Back to the beginning again


Sometimes, things don’t go the way you want them to … and it really sucks. Things have not been going the way I wanted them to in my life pretty much all month.

Possibly you will remember all that stuff I was waiting for so impatiently last month? Well, a bunch of it came down the pike but things didn’t play out anything like the way I wanted them to and now I get to pick up the pieces.

My plans to move out of the state have been temporarily stymied. That is the biggest of the big deals.

For starters, I didn’t get into graduate school. I have been told that I had a very competitive application but, thanks to a combination of the (poor) luck of the draw and the sort of political bureaucratic waltzing that happens in academia, I got passed over. I have gotten some very good feedback from a couple of sources, which makes me feel a little better, and I am prepared to give this one more shot before I decide that my life dream is destined to be a dud.

I will admit that it’s hard not to get really down and depressed by this turn of events — which is the main reason why you haven’t heard from me for most of the month. In light of the kind of winter we’ve been having, I had been looking forward to moving south but that’s not going to happen either. And that has to do with the money.
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Stormy weather

This was the view out my bedroom window this morning.

This was the view out my bedroom window this morning.

Snow day!

Well, the kids have a snow day. My boss is considering having us open the office later today. I think she’s crazy. My car is completely buried and we’re in that band of upstate New York geography that is slated to get 10-14 inches of snow from this storm.

Of course, this is nothing compared to what poor Austin has been contending with up in mega-snowy Maine. And, fortunately for me, I have sons to shovel for me … when they finally get out of bed.

Oh, and did I mention that I have caught a cold and am feeling lousy today? I’m going back to bed as soon as I finish talking to you. Assuming that my boss doesn’t text me to say that she got here from Cooperstown and I should drag my carcass in to the office, too.

As for you … stay warm, stay dry and, if you don’t live in this part of the country, be glad.

Like I said, I’m going back to bed.

This is the biggest party, man


Tonight, I’m going to be watching a football game. American football (wouldn’t want anybody to get confused). But this graphic and these few sentences are all there is going to be about that.

This post is not going to be about the Superbowl.

I have something much more important to tell you about than a football game.

I found my phone!

Oh, okay, I realize that this stupendous news probably doesn’t mean anywhere near as much to you as it does to my daughters but it’s a pretty big deal. It wasn’t going to be cheap to replace an iPhone and there were so many contacts in my phone that I would have had serious trouble replacing … no, it’s a pretty amazingly wonderful thing that I found it.

I also got the first chunk of money that the nice people in the government are going to give to me because those other nice people at Turbo Tax told them they owed me. I have had a pleasant weekend spending money. It was fun. Wish I could do it more often.

Of course, you know the real reason I’m here is because I’ve posted another chapter of Children of Chaos for you.

You didn’t really think I’d let the whole weekend slip by without an update, did you?

To tell you the truth, I thought about it. There’s undoubtedly going to come a time when these chapters will slow way down, because I’m not writing a chapter a week like I had hoped I would. But I will persevere and keep my fingers crossed.

So, enjoy the Big Game and enjoy the next chapter. Feedback, kudos, critiques and funny-shaped hats are always welcome.