Day 1 of the Sabbatical

This blog entry is actually the beginning of my sabbatical; it will probably be short.

Today was basically just another “Manic Monday.” Personally, I hate Mondays. I can’t remember why. I guess it’s because my favorite cartoon character, Garfield, doesn’t like Mondays either.

Anyway, I was supposed to do a research project for a writer working on a historical novel. I was asked to go to the Archives and Historical Department. I arrived, ready to work and get the assignment done. No sooner had I walked through the door, an officer stops me and says, “Sorry, ma’am. The entire building had a meeting today. They closed the building and won’t open until tomorrow.” I just let out a sarcastic laugh. Then, I say, “I wish I knew that before I drove down here.” I left the building. I’m thinking to myself, “Now, what am I going to do?”

I decided to visit my Alma Mater and visit my professors. I saw Dr. Pizzetta and Dr. McDaniels. Every time, I see Dr. McDaniels – she can’t wait to hear the crazy chaos I’ve been enduring. We talked and laughed for a while. It felt good to be able to see Dr. McDaniels, enjoy laughs, and get my mind off things. The next thing she asks about is Emerson. She had a series of questions. For instance, “Have you found a place to stay? Are you actively looking? What about a job?” My answer was, “Yes,” to all the above.

Dr. McDaniels is sort of like an academic mother to me. She stays on me every chance she gets. Before now, after I had graduated with my Bachelor degree, she kept asking, rather telling, me about graduate school. It was never part of my plans. From her perspective, yes, I was going. LOL. It was not up for debate or in question. Sometimes, I could do nothing but laugh. That woman is the busiest woman I know. Half of the time, she is on the computer: checking, reading, and responding to e-mails, answering phone calls, and checking her personal phone. I sit there and think, “How the heck does she do that?” Mind you, she’s doing all that while interrogating me about school. Guess what? She never looks at me while juggling her circus. Dr. McDaniels is amazing. I had to cut my visit short, and she looks at me and tells me, “Make sure you keep me updated and come see me before you leave.” I told her I would.

After that, I went to the store and bought a few things to eat. I got back home, got on my computer and played games for a while. Now, I’m working on blogs, book promos for my book, etc.

That’s it. Nothing else more to tell except I survived this hectic Monday.

And I got four hours of sleep. It wasn’t much, but it’s a start.

I’m wondering what tomorrow will be like and what it will bring…

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