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Katzenhaus Books

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Too Much Happening! No Time to Sort Thoughts.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM
This is a crazy time of year --always has been.  For all those years I spent in a classroom, I knew that May would be consumed with finals and grading and farewells, and graduations.  And now that I' supposedly safely "retired," I thought my schedule would slow down.  Apparently not! I'm in such a habit of forging ahead that once the weather turns to lovely spring, I simply stretch my days to match the lengthening sunlight.  The result? Blogging -- that contemplative bit of self-indulgence in my life -- suffers.

So what's been happening? Well, on April 27th, we sent the last of our conventioneers home, cleaned out the hotel rooms we had been using, and headed home ourselves -- to a whole list of things we had to catch up upon. About all I can do here is whip them into some sort of RBOC list.

  • Top of the list: I launched Damned Yankee on May 1st and have been having fun ever since watching sales numbers and promoting the book to everyone I talk to.  (So far, it seems to be working.)
  • May 2nd -- an end-of-the-year party for my old history department and a celebration of a dear friend's retirement.
  • May 3rd--"Sight Night"--a celebration and awards banquet sponsored by the World Cataract Association.
  • May 5th -- my birthday, capped by a gift of the new small Laptop Air computer (which I just can't stop playing with because it's so cute!) and an indulgent dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant.
  • May 6th -- An "After Hours" cocktail party at our local bank sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce for chamber members.
  • Today, May 7th-the official formal retirement party at the college for same dear friend.
And from here? Well, we leave on Friday for a ten-day vacation combined with a couple of great book events in South Carolina.  More
on those later.  For now, I need to finish whipping the house into shape for the cat-sitter, and start making packing lists.

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