Jan. 6th, 2008

zarzal: (animated)
Man, I feel like crap. The hubby's been sick for about a week and a half now; I was so pleased that I didn't get it, not even have a sniffle, which I attributed to getting a flu shot. (Hubby had not gotten one.) Now I still don't have sniffles, but since yesterday I've had a sore throat, a headache, and I'm tired and dizzy. I'm hoping it'll pass because we're short staffed at work this week, there's nobody to stand in for me if I call in tomorrow. I hate calling in sick on Mondays anyway.

Sorry I've been fairly incommunicado. I've been keeping busy lately, and consciously have been staying away from the computer so I can get more done; I want to be more productive this year. I'm tired of half-finished projects! The house is littered with them, and the yard needs serious work. I want to get our vegetable garden going again this year, and now's not too early to think about what we need. Plus I got a stack of books for Christmas and I'd like to work my way through them.

A partial list:
The Time Traveler's Wife
All She Was Worth
and Crossfire by Miyuki Miyabe
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

They'll go on my giant stack of "to be read" books, but I'd like to jump on the Miyabe books in particular. She seems to be the hot new Japanese author to watch. I've also had Terry Pratchett's Discworld books to get into; one of my student assistants at work has been lending them to me, starting with what she considers the most accessible.  I read  Small Gods on Christmas Day, and I liked it quite a bit. It seems to be more of a 'stand-alone' which I assume is why she gave me that one first. She's given me Mort to read next. My mother-in-law has also lent me The Pillars of the Earth, which looks interesting.

I didn't read any of the new stuff today or yesterday. I lay in bed dozing and feeling crappy this weekend, and re-read some Miles Vorkosigan books for comfort. I had really wanted to work on Okaeri, but felt too fuzzy-headed to do more than look over what I had. The rest of the chapter was playing out in my mind's eye while I was half-dozing, but the mental effort it would take to shape the words to describe it was too much. I just looked at it again now, and I give up for the evening. If I do stay home tomorrow, maybe I can work on the laptop in bed. I really, really, really want to get this story finished. It's time that can go into other projects once I'm done. ^_^

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