Sunday, April 19, 2015
The photo here was taken by my niece Arrianne. She has a wonderful eye.
I'm doing okay, really. Sorry that last post was a bit of a downer. Happily, I didn't stay in that place. I haven't been writing much here, though, because I am trying to get up to speed on a book project. The first-half delivery due date is looming, and I mean to meet it. So that's where my energy has been going lately, and one can't stay wallowing in melancholy too long if one means to meet deadlines in the book business.
We also need to find a used car. We spent yesterday in the used car lot of Jeep dealers. I feel completely unequal to this process. I don't know when I'm getting a good price quote and when I'm getting ripped off. I study the Carfax like there's no tomorrow but I don't know which manufacturer safety recalls matter and which don't. My husband is comparatively casual about all this, or maybe he has more comfort with the process. In any case I feel as if all the research is on me, because I'm the one who cares most. We're looking for a reliable SUV that's maybe four or five years old, 4-wheel-drive, in good condition with no outstanding recalls, and roomy enough to fit my man, who is a big tall guy and who will be doing most of the driving. He is partial to Jeep Grand Cherokees because he likes how rugged they are and he knows the cab fits him and plus we had one that was four years old when we got it and it lasted us another 14 years! I kind of like how they look, too, but I'm open to anything that's a good deal. Advice from any quarter is welcome!
In other news, my son met the parents of a young lady he's been "seeing" and that apparently went well. Also, my daughter gave a public presentation on campus on Friday, a paper titled "Gramsci's Model of Intellectual Responsibility," which she wrote in and around her step team performance the previous evening. Who is this child? How does she know such things? The young man she has been seeing also had a presentation on Friday, his for a national entrepreneurial competition entered by hundreds of college students across the country and he won! Something about a new algorithm for determining scholarship grants. I will never understand the details. I barely understand the word algorithm. I just know it was a big day on all fronts.
All is well.