#FridayThoughts: One nice thing

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It’s cold and clammy and rainy and I’m feeling that way on the inside too. This morning I skipped cardio entirely and did a longer yoga practice.

It helped, somewhat.

As more details emerge about Uvalde, especially the law enforcement “response,” they become too much to absorb. Trust me friends in far-flung places. We’re reeling over it too.

Honestly I don’t really have much more to add today, I’m pretty worn out from the week, which has overwhelming.

I’m going to try to do one nice thing for myself today. I hope you also try to do one nice thing for yourself today.

And with that I wish you a happy Friday and a great weekend.

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Her Cousin Much Removed
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#FridayThoughts: Are spam calls seasonal?

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It’s been a long week, and I’m tired. I know I’m not alone in this feeling.

The sky is gloomy, and we were promised rain, perhaps even thunderstorms. Feels appropriate.

Can’t tell if it’s my mood or the weather, the weather or my mood. And the spam calls are driving me to distraction.

Must be that time of year. Or, I guess, it’s always that time of year.

For the spam calls. And also the thunderstorms, come to think of it.

Are spam calls seasonal?

I feel like someone somewhere can answer that question with evidence to back it up.

And just like that I’ve amused myself enough to jar some of the cobwebs loose. Perhaps, I hope, I’ve done the same for you.

Have an excellent Friday and a magical weekend.

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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: Look out the window with all its sunlight and be OK.

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Photo by Leo Caldas on Pexels.com.

I’m going to try to credit the feature image when I can, it’s not always easy and it’s not done automatically, though it should be. So that’s all about that.

On with the post. It’s sunny and breezy and the flowering trees are blooming. The sky is clear and it’s the kind of weather that reminds you why you live in Chicago.

This is a beautiful city.

It hasn’t been an entirely smooth week for me, my head did its thing and it was not great. Bad enough to have to cancel plans with friends, in fact, which is never ideal.

But it’s better enough that I can look out the window with all the sunlight and be OK.

This was a fast week for me somehow, the whole thing largely a blur, probably because of the migraine. I got some things done, and a whole bunch of others did not get done, but that is life sometimes, especially when you’re not feeling your best.

Anyway, that’s it for me this week. I hope you have a wonderful Friday, and if the weather is beautiful where you are, I hope you have the chance to enjoy it.

Have a great 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.
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#FridayThoughts: Sometimes you just know.

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You’ll be shocked to learn it’s another gray day, the sky a flat dome of clouds. My head’s OK though.

So far.

Tomorrow will mark four months of daily yoga, and this morning while doing the practice on the Yoga with Adriene monthly calendar, I realized that my time with Adriene for yoga, at least for now, is complete.

Right in middle of the practice.

I silently thanked her, offered a namaste and walked off the mat.

I’m going to try something different next month. Perhaps even tomorrow, I will decide when tomorrow comes. This journey has been wonderful as its own exploration but the time has come to change things a little.

It was such a full, clear realization too. No hemming or hawing. No agonizing. Just the knowledge that I’d gotten what I was there for and it was time to try something new.

Sometimes you just know.

So thank you, Adriene, there in your corner of the internet, for offering such a generous gift to all of us, for free, and providing the opportunity to take what we need.

That’s it for me, on this last blogging day of April. I hope you 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: Storms and democracy.

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It’s a soggy, rainy Friday. We may get thunderstorms. My head and I believe it.

I’m currently watching the hearing about whether Marjorie Taylor Greene–Republican currently banned from twitter and purveyor of “stolen election” lies–will be prohibited from running for Congress again due to her alleged involvement in the January 6 insurrection.

In a normal, sane world, this wouldn’t be a big question. In fact, she probably would have resigned already.

But we are not in a normal, sane world, we’re in a world where you can advocate for overturning a constitutional process, like counting the Electoral College votes, and perhaps have been more deeply involved and still have it be a question whether you should go back to Congress.

Instead, there she is, pretending she has the memory of a woman on a soap opera who has been gone for six years under mysterious circumstances. She remembers, she avers under oath, basically nothing.

Anyway, that’s where I’ll be.

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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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Assorted sundries.

