So long Jane Storegoer, I’m back in Chicago and back at my blog. Well, back at my blog as of today; back in Chicago as of last Wednesday, far later than was intended, hour-wise, not day-wise. I was off in the wild Northwest, only it’s not so wild from a cruise ship. And then I saw Vancouver, that beautiful city in Canada surrounded by water.

It was a great trip.

There were whales (mediocre photos, probably), a few bears (no photos), and many eagles (maybe photos?) as well as glaciers and a fjord, and after I see if there’s anything worth sharing (shrug emoji), I’ll share.

The picture above was taken in the Yukon, or almost in the Yukon, we may not have yet entered Canada at that point. It was incredibly stunning. On the ship itself I had no cell phone reception and no WiFi, so I truly lived like the pioneers.

But with these amazing chocolate cream-filled donuts that I still dream about.

It was nice to take a break, to experience the world. Though the full-on effects of climate change are really apparent in Alaska.

That’s enough of a babble for today, but we have much to chat about throughout the week. And of course #AccountaClub will be back and totally accounty on Friday!

Happy Monday, all!

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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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Frustration Is, Well, Frustrating


Yesterday, I was working on something I just couldn’t get right. Hours and hours and hours disappeared, up until I had to work out and get ready to leave, and no matter what I did, it wouldn’t come straight.

I left, and came back, and thought that maybe I’d start over, but that didn’t help either. I went to bed last night, exhausted and frustrated, and not necessarily any closer to solving my issue.

This morning, I’ve decided it to approach it methodically, scientifically. Take it apart bit by bit and then piece it together. Maybe it will help, maybe it won’t. Hopefully it will tell me where I went wrong.

It’s difficult when you keep trying something that will not be plied by your wit or lack thereof. That takes all your efforts and then looks at you and shrugs.

But sometimes things have to get done, and usually they have to be done by you. What else is there to do but do it?

So when I have the chance, when I’m finished with my blog and other writing I have to do, I’ll get back to that. And if you notice a little blood on my nose, don’t worry. It’s just from all that pressing against the grindstone.