Yes, I'm a slacker, though for once, I'm a slacker due to busyness rather than just not wanting to publicize my depression. Here's an update:
I've started my job! So far, it's going pretty well, though like anything, I have my frustrations with it. Teaching a developmental writing couse, I often feel like I'm learning almost as much about grammar as my students! Of course, I instinctively employ many of these rules as I write, but have you ever tried to explain a skill you've used since childhood? It's not always easy, that's for sure!
I love love love my new house. Yes, there are things I want to (and will) change, but it's perfectly suited for me and Sassy. Well, it will be when we put in a back door and some stairs down into the yard. I must admit, I'm not a fan of having to go to basement and up the cellar stairs to let the dog out. Still, it's comfy, the right size for a single lady starting out in life, and I love its old-home charm and modern conveniences. I may not jump for joy, though, when I receive my first utility bill this month... I don't get my first paycheck until the 22nd!
Sassy has matured amazingly. She's still jumpy and overexcitable (and pees whenever she meets someone!), but on the whole, she's calmer, more obedient, and soooo much less destructive. I'm even considering buying her a new bed-pillow to replace the one she shredded in late December or early January. I've only had one thing damaged so far, and once she discovered how I felt about that (wrath! fury! don't-you-ever-chew-on-my-house-again-or-I'll...!), she confined her chewing to her own toys. I no longer feel ironic for calling her "Angelface." Personally, I think she's just feeling more comfortable getting more consistency and calmer discipline (and affection, of course!).
The projects and schoolwork march on, however, and my parents are up here at my house for the week tackling projects while I spend my entire days teaching and in student conferences. I have a crazy schedule, and when I add in three full days of conferences, well, let's just say I'm glad it's a four-day-weekend this weekend for me!
I am starting to get a sore throat and leaky nose, so it's time for a long weekend to regroup myself.
In the meantime, I keep hoping for a break in the winter blizzards, storms, and deep freezes so that Sassy and I can spend some time over at the dog park. She's been a couple of times, and last time, she got to play with a younger boy dog, which she loved. The boy dog's owner and I both left the park that day covered in mud from the chest down. They had that much fun.
Oh, Sassy's a year old now. Can you believe it?! She celebrated her first birthday on the first of this month. She may not be a ball of fat fuzz, but she's grown into such a beautiful dog!