Friday, April 23, 2010

Posting to Post

I'm sitting in the coffee shop, fingers paralyzed over the keys.

For some reason I have a blog block. A big, nasty, stinking, hairy one. As a Wise Young Woman pointed out to me this week, I have plenty of opinion and a number of things I feel passionately about.

I just don't have the umpf to get any of it into words.

So, instead, I'll give you an update on the quotidian.

* We've decided to bring Young Girl back to public school next year. This will be a change of epic proportions, going from a class of eight students to our city's single intermediate school (grades 5-6) with class-changing and lockers and halls full of raging pre-adolescence. She has to test this summer for readmission to the Gifted and Talented program, and I'll be interested to see how that goes, given that she hasn't bubbled in a Scantron for two years. Why the change? It's become harder to maintain friendships here where we live and we feel she needs a wider circle of acquaintances. I'm confident we'll be able to keep up with the girls from the Montessori, with whom she has really bonded as she'll probably stay in her current girl scout troop (making the commute once a week will be nothing after making if five days a week).

* My sister's breast cancer metastasized to her brain, but after a series of whole brain radiation and a groovy-cool Gamma Knife procedure her scans are now clear. However, the tumors were in her cerebellum which affects balance, and she can no longer walk without the aid of a walker. She falls several times a week, too. Obviously she can't drive, either. On the good news side, she has a wonderful network of helping friends from her church to help with rides and such and has employed an aide for tasks around the house she can no longer undertake.

* I've gone back to the gym after a long absence, and my body is grumpy about it. Let's just say I "wintered well" as they say in ranching, and I want to avoid being sent to the feed lot for further fattening. I've been making hour-long playlists for my iPod and just gutting through on the treadmill. I'm thinking very tentatively of setting a goal of the Arts Fest 5K in September. I know I could walk it right now but it would be nice to be able to run a bit.

And that's about all I have to tell you. If you have ideas for posts, please leave a comment and inspire me!


Karen Maezen Miller said...

For some reason I bounced back here tonight. Friends are important.

Kelly Hudgins said...

They are indeed. Thanks for bouncing by.

Misty said...

Blog that catching? I don't have anything to add to this post other than to question whether they test for gifted by Scantron.

Anyway, maybe you can get ideas for writing by heading to the Shakesville, The Curvature or Tiger Beatdown blogs. While I don't always agree with them, they sure do offer food for thought. Also, The Curvature had a fantastic post (very lengthy!!) a while back on Yoko Ono. After reading that, I saw Yoko in a whole new light. Unfortunately I got a different perspective on the Beatles as well.

Your profile description was awesome and I look forward to reading more of your musings on midlife.

Kelly Hudgins said...

I'll be sure to check out those blogs, Misty. Thanks for the suggestions.

And the GT testing does involve Scantrons, alas.

Sarah said...

Nice to hear from you - even if you have blog block!I think you should definitely aim for the 5k race and by September you could run some if not all of it!Start now! I am doing a 5k in June and have been running again for about a month. I will follow your progress.Glad to hear your sister's scans are clear, although life must be hard for her with the balance issue.Take care now and keep writing!! Sarah x

Kelly Hudgins said...

Thanks, Sarah. I feel inspired.