Got the extension (and then some), so I am no longer Freaked Out about the book. Actually, I spent quite a bit of time yesterday working out notes and I think I’ve gotten the bugs worked out anyway, so I’m going to plunge ahead and see what I can pull together this week. I don’t expect I’ll turn it in on Friday anyway, but I’m feeling much more solid about it. Whew. :)
It does occur to me to mention that it’s a lot nicer to have 15 pounds to lose than the 50 I’ve previously been miserable about. Although the scale, she is v. stubborn this week. Hrmph.
My great-aunt Maureen, my grandfather’s youngest sister and the last of his immediate family, died yesterday. I’m a little sad about that, but I’d only met her twice and she *was* 95 years old, which is a pretty good run. And Mom and Dad will be able to go to the funeral, which is, if you understand where I’m coming from, kind of nice.
The coolest thing about meeting Maureen, for me, was that I met her with a friend of mine, who sat there and gaped at us for hours while we talked, because while I had grown up in a different country and had never met any of the Irish family before and she was, what, 63 years older than me, we used the same vocal inflections and physical gestures and body language and everything. Liz said it was completely astonishing to watch.
Later on today I’m going to write about how we got back in touch with the Irish family, but now I’m going to go get some work done.
miles to Hobbiton: 203.4
miles to Rauros Falls: 302