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Wednesday, Jun. 23, 2004 - 12:12 a.m.

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Da Wench escapes from the Jaws of Death!!

Isn't it incredible how thankful one is for just having a sore throat and headache when one has spent a whole evening with fever, vomitting and chills together with aches in every joint and muscle possible!


I realize part of feeling better may be the Contact C, BUT thankfully after 10 hours of sleep (wherein I woke up every hour or so... it was a LOOOONNNNGGG night...) my temperature had gone from 39.79°C to 38.23°C. Not normal, but not toothchattering either. thankgod.

It has been a long time since I was shaking and rattling like that I tell ya.

So today I feel reprieved. Thank ye thank ye.

And the client has approved the new cover sketch for the Far North book. I am coloring it in now, and I have a few touchups to do on another page, and then I am DONE DONE DONE!! Doesn't it seem like forever that I have been working on this! Let ye not imagine that illustrators are well-paid. I'm getting a cool $1000 Canadian for this. I even think it is upon publication (ie Sept) and not upon delivery. Little fishes swimming backwards up my ass.


But the Soccer Kid will be done in a week, and that is $900 paid within the month. No news on the adult education language sketches I handed in to Toronto more than a month ago. Damn damn. Hopefully it will come in early July. That is another $3000 plus and I NEED it.

Also, excitement excitement, someone from the states called me today with some black and white drawings of people, again adult ed, very much like the Toronto contract. Similar prices... $150 a spot. But that is US$ instead of Cdn $ so it is a wee bit more. I should have the specs by Fedex in the morning. On ne chôme pas ici.

Thankyou for everyone who expressed concern for my illness, and came up with great food suggestions. I think I can do without Taco Bell when I'm ill, thanks anyhowz Sleepyzoe! Today the appetite was back despite a super sore throat, so I treated myself to a breakfast croissant. It is more processed than wholegrain bread, and so went down nicely. And I was back to homemade spaghetti sauce tonight, yay. Wonders of wonders, a functioning system!!

Though I should just consider myself lucky. Besides ob's mme getting cancer, so has Onewetleg's boyfriend's mommy. Lung cancer spread to the liver and the brain or somesuch. So very sad and horrid. And two of my friends had their cars totalled this past weekend. Thankfully nothing more than a little whiplash. Jeepers.

So I count myself lucky. yup. Esp when I can do such interesting scientific fact gathering, as take my temp every time I feel even MORE chilled, and ascertain that there is a direct relationship between the two. mmm. yay, science!

Well, back to work.

Wouldn't you know it when I finally put the hose on the front and the back to soak the lawn and tomatoes and strawberries (gotta keep em producing!!) it would rain the next day. They predicted "showers" but that could be tiny sprinkles that evaporate. But no, it poured. hehe. Well, I guess everything will be green.


Here is my horoscope for Tuesday, June 22:

Take a moment to thank whomever or whatever deserves credit for your recent happiness. Showing your emotions now is a sign of strength, and it'll bring even more good stuff your way.

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previous meanderings - future past

Goodbye Michael. May your next life be kinder to you. - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
Taking Care of Your Cows - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
Saint Joseph robs the cradle and eats spaghetti - Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009
sticky notes and broken irises - Friday, Jun. 12, 2009
The FOODCOMMANDER - Monday, Jun. 08, 2009


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