Brief update

I am so exhausted, as soon as I finish this post I am going to bed. Before 11 pm. Those of you who know my sleeping habits (or have checked my times-of-update of recent entries) should realize this is a momentous event. I simply can’t stay up any later tonight. My brain’s barely working, and my whole body is worn out. I flew back from San Jose this morning, sat through a couple of interviews with potential candidates for my position for the 2007-08 school year, and went for a run in Runyon Canyon (more of that uphill running!) — none of these tiring in itself, but taken together with all my recent busyness…

The DDP is on hiatus as of last Friday, the day after I finished my four-page comic. After the comic I wanted to spare my wrist, so I stopped drawing until Saturday night, when I made a sweet little Mothers’ Day card for Mommy (forgot to take a picture, alas). But I think I’ve been drawing enough lately, and doing enough writing too, that I’m certainly being creative enough, regularly enough, to keep myself happy. The original intent of the DDP was to induce regular habits, but now that I am creating semi-regularly I don’t want the projects to become just an imposition of quantity over quality. We’ll try having no DDP for a few more days, and if by the end of this week I haven’t drawn anything new, we’ll go back to it. As for the Thoughtful Writing Project, I just finished Atul Gawande’s Complications and have so much to say on it, but just can’t muster up the energy right now. I have hopes for later this week, though.

Here’s a piece of news: my unsettlingly good luck continues. I have won yet another prize drawing, this time a $100 gift certificate offered for completing an online survey. I didn’t even remember filling out the survey, so I was totally confused by the gift certificate until I received the explanatory email from the survey leader (who also happens to be my high school friend Karl, compounding my confusion). I’ve got to buy that lottery ticket.

Besides Gawande’s book, the best thing I’ve read all day wouldn’t even count in most people’s minds as “serious” reading. This essay by Michele Nanjo has me totally convinced of Snape’s loyalty to the Order. I don’t believe everything Nanjo says, but her reasoning is based on exactly the same things I noticed after Book Six, only she’s done more research and thought about it more. Now I really can’t wait for Deathly Hallows so I can watch things unfold as she says!*

Let me send you off with some photos from our Mothers’ Day picnic. I’ll upload more later, but here are some of my favorites:

Watermelon time!






And my very favorite of Sunday’s photos, the father-son chase:


Have a good week!

*Don’t understand what this paragraph is about? Shame on you, you non-Harry Potter-phile!

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