#MondayThoughts: Pretty on point for a Monday.

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Monday thoughts. Monday thoughts. Monday…

Thoughts.

Right.

When I got up this morning, it looked like snow, but now the sky is all blue. We had a little bit yesterday, nothing exciting or accumulating, though. Maybe later in the week.

I’m wavering on continuing the Yoga with Adriene January challenge. It seems silly with 8 days to go, but I don’t know what’s with me this year. I’m not enjoying it.

I could finish the month with other practices, I guess. I could stick it out.

I could quit.

Remember, quitting is always an option, we really don’t have to hold ourselves to artificial goals made for the sake of making them.

But what I’ll likely do is ponder each of these options, day by day by day as the number of practices goes down until it’s the last day and there’s no choice to be made.

Again, I don’t think it’s Adriene, I think it’s me. Last year this challenge gave a great respite from what was happening in my world, but this year, I don’t know, it’s just too direct I guess. Too much work on being in the moment, perhaps?

Who knows.

I mean I should know but I clearly don’t. Which feels pretty on point for a Monday.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a fantastic Monday.

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Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#MondayThoughts: Changeable.

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I think it’s raining though I can’t actually be sure. It’s gray out, from top to bottom. If it’s not raining now, it’s only a matter of time.

It feels warm, though, for January. Our weather’s changing, gradually and all at once. Can’t say they didn’t tell us this would happen.

I don’t know where everyone’s gone on Twitter, I’m seeing fewer and fewer people I follow. I know some have left for other places or no social media at all but still I feel like many are still there, but we can’t see one another. Is it the system falling apart?

Is by design?

It’s incredible how the purchase of Twitter by a single egomaniacal, vengeful awkward perpetual teenager turned into a tantrum of ripping the wings off a bird. It probably had a deeper political goal, as it’s so hard to spin narratives when they are unspun in real time, but more sites are coming.

Since we already know we can, I suspect we always will.

Anyway, those are my thoughts on this Monday, as heavy as the clouds outside, on this day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. We’d do well to remember his lesson that we the people hold the power for great change.

And with that, I wish you a good Monday.

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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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#MondayThoughts: Messing up crafts with Isa

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It’s wildly sunny today, and if this wasn’t Chicago in January I’d be tempted to believe it’s warm and springlike. But it is Chicago in January, and a very toasty 38 degrees. That’s F, not C and to save you the google, C friends, that’s 3.3 degrees C. Which isn’t terrible, but it’s certainly not the high 50s, low 60s it looks like.

I told you that January sun is a trickter.

It was a bit of a busy weekend, I got a Cricut machine as a gift and I’m learning how to use its incredible range of functions. One of the best things about getting into something like this so late in the game is no matter the question, someone has the answer.

Yesterday, I was eyeing my collection of yoga mats accumulated over the years, and they just didn’t fit in the box I’d made for them. Meanwhile I had a huge box from Amazon I hadn’t taken out yet. I went through the craft supplies I had on hand, realized I had a lot of removable wallpaper left from another project and set to math.

That’s right. I mathed. I measured the box, got the square inches, and then measured the length of the paper I had and it was enough with a bit of overage.

It did not go smoothly, the project or the paper, as it wasn’t the heaviest weight, but by the time I got around to the front, I had a method.

Then I used the machine to cut a vinyl silhouette of a woman in tree pose for the heck of it, and project done with only what I already had availalble.

It was no craft video, with everything working perfectly the first time, as though wrinkles and air bubbles had never been invented.

But I’m pleased.

Perhaps more so because of the lack of perfection.

Anyway, that’s it for me, have a great Monday and be creative, even if it doesn’t work as well as you’d hoped.

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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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#MondayThoughts: Into the new

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Here it is, January 2, 2023. What a strange date to look at, it sounds so far in the future, but here we are. In it.

On New Year’s Eve, I spent the evening with a friend and her young daughters, and honestly it was one of the best new year’s I’ve had, even back to to the days when I’d stand shivering outside to get into a packed place for a night of revelry which never lived up to the hype.

I showed the girls how to make pizza dough, and they watched, rapt. They took turns kneading, and eventually, even in their small hands, the dough turned smooth and glutinous. Their mom hadn’t made pizza before either, given she’s gluten-free, and trying a gluten-free crust (Bob’s Red Mill) was an adventure.

We spread our crust, and topped it, and she did the same.

“Can you smell it?” I asked them when it was nearly finished. “You bake by smell.”

And they were amazed when it came out of the oven, they devoured it, this miracle they’d made. The gluten-free came out well too, even though my friend forgot to blind bake it. It’s sticky, though, to work with. Lots of oil on the hands; lots of cooking spray on the plastic wrap used to spread it, if you try it.

Then we made party hats from a monster hat kit I got on Amazon (affiliate link) which they utterly loved, we had dessert, which I made, gluten free chocolate brownie cookies and a pudding bar with homemade vanilla pudding. We watched Dolly and Miley and a local show with an opening I have to embed because it was amazing.

I’m sure there will be more new year thoughts in our chat tomorrow with Chat Tuesday, so I’ll leave it there with that wonderful, cheesy, entirely entertaining performance. Have a great Monday and Happy New Year to you.

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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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#MondayThoughts: Unprompted.

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No prompts today, only a reminder to start typing. “Get on with it,” the interface is telling me.

I will. Eventually.

