#MondayThoughts: Trying not to think about it.

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Irritation is my attitude today. No specific reason, no specific motivation, just an underlying sense that everything, but everything, is stupid.

I’m a treat.

I did full cardio this morning instead of Daily Burn, and I felt great afterward, I may start mixing it up more often. But then I feel like I’m doing something wrong, messing with the routine.

Sometimes I have to take my own advice. No one is keeping score.

It’s sunny and cloudy today, not sure which is going to hold or which is is going to win, but there’s a definite feel of Spring lingering. All the way around to Spring again.

How strange.

And what I find myself talking around is what is taking up most of my mental bandwidth right now, specifically the needless death of Daunte Wright, just 20 years old, at a “traffic stop.” I use the quotes because we all know that this incident culminating in the death of a young man who called his mom in his final moments before he was shot to death by a police officer was not a “traffic stop.”

It was a modern lynching.

And it has to end. Black people have a right to exist in this world, and white cops don’t have a right to execute them on a whim. Poor kid, may he rest in peace.

And may that cop go to prison for the rest of his life.

Now you’re here with me. Let’s figure out a way to change this because it cannot, cannot continue. Too many lives gone already.

Have a deeply reflective 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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#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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#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Sailing

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Photo by Lachlan Ross on Pexels.com

It’s Thursday, I think, after an extra-long Wednesday. So you know what that means!

The Thursday part. Not the Wednesday part.

Ten word story time! Using the above image a writing prompt for our #ThursdayTen, write a story of ten words.

EXACTLY ten words.

Ready?

Here’s mine:

Doris and Ted chuckled conspiratorially.

No one knew they’d stowed away.

#WednesdayWisdom: No one is keeping score.

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The sky says nice day but my head says otherwise, I am sure it’s going to rain. It’s been a morning of technical difficulties, but I think I’ve gotten them straightened out.

Maybe.

I had to scrap the way I’ve been doing things for ages and try a different tactic to get it to work, and that feels weird. It’s awkward to try things a new way.

But sometimes the answer lies in accepting something less than perfection. Sometimes it’s OK to just take the easy route because it’s more expedient.

Everything in life isn’t a punishment. Sometimes they’re only things that happen, and you can get around them in whatever way works for you.

No one is keeping score.

And with that, I’m off. Have a great 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.
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.

#MondayThoughts: Writing Weather

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It looks like it will storm any moment, and I can’t help but hope for thunder. I thought I heard some, but I can’t be entirely sure. Maybe if I catch a flash of light in the sky.

You know I think of it as writing weather.

Though now it needs to be editing weather. So much editing weather.

I had some hiccups last week, some stopping points going from one edit to the next. It happens. I think I have them worked out now, all I can do is try and see. That’s why I save versions.

Just in case.

I’m fully recovered from my first dose of the vaccine, I was incredibly tired the day I got it and the next, and my arm hurt for just over 24 hours. And then I was fine.

Easy peasy.

The next one may be worse, but it if helps to bring this nightmare under control, I’ll take it.

Anyway, that’s it for me on this Monday morning. Have a great day.


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: 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.


#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Revealing

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It’s ten word photo prompt time! Or #ThursdayTen, as the cool kids call it.

The sort of cool kids.

The kids who are cool-adjacent.

Anyway, using the above photo as a prompt, write a ten word story. Exactly ten words.

It’s something to do on a Thursday.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Sometimes it was obvious Zyxia breathed helium, not oxygen.

Oops.

#WednesdayWisdom: It’s just an off day.

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So here we are at Wednesday, where I pretend I have some insight into something and offer it up as wisdom. OK maybe not “pretend.”

Sometimes I know things.

Sometimes I know a thing or two.

Sometimes I have to fill a blog post.

Use your best judgment to decide which this one is.

It’s another day when it looks nicer than it is, a great lesson on looks and deceiving but I’m not even going to pretend that’s my own wisdom. Which, of course, sent me down the rabbit hole of the origins of the phrase, but no luck. Best I can find is that it’s a proverb.

So sometimes the internet is lacking in wisdom as well.

We all have our off days.

And therein lies my tiny, faulted, occluded diamond of wisdom for today: we all have our off days. Don’t dwell. Don’t assume it means it will last forever. Don’t even assume it means failure of the permanent kind.

It’s just an off day.

And with that, I’m, well, off. Have a great 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.
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.

#TuesdayThoughts: Suspended animation.

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I wonder if I should have more coffee. If I’m wondering, I probably should, right?

Right.

Just give me a second. For you, it will be like no time has passed at all.

See? And off it drips.

It’s a sunny day with a weak, anemic blue sky, and I think it’s finally warming up. It’s been a long time coming, this spring. Sometimes this past year seems like an eternity, and sometimes I can’t believe we’re here again already, defrosted from some form of suspended animation.

I’ve gone back to my pre-pandemic way of eating, treats as treats and not multiple-times-a-day diversions, normal portions, allowing myself to actually feel hungry between meals. And I can’t tell you how much better I feel.

In a way, I was like a zoo animal with food as the most interesting diversion. Now there’s a possible end in sight, maybe down the road, but still in sight.

And I have more energy, which is ironic to say after starting with making another cup of coffee but by now you know I am a woman of many complications.

I’m off. Have a great Tuesday.


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.

#MondayThoughts: Experiments

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I’ve been experimenting with the appearance of the blog, nothing wild, you may not have even noticed. But sometimes dipping our toes into tiny changes is all we need to get moving.

Moving is good.

Usually.

Unless it’s bad, of course, but that’s a whole other set of circumstances. Apply as needed.

It’s sunny today, but sunny with a thin haze of clouds, and I suspect it looks warmer than it is. We’re in the trailing end of March now, April in the wings and ready to take the stage.

Incredible to see the year marching along so quickly.

Otherwise, for a Monday, it’s just doing its thing, kicking off another week as the end of this pandemic glimmers in the distance. I’m off to consider more experiments.

You 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.