Sunday, October 4, 2009

Settling In...

Yawn. Up at 6 this morning. I'm allergic to mornings this early. It has been a lovely weekend though; it's the first one in forever that I'm not traveling, stressing over the manuscript, or had visitors. After returning from a marathon stint in The Real Dutchmanlandia (only 2 1/2 days - which was stupid), Medieval Mom came to visit for a full week 2 days later. In the middle of the semester. And I had to peel off an article from the book and have it done right smack dab in the middle of her visit. Ugh.

The trip to TRD (see above) was wonderful, just very quick. We went for a weekend wedding of one of TD's best friends. Left Thursday night and flew overnight arriving in TRD mid-morning Friday, colossally jet-lagged and barely coherent (I can't sleep on planes). On Saturday was the wedding. We left our hotel at noon and did not return until 3am Sunday morning. Slept a little and then we were up on Sunday to visit his mom and brother; that evening was dinner with his dad. Back to the hotel at 10-ish to pack and try to get some sleep before we had to wake up at 4am to get our flight. Well, I was so high strung that I couldn't sleep at all, so I didn't. We were on the plane at 8am the next morning but had to sit there for 2 hours while something was repaired; finally went aloft for our 7 1/2 hour flight back to hub airport where TD and I had to part again to go back to our respective countries (sadness). And, b/c we were 2 hours late getting in, I had to run to catch my connection and we barely had time to say goodbye (more sadness). That was 2 weeks ago and we're traveling so much this month that I won't get to see him for another 2 weeks.

Medieval Mom's visit was ill-timed. She constantly talks - I mean all the time. A running commentary on life that makes me want to bang my head against the wall. And then I felt guilty for not entertaining her more. But I had to write an article. And prep for and teach a graduate class.

Anyway, it's been a helluva tough couple of weeks (hence the bloggy silence), but I'm finally settling into my life. I'm making an overnight trip next week to a colleague's school to give an invited lecture, but that will be an easy jaunt. Then the next week we go to another wedding...

Sorry to vent and whine! I'm going back to bed.

6 comments:

Bardiac said...

Wow, that sounds busy! Hope you get some much needed rest soon.

Sisyphus said...

Whoah! Where in this crazy schedule have you slotted in some time to collapse on the couch while cats nap on you?

What Now? said...

Hmm, not the post for me to read a couple of days before my own mom comes to visit in the middle of term! Ah well, as you've discovered, eventually the house returns to being one's own, and then the couch is waiting for those well-deserved naps.

Thoroughly Educated said...

That is some schedule! Just the first part of that, especially with transatlantic travel, would have me in a state of nervous collapse and/or respiratory failure. I hope you can find a little room to breath and sleep before the next round of activities.

Contemporary Troubadour said...

Tough, tough schedule, Med. Woman! I have much sympathy. Weddings are supposed to be fun, but why do they occur in such close proximity to one another???

Ill-timed parental visits -- also cause for much aggravation.

Good Enough Woman said...

Whew. I'm tired just reading about it all! I don't know HOW you cranked out that article.

And I'm off to be a matron of honor (yes, MATRON--sounds so dowdy) next weekend. The adventure begins Tuesday evening when I set out--alone with the kids--on a long drive followed by a long flight the next day. Did I mention I'll be alone with the kids?

I hope you have time to relax with the kit-kats now!