Did anyone ever see The Far Side comic where the guy raises his hand in class, asking "May I please be excused? My brain is full." That's how I feel. Eeegads there's a LOT of information in a 900 page book!
To take care of a bit of comenteering business (yeah, it may not be a word cuz I just made it up, but ... well, I don't even know what else to say!):
Greg: you asked ages ago about my arm injury. Initially it was a bicep tendon strain that I got from carrying a heavy container of bingo pull tabs around for a night, with my arm around 30 degrees or so from my body. It never got better because I am a stubborn git and can't seem to take a break when I need to. And I really hurt it about two weeks ago doing a shuttle run and thrusting with my arms. So now I'm on the ice and ibuprofen protocol and trying to get it better. Thanks for asking.
Also, thanks for the studying comment. It helps to know that I'm not the only grown-up who's tried to learn something new! I was up at 5:30 yesterday and today (easy cuz of daylight savings time) and got a good amount done early. And because it's so new for me to not be available to my family at all times, I wear Bose noise-reduction headphones while I study as a visual reminder to everyone that "Mommy's doing something!"
Eileen: I'm hoping what you wrote: "The more you have to do, the more you get done." proves to be the case. For a decade I've tried to be available to my family in a way that sometimes got a bit out of balance, e.g. never reading a book that I can't put down, cuz someone MIGHT need something. So my sites have felt like they were set pretty low, at least as far as what I got done that didn't fall under the categories of "wife-ing", "parenting", or "homemakering". Exercise was always there, though, cuz I just couldn't be sane without it -- good problem to have, right? Anyway, we don't have Halloween decorations up, and we didn't get pumpkins this year and that feels kinda crappy to me. I keep telling myself, though, that there's always next year...
And as far as housecleaning, I'm re-reading "The Flylady" book about house cleaning, which is motivating me to stay on top of things better. Objectively, though, our house isn't too bad most of the time, right Tim? Honey? Right??? :)