August 2017

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The final paper from HELL that is! I finished it late this afternoon. I still have revisions to do, some trimming, tidying of footnotes, all that, but the thing is written at least. This paper has been a nightmare. It is very out of character for me to not enjoy a writing assignment. It wasn't even a lack of interest in the topic--industrialized agriculture and its impact on the U.S. city in the mid-twentieth century to present (eegads)--but was the approach and, yeah okay, the insecurity. 1) This is my first ever history class. 2) This is the only writing assignment in the class so I have zero sense of the professor's expectations, and this paper counts for 30% of my grade. 3) In typical fashion for my university, when I emailed the professor with a question about the paper taken directly from the syllabus, he seemed completely clueless about what the syllabus contained. That always makes me nervous, as I'm one of those people who reads all of the course documents on the first day of class and revisits them pretty much weekly to make sure I'm on target. Syllabi are my security blanket.

Anyway, it's done, and I don't even think it's that bad.

This pretty much commandeered my weekend. It was possibly the most beautiful weekend of the year too. Well, all was not lost. Yesterday was the first day for the Westminster farmers' market; it started early this year, which Bobby found out quite by accident while looking at the Carroll County Times yesterday. We didn't even need much, but it was good to see our farmers' market friends; I sometimes think farmers' market is as much about socialization as food. We were photographed and interviewed by the Carroll County Times, so we may get five minutes of local fame. (This would be Bobby's second time this year, as he was on the front page--the front page!!--of the Carroll County Times when he won the charity snowboard event earlier this year.)

Last night, we saw the first lightning bugs of the season. Bobby saw some earlier in the evening, and we were sitting outside and I whined, "I really want to see a lightning bug tonight!" and flashflashflash--just like that, one blinked along the treeline.

After I finished the paper this afternoon, Bobby, the Goldens, and I took a walk down Charlotte's Quest. I had so much laundry to do today it wasn't even funny; I haven't even touched laundry in weeks. This evening, aside from laundry and cleaning up the kitchen, I realized that I had no actual obligations to fulfill, so I took a bath and read Game of Thrones. Tomorrow it will be back to chipping away at the long-neglected stuff on my to-do list (a calligraphy project, a beta, SWG stuff ... eep!) but tonight? Tonight was blissful nothing.

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