I’ve been back from writer’s camp in Florida for exactly 72 hours and so have been able to gauge whether the massive doses of iron I’ve been taking have actually done me any good. I had to wait to get home to do that because it’s utterly useless to try to figure out if the iron is making you peppy when you are in a setting that would make anyone feel remarkably cheery and alert, because in that setting you don’t have to (a) cook, (b) pick up dirty shorts that have been thrown so they land precisely NEXT TO the laundry basket, or (c) tell people (aka teenagers) to get off Facebook. In that setting — New Smyrna Beach, Florida, in fact, where I’ve been for the month of October, more or less — you can’t feel tired. Well, you can, but that’s only because you stayed up until really late drinking tall gin and tonics and that doesn’t count as tired. That activity falls under the heading of “Fun Things I Did at Writer’s Camp.”
Anyway, I made it home after a night of doing Fun Things At Writer’s Camp, and unpacked. And then I dealt with a number of ordinarily exhausting events, including finding out that some friend of my kids knows the password to my itunes account and has been ordering things like DOOM! version 1.0, apparently under the illusion that I’d think maybe I’D ordered that and just, well, you know, forgotten about it. Also, I made it through a Halloween weekend distinguished chiefly by how much my children would prefer it if I wasn’t around them while they roamed the streets of Berkeley. I’ve also confronted the fact that in my absence at least one child managed to go without eating a single piece of fruit for three weeks (and no, it wasn’t the child who has refused all his life to eat fruit on the theory that he could eat vegetables and leave the fruit eating to his twin and by some magical twin science thing they’d get the nutritional benefits of both, as though they were still in the womb, which they aren’t: see above, regarding not wanting me to follow them around on Halloween). Sound tiring? I know.
The take home here: I’m actually kind of energetic. The iron pills are working.
How have you been?