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It’s one of those days that’s cloudy but it wants to be sunny deep down. I think.

You know those days.

Well, maybe you know those days.

Yesterday had a long, long list of things to do and it was a slog, but one by one, I did them.

As much as I could.

The groceries couldn’t be delivered until today. While the mask mandates are gone and another variant is on the prowl, I’m limiting my contact with others, given my mom’s delicate health. So back to ordering online and waiting for a window.

Going into the store has its advantages, though. I suspect soon enough the mandates will be back.

Anyway, that’s it for me this week. Have a Happy Passover, if you celebrate, a reflective Good Friday and Happy Easter if you celebrate those, and if you celebrate none of the above, have a happy discounted chocolate day on 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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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Rhythm of lives far away.

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Travel, at least for me, seems unlikely for a very long while. But I’ve found a much less expensive way to go around the world.

Foreign-language television.

I’ve darted from Korea to Denmark and back, with my eye to France as I wait for the next season of Candice Renoir on Acorn. And meanwhile, I’ve lost myself in the rhythm of lives far away.

When you have a show with subtitles, unless you’re fluent, you have to pay attention. Some countries make it easier than others, with the pace of conversation slower, the words more measured.

But once you’ve settled into the idea of watching something from somewhere else, you can find yourself transported to tiny corners of countries you wouldn’t see even if you took an actual trip.

One of the things I love about watching foreign language is absorbing tiny bits of culture, observing the interactions you’d never have as a foreigner. Seeing the interiors, knowing they’re supposed to convey specifics about the characters.

Checking out the clothes.

And the shows know what they’re doing, they offer long, lingering looks at stunning landscapes, sweeping views of glittering cities.

All from your couch at the price of a streaming service. No TSA required.

That’s it for me this week, have a fantastic Friday and a lovely weekend. Anywhere in the world is as close as your remote.


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: My own personal April Fools.

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So from a deep sleep, I heard a noise. Brief. Kind of squeaky. It stopped.

And then I heard it again.

Eventually I got up to investigate. It was the smoke detector, the battery low.

When we put the time forward, I forgot to change it. My mind has been elsewhere.

I changed it, went back to bed, but that battery must have been low too, because then it started again.

My own personal April Fools joke courtesy of my smoke alarm. I need more batteries.

Sigh.

You’d think I would have learned my lesson from Phoebe on Friends.

I went back to sleep but everything has been out of order today. I woke up late, I exercised late.

I’m blogging late.

Anyway, have a lovely Friday, and may all your April Fools be humorous and lighthearted, and may none none of your appliances try to get in on the fun.


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: And I’m the one who should.

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It’s a day that can’t decide if it’s cloudy or sunny, after a week of rainy gray days. It may rain today.

It may not.

I’m behind on everything, I feel like, this morning. I worked out late, and I’m starting to wonder if I want to keep going with the daily yoga.

I don’t know if it’s the particular sessions of this month’s Yoga With Adriene schedule or if I’m hitting a wall or if I’m tired of balancing it with my other exercise. Maybe I’m getting down to layers I don’t want to get to.

Yoga has a way of doing that.

Maybe it’s a big time investment I’m reconsidering.

Who knows.

Certainly not me, and I’m the one who should.

Well, that’s it for me this week. I hope you have an amazing Friday and a great 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: illusion of evolved.

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It’s gray today, maybe rainy. Feels appropriate.

I’m tired, but it’s more the weary kind of tired than the lack-of-sleep kind. Everywhere you look, things are a slog, and I say that knowing that thousands of miles away there are people who would love my slog over their life-or-death slog.

So I feel weird even raising it.

This awful war in Ukraine, this unprovoked aggression from putin, really illustrates how some people are only the illusion of evolved. He’s nothing more than one of our way, way, way back primate ancestors, intent on domination.

With much deadlier weapons.

Here we are in this 21st century, more the future than people could have imagined and we still have people who can’t just leave other people alone.

How weird is that?

How does the future get better if we don’t?

Maybe a bummer of a note to leave you on for a Friday, but here we are.

Either way, have a great day and a great weekend, if both of those things are possible.


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.