It’s gray again and cold again but not nearly as cold as it’s been. I’m on tea now after my coffee.

Wildly exciting tasks fill my agenda today, including cleaning the fridge (oh fun!) and making granola which actually is more fun and ridiculously easy, believe it or not. But these things don’t do themselves.

Usually.

I slept poorly with a whole lot of vivid dreams, which I remember only in vignettes, and one batch of which I don’t remember at all. If only there was a way to order your brain to relax in magical beauty. I mean they’re dreams.

Anything is possible.

Instead I got the kind that, even though you can’t remember why, you’re not terribly eager to go back to sleep. Which is fine, it’s a quiet part of the year at least.

Anyway, that’s it for me on this frosty Monday. Have a great day and a wonderful start to your week.

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.
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#MondayThoughts: Getting going.

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Somehow it’s Monday again, with fewer and fewer Mondays left in the year. That’s a weird thought.

I think it’s sunny though it may be cloudy, and I’m not feeling great with another bug…the only masked person in a sea of the unmasked, I keep picking them up.

Doubt it’s COVID but I’ll test anyway.

I’m still in that phase of much to do that I am not in the mood to get done, and I’ve got to say I like it better when things aren’t like that.

Which is a super unique perspective, I know.

I’m sure I’m the only person in the world to feel that way, and everyone else loves getting all things done, right?

Right.

ESPECIALLY on a Monday. Mondays are for sure the crowd favorite day of the week, right?

Right.

OK that one was difficult to keep a straight face. Anyway, I should get going on the stuff I need to get going on, and you should get going on the stuff you need to get going on and we’ll meet back here tomorrow, stuff done.

Have a great 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!
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#MondayThoughts: Who do I envy?

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It’s gray, I think it rained overnight, I’m not sure. I don’t know if those big storms west of us are heading this way, but I guess I’ll watch it.

The blog offered another prompt today: “Who do you envy?” This time I didn’t even hesitate before I started writing but there it is.

“Who do you envy?”

What a weird question. Envy is an ugly thing, I think, with an undercurrent of jealous hatred, of entitlement. Envy sounds like you think that someone else’s circumstances should be yours.

Should we encourage such thinking?

Who do I envy?

Everyone and no one.

Every single life has problems, no matter what social media says. And some may seem more manageable than others to us, but that’s also often when you’re well outside of them.

Everything is distorted from the inside the bubble.

Honestly the most I can hope for today is to get through my list of nagging chores, things I have no desire to do, as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

Who do I envy? People whose lists are already done, that’s who I envy.

Have a great 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!
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#MondayThoughts: Mystery of tomorrow.

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It’s gray, though it wasn’t just a little while ago, and rain may be imminent. Or snow maybe, I haven’t looked at the temperature. Hm, 31 F.

Could be snow.

Probably snow.

I guess we’ll see.

I’m more awake than I should be, for that we can probably thank my coffee, because I didn’t sleep well overall. And yet here I am, perky as anything, though that could wear off and you may not be able to tell from over there. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Was that a snowflake? Possibly. It is December.

It’s almost impossible for me to believe this year has gone, as you know most of it was like I wasn’t here at all, but watching my mom’s slow, awful slide. I don’t even know what things I didn’t do that I could have done or the projects I might have completed if my attention had been more than a flitting moth that never settled.

But no one can reshape the past, not even the Doctor in most instances, and sometimes even the present isn’t terribly cooperative. Maybe the mystery of tomorrow has to be enough.

Anyway that’s it for me today. Have a great Monday and a wonderful start to your week.

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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#MondayThoughts: Monday moody

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November is hanging on by mere minutes, it feels, and I’m really not ready for this year to be over. It felt like it just started; it feels like it’s lasted a lifetime.

It’s funny how technical difficulties always seem to come in packs, but I’m almost on top of them, I think, finally. Almost back to coasting, in essence.

Coasting is nice.

Meanwhile it’s a very sunny day, not too cold, but I’m Monday tired if you know what I mean. That kind where it’s difficult to get into gear, where everything you have to do seems wildly overwhelming until you’ve done it and then you wonder what the fuss was until you get going on the next thing.

We all have those weeks, I think.

Maybe you don’t, and that would be awesome.

Maybe your secret is coffee. Maybe your secret is that special kind of sleep that starts when it’s supposed to and ends when it’s supposed to and only contains enough dreams to keep you amused. The kind where you wake up like in an ad for breakfast cereal, bounding out of bed.

Congratulations, that sounds amazing.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a great Monday and a fabulous start to your week.

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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#MondayThoughts: Scattered glass.

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It’s super sunny and pretty cold I think. I guess I’ll take it after a week of heavy gray and snow that never added up.

Last night, I was putting some groceries away when my elbow hit a bottle of vinegar, and smash.

“Well this sucks,” I said aloud, glass scattered, the smell of vinegar rising. Seconds before my problem was getting the yogurt in the fridge; now it it was getting the yogurt in the fridge around broken glass.

But I managed.

I don’t even smell the vinegar this morning but it’s possible that’s because I became used to it. the vinegar now part of everything. Or maybe it dissapated.

It’s hard to know for sure.

But that was yesterday and today is today, and as the old saying goes, don’t cry over spilt vinegar.

Or something to that effect.

And that’s it for me today. Have a great Monday and a fantastic start to your week.

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
See what I’m writing on Medium.