OK, so the month of May sort of slipped out the door underneath my nose. Most of June did pretty much the same thing, to the point where even my partner was asking me “when was the last time you even blogged on Silent Wave?”
And I had to take a moment to check.
So, I’ll take my current Insomniac Attack to catch up on things.
Everything happens for a reason, and all that.
So anyway, the first quarter of the degree program I mentioned in one of my more “recent” posts had indeed stolen my writing muse. The program itself will involve a lot of writing, and I’m only just beginning, so all I can say for now is that I will do my very best not to let this blog get too dormant over the next couple of years. (I’m still on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum, after all, and I still live life through that lens, so as I have experiences that strike me as appropriate for writing on here, I’ll certainly do that).
That first quarter has indeed come to an end, and I have a brief break until the summer quarter starts.
FunFact 1: I managed to pull, out of thin air, an A in both classes. The exact percentages were 98.7 and 108.7 (thank you, extra credit!).
FunFact 2: School is a lot more fun when your grades read like FM radio station numbers. For me, it’s a reason to celebrate, because it wasn’t always that way. My younger academic years resembled a deranged yin-yang symbol, because I either expressed interest in a subject or I didn’t, and my grades/marks reflected that. The Old Me couldn’t simply buckle down and grin-and-bear-it through a class that I didn’t give two fluorescent blue shites about; the New Me has learned my lesson(s).
OK, vivid visuals aside, moving on… 😉
Truthfully I’ve been on break for a week already, but I had to spend the first week in my own variation of Recharge Mode. Part of that involved purely-Aspie/autistically-stereotypical activities like hyper-focusing on projects. Projects like nagging myself to get back into the gym. Projects such as collecting research papers on a topic for my partner, who has to write a report for a class (he’s in school, too). In four and a half days, I ended up with 802 pages of notes and 1,650 saved papers.
Go me. 😉
And I’ve been binge-watching some cable channels while researching other topics like cable “cord-cutting” and learning new words like “ellipsis”, while racing to the remote control to mute commercials/adverts as they come on.
And I’ve been binge-reading a few books as well, usually along the lines of Douglas Coupland, Steig Larsson, Harlan Coben, and others. The most thought-provoking book so far has been one titled “The Authenticity Hoax” by Andrew Potter (no relation to Harry 😉 ).
Oh, and I’ve been sneezing. A lot. A few “steamroller histamine days” (those days I start sneezing and secreting and one dose of antihistamine meds don’t cut it; multiple are required) have had me down for the count more than once.
Oh, and I went to an annual conference halfway across the country, which rocked the free world, but also during which my father fell, broke his hip, needed hip replacement surgery, and wouldn’t resuscitate afterward at first. (He’s fine now; he was actually released from the physical rehabilitation center yesterday morning and he’s home now.)
Our kittens have now been with us for two months and two days, and they’re growing like vines, moving like spiders, and yelling like banshees (usually when we start getting the food out). They get this streak of energy at night, just before we go to bed, during which they go absolutely wild. Chasing each other, climbing the carpeted cat-trees like squirrels, leaping and frolicking, and then levitating literally several feet straight up in the air.
I guess they don’t call it the Bewitching Hour of Night for nothing.
I’ve been trying to stay caught up, but I fell behind in a way that I can only describe as “quicksand” the minute school began. Suddenly my Mondays, once a bastion on extended weekend laziness, became my School Days, during which I pushed hard and laser-beam-focused my energies to beat deadlines by 72 hours or more.
I guess it’s been a busy past couple of months, come to think of it…
But I’m still here. I’m still reading y’all’s blogs; if I haven’t in a while, you know I’m trying. And I’ll even try and write on here every once in a while. 😉
PS: Thank y’all for sticking with me through this, and thank you to all of you who reached out to me to see how I’ve been. Believe me, I’m thinking about every one of you, too! Even if I hadn’t quite been able to get to WordPress for a while. ❤