jason erik lundberg
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There was an almost perfect moment this morning, when my lovely wife and I were sitting on the couch in the living room. I was reading a chapter from Marie-Laure Ryan's Narrative as Virtual Reality so that I could apply it to Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl for a presentation on Tuesday, Janet was reading Boorstin's The Discoverers and learning about Johannes Kepler, the blinds and windows were open (it was in the low 70s, with around 55% humidity) and we were getting a nice soft breeze in addition to a good amount of sunlight. We were both still in our pajamas, and had just eaten something, so we were pleasantly full. I was so happy in that moment, just sitting there and sharing the same space as my wife during such nice weather.

I had Thursday off from classes because of the Easter holiday, so after my haircut that morning, we went over to the nursery at Lowe's and got some new plants: aloe, purple basil and fennel. Janet propped them on a small stool on the deck this morning (until she can replant them in a bigger pot), and they're right outside the office window. The only plants I had prior to her moving in were both fake -- a six-foot tree in the living room which I drape lights on for Christmas, and a hanging plant on the deck -- so it's nice to have some living plants here now. There's also an ivy in the bathroom and a bamboo plant in the living room. Yay greenery!

For Tuesday, I have a presentation to prepare, one prospectus to revise and another to write, and an article to summarize. It's getting to the end of the semester, and, regardless of the upcoming NC Lit Fest, things are getting incredibly hectic. By the end, I'll have to write two fifteen-page papers, and one twenty-pager.

Therefore, I'll be taking a brief hiatus from journaling. I won't be commenting on others' journals, and probably not even checking them very often. So if you have good news, and I don't comment on it, please don't be offended. (Yays go out to Toby, Tim and Jay.) Also, if I don't get back to you over email, don't take it personally. My time management is of paramount importance this semester, and I will get to you eventually.

See y'all on the flipside.

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