Just in case anyone was concerned .. my mum rang this morning, and my family are all fine. I've heard from one other friend in east London, and she's OK. I sent off a couple of emails to my old departments at UCL, which are very close to Tavistock Square - I used to walk through there at least 3 or 4 times a week. It's odd to see TV images of such familiar places in such unfamiliar disarray.

Catch up

*sigh*. So much has happened, and of course I wait until late at night, just before we leave for the East coast and a mini-tour to type here.

So.... rapidly..

1) My sister now has her own blog and she's far more diligent about updating (so far) than I am here. Plus it has cute pictures of my adorable nephew Oscar too.

2) We had a car accident 10 days ago while driving up to Bay City in the snow, to attend a friend's baby shower. Got almost all the way there, then spun out into a ditch while taking the exit ramp. Terry and I are both fine, but the van has been in the shop until today.

3) I developed a major panic when being a passenger in a car, which I didn't quite realise until we were driving together last night ... so spent this morning trying frantically to find an EMDR therapist, and having my first session this afternoon. Seems to have helped; I'm seeing her again tomorrow morning at 7am (eeps!) and the proof will be when we hit the road to head for Maryland.

4) We're going to be away for the next 10 days with 2 gigs in Maryland on the 4th and 5th, and a New York gig on the 8th, with the wonderful Colleen Sexton and Trina Hamlin.

5) As we have a day free in New York, we've got tickets for Monty Python's Spamalot on Broadway. Very exciting. Especially as neither of us have done any tourist-y things in New York. All suggestions gratefully welcomed.

6) I now need to go pack.

7) Shameless hint-dropping... Tomorrow's my birthday. I'll be 36. Wow. That looks a lot older than I feel.

And I got this from zoggy62. Hug me! :D

give inanna more *HUGS*

Get hugs of your own

8) I try to update this after so long ... and the server's down for maintenance, so it's read only! Grrr!

How old am I?

Got this from motorgrrl ... and gee. I think I'm growing up.

You Are 34 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

In other news ... work's keeping me busy at the moment, organizing an author evening with Rachel Simon for March 29th, and with a letter of intent for a grant proposal due in less than 2 weeks. Anyone want to do some proof reading and critiquing for me?

And in the Good News category, my friend Emily arrives tomorrow from England for a 10 day visit. So lots of shopping, and visiting fabric stores, and catching up on news and gossip to do.
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Before I leave work.. a few updates.

Today's been majorly productive, which is great. One of the things I've been asked to do at work is set up a quarterly (or possibly biannual) authors series, to raise the profile of the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State, and in Detroit in general.

So yesterday I sent an email off to Rachel Simon, the author of the wonderful book "Riding the Bus with my Sister", just made into a CBS Tv movie, staring Rosie O'Donnell as Simon's developmentally disabled sister, Beth.

And, unlike other authors I've tried to contact, she actually replied, and is interested in coming, if we can work out the finances. I rang her this afternoon, we hashed out some details, set a possible date which would tag onto another trip she has planned to Wisconsin ... and then spent the rest of the afternoon coming up with rough budgets, finding flights and hotel options, thinking about venues, publicity, and, most importantly, who we can hit up for money. My head's spinning a bit, but it's good. I'd love to be able to make this happen.

Also, there's a RTOI (Research Topic of Interest) just out at the Association for University Centers on Disabilities (which DDI is part of) that could be tailor made for me - "Minimal Hearing Loss in Children: Prevalence, Speech and Language Development, and Effects of Early Intervention." They need a 4 page LOI (letter of intent) by Feb 16th. Hopefully that'll let me come up with a solid, creative research design, and keep me fired up until then.

I've been feeling a bit apathetic and lackluster about work recently, so these two things are very good.

In other good news, I'm off on retreat with the young adult group from church this weekend, to the amazing Benedictine Subiaco monastery in Oxford MI. It should be peaceful, snow-covered, and a chance to recharge. Course, Terry and I have to write the retreat theme song sometime before tomorrow...
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Oh well

Because my life just won't go consistently well at the moment ... to balance out my immigration joy...

I just heard back from the NIH about my grant proposal to replicate my PhD work in Detroit. They gave it a priority score of 326. This is not good. Lower scores are better for NIH. The summary scores can range from 100 (outstanding) to 500 (acceptable) and you basically need to be scoring in the 150 to get considered for funding.

I guess it's time to wait for the reviewers comments and try and submit a re-written version.