I am now up to TWO bottled Frappucinos on days that I teach. This, my friends, is dangerous. But I can’t help myself. So I jitter on…

Meanwhile, so far (at 9:51) it’s a good day. I’m drinking said frap, (the first one, at least), I’ve gotten two compliments on my new shirt from the Gap that I bought yesterday for $12.99 (score!) and I just won four free Tootsie Rolls at Student Stores for answering the daily trivia question correctly: What was Clyde’s—of Bonnie and Clyde—last name? It’s Barrow, and hence, free chocolate. I love this place sometimes. Of course, with the flavored coffee and candy I may very well go into sugar shock, but there are worse things.

Speaking of which, last night I worked myself up into an anxiety state about Hurricane Frances, which may or may not hit the Southeast. In 1996, Hurricane Fran came ashore on the NC Coast, came inland, and knocked down trees and houses around here….we lost power for about a week, and it was really scary. Flash forward eight years, similiar name, similar time of year, similar conditions (lots of rain so far, ground saturated, therefore trees more likely to come down in high winds) and I get nervous. Very nervous. The language on the Weather.com site doesn’t help either: they’re describing Frances as a “monster” who is going to “smash into” the Florida coast. Yikes. I know it’s too early to tell what’s going to happen, but still, it’s going to be a jumpy weekend. Better stop all that coffee drinking.

Finally, I’m taking Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird to my class today, and flipping through it earlier I was reminded why I love it so much as a book that is about as true about writing as any I’ve read. Pair it with What If? by Pamela Painter and Anne Bernays, and you have my essential writer’s library, the two books I find myself coming back to again and again when I get stuck or discouraged (which happens, well, often.) In fact, I think I’ll take Bird by Bird home with me this weekend and read it again: it’s been awhile. Hopefully I can do it under sunny skies, with no rain. Or wind. Or tornadoes. Fingers crossed!

have a good day everyone…