Monday, May 12, 2008

Catching up

I think I am currently brain dead.

I spent last week writing an essay. The word 'intertextuality' is now firmly lodged in my brain. Hubby looks despairing when I interrupt a conversation to say 'ooh,that's intertextual'. The essay was sent on Friday, but I have no idea whether I really answered the question. I was just relieved to get rid of it. Now for the second half of the course and a change of emphasis...

My writing has totally stalled, due to the intensity of this course and all the other stuff which is going on around me at home. I am behind in updating bookersatz. I've got books I need to read and review. Another half-term is fast approaching, I have paid work to complete by the summer holidays. I need to get a grip.

Son 1 is still up and down. He's just had a great weekend, but the previous one was difficult, he wasn't well at all. His peers will be starting their GCSEs this week, while he has now been out of education for two years. We live in a different world now.

Three notable things:

1. I have just spent a fortune on new clothes for son 2 who is growing rapidly in all directions...

2. I have finally found another mascara which doesn't irritate my eyes or make me look like a panda, after my old favourite was sadly discontinued. My girlie readers will understand the importance of this!

3. I lost the magnetic bracelet which helps my arthritis in town today.

8 comments:

Andrea said...

Happy mother's day, Cathy.
I understand your joy at finding a new mascara. As somebody whose favourtie lipstick colour was discontinued and never replaced by anything quite right, I know what you went through.
Try not to think about your son's peers, it will only make you sad for what might have been. As you say, we live in a very different world.
And do those magnetic bracelets really work?
I've seen them in the chemist and wondered.
Andrea

Anne Brooke said...

Intertextuality - you can now have that removed on the National Health, you know ...

Sending love and hugs to you & the family

A
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Casdok said...

Dont our kids grow fast!!

Hope Son 1 continues on the up.

I too have a magic bracelet!

Cathy said...

Thank you Andrea...but our Mother's Day was sometime ago! It's good to celebrate it twice...

Oh Anne, I wish that essay could have been removed!

Casdok, does your bracelet work? I'd like to think mine did, but maybe it was just a placebo.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Sounds like it's all go at your house. I also tried one of those bracelets and it turned my wrist a funny colour.

CJ xx

Cathy said...

Crystal, I expect yours was copper I can't wear that either, I have to have stainless steel or titanium.

Cx

SpiralSkies said...

'Intertextual'? Cripes, remind me not to do that course... I'd need a magnetic body suit to get my brain revved up enough for that sort of complicated cleverness.

Have you tried searching for your discontinued mascara on eBay? It has been my saviour this month since Lancome stopped doing my beloved Mangue Juicy Tubes...

wordtryst said...

Just popped by to let you know that author/literary agent/writing coach Orna Ross will be stopping by my blog today and will answer (on Monday) any questions left in the comment trail. You're welcome to drop in!