Normally I’d spend my blog time writing something about, well, writing. Or books, or conventions (more on that one later) but since it’s an open post month, I’m going to talk about something else, something a bit more personal.
First, the whole college thing. Holy guacamole, there’s a lot more to the college search than there was when I was doing it, back in the dark ages. Instead of gobs of glossy books showing up in the mail once you’ve taken the PSAT, now it’s emails – which is then followed by actual snail mail if you tell them you’re interested. Much more economically and environmentally friendly, but there was something about those glossy pages. Then there are the campus visits. I think it’s a great idea to visit and we just did that this weekend, but the whole college prep deal takes two major things….time and patience, both of which are in short supply.
Second is dealing with an aging parent. If you follow me on twitter, you’ll know that this is an up and down rollercoaster of treatments, doctor visits, and hospital stays interspersed with weeks here and there that are, for lack of a better word, normal.
Sometimes, you’re trying to handle everything at the same time (cue this weekend.) Mom just out of the hospital? College visit scheduled? OY. We got it all squared away, but yeesh.
What’s this all leading up to?
Conferences. I’d planned to go to the RT Conference in Dallas this year, but because of my mom’s health, I had to cancel. And I didn’t even sign up for RWA. I’m bummed, but at the same time, I’m glad I’m taking a conference year off, because after this weekend’s college visit? I know I’m going to need to use my limited vacation time from work to do more campus tours with my teenager this summer. And then there’s mom. Let’s just say I’m hoping for several long weeks of “normal.”
Oh, and somewhere in the middle of all of this, I need to write some books.
What life changes are you dealing with these days?