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At 8 pm this evening, after 11 hours of work (and a 15-hour work-day yesterday), I discovered that the grant that I thought was due at 5 p.m. tomorrow is actually due at 9 a.m. I therefore find myself in the middle of an unexpected, emergency all-nighter, trying to put together a workable draft for my boss to look over first thing tomorrow morning.

To add insult to injury, I'm having a fasting blood test at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. Not only does this mean that I can't get to work until 9 (when the grant is due), but it also means that I have to pull an all-nighter without any food or drink.

Thank goodness Skinemax has some soft-core porn on to make the night at least somewhat bearable.

(delirious now)
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Go to this web page to estimate what your tax cut would be under Obama's economic plan:

Barack Obama will cut taxes for over 95% of American families (even though more than half of American think he'll raise their taxes).

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Wife's dad is dying -- actually, he's been dying for about four years. Four years ago they gave him six months to live. He's pulled himself away from the brink a couple of times since. But this time it looks like he's in the home stretch.

Wife is going down to be with him and her mom at the hospital tomorrow, and will be staying as long as it takes. Back when I was gainfully unemployed, I was able to go with her on these vigils. Now that I'm a responsible 9 to 5er, I have to stay behind.

Wife and I spend very little time apart. It's going to be weird not to be there for her. But of course, I'll be coming down for the funeral.

I actually consider myself quite lucky. I've not had a close family member die in over twenty years. My dad says I'm getting to be the age where I start regularly going to funerals. I'm definitely not looking foward to that.
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Baby news.

Some of you know this already and some of you don't. But Amy and I are starting proceedings to adopt a baby. (Hi, marsgirl 73!). We got the *preliminary* paperwork and it was a stack of paper half an inch high. The whole thing's going to cost five figures, and it could take up to two years. But we've got the room picked out in the new house and we've already told both of our families. More details as they develop.