#FridayThoughts: Oh how it passes.

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It’s been a long, tiring yet uneventful week, and suddenly July is gone too. Running on a treadmill, the belt of the year goes around and around and we’re just trying to keep our balance.

Sometimes literally.

It’s sunny today and much cooler than it’s been, a little fall sneak preview. And here we are, school around the corner for so many, in the exact same position as last year because people keep perpetuating the pandemic by pretending it’s over.

It’s not over.

At this rate, it may never be over.

Just get the vaccination, people.

And that’s all I have for you, really, this week. Today. That brief contemplation of the passage of time.

Oh how it passes.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.


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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.
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#FridayThoughts: Hazy shade of summer

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It’s sunnygray again today, with a definite haze, and even though it wants to be August out there, it isn’t yet.

Not yet.

It’s been a weird week for reasons I couldn’t articulate if I tried, it just feels odd. Maybe the moon is in something that makes everything go haywire. Don’t blame me, it’s just science.

I don’t think I’m the only one, either, people are weird lately.

So it goes.

And that’s all I have for you this week, I guess. Maybe not inspiring but at least relatable.

That should be my tag line.

Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.


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 quick and weird and FREE!
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#FridayThoughts and #FridayReads Aunty Ida would like a word.

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It’s Friday! Read a book! Specifically this one.

And have a great weekend.

#FridayThoughts: Now with more Friday

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It’s possible I may be overexcited about “Leverage” coming back as “Leverage: Redemption.” But it’s a great show and the kind of show we need, where the corrupt and the evil get what they deserve in deliciously-plotted ways.

If there’s anything we must have more of in the world right now, it’s the corrupt and the evil getting what they deserve.

It’s a brightly sunny day, not hot at all, at least not yet, and I shifted things around because I have a lot I’ve got to get done. Weird for a Friday, but here we are.

Here we are.

It’s been an odd week, I have a lot of birthdays in July and some are easier to shop for than others. Luckily the earlier one was super easy this year, but I’m having trouble with another. Usually something just pops out at me.

Not this year.

Oh well. I hope something will show up. Which sounds like a workable life motto, when you think about it.

And that’s it for me. Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.


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 quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: mostly lunch.

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I’m behind, later than normal for my post, and I couldn’t even tell you why. Caught up in other things I guess.

Not that much interesting on my mind either, probably, aside from what I’m having for lunch. Which is still a mystery. You nearly got a “buy my books” plug today.

Oh wait, I think you just did.

I think it’s sunny, though it could be hazy, and the construction noise entered a this-machine-wants-to-be-put-out-of-its-misery phase with the most tortured whine heard outside of Meghan McCain formerly of “The View.”

Why no, I couldn’t help myself.

The noise seems to have subsided in both senses, though. At least for now.

I think the lull of a long weekend has already taken me over, I am primed for relaxation. I’m going to give it a shot. You have a wonderful Friday, a fantastic weekend and a marvelous holiday, though I’m sure I’ll be blogging on Monday.


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 quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Unsettled

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I had a neighbor I don’t know come to my door last night at 9:30 pm to accuse me of making noise. I was not making noise, I didn’t even have the TV on. I also didn’t open the door. He knocked persistently and wouldn’t go away, so I asked him what he wanted.

“Are you hammering?” Though phrased as a question, it was an accusation. Angry. He was certain he knew the answer.

I said no.

“Are you sure? I live directly below you.” Impatient now, and still fuming.

I said yes I was sure.

“Are you hitting an object against another object?” he said, his tone condescendingly contained rage, implying I was either too stupid to understand “hammering” or being deliberately cagey.

“No,” I said.

“You’re sure you’re not hammering?” And around again. I’m not sure how long it went on, how many times he asked me the same question.

“It’s not me,” I said and finally he went away.

But I was shaken, if I’m being honest. It was very late, and who just knocks on people’s doors like that? And I suspect, had I opened the door, he would have forced his way in to prove that I was, in fact, hammering.

Which I was not.

I complained to the building, and I’ll follow up if I hear nothing, I am still disturbed. When I did contact the building, I discovered he hadn’t even called about the noise, just took it upon himself to ragefully park himself outside of my door.

Today I am largely angry, angry he felt entitled to knock at a stranger’s door at 9:30 at night, angry he felt entitled to interrogate me, angry he felt entitled to keep knocking when no one answered.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to share this story here, but why not? I did nothing wrong, I was merely existing.

Anyway, that’s it for me on this Friday. Have a good one, and a great weekend.

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 quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Deescalated to concern.

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The new coffeemaker is settling in, at least today I remembered to turn on the warming plate so it will stay hot. I went wild and made myself a half carafe, so the second cup was built right in.

I don’t regret it.

It’s sunny now, but we’re supposed to get storms. At this point I don’t believe they’re going to materialize, but who knows? This is Chicago, after all.

I’ve ordered groceries, and here I wait. Yesterday, as I grew annoyed filling the virtual cart, I thought how great it is that I could just walk away and come back later. Hello 21st century.

On Wednesday I walked around an outdoor shopping mall without a mask, only putting it on when I entered stores. There were plenty of people without them inside, and there’s no way to know who is actually vaccinated. So we’re heading toward normal, but normal still laced with fear.

Maybe not fear. Maybe we’ve deescalated to “concern.”

Maybe.

I have nothing deeper than that for you today as the coffee takes its time kicking in. Just mild summer thoughts, and hopes for an expanse of days far safer and lovelier than last year.

Have a wonderful Friday and a fantastic weekend.


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 quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts to #FridayReads: Hang out with Aunty Ida

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We’ve somehow gotten to the end of the week, and Aunty Ida wants to hang out with you this weekend. OK, not quite hang out. Rearrange your brain-parts.

Same thing.

#FridayThoughts: Dregs of the week

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Is it sunny? Is it cloudy? Don’t ask me, I have no idea. I think sunny, but that could change.

It often does.

I’ve had a hectic morning, got groceries delivered, took some I’d gotten for my parents to them, broke a jar of salsa on the floor, it’s been a great time. My coffee has been like a blur, and a second cup sounds like a good idea.

Haven’t made it yet, but it sounds like one.

We’ve floated into Friday here in June, with restrictions about to be lifted in Chicago, and I’m glad and very, very worried. We don’t want to go back, and the variants are streaming around the globe, the very predictable progression of a pandemic that wasn’t handled correctly in the first place.

No wait, that was deliberately flamed from the outset. Doing the opposite of established pandemic protocols was a deliberate choice by trump and Republicans, and the cost is still being exacted on the world.

Well I’m upbeat today.

I’d like things to be normal as much as everyone else. But I don’t know if they ever will be.

And that’s the truth.

Anyway, that’s it for me, have a great Friday in spite of my gloom and wonderful weekend.


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 quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Trying to make normal normal.

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It’s rainy and cold today, feeling all the colder because of the past heat. I’m doing my newest favorite thing, waiting on groceries, while the construction in the building whines its way into my brain.

Fun.

It looks like the rain will arrive along with the shopping, and that seems fitting in some odd way.

I’ve had a weird week but not in any concrete shape, the world feels somewhat off kilter. Maybe it’s the wild swing in weather, maybe it’s just me. It’s probably me.

And the fact that it’s nearly June, half the year gone, a year and a half of blurred time, and the things that used to be normal are now strange. I am grateful every day that President Biden won, because he is the reason we’re moving ahead and not forever stuck in a deathly limbo.

Had he not, the numbers only would have continued to climb, vaccinations going only to those who did trump’s bidding.

Shudder.

So here’s to trying to make normal normal. And have a great weekend.


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 quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.