I know this is quickly turning into a Hey look at my kids blog this week, but I'm a little brain dead and lack the ability to form witty retorts and string them together into posts right now. (You may disagree with my assertion that there were ever any witty retorts on this weblog and that's your prerogative.)

Normally, the summer is considered the "slow time" where I work. Which really just means that everyone else takes a vacation. Basically, my "slow time" is just "normal time" but everyone else isn't there to stop me scores of times each day asking how to make something bold on their computers. But this summer, I've had three big time, large, super humongous, book editing projects. Add to that the duties of a couple of staff who are out on extended sick leave thanks to a tiny eight legged culprit that gave them lyme disease and what you get is someone who works fourteen hour days and then takes a bunch of pictures of her kids every so often just so she can remember what they looked like.

I figure later, I'll tell them wondrous stories about the summer of twenty-oh-eight and how we had such fun together and I was such an involved parent and they won't really remember, but I'll have the pictures to prove it so no one will be the wiser.

I finished the biggest (and most ridiculous time line) of the projects this week and sent the book off to the printer, all the while doing a Pontius Pilate and symbolically washing my hands of the entire thing because it is no longer in my lap. WOO HOO! I'm pretty sure that Pilate wasn't able to feel such a grand feeling of accomplishment during his famous act, but wow this one felt good to me. I took about three minutes to breathe deeply, feel the weight of the world lifted off my shoulders, and think about all the freedom I would now have to... move on to the next book. And now it's back to the grind.

In the meantime, on the home front, The Caterpillar started walking yesterday. And this, I think, counts as real walking, not just the pre-walking that I posted before. She is incredibly excited about the whole thing; I'm just wondering how long it will be before I can get her to run and get my documents out of the printer.