Winding Down or Winding Up?

I don’t really know if I’m winding down classes or winding up for a few weeks’ break from classes at this point. In just under 48 hours my two classes will be done. Right now – I’ve got a solid A in one and am teetering on an A/B in the other. AND I really loved the topics! =)

After my visit to the foot/ankle specialist yesterday, my foot was noticeably more tender and sore for the entire day. Again, I’m not complaining – just giving an update. I was given a new “soft” ankle support. It looks something like the top part of a hightop sneaker – black, lace up with velcro wraps that work something like an ace bandage. Less rigid than the brace I was sent home from the E.R. with and more supportive than the ace bandage I used for several days. It’s more flexible and works better, I think. That’s a relief. But I’m to wear it for the next 3 weeks until a followup. The podiatrist thinks I’ve hurt a tendon rather than suffered a big sprain. The swollen, sore, and tender places indicate a tendon injury… Needless to say, I took a pain pill last night before bed. We’ll see how today goes.

The girls & I got our hair done. Curly’s hair is considerably shorter and curlier. She needed a good cut. That girl has GOOD hair – and tons of it. But she needed it – and she looks pretty darn cute (if I do say so myself). Georgie’s hair got trimmed up (Roy calls her Buster Brown right now…) and once it starts growing, it’ll be a nice deal. Curly & Georgie both have double cowlicks – but the benefit of Curly’s curls hide them. Georgie on the other hand, well, most of the time it looks like she doesn’t HAVE a mother who brushes her hair…

PtrapblousesmI, on the other hand, came home a bombshell redhead with coppery highlights. Wow, did I need that. I’m something of a Maureen O’Hara type in my own mind, so the red hair does the trick for me. lol. I just happened to read Maureen O’Hara’s memoirs, ‘tis Herself, this week. (What a lady! She did her own stunts for almost everything and she was an expert fencer, so the swashbuckling she did in her pirate movies was all her!) Since it’s March, and she’s from Ireland, her book was right there out in front. I’ve always loved watching her movies – especially since she so often costarred with The Duke – and I loved her feisty, spirited characters. Not every movie she made was great, but The Quiet Man actually ranks in my top 25 movies of all time. (I also get a kick out of McClintock!) She was also a good pal to Lucille Ball, another one of my favorite “oldies but goodies.”

I’ve a fancy to visit Ireland someday. Ireland, Scotland, the U.K. I am absolutely head-over-heels romantic for the hills and countryside of the U.K. It takes my breath away to watch documentaries and movies set there. Scotland absolutely draws me with its mystery and history. I’m taken by the traditions and family ties that so many Gaelic/Celtic people rely upon. They know their history and they are proud of it! Simple lives. Simple living. If I could have a laptop and indoor plumbing, I could live there, drinking my tea and learning to knit…

Sigh.

Anyway, as the week closes, my classes end, and next week starts the Get Revived conference with A Woman Inspired. I’ll have a few weeks to get a few things wrapped up around the house and taken care of before my summer classes start and Curly is done with school! I’m looking forward to it. I’ve got several things rolling around in my head to write about, so with the coming break, I hope to be back writing here more…

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