Wow. Almost two months without a post. I guess I should update a bit. I confess to getting addicted to Farmville on facebook and just generally not bothering to get on the computer much in the past few months.
Anyway, for two, brief shining weeks I was a college student again. My mother mentioned this to my family at Christmas and my brother's girlfriend warned me of something I hadn't thought about. The college I was going to get my bachelor's degree through turns out not to be accredited by any of the groups accepted by the schools I wanted to go on to afterwards. So, I disenrolled and am back to square one regarding school. So much for the affordable option. I'm back to trying to figure out how to afford Thomas Edison State College and still eat, pay for the bloody car, etc.
My brother is now deployed overseas again. This time Mom and I got to say goodbye. In a way I wish I hadn't gone. He was all sorts of affectionate to his girlfriend (very nice, I like her a lot and hope she sticks) but basically ignored Mom and I. I mean, he could have at least treated Mom with a bit more love. I don't expect anything from him in the way of caring for myself, but not to give Mom any real attention was just wrong. *sigh* It's him, though. I shouldn't have expected anything else.
Even being an asshole, he is my brother and if anything happens to the little shit I'll be devastated. He'd better keep his head down and his butt covered.
I've gotten a new library card and have been using it often. I'm currently reading The Great Influenza by John Barry. It's really good. I like the fact that he seems fair and is talking about both good moves and mistakes made by the government, military and medical people involved, as well as the civilians. Out of curiosity I looked at some of the Scranton papers for the time and was amazed by the ads for the patent medicines all over the place. The flu wasn't even the top story, even though Scranton was reporting a ton of deaths. The war stayed the focus of the media and that's exactly what the government wanted. They wanted the whole country working as a machine to support the war. It's really interesting.
I still have to finish my Christmas gifts for a few friends since I just didn't feel like stitching the entire holiday season. I also have to finish crocheting my Ravenclaw scarf for myself. I have to restart from scratch my nephew's dragon since it somehow acquired a huge hole in an area I just can't fix. Once I finish the book, I'll start stitching gifts again.
That's it. Back to research since I'm at the library doing genealogy right now.