My stomach bug has cleared up for the most part, thankfully. On the down side, the few extra kilograms that I was hoping I would lose from it didn't go away, so I might have to actually start exercising or something ... *GASP*
Ch. 5 of SOOTB is already posted on my website for those who can't wait for Nifty. It will be up on Nifty late Friday night or early Saturday morning, probably.
I'm still fretting about my future. I know I'm not "old" at age 28 (although I certainly have been feeling it lately), but I need to make some decisions. The stress of the Ph.D. exam is driving me crazy, but I'm just so burned out from studying so much over the past three years, that I still can't seem to get myself together to get ready for this one big test. If I don't get into the Ph.D. program, I'll most likely be moving back to the States and get a job as a translator/interpreter or teaching Mandarin ... there's not much else you can do with a M.A. degree in Chinese.
After living here for five years, building a life, accumulating tons of stuff (mostly books), and, of course, my three cats, it would be a pain in the ass to move all the way back to the States. Ugh ...
BTW, the last chapter of "Desert Dropping" was great. I can't wait to read the next chapter of "With Trust" ... the more I read, the more I'm falling in love with Nelson ... although if made to choose, I'd still rather share my bed (among other things) with Rory ... hehe