So here’s the thing. I ended up taking another of my periodic lengthy vacations from Tumblr. Didn’t mean to. Didn’t want to! (I think this one’s lasted roughly eleven weeks, with a few dribs and drabs here and there.)
Basically what’s happened is twofold. My computer is still in the shop — it comes out tomorrow, hooray, hooray — and eleven weeks ago I started, pretty unexpectedly (I had expected a bit more warning than I actually ended up getting, because I didn’t read fine print; this happens to me more often than you might think) going back to college fulltime for the first time in fourteen years.
You want to talk about suddenly feeling old. Good grief. Everything’s done online now, which was just starting when I had to leave school when I was just getting to the interesting stuff (long story short: I injured myself — an injury that still plagues me, actually; I essentially had to relearn how to walk because of an attack of stupidity; one or two of you who knew me back then will know what I’m talking about) and then my grades went to crap and I was placed on academic probation; they stayed that way, and despite lots of begging, out I went) —
Anyway, they were just starting this process back then. Fourteen freaking years ago. (I honestly can hardly believe it was that long ago, but it was.) Now… well, at least the subject is easier. Instead of trying to master the history of the United States and the entire continent of Africa at the same time (and going for a Bachelor of Arts that would have taken me to a teaching job that my one semester of student-teaching leads me to believe would’ve been freaking miserable), I’m studying for a Diploma (in American, I believe that’s slightly superior to an Associate’s Degree) in Tourism & Travel, the better to become a travel agent. We’re halfway done in June; the second half of the course finishes in December.
(Working for a cruise line would be great. Working for a travel wholesaler would be very nice as well. Airlines, independent agencies, whatever — basically, I’ll be happy as long as I’m not working at one of those storefront chain agencies where they only pay you on commission.)
Anyway, all that has meant that I’ve barely had the energy or the time look at Tumblr, let alone do my usual daily avalanche of posts. I’m going to try and get some stuff reblogged this weekend, though.
So like Sir Terry Pratchett’s Granny Weatherwax, having sent her mind out wandering but her body cool and still on her bed, I hold up a card:
I ATEN’T DEAD.