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so... tired...

Okay, the whole "teach all day for three weeks so I'll be free to do the Workshop, Insitute, and other programs for the rest of the summer" thing seemed like a good idea at the time. However: So. Tired.

I scheduled the summer's intensive Advanced Tech Comm program before the Department was given notice that we'd have to pack up and move our offices during what was to be when I'd scheduled the classes. Plus the Campbell Conference and residential Center for the Study of SF summer program requires quite a lot of planning right now. All the related websites need regular updating with news. I'm also reading some 100,000 words of fiction for the CSSF Writing Workshop. And personal stuff is weighing pretty heavily right now. Oh, don't forget that tremendous, nightly thunderstorms and tornado warnings do wonders for one's sleep.


Anyhow, it'll all be over in about two months, when I get a one-week break between grading final papers and the start of the Fall semester.


EDIT: Rumors of my getting to bed early tonight were greatly exaggerated. Just got home (10:20pm) from finishing the office move. Now I'm not only tired but sweaty and irritable, too.

Where's my lemony alcoholic goodess? We wants our lemony alcholic goodness, my precious, we wants it!



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Jun. 14th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
OMG - you are a MASOCHIST!!!

Not to add to your burden but are you going to dangle some of your fabulous fiction for us to dismember....errr....review for the workshop??? I mean, you can't be THAT tired...:::sneaking off:::

Jun. 14th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Y'know, I have been planning to write a new story for y'all to dismember. I even promised one to Stan Schmidt that I'd rewrite after showing the Workshop.

However, that story is not yet begun. Ahem.
Jun. 14th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
I hear you on this. Bleah, huh.
Jun. 14th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Yep. Ahem.
Jun. 14th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Wow,I was tired just reading that!
Jun. 14th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Arf. Aye.
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Jun. 14th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
I do? Lemon-flavored alcoholic goodness? Tell me more! I want it now!
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Jun. 14th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
Oh, right! Geez; I can't find the meeting notice in my calendar (yes, it's come to that right now)... Sunday? Could you forward me the email again, please?
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Jun. 14th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
I have a limoncello recipe; I guess I could make it up right now... except... dammit! Takes three weeks. *sigh*

Limoncello Recipe

Makes about 3 1/4 quarts

Those who are lucky enough to receive this homemade lemon liqueur should keep it in the freezer, where it turns a milky white after 8 to 9 hours. It can be sipped straight-up, mixed with tonic or dashed into champagne. Recipe adapted from Magdalena Borea.

17 large lemons, preferably organic

Two 750-milliliter bottles grain alcohol

5 1/2 cups water

6 cups sugar

Wash and dry the lemons. With a paring knife, remove the ends. With a vegetable peeler, remove only the yellow rind, leaving the pith intact. (Squeeze juice from the lemons and reserve for another use.)

Place the lemon peel in a 4-quart Mason jar with a rubber-seal lid. Add the grain alcohol, making sure the lemon peel is completely covered. Store in a cool, dark place, shaking the jar once each day to agitate the lemon peel.

On the 13th day, bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the sugar and remove from the heat, stirring until it is dissolved. Cover and let cool to room temperature.

Place a colander on top of the saucepan and strain in the contents of the Mason jar. Discard the lemon peel. Stir to combine the liquids, about 1 minute. Transfer back to the Mason jar. Store for 3 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking to agitate the liquid twice a day.

After 3 weeks, transfer the limoncello to smaller bottles that can be sealed with rubber stoppers. Store bottles in freezer. Serve directly from the freezer.

Per 1.5-ounce serving: 92 calories, 0 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g saturated fat, 1 mg sodium, 1 g dietary fiber

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Jun. 14th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
Cool - can't wait to try it!

Say, is Wed. Night Write Group still going? I should do it or I'll never finish a story for the Workshoppers.
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Jun. 14th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
Poor Chris! I hope you're sleeping soundly, even as I type this.
Jun. 14th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Nope! I had something to eat and regained my energy.
Jun. 14th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
AKA "Sweets Keep Me Up." Hang in there. You're a mighty, mighty mammal and you can do this. That which does not kill you, makes you stronger. You have nothing to fear but fear itself. Is any of this helping? Because I can do this all day...
Jun. 14th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)

Right now, I'm cooling off while swilling Pepsi Max (with ginseng and stuff) while watching bunnies eat tiny strawberries and robins eat tiny bugs. And my hammie-boy is making little snore-y sounds.
Jun. 14th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Reading that just exhausted me... Oh wait, maybe the no sleep between weather-related events and dog plus life are contributing...

lemony goodness? What zesty-tangy goddess do you refer to? Strung out minds want to know...

I'd say, "hang in there!" - but that is one heck of a marathon of work...
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