Cherry Saturday 4-18-2015

Today is International Juggler’s Day.
Considering how much multi-tasking Argh People do, I consider this Our Day.
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29 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday 4-18-2015

  1. Well, that photo pretty much sums up this next week, starting today. Hmm, the past few weeks too.

    Happy Saturday everyone! Time to get up & spin a plate or 12.

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      1. My sister used to pretend to spin plates. Cracks me up just thinking about it. She’d hum and everything.

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  2. That looks about right..

    I get to have a good – but not relaxing- week, then in 2 weeks, a quilting retreat!

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    1. Ooh, quilting retreat sounds delightful! Happy stitching!! I have one in Octber to look forward to…

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  3. Okay, now, see, this picture is completely and totally me today. Those two little balls there floating off to the right. Those were the ppt set that I just sent off to my dept head a half hr ago, and the draft invitation for an int’l meeting I am chairing that I just emailed to a colleague a couple of minutes ago.

    The ball in my right hand is the draft paper that I am co-authoring w/two other people, but for which I am doing 80% or more of the work the next draft goes out in a couple hrs. The ball in my left hand is another paper that I am co-authoring with 5 others, on which am likewise doing 80% or more (actually probably about 95%). The next iteration of that goes out a few hrs after the above paper.

    That big one balanced on my head? That’s the dissertation. As soon as the other stuff gets out, I will have 3 uninterrupted days in which I do not have to think of anything else and I can finish edits on 4 chapters, finish writing two chapters and get the first draft of The Big Insight which is the raison d’être for the whole dissertation. If I can get the rewrites out tomorrow, the unfinished stuff more or less finished, I will be looking at the home stretch, ’cause the next bit will be the guts of it, but the writing will be fun because I am doing the original stuff and do not need to spend all my damn time documenting citations and shit.

    Sorry, think I just derailed the blog here….

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    1. Hey, anytime you want to co-author something with me, I’d be happy to do 5-20% of the work. ;P

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  4. Is there something in the air or zeitgeist that’s making everyone feel overwhelmed this month? I swear, everyone I’ve talked to in the last week or two has been totally overwhelmed. Different types of projects from German Chocolate Betty and me and others who’ve posted here this week, and many of them are people who are used to juggling things, but right now they’re all overwhelmed. Or maybe I’m just noticing it more, because I’m sharing the feeling.

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    1. It’s April. April and May have things going on every weekend for me (except see below), and all of these other cool things are going on, and everyone wants to start new classes of things. Everything is always insanely busy for me in spring. Also, it’s Birthday Season (again, see below) because there are a LOT of birthdays in April and May in my gene pool. I can’t speak to everyone else, but it is always crazy for me.

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  5. Well, I am missing two events today–one I wanted to go to and one I had to mandatorily go to– because my mom started puking in the middle of the night while at my house. So right now I am waiting for her to wake up again and watching episodes of Daredevil. If I have to be trapped in the house on a beautiful day with tons of things going on (sigh), I suppose that’s not bad either.

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  6. I’m juggling the garden, trying to get back to an hour’s walk every single day (because my weight’s crept back up to the maximum that’s acceptable to me, and I want to lose half a stone (7 lbs)), proof-reading a book of criminal slang whose cross-references are all to pot, trying to get into writing fiction (past the barrier of bafflement), and supporting my mother, who’s getting deafer and more frail. We received a hoped-for invitation to a wedding in the Berkshires this morning, and are excited about it; but we don’t know whether Mum will be up to the transatlantic trip. And if not, I don’t know whether I can afford to go and record it for her. Well, I can probably manage it somehow, but there are other things I’d like to do too, such as go to Italy for my 60th next year, which I might have to let go of.

    But it would be fun to go to America again, especially if I could explore Boston (which won’t happen if I’m escorting Mum: she’s not into galleries or bookshops).

    Got to keep all those plates spinning!

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  7. I am busy sanding and painting and cleaning on the garden.

    And a little bit bummed because the person I get to house and pet sit is already booked for the weekend of my class reunion. So I probably won’t be able to go. And I can’t even figure out why that bothers me. True I went from kindergarten through Senior year with half the class (44 of them) and high school added the rest of them to my life. But I don’t even keep in touch with any of them and it’s been 40 years so why should I care.? Surely if they mattered to me I would have been in touch? And it’s not because I look fabulous compared to when I was in high school because I don’t. And I am having a great life but that was apparent at the last one I went to so there is no “Look at me. Look at me Now’. Very bizarre.

