It helps that I haven’t had a chance to breathe all week. I’ve been in the midst of interviewing candidates for a position at work, and that ended up taking far more of my time than I thought it would (as so often is the case). But interviews are done now, and I should (theoretically) have more time.
It also helps that I’m getting used to being alone. I don’t like it anymore than I did, but I am more accustomed to it now. (The fact that I’m getting very close to leaving to head to Slovakia also helps in this regard). I’ve gotten a lot of housework done, and I’ve been staying busy and constructive. Movies have been watched, and far less writing has happened than I’d hoped. (That’s not really due to sloth on my part–just other things that have taken my time. Yesterday, for example, I had a two hour discussion with my book designer about books I liked and ideas we had for different cool covers. This books is going to look awesome. Awe. Some. But when I do that for two hours, I don’t have much in the way of time left to work on Tarnhelm, my latest project.)
The garden isn’t dead yet. That’s a good thing. And it actually is growing, which is even better. It’s helped that it’s rained so often–less chance of me killing things by forgetting to water. I’ve picked a lot of strawberries and frozen them. The house is still clean, and I’m not starving.
So all in all, things have been a success. Less bad than they could have been. Thanks again all for your concern and support. I wouldn’t want to do this on a regular basis, but it’s been good for my family–not to be apart, but to have Denisa and the kids get the extra time in Slovakia. They’re all doing well. The kids are speaking way more Slovak than they usually do, so that’s dandy. And Denisa’s dental bill will come to around $1000 instead of $4000. Always a plus.
In any case, I’ve got to go teach a Masters class now, so I must be off. Happy Thursday, everyone!