Just poking my head in now that I finally see an end to all this work. I wish I could tell you I’ve been away so long because I’ve been galavanting in Europe, or galavanting in Australia, or even galavanting in the Muskokas â€“but nay. Sadly, I’ve just been entangled by a monstrous pile of assignments to mark.
Have you seen the movie The Brother From Another Planet - Well, right about now, think of me as that brother, at the instant he tumbles from the sky and lands on Earth.
It’s sort of like that spacey feeling you get after shopping in a huge mall for hours at a time. You know the one: you’re moving at breakneck speedâ€“say, during the holidaysâ€“and you’ve been searching all afternoon but still can’t find anything for Aunt Miranda or cousin Sheila or baby Pookie. And then you finally realize you haven’t eaten in, like, four hours and your legs are weak and the air is somehow thinner than usual and it’s definitely time to sit down.
Or how about that numb feeling you get when you’ve been sitting in the dentist’s chair for an hour and half while s/he goes spelunking in your molars repeatedly, asking you all kinds of questions which of course you can’t answer and your jaw is stiff as a rusty hinge and your saliva’s been sucked out of your mouth through a plastic tube and you no longer feel anything because the entire lower left quadrant of your face is frozen?
Or perhaps it’s that stunned feeling you get when you’ve been arguing with the Customer Service Rep at the credit card office for more than 30 minutes in a vain attempt to find out why there’s an extra $472.06 charged on your cardâ€“which you never spent, certainly don’t recognize and don’t particularly wish to pay forâ€“and now your throat is getting sore and your voice is getting hoarse and you simply can’t believe how dense this person is being and you’re beginning to despair that you may never see an end to this struggle (or ever see that $472.06, again, either)?
Well, after almost three weeks ( three weeks ?? Where does the time go ??) of absence from this blog and almost 300 assignments under my belt (it’s a pretty wide belt, in case you hadn’t noticed), that’s just about how I feel. But since yesterday was exam day, our term is now almost overâ€“and next week, I plan to return here, refreshed and eager to share.
Well, The Girls are almost as excited as I am for my return to bloggingâ€“after all, this means they’ll reprise their starring roles here at DDD, as well:
[" We're so glad to be the center of attention again, Mum! When do we get to eat something?" ]
In addition to all the marking, I’ve been devoting lots of thought to my dietary habits, inspired by Kathryn and her “ 31 Days to a Better Diet” series. So there will, once again, be some changes in what I eat for a while. I’m also excited to share news about a project I embarked on just about a year ago, even before I began this blog. And I’ll have a book review as wellâ€“it will be a busy week!
I’ve sorely missed blog ”chatting,” hearing from all of you, sharing recipes and leaving comments at all of the blogs I read. Looking forward to getting back in the swing!