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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Monday, Monday (plus a GIANT turtle!)

Ecclesiastes 12:12 "Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body."

Monday, Monday...
Can't trust that day...
Monday, Monday...
Sometimes it just turns out that way...

Today was not the best day. Mostly because I can't believe it's Monday AGAIN.

Yesterday I had my in-laws over for dinner, so basically all I did was church in the a.m., a shopping trip, cooking and baking, and then entertaining the fam from 5-9 p.m. We had a lot of fun (burgers and cherry pie and my cats meeting their "cousin" dog for the first time), but it was also draining in that hard-to-define way. Eh, maybe I'm just greedy and jealous of my friends who aren't working full-time right now.

Well, the whole weekend went by in a FLASH, what felt like about 45 minutes, not two days. Saturday I went on an amazing hike with my uncle, cousin, and his girlfriend through the river at Kankakee State Park in (you guessed it) Kankakee. We saw huge fish swimming not 3 feet from our legs (sketchy but fun), mostly carp and trout, and one pointy-snouted gar. Oh yeah, and one baby crawdad my cousin caught with a bravery born of years catching them in much shallower waters at Waterfall Glen (our original river-hike stomping ground).

So we hiked up and down the riverside. I definitely had a resurgence of acrophobia whilst climbing up the steeper slopes. Don't look down!! But it was better once we were down in the water, where we sloshed/waded through the river upstream to the waterfall. We (wisely) left our cell phones in the car, but my cousin brought his waterproof camera along, and we took this great shot of us by the waterfall. Sadly, the photographic evidence has not made its way to me yet, so you'll have to wait for proof of my river expedition.

Today was a sad day, as my cousin (yeah, the same one) left for his summer job/mission work in Tennessee. "It's ok," I told my grandma. "Look at the map. He's only 3 1/2 inches away." But that observation didn't convince either of us that it would be any easier to live the next three months without him. Even though we'll probably drive down to visit him, and he'll likely have internet access... I'm just a sap when it comes to good-byes. I'm not gonna lie. I bawled like a baby last night (ok, fine, and today on the way back to work after saying good-bye). I'm gonna miss that kid.

In happier news, my uncle found and rescued a giant turtle on the side of the road last week. He's an African species (we think), and he's HUGE. We haven't weighed him yet, but he's gotta be about 60 pounds at least. This ain't no snapping turtle, kids.

I affectionately referred to him as the Galapagos turtle at first. My cousins wanted to name him Hot Pockets, but really, is it ever a good idea to name an animal after food? Let alone something microwaveable? Yeah, I didn't think so. So then, as a child of the 80s, I felt it my duty to christen him Michelangelo.

We're currently calling around local zoos looking for someone to take him in full-time. I'd love to keep him as a pet (how often do you get to adopt a rescue turtle?), but our space is limited. Also, I'm not sure the cats would love him.

Back to the original reason for this post.... other than to regain my sanity after working, um, 11 hours today.

Most of the time I love my job. Working for a publisher is awesome in so many ways, but this year our busy season (aka "SPRING") seems to have taken a cue from the Energizer bunny. It just keeps dragging on and on... and on.

The reward, of course, will be (overtime pay and) many lovely new books this fall! Including the one that we started last week and which will be ready to buy in printed form, when? JULY. That's pretty quick, you say. Um no. That's RIDICULOUSLY CRAZY IMPOSSIBLY FAST. Normal book schedule, from raw manuscript to printed book on the shelf, is 9 months. This one? Just about 6 weeks. Hi, insanity? Yeah, it's me again. Bust open the diet Pepsi. I'm comin' over and we're gonna work like banshees until this project is done on Friday. Yeah... It's gonna be a long week....

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