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A Monday morning list

It is Monday, April 28th, meaning there are only two more days left in National Poetry Month, an event for which I had plans this year (oh the book reviews I was going to write!), but which got scuttled for reasons a bit beyond my control. (Hello, vertigo! And yes, it's improving, but still here.)

Here's a list of stuff that has happened this month, much of it quite good, my ongoing dizziness notwithstanding:

April 1: I turned 50. I'm not entirely certain that is correct, because I don't feel fifty, but the calendar assures me it is so.

April 3: My older daughter, Sara, turned 21. I find this slightly more startling than finding myself at age 50. But again, there's that calendar thing . . .

April 5: There was a party. For me. That my sweetheart and I threw, inviting people to our house. And if you haven't been keeping tabs or missed it or (quite likely) I forgot to mention it, I have moved from Cherry Hill, NJ to Williamstown, where I am happily cohabiting with my wonderful partner. He has lived in this house for years and years, and had never had a party here before, so it was exciting to be able to have so many friends and relatives here at once. If you weren't here, it's not that we didn't want you to attend, and we'll happily host you another time. Really.

April 6-9: I drove to Honesdale (actually, Boyd's Mills), PA, to attend a workshop on minor characters and transitions presented by Jan Cheripko, who is an absolute delight. I got to spend time with long-time real-life friend Cindy Faughnan and long-time cyber-friend (now also a real-life friend) Susan Ambert, along with meeting eight other writers, all of them fabulously talented, whom I count as friends as well. It was a wonderful experience, and I hope to return some day!

April 11: I consider it a bit of a dark day. Woke up so dizzy that things were literally spinning and I felt like I had torque on my body. Had an appointment to get a shot in my hip to try to relieve ongoing pain from a bone spur, which I kept. Got so dizzy during the procedure due to an unfortunate head movement on my part that I ended up vomiting. Three times. Including once in public. And I don't think I'll bother with another shot in the hip, since it hasn't actually, y'know, WORKED in relieving the pain this time. But I digress.

April 12-present: Continuing dizziness. And I used to have problems dealing with a computer screen for more than about 15 minutes, but it's been slowly improving so I can actually work for almost an hour now. Almost.

April 14-15: Seders! One in North Jersey with my sweetheart's paternal side, and one in Bala Cynwyd, PA, with his maternal side. I love his relatives. They're such smart, warm, wonderful people. And they can all cook like gourmets, so the meals are extra awesome.

April 17-20: Travel to South Carolina. We had hellish traffic conditions going down on Thursday and coming back on Sunday, but we managed to take a minivan full of furniture down to South Carolina for Sara, to visit my parents and see my kid, and to spend a night with my wonderful aunt and cousins in the upstate before heading back. My poor lover had to do all the driving (and continues to do it) thanks to my vertigo. He deserves a medal. Or a large cash prize.

April 22: I finally get to the doctor, who has figured out that my racing pulse and high blood pressure (did I not mention them yet?) are related to my vertigo. My sinuses were so pressurized that they were pushing outwards on the balance centers inside both my ears (which explains why things like the Epley maneuver to correct vertigo didn't help - it's not a crystals-gone-akimbo issue). It is affecting not only my balance, but my sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which is essentially triggering some of the fight-or-flight stuff even though I'm not anxious or upset.

April 26: Jane Austen Day! My local chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America hosted a day-long event at the Union League in Philadelphia, with three academic speakers and an amazing lunch. It was great to see friends old and new, and to spend a day immersed in learning more about Austen's unfinished novels (The Watsons and Sanditon). My sweetheart kindly drove me into center city at 9 even though he had his own important event to host at 10 a.m. (It was also World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, and he ran an event with a number of demonstrations that was attended by 139 people.) Again, he deserves a medal.

And here we are again, back at today, where I am trying to get myself at least a little bit back on track. Which is why I plan on bringing you a book review a bit later. Because you deserve it. And so does the book.

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Apr. 30th, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
Indeed. It improved a bit, but hasn't eradicated the dizziness.
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