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Saturday, February 21, 2009

It's been too long, he said

Tonight, while eating tortilla chips at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, my husband said, "You haven't blogged since February 9."

"That can't be true," I denied.

"February 9," he repeated.

"But ... Oh, yeah." My mind raced back to the day my friend died. It was February 9.

So, dear readers, I have to admit my husband was right. (Don't tell him I said that!)

So, what's been up with me? I hope you are wondering. Let me run it by you real quick: School is heating up. The assignments are piling up. Mid-terms are just around the corner.

And this death blindsided me.

I had a three-day migraine. I am going to a physical therapist for a disc issue and I am still putting in 12 hours each day (work and field practice.)

I am not whining. Just offering the facts. Trying to keep it real.

Last night my husband, a food writer, judged a local tasting event. We were put up in a great hotel with an amazing two-headed shower and a super-comfortable bed. I ordered a healthy breakfast of grapefruit juice, berries and melon fruit cup, low-fat yogurt, bran muffin and coffee.

Straight from the hotel, and before I went to work today, I had a two-hour reflexology massage. Then I worked at the magazine for four hours.

Which leads me to the Mexican restaurant and my sweet husband's comment (aka reminder).

Tomorrow I am going to review all my assignments, create a plan and get to it. I will also work out a plan to study for my mid-terms and then, I will do the best I can.

I know that it's a struggle for everyone right now, so I am not the lone ranger. And I'm not going to fail. I have a 4.0; I should be okay. I am not bragging -- I am trying to bolster my self-confidence, which is floundering.

I apologize for my ramblings, but this is where I'm at. If I can't be honest, I can't do this blog.

Thank you for your support.

--Ms. T. J.


  1. Good luck with getting things sorted. I wouldn't worry about needing to update regularly - much more important to get other things in order. The writing will come when it needs to. That's what I found - when I try and pressure myself to write something, it just doesn't work as well.

  2. Thank you! Whew...I could feel my shoulders drop down a bit!
    --Ms. T. J.

  3. Listen, you have to take care of yourself, and social workers notoriously neglect their emotional selves, work on others, eat healthy, all that. You have a nice writing voice and sometimes it's good to rest it, you know?

  4. It's all about the time management and prioritizing. And if the blog slips down on the list of priorities a bit, well, that is just life and we will all survive. Not to say that we don't enjoy reading your blog. Glad to see that you are still spending quality time with your husband (other than watching as he fixes the computer hours before a major paper is due, with it waiting to be spell checked and printed out inside said computer -- that doesn't count as quality time :)).