House a mess? Check.
Pile of ungraded student papers growing not shrinking? Check.
Finished this month's Literary Mama column four days late but it's in, done, and whew? Check.
Working on my novel query packet? A reluctant Check.
Pushing, pulling, cheering on and otherwise getting daughter through final thrust of hellish high school Freshman year? Check.
Husband leaving for Madagascar via Presidential jet next Friday but first traveling to Abilene,Texas to tour pig farms and eat barbecue with the President and his entourage? Check.
Still carrying that bubbly sense of potential, possibility, excitement, about my book, our lives, the world? Against all odds, past history, and state of it all... Check. Check. Check!!!