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Playing Catch-Up
I have been scarce here of late. But it's not because I've been agonizing over the state of Live Journal or my own commitment to public expression. I'm just really busy this semester, with a difficult teaching schedule and commute, and have been trying to balance all my responsibilities in that arena with both the usual domestic sort -- transporting Skylar, cooking, doing the dishes, maintaining the litter boxes -- and the labor-intensive and highly stressful process of trying to get my parents moved from Maryland to a place where they can have family close by.

All the pieces are finally starting to fall into place for their relocation, thanks in very large measure to the efforts of Skylar's mother, who is a genius at complex organizational tasks and is able to communicate with my father more efficiently than my sister and I can. Originally it looked like my parents were going to move to Boise, where my sister lives. But there were complications with the apartment complex she had found for them and we were able to find something inexpensive and attractive here in the Tucson area, only a mile or so from their granddaughter.

They may opt to head up to Boise after their six-month lease is up, depending on my mother's condition and the strength of their will to move again. But they will definitely be here for Skylar's birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas. And they will be able to get medical care that is much closer to them and, in all likelihood, better than what they have been receiving in Maryland.

Anyway, that's where my heart and mind have been at recently. I still mean to complete, however belatedly, my Week in the Life and maybe do that music meme that some of my LJ friends completed last month as well, if I can find the time. In addition, I have some more complicated posts that I've been planning in my head, which I will do my best to bring to fruition at some point. For now, though, it will suffice to say that I'm still reading you all every day and have drawn much sustenance from your entries.

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croneitude From: croneitude Date: September 28th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hey -- I had a dream about you last night. Sad to say that I remember no details about it, other than you figured principally in it, and there was something to do with San Francisco and Emeryville. Welcome to the inside of my head!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 29th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It is an honor to be inside your head!
duccio From: duccio Date: September 28th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Best wishes for a good outcome in Tucson for you, your mom and dad, and all concerned. Tucson seems like a much better option than boise, for many reasons.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 29th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thank you! I do think that Tucson is preferable, for obvious and not-so-obvious reasons. But, boy, is the process of moving them out here taxing on everyone involved.
From: e4q Date: September 28th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i stopped the music meme quite early on, but am bearing it in mind for recommencing when and if i rally.

i had a window of wellness yesterday unlike anything i had experienced in months and months, when i did a fair amount of cleaning, which was good for my soul. i then ruined it by going to a three hour buddhism class. well, 2 1/2 hours, with bits before and after...

i may have to either drop the buddhists or else learn to say "i am leaving now" half way through the class...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 29th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Buddhists need to not be fascists. If you have to go, you have to go. What matters is where your mindfulness is, not your body.

I would like to hear more of your music-related thoughts, if you can muster the energy to continue the meme.
From: e4q Date: September 29th, 2010 09:14 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i have been really having a hard time about what to do with this class. the thing is that my body doesn't necessarily tell me 'go now, that's enough', and i was really wasted straight afterwards, but also woke up migraining today, which might be unrelated, but is a fibro dead ringer - the delayed reaction. apart from that, i have no other bank breaking events in my life - all i have been doing is bed rest and dog exercise, quite a well paced day, so it's not as if it could be many other triggers, though i will admit that migraine can be caused by nothing more than weather. it doesn't really help that i have misgivings about the class itself, and also the group, because then it becomes hard to unravel whether it is worth trying harder to fix it.

you can't be serious about the music - i have the breadth of knowlegde of a GNAT!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 29th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I didn't know that you thought you didn't know music. That's the beauty of the meme. It's a difference-leveller, in terms of experience. And I'd be interested in your thoughts no matter what.

As for the Buddhists, it sounds like you have some unresolved feelings about how the conduct their business there. It seems to me that practice has served you well. But I also think you need to stay in charge of the dynamic.
From: e4q Date: September 29th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i lost my own opinion about music when i had a 7 year relationship with a stereo hog, who listened to joni mitchell and norwegian jazz. i also stopped dancing, which didn't help. i have a small but growing interest in some alternative cabaret type stuff which i have gleaned from listening to 'cabaret' and 'steampunk' tags on last.fm

the buddhists are a can of worms, alright. it is very layered. some of it is about me, some about being ill, some about the group, some about the teaching, and some about the leader of the cult. (that's how much i like him)
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: September 29th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Glad to see you here, and even more glad to hear that things seem to be advancing alright with getting your parents moved to AZ. I've been hiding out some myself as well. Maybe it's just that time of year? But I'm thinking of all of you.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 29th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It is that time of year. And we're both very busy. The situation with my parents is advancing, yes, but brings new sources of tension every day. With Skylar's mother having taken the lead, I find myself having to do what I can to support her efforts while also feeling not a little guilty that I'm not at the helm. But there can only be one helmsman. Or helmswoman. In this case, anyway.
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 29th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I am so glad to see that you were here! I have been doing the four-hours-of-sleep thing myself. It's pretty darned brutal. I'm teaching six courses this fall. That's still nothing compared to what teachers like you do, but it's a lot for me!
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