#FridayThoughts: Not ready for supermarket hot food bars.

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It’s sunny today, but I think it’s a ruse, I feel chilly. Or maybe I’m just chilly.

Can’t tell if it’s me or the weather.

We’re back to Friday yet again, the week in its final roll down the hill and I got some stuff done but not everything I would have liked which seems to be basically life. In a nutshell. And now I’m messing around instead of being productive.

Well.

Not RIGHT now.

Right now I’m writing a blog post and we can both agree it’s a form of productivity. If you squint one eye and kind of tilt your head a little.

I saw this morning that Whole Foods’ hot food bar is back and I have to tell you, I’m not ready for it. Honestly, I may never be ready for it again, unless they have staff dishing out the food. The pandemic isn’t even close to over, what on earth are they thinking?

It’s as though this is all so much, people want to pretend it’s not happening and never happened.

Welp.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a wonderful Friday and a fantastic weekend.


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Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#FridayThoughts: No idea

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Gray again, no doubt there will be rain today. Maybe in five minutes, from the looks of things.

It’s landed on Friday on that ever-rotating weekly wheel, and my mind is already somewhere else, somewhere dreamy. I’m not terribly focused.

I don’t even think coffee could do it today.

I’m waiting on groceries, and I don’t know how or when the ease of ordering them, waiting for them, and putting them away became a chore of its own. It’s a million times easier than doing the shopping, especially with the sites ready to suggest the things you usually order.

I have no idea.

Maybe it’s because it’s no longer novel, this far into the pandemic. Maybe I’ll start shopping again, remind myself what it was actually like.

Anyway, that’s enough rambling for the week. 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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#FridayThoughts: Needle me

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I’m late today not because I forgot, or got lazy, which we both know have been late post reasons before. Nope, today I’m late for a different reason entirely.

I got my first COVID vaccination.

I’m not going to wax poetic about it, I know how it feels to want it and not have it available, or want it and not be eligible. But I have to tell you, it was like living out the exposition to a dystopian movie.

The site used to be a furniture store, and it was vast and empty, but for small folding tables well-distanced, and lots and lots of beige metal folding chairs. So many beige metal folding chairs. It’s largely staffed by the National Guard, so there they were, in uniform, along with the nurses who had their needles at the ready. After two confirmations of the appointment and the scheduling of the next.

Some questions, an arm preference and a nurse so talented I barely felt it, and I am halfway to fully vaccinated.

But for the scale of the operation and the sheer number of people who need to get vaccinated, it’s no big deal. The operation is incredible to watch, I’ve never seen our National Guard in action before, it was a sight to behold.

So here I am, partially protected and entirely nanobot free. Probably.

But if I have nanobots, they were here before the vaccination, we can all agree on that. And we can also agree Aunty Ida breached the world of fiction to put them there.

Anyway, that’s it for the week, I hope you have a lovely Friday and a great weekend.


#FridayThoughts: It’s not Thursday.

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I titled this post “ThursdayThoughts and realized it wouldn’t be entirely accurate. Oops. I’m a little addled for a Friday.

It’s about to rain, at least I think it is, but it’s looked like that most of the day, and I have eggs hard-boiling in the pressure cooker. Or hard pressuring.

Something like that.

My groceries arrived today, and it’s strange, but I found ordering them stressful for some reason, as though ordering them from my couch isn’t ten billion times easier than navigating the store. I’m sure I’ll shop again, but I’ll wait until I’m vaccinated.

Hopefully I’ll be vaccinated soon.

Hopefully.

And that’s it for me, I’ll have to deal with those eggs in a minute. I hope you have a great Friday and an amazing 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: Strange week

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My parents, now veterans of city living for two years, have finally realized they don’t really need two cars, especially in this pandemic-ed world of grocery deliveries. So we decided we’d sell my car, and I get my mom’s newer, nicer roomier one.

Yesterday we sold the car.

It’s weird, I’ve had it for ten-and-half years. There are two kinds of people in this world: new car people and drive a car until it dies people. I’m a drive until it dies person, as I discovered with my first car, which I drove until she sighed off this mortal coil to the wreckage yard.

I still miss her, even though she was a stick shift, and we know that’s nostalgia because anyone who has ever driven a stick shift in the city understands it’s pretty much a workout.

This car went to Carmax, and they make it like ripping off a band aid. You present the online offer, they ask if everything you need is gone because you won’t be back in the car. They make sure the online appraisal was valid, draw up the papers, transfer the registration at the Secretary of State along with the title, and hand you a check.

Done and done.

