Thursday, May 28, 2009

On My Mind

I have a lot of things on my mind these days.

I'm saddened by the whole Prop 8 fiasco in California. I believe in equality for everyone. Period.

I'm thrilled to announce that Lefty's research will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Bacteriology. (Don't worry, if you can't find it on the newsstand, I can get you a copy.) This takes a huge, crushing amount of pressure off for his tenure review in the Fall.

I'm happy that The Kid is sad that the school year is almost over. It has been a rough year for him socially, losing a best friend and grieving that loss. He has made new friends and is beginning, I think, to find his tribe.

I'm worried about my little sister who's having some health issues, has a lot of questions and the answers are slow in coming. Do me a favor. Light a candle or whisper a prayer. Send a good thought in her direction.

I'm shocked by the idea, but I think I'm training to run a 5K once the long long Texas summer is over. Running is still so new, such an alien concept to me, I still can hardly believe I'm doing it.

What's on your mind these days?

(A note on comments: I am eternally grateful for every single comment I receive here and do a little happy dance every time a new comment appears. I know you're out there. Won't you take a moment and say hi?!)


  1. Hi,Nice to meet you. I found your blog via MinnesotaMatron.
    I'm Edith and I live in MN and this yr, AARP will be sending me their official "welcome to the club."

  2. Hey Edith. Very nice to meet you. Thanks for coming by and saying hello.

    I hear such nice things about Minnesota...

  3. Surely not about our winters...:)
    Actually I am a transplanted Minnesotan. Born in Iowa but, contary to popular belief, I didnt grow up on a farm.
    It's nice to meet you as well Laura. Thanks for your kind words.

  4. I took up exercising for Lent and did 66 miles during the holy season. I thought I'd train for a 5K race too, but I've become lazy since I don't have god looking over my shoulder to keep me working.

  5. Hey Laura --

    I am thinking about your little sister. Holding her in the Light.

    I continue to be all jangled here. Last night, in his call from HS, Mark suggested keeping this house and renting one there. I don't want these years of the boys' lives to be that unsettled and uncertain, with one foot in VA and one in AR. I'm resisting, lots of upstream thinking. I need to center myself and go with the flow, let things unfold.

    Congratulations to Lefty! So cool! Ask him if he expects to be the centerfold in the uncoming J of B. (No, I guess not.)

    I've begun walking five miles several days a week. Jesse helped me plan my route. (Down the gravel road to the mailboxes and back and around the trail. Four times.) The worst part, to me, is how long it takes! And the bugs. The ticks and the biting flies and the mosquitos. I'm too fat to run these days, but even getting out and walking makes me feel better.

    Oh -- it's almost 7:00! Gotta walk the dog before heading out for my own walk! xoxoxo

  6. Wow, M&Co. 66 miles is pretty darn impressive. (I bet God was impressed too!)

  7. Hey Laura. Thanks for the light. She's getting there, feeling better. I think if she can find a way to ratchet down her stress level she will be much better.

    And speaking of stress, it seems you have been swimming in these uncertainty waters for a very long time. You are calmer than I would be. I'm over here, admiring you for your calm.

    I'm glad you're enjoying walking! I've had to move indoors and am running on a treadmill at the university surrounded by 20 year olds who weigh about 70 pounds. I am developing my sense-of-humor muscles!


  8. Hello! Like Anon-1, I also stumbled upon your blog and find myself coming back often.

    I have much on my mind lately, and most of it not so good... Having a hard time letting go of a relationship that was never good for me and should have ended long ago. Disappointments at work. Fear of turning 50....

    I guess I'm taking a long look at my life thus far and focusing on what I don't have, when really I should be rejoicing in having gotten this far. But I'm working on it all.


  9. Hi J!

    Ah, welcome to the late 40's (I'm 47)where fear and self-reflection gang up on us. I think we are all working on the same kinds of things...

    And fifty shmifty, just a number, I think these are shaping up to be the best years of my life.

    I hope you'll keep me posted on your progress.

  10. I'm not happy about Prop 8, but I'm not worried either--we're moving in the right direction--it WILL happen for all states...I'm just hoping it's sooner rather than later.

    Woo-hoo, Lefty!

    What a great pic of the Kid--I'm so glad that that has gotten better for him.

    And I'm pausing right now to send a thought your sister's way...

  11. Congrats to you all! To Lefty for getting published, to The Kid for finding his groove, and to you for all the progress you're making.

    a note on your note: I love it when people comment on my blog - it makes my day. Just wish it happened more often. I used to write at, just for the validation of people commenting on my work.