As always, Thanksgiving week had ups and downs.
Monday was great. My daughter still had school, but I was off, so I wrote about 2700 words. Then I went to her school and discovered that something was wrong with my foot; every step was painful.
Tuesday I dealt with the pain by walking with a cane all day, which included chaperoning a field trip–a walking field trip–for my daughter’s class. At the end of the day I sat in my chair and barely rose from it until bedtime.
Wednesday was ok; a day with my daughter is always fun, even with the pain in my foot. Thursday was ok, too. My in-laws and a friend came for dinner, and it was pleasant. But that night I came down with a cold. That was less pleasant.
On Friday the cold was bearable; but made me grumpy as hell all day. On Saturday it morphed into full-on death plague, and I felt like crap. On Sunday it got a little better, but still not good.
And today was fine–until my voice cut out in the middle of third period. Now I’m croaking my way through the day. Joy.
So. I took care of my sister-in-law for a couple of days. Today was my brother’s hearing, where the judge refused to let him go without bail, and refused to lower the bail to $500. So, with my wife’s support, and knowing it’s going to hurt us, I bailed him out. It cost a lot, in both money and spousal currency.
This means I’m not going to be able to go to Viable Paradise even if I get accepted; between this and the unexpectedly-large amount I owe in state taxes (fuck you too, California), I just can’t afford it. But that’s a small price compared to the fact that I am sitting in my hotel room with my brother, talking video games, family history, life, and Just Stuff. (He’s on the phone right now, so I can type). And I’m still going to write. Who knows, maybe I’ll get in next year and be able to do it. If not… well, that’s life. Keep moving forward; there’s no going back.
This blog seems to be growing in readership; we’ll see how long before you all decide I’m boring as hell and run away.
I promise, my next post will be more about writing.