Election done, what about the cold?

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The midterms are over, which is tough to believe as we’ve focused on little else for two years. And I’m pleased. We didn’t get perfection, but I feel that we’ve yanked ourselves back from the brink, and that’s important.

But the cold.

This stupid, stupid cold just keeps going.

I’m tired and I’m sneezy, and I’m very very tired of being sneezy.

Happy about the elections. But sick of being sick. It’s very annoying.  I don’t think I’ve had a cold that lingered this long in ages.

Haven’t gotten back to my workout routine yet, which is a real bummer, but I hear breathing is an important part of working out. Just a rumor.

So that’s the status on this Wednesday after elections. Hope your week is going well.

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Positivity isn’t going to fix it.

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I want that next cup of coffee, but I know I’ll be vibrating like concert hall stage.

Although that doesn’t sound like too bad a thing. Hang on a second, I’ll be right back. It’s brewing.

Wait, I think it’s done. Ahh. Coffee.

We’re racking up the dark days of democracy right now, and I have some concerns we’re merely in the dimly-lit tunnel heading into the maze of a mine. In other words, I’m not optimistic lately.

As you know, I love my Daily Burn, but this week has been about postitivity and optimism, and given recent events, that seems hollow, almost insulting. The problem right now isn’t a negative mental attitude, it’s the reality of a hostile regime wanting to strip people of their citizenship and sending military to the border to confront unarmed refugees.

I don’t see a good way to look at it.

One of my favorite trainers is leaving, apparently, which is much smaller in scale but disappointing nonetheless. Even wearing my lovely 13th Doctor “Doctor Who” shirt isn’t making anything look better.

The only way out is to change the legislature, because Republicans have been clear: they will not act as a check against trump’s quest for unlimited power. There is nothing he can do that is too far for them.

That alone should be chilling.

NaNo looms ahead, but it’s hard to look toward it. We are up to our necks right now, and the water level is rising. Show up.

Vote.

 

 

Roaring Monday

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There’s so much Monday in this Monday, I’m Mondayed out, and it’s not even 11 AM. Nazis are trending on twitter, and I got some “both sides” nonsense in the comments.

Yet another no.

There aren’t “both sides” when one of the sides is comprised of actual nazis. Nazis pushing conspiracies about Jews right on the heels of a mass murder in a synagogue which may not have happened had trump not dissolved the unit that tracked white nationalist domestic terrorist groups.

“Both sides” don’t put children in concentration camps or shrug when a journalist is brutally murdered and dismembered. “Both sides” weren’t sending pipe bombs or finding black people to murder in a grocery store when a black church was locked.

“Both sides” aren’t saying they want to kill gay people, but are willing to do it “humanely.”

There aren’t “both sides.” They are not the same. Nodding politely at such garbage normalizes people who intend to do grievous harm to others, who have done grievous harm to others.

It gives cover to such people. And in doing so, you become one of those people.

Do you want to be one of the people committing grievous harm on others? If you do, this is not the place for you.

If you don’t, it’s time to reconsider the way you filter information.

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Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

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Thinking Tuesday

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Online can be such a magical place. I needed a birthday gift for a friend, and in no time, boom, I had one ordered.

Easy peasy.

We can communicate with one another across the country and around the world; around the world is a common distance on this blog. Imagine that. Casual conversations thousands upon thousands of miles apart.

It’s like another realm, another kingdom where distance is irrelevant.

And it has its downsides, of course. People find it’s a great outlet to release the worst sides of themselves. Groups exploit it for their gain, hiring people to pretend to be something they aren’t really, but are solely for pay. One person can have thousands of accounts, and while mimicking a crowd, is only a lone soul typing very loudly.

It’s difficult to imagine what someone who’d never seen the internet would think of it. I wonder if its virtual state is part of what makes this period of time so unbelievable.

Or maybe it’s the period of time that makes it unbelievable.

But I’ve got to say, gift shopping has definitely benefited, no question. Almost anything in the world, here before you know it.

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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

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Monday Thoughts when Monday goes sideways

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It’s funny how your schedule can change instantaneously. I’d planned to get out of here today, there was going to be an emergency repair requiring the shut off of water throughout the building.

Always a fun thing.

So I’d prepared for a day of errands, of running around, of getting things done.

And then they cancelled the shut-off. And moved it.

So same dilemma, different day.

Like shuffling blocks, I changed my plans. I’ll take advantage of the altered water situation, and do the errands on the new waterless day.

Cool.

Flexibility can work in our favor. No, that’s an understatement. Flexibility is necessary to keep forging ahead. Even if we have to move sideways to do it.

True, there are things I won’t get checked off my list today. But there are things that wouldn’t be checked off that I can manage now.

The planet never stops turning, no matter how we may want a slow-down now and then. And so many factors are beyond our control. Rolling with it isn’t always easy, but it can make the changes all the more useful.

Awfully optimistic for a Monday, don’t you think?!

Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

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Wednesday and time

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And here we are at Wednesday. Good old Wednesday.

Middle of the week Wednesday.

Got a quarter cup of coffee left and it’s lukewarm, so I don’t think I’m winning the day, not yet, and not by a long shot. I should reheat it.

It’s pretty out, though, it even looks like Fall through the window, you can nearly see the crispness of the air. Nearly.

I can’t believe we’re already in the deep end of October, the year streaming past in a weird, disturbing blur. And yet each day feels like weeks. I don’t know what they did with those quantum entanglement experiments, but they should really cut it out.

Time is finicky enough. There’s no need to poke it.

As the year tumbles toward its finish, it’s been a strange one. We’ve learned a lot about humanity I wish I never knew, about cruelty, about avarice. Maybe we can use that quantum entanglement for good, set the clocks back a bit.

Speaking of, when is that? That should be soon, right?

No big insights today, not on this Wednesday. Just me, my now less-than lukewarm coffee and time.

Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

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The Work of Writing 11: Inspiration

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I was looking for a topic for the blog this morning. I had one, one of those genius ideas you think you’ll never forget until you do, and so when I sat down to write, I was blank.

So I thought I’d go with a random word generator to spark something. My first word was “strategic.” OK, I thought, I can work with “strategic.” Until I saw the photos for it, which were all chess pieces, and I don’t play chess and do you want an entire post about how I don’t play chess but it’s a metaphor?

Didn’t think so.

My second word was “subject,” which was such superb trolling from the universe I had to share it. Is there any word that could be less useful to spark a blog post than “subject?”

Isn’t that what I’m looking for?

Word 3: Funeral.

Um, no.

Word 4: Courtesy.

Eh.

Word 5: Basis.

Yes. Really. Basis. “Subject” and “basis.” I spoke too soon about subject being the least useful word.

Word 6: Cell.

Huh. That could do it. Cell. Biology. Phone. Prison. Cell has options. Hmm. Cell. But maybe the next one is better.

Word 7: Threat.

Is the random word generator getting annoyed with me? That one has bad mojo. Maybe I should go back to cell.

Word 8: Crouch. Umm.

Word 9: Will. Now I can’t help but wonder if this goes along with “threat” as in write your. Or will power. Will or cell. Will or cell. Interesting.

Word 10: Cable.

I was going to stop at 10, but cable? CABLE?! What?

Word 11: Knot.

Well played, universe. Well played.

Sometimes the tricks to get us moving work. And sometimes, they kind of don’t. The motivational helper that un-KNOTS the CABLE (what? People say that all the time) one day might not do a thing the next.

And that’s fine.

Sometimes there’s inspiration in the failure.

Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

Peruse Montraps Publishing.