My intention was to post today about my lovely weekend visit with Daughter #3 and our visit to the spa. Instead, I spent the day writing a conference paper proposal. I'd decided earlier that I needed to let that project go, choosing sanity and rest over hours rushing to meet today's deadline. But I woke up this morning with some good energy and realized I wanted to pull some ideas together, that a day of working hard would feel creatively productive rather than stressful. And so it was. I had a lovely walk and long chat over tea with a very good friend. And I wrote and wrote and thought and wrote some more. What I ended up with was not the proposal I would have written if I had two more days, but I think it was enough to let the reviewers see my idea. If it's accepted, I'll be happy to write the paper and then go to Fredericton in May to present it. And if it's not, I've got the outline for an article I will go ahead and write anyway, perhaps on my research leave next term. So it's all good. I'll go to bed soon, tired but pleased.
Less happy news: In the weird steambath contraption at the spa on Saturday, I burnt my foot. Despite the assurances of the spa owner that it didn't look too bad, I knew the burn was second degree, and sure enough, I'm sporting an impressive blister on the top of my right foot, midway up the right side -- over an inch long, half an inch wide. Nasty. Surprisingly, it doesn't hurt much, but I suspect that once the blister pops, that will change. I'm packing Polysporin and gauze dressing with me tomorrow against that eventuality. . . My big concern is with the Half Marathon I've been looking forward to running this Sunday. I'm trying to coax myself to a place where I can let that go if it's obvious that it will interfere with healthy healing of the foot. Pain, I think I can handle, but a nasty and prolonged infection would not be worth the runner's high!
And just because I never feel right posting without photos, a gratuitous shot of the marvellous Callicarpa -- purple berries just seem so magical!