Deep Breaths!

I’m liking this Women in Publishing Conference. However, I’m so far behind with watching the tutorials/talks/pre-recorded content, I doubt it’ll get finished in my lifetime. Not being there in person and physically moving from one room to another to hear the next topic I want to hear is hard. Life gets in the way too much.

I do have a background using computers, writing software, designing screens for input, so I’m no slouch at trying to navigate around. This package is pretty frustrating to navigate through, especially when I’m trying to do too many things in a day. Yesterday, I was alerted to the fact the Post Website was repeating February’s food menu for March. Yikes! Foolish mortal! It only displays what I tell it to. Got it fixed pretty late in the evening. Didn’t feel much like watching videos after that.

And here we are at another day with sun and blue sky. And sopping wet grass with mud all over the back yard. Goldie runs and plays, kicking up the water all over her undercarriage. And believe me, she’s a sturdy girl with lots of undercarriage. When she wants to rest, she plops on the grass or in a slush pile as it finishes melting. Definitely a water dog. I wonder if she can swim? Some dogs cannot. But I digress.

So with the distraction of playing catch and quieting Lexie, the barker, I’m not even near being able to watch any videos. Soon as I’m done here, there I’ll be. I’ve learned it doesn’t pay to fret, which was tempting 30 minutes ago. I just didn’t want the rest of this day God gave me to be wasted.

And, after printing off the topics, speakers, and schedules, this photo dump represents what I want to hear in the next week. Luckily, we will have access after the conference is over, but this is what I need to learn and understand in the next week. I know I can, I’ve done it over and over again.

This reminds me of the time when my son Nick was ten years old. He had a terrible stomach ache upon coming home from visiting his dad for the weekend. He was sick and in a lot of pain. Taking him to the doctor the next day revealed a very high white count. His appendix was the only suspect, but it hurt near his liver. A surgeon saw him on Tuesday, and put him in the hospital. So as a last ditch attempt, they went after his appendix. And found it up near his liver. It ruptured. He almost died.

Did I mention I was taking my computer classes during that time, and I couldn’t miss class or fail any tests. I did both. The instructor considered the circumstances and gave me a re-test. I passed the unit with a “C,” which I was grateful for, considering it was Assembler language. Not an easy subject. Especially when my mind was blown by my little boy asking me if he was going to die. Seriously. God love him, he pulled through. I teased him forever, because my then-boyfriend won a trip to Hawaii. He ended up taking his mother. I would not have left my child. Later on, I broke up with the guy. So glad I did.

So, I know I’ll get through this time and information crunch. I need to relax. I’m going to take a break, sit on the deck with the dogs in the sunshine, and enjoy the view. Thank you for reading today. I appreciate your presence very much. Be Safe out there. Be Thoughtful and Courteous while you’re at it. And just relax. It’ll all be there tomorrow!

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