45º ~ sun trying to beat back gray clouds ~ according to the fortune tellers, the clouds will win and storms will break out later today and all day tomorrow
Not much time to write this morning, as it's been a jumble of a day so far and I've got quite a bit of grading and prep work and online class work to attend to in one hour.
So, here's a list of the jumble, detailing how I spent my poetry time this morning.
~ paying the bills, both household and personal (normally I do this at night so as not to interfere with my poetry time, but a deep exhaustion seems to be setting in these days...Midterm anyone?)
~ reading the blogs and keeping up with the poetry world at large
~ fuming about all the terribleness in the world these days, but most especially what is going on in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio. Mostly I feel personally attacked every time some politician goes on the air and claims that teachers & public workers are the cause of the deficit. Here at the house of the Kangaroo, we're a two-teacher family, one of whom belongs to a union that does in fact employ collective bargaining and one of whom teaches in higher education, and guess what? We're not getting rich anytime soon! No hot tub, no Lexus, no trips to the south of France. (Ok, we did go to Jamaica, but that was one vacation in five years and we flew coach.) In fact, we aren't even able to put that much away for savings at the end of every month, and we don't even have children. So, yeah, we're the problem, not those tax breaks politicians on both sides of the aisle are handing out to big business right and left and not the lobbyists who make those tax breaks inevitable.
~ finally, in desperation, I opened my "In Progress" folder and worked on some revisions and polishing of drafts. I've resolved to send out some February submissions this weekend. The VIDA count continues to make its way through the blogs, so I just want to remind all my women writer friends to SUBMIT like a MAN! (I plan to do so on Saturday.)
And now, it's off to slip into my teacher skin and continue to leech wealth from our economy.