 2. I *think*
that's more of a publisher's sort of event, but feel free to come by and
say hi, at least. More details on that as well as it approaches.