OK, Monday. Let’s do this thing.

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Here we are, back at the start. Last week was kind of an emotional doozy for me, but I’m righting the emotional ship, rough seas or no, and onward. And I am also very oddly obsessed with tidying.

Thank you Marie Kondo and thank you “Tidying Up” on Netflix for that.

I mean, I did start my organizational kick weeks ago, and the reality is that having things neat, easy to find and easy to store is its own kind of rewarding.

Is it a means of procrastinating with the writing? Maybe. I ask you this. How can I focus on my words when I know my pajamas could be so much neater?

I’m only human.

The funny things is my past self would have scoffed at my this self for finding this process fun. But here’s a thing in life: sometimes, people just have a way of doing things that resonates with you. The “KonMari Method,” as she calls it, is logical and really cuts to the heart of clutter.

So I’m hooked.

And if you know me and Daily Burn, I really do seem to enjoy my systems.

I guess you’ll find out how it goes on Friday. I hope you have a fabulous week.


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Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#WednesdayWisdom gauge low

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Let me start today by saying I had trouble spelling “Wednesday,” so if you had high expectations for today’s post, you should probably dial them back to avoid disappointment.

Hmm.

I got some sleep last night, which is better than the night before, and I woke early this morning to discover I’d left the lights on and the TV entertaining itself. Still groggy, though, but I don’t want to risk more coffee after having so much trouble sleeping on Monday night.

I do learn my lessons, in case you’re wondering.

So it feels like a trudging sort of day, with a sky full of bumpy clouds casting flat light on everything. Outside looks groggy too.

Some days we trudge, some days we soar, some days we fly a little awkwardly like a goose, who still get where they’re going anyway.

I’m hoping for a goose day, but I’m not holding my breath.

If anything, this is showing me I need to be as regimented with my sleep as I am about exercise. It’s as important. Maybe I should work on that, and add it to my #AcccountaClub reports.

So that’s my Wednesday, short on wisdom as promised. And I misspelled Wednesday again.

Sheesh.

Hope you have a fantastic Wednesday.


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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#TuesdayThoughts that are only OK.

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I don’t know if you know this, but Tuesday frequently arrives after Monday. Fascinating, right?

And tomorrow will be Wednesday, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Yesterday was a humdinger of a Monday, packed full of various unpleasantness, none of which I’ll bore you with, but all of which has left me with a bitter aftertaste.

Monday doesn’t want to stay in its lane.

So here’s innocent Tuesday, minding its own business, trying to get on with the Tuesdayness of it all, and it’s being sullied by Monday’s brush. That seems unfair.

Sometimes a mood is internal, and sometimes it’s brought about by external forces. Both can be tough to shake.

Sometimes it’s just not shakeable.

Sometimes you just have to sit with it and through it and plow forward even when it wants to keep you exactly where you are. And forward’s not always possible.

So that’s OK too.

I’m going to try to let Monday fade away in to the murk that is the past, and I hope you have the best of Tuesdays.


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!
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Monday loves to Monday

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Today is, without question, a two-latte kind of a day. Did I say “latte?”

I sure did.

I bought a little electric milk frother/heater from a deal on Amazon, and it’s my favorite thing. It quickly heats milk and you can either make it a tad frothy or very frothy. I then brew my coffee into the milk and ta-da!

Latte.

Sorta. No, it doesn’t look at all like the one in the photo by Jonas Mohamadi above. I mean mine’s not going to win any coffee barista-ing awards or anything, and I’m sure somewhere there is a coffee professional recoiling in horror, but it does the trick.

The frother was $23, so a decent price given you can’t even get five lattes from a coffee shop for that amount, and I’m far over that already. You can also do non-dairy milks in it, which is what I do, so I’m a huge fan.

Haven’t quite gotten the proportions right, though. First one overflowed; the second one, all told, was only 3/4 of a cup.

Sigh.

It’s seriously gloomy today, rainy and overcast. It’s supposed to be warm, though. Like the weather’s saying “it’s going to nice, but you won’t enjoy it.”

Ugh.

So I must Monday ahead, I’ve got to find a file I’ve called something I don’t remember that was shuffled aside. Thwarted again by Monday. And perhaps overly-creative and underly-descriptive titles.

I hope you’ve had a nice start to the 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!
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My brain at the start of 2019

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It’s 2019 and a Wednesday that feels like a Monday. Only it’s not, it’s Wednesday.

2019 is a little confusing.

I’ve been thinking about organization’s cousin, productivity, so I spent a small part of the morning checking out productivity apps. Because there’s no better way to procrastinate doing what you’re going to do than by finding a way to sharpen all the virtual pencils possible before you do what you’re going to do.

This may surprise you, or this may not surprise you, I don’t know how surprise-prone you are, but there are a plethora of apps intended to help your productivity. Or intended to make it easier for you to mask your lack of productivity by putting a whole bunch of layers between you and it, whatever.

To avoid being overwhelmed, I found an article posted on Lifehack.org. Honestly, for some I couldn’t fathom the purpose. There was one that promised to improve your focus by playing music specifically tuned to your psychological profile…for $9.95 a month. That’s the cost of a streaming service subscription.

No thanks.

Different things will appeal to different people, I found a couple I thought were interesting, and I’ll report back to you, you know, as always.

What’s on your mind for 2019? Hope it’s off to a great, great start.


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!
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And now it’s Wednesday

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I was just sitting here, wondering if I should write a new blog post today or just leave my shameless plug for my books up another day, and figured hey, I’m here anyway, I’ve got fingers and a blinking cursor, and I’m pretty sure you can find those links.

So hello.

I hope all who celebrate Christmas have Christmassed to their hearts’ content, have given and received exactly what was wanted, and are feeling no regret over calories acquired.

And for anyone who finds this time of year difficult, at least that’s another one down, you made it, you’re here and that’s something.

The new year is looming, less than a week left, and that’s a tough thing to believe. It’s been a long one and a quick one, and here we are, back at the end again.

That clock is relentless. It just doesn’t stop.

I hope you’re having a wonderful week, a quieter week if at all possible, a chance to catch your breath and maybe just binge some TV.

If you haven’t watched “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon yet, trust me on this one. It’s divine.

Until tomorrow. Have a great day.


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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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Wednesday Wants

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Wants are weird. Right now, I want another cup of coffee. You and I both know how that usually goes.

Eyebrow raise.

I also want a trip to Tahiti, a place I wasn’t so interested in, given how remote it is, and how difficult to reach, but now with “Below Deck” based there, and those incredible views and sunsets, I want to see it.

My odds are infinitely higher on the other cup of coffee. 

Wry eyebrow raise.

Sometimes our wants strike us out of nowhere, for things we hadn’t considered we wanted. The Roomba, or Roombie, as she is now known, for example. Until I borrowed her from my parents, I had no idea I couldn’t live without her.

And here we are.

Others are a low thrum we’ve heard most of our lives, all of our lives. We all have those, the wants we know we want but never quite manage. Some are so easily quenched.

Like that extra cup of coffee. Which is probably being made after I finish this post.

“Probably.” Right.

Today, give in to one of those wants, just for yourself, just because you can and sometimes you should. I’m about to do the same.

And it’s not Tahiti.

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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