Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Where have I been?!

I have been a working mom for exactly 24 hours and I'm already wondering how to get it all done!

I've started doing some editing for a magazine part time, and of course everything else in life needs attention right now. Elijah has to get the support letters out for his missions trip next summer. Mike needs a plantar wart cut out of the bottom of his foot (that was yesterday). Abbie has finals and needs help studying. I had a massage scheduled.

Yes. A massage. Did you really think I would cancel THAT? I do have my priorities. My friend Cara from church is a medical massage therapist. And I have this muscle spasm in my back that flares up when PMS hits. It's not pretty. But Cara has magic hands and turned me to jelly today. So all's well that ends well.

Anyway, this editing thing is quite educational. Here's what I've learned in one short day on the job:

1. If an appositive has a restrictive function, it is NOT set off by commas. So that sentence up there about my friend Cara from church? It really doesn't get commas! I'm amazed.

2. My training editor has the patience of Job. I sent her four e-mails full of questions before 9 am and she hasn't fired me yet!

3. Disenroll doesn't have a synonym. At least not one that I could find. And that's sad because I just don't like that word.

4. Deb felt Sticky Bean move yesterday! That's exciting news, and while it doesn't have anything to do with editing, I just felt the need to share it. Because I'm Grammy! And I can!

OK, back to my e-book (insert cracking whip sound effect).

Be thankful ~

Karen

4 comments:

Jennifer said...

Hope Mike's foot is feeling ok? I must say a massage about this time of December would be heavenly. I've only had one in my lifetime but it was wonderful!

Go Sticky Bean Go!! (Oh, and I would totally have to set Cara off with some commas...I just would have to do it!)

Gwendolyn said...

I wish that I paid attention to grammar. I just write like I talk, and occasionally I remember to throw in a comma or two where I think they maybe look appropriate. One would think that I had not made straight A's in English all the way through school! I am glad that you still read my blog, even though I probably make you cringe every time. LOL

JenIG said...

This, my friend, is for you. ...I'm wondering if it IS you:

http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/2006/11/25/scripts/english.shtml

:P

bensrib said...

Nope, not me. Although I would like to take the credit for it.