Why yes, I am still alive, and no, I have not given up blogging. Thanks for asking.
I've just been working a lot. And here's a sneak peek at what I've been working on getting ready for prime time—the spouse's business web site:
That's my favorite page of the site, the Projects page. Here's the temporary home page. The full site isn't ready to go live yet, so it's all hiding behind this page. But I'm hoping to be ready to take it live within about a week. All (!) that's left to do is sit down with the spouster and write descriptions for the first 6 projects on the Projects page, each of which entails 5 to 11 separate pages. That's not as much writing as it sounds like, because each page gets only 1 to 3 sentences apiece; the photos are the real stars of the pages, not the words.
I don't want you all to think that I created the lovely look of the site. No, a web site designer did that. But she and I disagreeably parted ways in a mutual decision after she got the basic structure set up, so I'm finishing up. (Lesson learned: Some friends should never become people you do business with.) I'm comfortable working around HTML, but I've been learning how to work around XHTML and CSS with this site. It's mentally exhausting but exhilarating too, because I'm gaining new skills.
Editing work has gone back to a normal level, instead of the insane level it was at for a while. Ed and the boys and our daughter and son-in-law and Ed's parents are all fine. And we get to babysit our 1-year-old granddaughter both days this weekend while her mom works and her dad works security at a wrestling match.
And I'm prepping to take the BELS exam in early October, to become board certified as an editor in the life sciences. I'm one of those dinosaur medical editors who learned her trade on the job rather than through having an advanced science degree (my degree is a bachelor of arts degree in journalism), so now that I'm just about a year away from 50, it's about darn time I get some fancy initials after my name to show that I do indeed know what I'm doing. (Forty-nine next month—how the heck did that sneak up on me?)
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