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  8. Juggling keeps life interesting but right now, I would settle for less. I got up too late. Wrote too long. Didn’t finish my stint. Cursing slow brain and slower fingers, although some interesting stuff came up in the session. Have Musical improv class in an hour and I missed my window to look for an 1950’s outfit for an audition on Monday morning. I’m hungry and I haven’t exercised.
    Time to shower and go. Thrilled to hear you are thinking about Liz. I love the snippets you’ve share. A new Jennifer Cruisie would make a perfect gift to me.

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  9. Oy, the juggling. 50 artists, 5 cats (1 of whom is trying to kill the new little one), 3 manuscripts (all due by July 1, although thankfully one is a novella and the other only edits), plus I should start the garden. Where are the minions when we need them? On the bright side, I did so some major house cleaning today, and took a 40 minute walk, so that’s something. Now I can hear that plate spinning theme song in my head…

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  10. I have been on a sewing frenzy. Baby blankets, simple small whole cloth quilts and quillows. I have lost count how many. Which is why I have not read much -I am reading Krissie’s A Ring from a Marquess

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    1. I got a baby quilt due May 8th for a co-worker’s shower. Top’s done just need to quilt it & bind it.

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  11. I’ve been juggling all of April. Mostly finances. The minute I booked a trip home to Australia it seems everything that could break did break and the cost of repairs was astronomical. Fortunately, my horoscope says it’s like some grand hurrah and things should look pretty good for quite a while by mid month. We’re now past that point. Hope it’s the truth. 🙂

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  12. (-: I just feel grateful I’m up to spinning a plate or two at all. It’s been a really hard, long winter. I am trying very, very hard not to overdo this early in the season. I’ve been trying to walk more, and I’ve been working on my book. Oh, and work. But at this point, work can take care of itself. My bosses certainly don’t seem to care . . . . And the kids bring out the best of me when I see them. I have finally reached the point where I can just teach; I really don’t need to make more props and fun little worksheets and stuff unless I really want to.

    So, focus Micki. Focus. Two plates. Don’t drop them!

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  13. And of course, we’re not only juggling up a storm, but we have to do it in pointy-toed high heels, while dressed like a tart with no visible means of support. (Probably with a bunch of fully dressed guys offering comments and advice from the sidelines.)

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  14. Ya’all make my life seem peaceful, thank you!
    I think we are ahead of schedule for our spring show which starts in two weeks, went for a walk in the beautiful sunny warm day yesterday, and DH has been particularly loving lately (she said, sneaking sunday happies in under the guise of juggling).

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  15. Village flower show blurred by this weekend, also the library book sale — at which I worked. The standing, oh, the standing! Still, past this weekend it’s all downhill here in the village. Across the bridge in Balboa Park, our association has a huge flower show coming up, our founder’s birthday celebration (I believe she’d be 148), and a real biggie of a cultural landscape forum with reception, lectures, dinner and touring. Past all that, then it’s really all downhill. The Celebration of Trees for December Nights we can do blindfolded and with our hands tied. While juggling plates on head, elbows and knees.

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  16. This reminds me of a card I was given at a job once, which featured a dog standing on one leg on a ball, spinning plates on a stick in one paw, while juggling cats with the other paw. I was given the card to thank me for being such a big multi-tasker. Shortly before I reached the end of my rope and began having anxiety attacks due to too much stress at work. I keep meaning to start an Americans Against Multi-Tasking nonprofit, but, you know… too much stress.

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  17. My birthday is ’round the corner in May. I am trying to plan a bash. First bash of my life! I won’t have it on my birthday and hope it’ll be great, especially as I’ve never done this before.

    All this while doing work, voluntary work and self-development. Oy!

    Hi Arghers, Cherries, Betties, Refabbers…!

    Belly rub to Wolfie.

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  18. Adding Cherry Saturday April 25

    Gleanings from RT

    Heidi Cullinan ‘s Lonely Hearts comes out in August

    Kieran Kramer’s Trouble When You Walked In –in August

    Romantic Suspense Reviews:

    Anne Stuart ‘s Consumed by Fire ****1/2 HOT

    Corrina Lawson’s Phoenix Inheritance ****HOT also mentioned in Series Rap Sheet

    I cannot copy the reviews of both books but–they are awesome !

    RIP Beatrice Small

    Small wtf Why is RT reviewing a Janet Dailey (plagiarist) book like she was still alive ?
    Another small wtf. Sherrilyn Kenyon is 50. Her bio pic looks 25 years younger. Good for her !

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