Friday, September 01, 2006

Happy September...Kinda

It seems somewhat ominous that a new month should begin so gray and rainy, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto crawl up the eastern seaboard toward my location. Certainly makes for a wet Labor Day Weekend.

But let's celebrate some good things about September. Cooler weather is on the way, after a summer of humidity and oppressive heat. The leaves will begin turning in a couple of weeks. Christmas is inching closer and closer. School starts, so there will be fewer children in my store, running amok with inattentive parents, breaking merchandise and being a general nuisance.

My longest-running PBEM is relaunching today, and I am excited about that. We have a new home, new forums, and lots of great plots waiting. I had hoped for more new players before we started, but I'm sure they'll come along soon enough.

I even submitted my Watchman Project query to Miss Snark's Crap-O-Meter. Suddenly I am very nervous.

It has also been a solid week since I found out my dad has cancer. Follicular lymphoma, to be exact, a non-Hodgkin's form. I got very drunk last Friday night and cried for a long time. But the doctors are optimistic, and gave him 70/30 odds. They're good, but I wish they were better. He had his first round of chemotherapy on Wednesday (first of three 3-week treatments), and had a bone marrow biopsy to make sure it isn't anywhere else. We'll get the results next Thursday. Arg!

I've written about my dad on this blog before, and I don't know what I'd do if....nah, positive thoughts.

I just wish I would stop dreaming about my grandmother (my dad's mother). She died in June, and I've dreamed about her two nights in a row. Do you think she knows I'm worried about her son?

9 comments:

robeiae said...

Ernesto was a weenie.

Dama Negra said...

At least your summer felt like one, all my summer was cold and rainy. Highest temperature around was 20 celsius, I never took off my sweater. Sad, sad summer.

As for your dad, I'm sure everything will be all right. My grandmother has been fighting a debilitating disease for a long time and I know how hard it is, so if you ever need anything don't hesitate to give me a shout.

-Kelly M. said...

LOL @ Rob.

And thanks, Dama. :)

Jean Marie said...

Rob, you're a weenie :)
Hope you're right about Ernesto, he's coming down the street as I'm writing this.

Kelly, this summer has been awful far as weather--I'm in CT. Dama, you make me laugh :)

I hope your dad's all right. And I do think your grandmother knows. I believe in that. I'll keep you in my thoughts. Especially w/ Snark's upcoming, um...possible review of your query. Brave of you.

-Kelly M. said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jean Marie, and for your kind words. They mean a lot.

I got a message back from Miss Snark. My number is 292. We'll see...

-Kelly M. said...

No Crap-O-Meter for me. Oh well...

Orhan Kahn said...

Good luck with Miss Snark, she seems a little vicious for the sake of being vicious.

The beginning of September has been wonderful in dear ole Sydney. Spring has just beginning and in timely fashion the mild humidity and cool winds have kicked in. Not to mention the beautiful flowers!

Jean Marie said...

You're welcome, Kelly. I'll continue to keep your dad in lots of positive thoughts and prayers. And you, too.

Okay, no crapometer means no review or it was good? Snark is hysterical.

How about putting your query in the crit forum, yes? No? Maybe?

Ernesto has seen fit to take a lots of trees and therefore lots of electricity. As you can see, I've got mine. Which I'm grateful for.

-Kelly M. said...

Jean Marie, they only chose 100 random queries out of the hundreds that were sent. So just no Crap-O-Meter. Although the query I sent has made the SYW rounds over at AW, and is the one I am currently sending out to agents.

And I'm very glad to hear you still have electricity! We finally saw a bit of sunshine yesterday after two days of rain. :)