It’s weird to think the car is no longer there, patiently waiting for me. I hope it finds a great new home, though, one where it gets to stretch its wheels more than it did with me.

Anyway, that’s it for me. Have a fabulous Friday and an amazing 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: Sometimes what we think is helping isn’t.

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Grocery delivery might be the one good thing to come out of the pandemic. I never would have done it before, and now I can get stuff done AND get groceries all at the same time.

That feels very 21st century to me.

It’s another deceptively sunny day, I can practically hear the wind, I think. I am feeling fully caffeinated and less lethargic than I have in a while, perhaps largely because I’m eating less sugar. I don’t buy into evil foods, but during the pandemic I’ve been baking a lot and eating far more baked goods than I ever have.

With the end in sight, I’ve culled it down and I have to tell you, I feel better. I’m not cutting sugar out entirely; in fact I’m adding sugar to my coffee in the morning with vanilla almond milk and cinnamon all mixed and heated in my milk frother. But that is two teaspoons of sugar, versus however many were in those cinnamon rolls.

The baking was a great stress reliever during uncertain times, and maybe we’re programmed to seek things like carbohydrates in days of great stress, perhaps because way back when, it meant we didn’t know when we’d see food again. But with President Biden, the whole world seems more in control.

So something that feels like it helps to cope in the moment may just do that, but it doesn’t serve long term. That’s fine. There’s no need for judgment over it, just see it, acknowledge it and work on letting it go.

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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Weird

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It’s warming up and no one tried to overthrow democracy yesterday so that’s nice. I’m a little bit behind today but that’s not too bad for a Friday. At least I’m awake.

Even that can be a challenge.

My mind is on lunch, but just in that general way, not in any way that actually gets lunch made. Only food options floating around in my head, round and round and round and round.

That too, can be a challenge.

These times are very odd, apparently the guy who voices Jimmy Pesto on “Bob’s Burgers” was allegedly at the insurrection. Given the character would probably do the same thing, it feels like life imitating art. What a strange way to ruin your career, really, if it’s true, attempting to overthrow the government for a guy who cared so little about the people doing it, he raised prices at his hotel on the day he was supposed to be “inaugurated” and then spent the time golfing in Florida.

Like I said, things have gotten very weird.

Anyway, that’s it for me as I try figure out how to make fiction stranger than truth. Have a great 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Through a past lens, darkly

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It’s beautifully sunny, it’s warmer and I’m edgy. I have no idea why, but I feel like there’s electricity in the air.

Not necessarily the good kind.

It could be from the news that the insurrectionists aren’t finished yet, they have big bloody plans and that is unsettling to say the least. This world has been forever changed by that former guy, and not for the better. Imagine living your life content with the knowledge you only harmed the world and never helped it.

And that’s where we are.

I wonder how much of the old world we can get back. So many of us knew it would be like this, knew what was coming, that’s why we cried despite the mocking. And it’s clear that now that Republicans have been revealed for what they truly are, they continue to plow ahead, undeterred, shockingly unashamed.

And somehow call it patriotism.

Anyway, that’s enough of that. Have a great Friday and a fantastic weekend.


#FridayThoughts: Now with extra Friday

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It’s sunny and the snow is glowing. We’ve made it to another Friday, and as I type this, there’s a new rover on the surface of Mars.

Remarkable.

I think I write science-fiction because I love science, it’s like magic we can explain, magic we can control. Magic with a source, with a beginning, with a logical conclusion.

Research is key with sci-fi, as everything should feel plausible, if not possible. And often the fiction is only temporary; technology strides in bounding leaps these days. Suddenly the impossible is here.

See what I mean? Magic.

Anyway, that’s it for me to cap off the week. Have a great 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: End of the weeky.

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No impeachment trial for me today, I just don’t see the point of it, listening to people try to refute the irrefutable, trying to spread the blame where it doesn’t belong. Conspiring with jurors in the case.

Disgusting.

If you are a thinking person with a functioning brain the truth is clear, and the reality that that man can never again be permitted to hold a position of power plainly obvious. Excuses will not be tolerated.

It’s cold again today, but not as cold as in other places. The sky is sometimes bright and sometimes gray and I’m not sure if the weather has decided what it wants to be and that’s fine. I’m going to use that stretch of time gained by not pounding my head against an inevitably racist wall to finally give some shape to an idea rattling around.

Because why not.

The font looks strange to me today in this space, I’m not sure why, but there it is. I don’t know if it’s the font or me which seems appropriate for a Friday.

Anyway, have a great day and a wonderful weekend.