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  • 17 Jul 2010
    I know I don't blog as much as I used to.  It's hard to do that working two full time gigs.Dad is doing fine.  Thanks for your well wishes.Josie is doing fine.  Thanks for your well wishes.More later!I hope you're doing fine.  Thank yourself for well wishes.
    1735 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • 16 Oct 2009
    Here's some brief updates -Been in my new place for a month.  It's been working out fine, even though I have to get used to having a roommate again.  It's nice to be able to park right in front of where I live rather than blocks away.I go to Detroit next week to chair a panel at THE premier labor history conference.  My school is paying for it through their Faculty Development Fund.  Plus, I'll get to hang out with Karen Brad, something we haven't done in almost four years.I finally received copies of my book.  Look for an announcement about that soon.Me and Josie are doing just fine.  She really helped me out when I needed it.Getting new book proposals out there.  I hope to sign some contracts soon.I still don't have internet at my new place, so I get here when I can.The ex-wfe is being a bitch again.Mere
    1684 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • 23 Feb 2010
    I still don't have my internet access at home sorted out yet!  Anyhow, here are some quickies (so to speak):I am pretty much fully out at work.  In academia I am almost there.  I am waiting on some word concerning a possible full-time teaching job, so until that happens, and I might need to get a new doctor due to insurance reasons, HRT is once again put on hold.  Still, I am out and free.Me and Josie had a great time in New Mexico.AND - a major academic publisher in New York wants to offer me a 2-book contract!  The first will be published later this year.Okay, gotta run to class now.  More later.
    1668 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • 03 May 2010
    I hardly blog anymore!  I don't have the time!Karen Brad is writing enough about her trip here.  Because of her trip I am doing some serious thinking about maybe going back to the boats this summer (if I can!).  It was great being able to talk about Chicago history and architecture like that.Josie will be here next week.  8 days away!  I cannot wait.  For the first time I will be able to really give her a Chicago tour, like I did for Karen.  We just never had the time before.Things have gone south with the museum.  I need to get out of there.  I can't believe a place I loved so much became so bad.  I cannot tolerate how they treat me, especially after all I have done for them.On the plus side, I am going to be publishing another book this year, my school is trying to get me on fulltime, and I have another conference to attend.  But the one big thing is that I am pretty much fully out.  And that is a relief.
    1624 Posted by Meredith Newton
Society Girl's Personal Blogs 1,176 views Nov 13, 2005
No clever song lyrics today

Hi all.

Well, it looks like it's definitely over.  I was at my house yesterday for the birthday party.  First she asked me upstairs to help with some decorations, and we exchanged a nice little conversation about books, work, etc.  I felt no anger emanating from her.  But the party was difficult.  I almost broke into tears twice because I missed all that so much.  I really haven't eaten in two days.  I can tell she's struggling there.  I should be there to help.

My daughter was gorgeous, as usual.  She loved my gifts, especially the "That's So Raven" DVD I bought her.  Hell, I wanted it!  My future wife Anneliese Van der pol is on that show, if you don't already know.  She can ravage me, really, I don't mind.

I did get free reign around the house and managed to get some clothes out of the basement.  Today is the first day in almost 3 months I was able to really dress up, without wig and makeup, though.  My friend will be home from church soon, and his kids are home (although sleeping), so I still need to be careful

But before we left I did have a chat with her.  I told her how I was feeling, and what we might discuss in counseling.  She pretty much told me she didn't want reconciliation (at least now), and - I was right! - was waiting until after the holidays to tell me.  I asked her why wanted me to languish for another two months like that.  She didn't want me to have a relapse (with booze) or go on some rampage (not going to happen).  She has not dated anyone, nor does she want to.  In an e-mail this morning she told me to go ahead and date.  I don't want to, although some of the girls at work are pretty darn cute and like me.  Especially this 19 year old half-Korean girl.  Uh oh.

I haven't cried about this yet because it still hasn't really hit me hard.  I'm still holding out some hope for when we go to counseling.  But I'm not stupid either.  Maybe it's because we haven't been together for a while now that I've become accustomed to her not being around.  If anything we agreed to be good parents.

So who knows now what will happen.  But FINALLY I have a handle on the situation, which is what I've been wanting for a long time now.

The other day I had to get out for a while.  I went downtown to window shop.  Victoria's Secret didn't have what I wanted!  While walking down Michigan Avenue I did start to cry a little.  Not out of sadness, but I remembered all the ways you girls have helped me.  I will still never forget times when I was so distraught I wanted someone to call me, and, sure enough, Anna-Marie or Tressa suddenly phoned.  I don't know how many times I've cried on the phone to them.  I have tears now thinking of all the love you girls have given me.  I don't care how many lifetimes it takes, I'm going to repay you all.