#FridayThoughts: Drilly

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There’s work going on in my building, which is trying at the best of times, but when there’s a shelter-in-place order and you can’t leave except for essential activities, it’s more than a teensy bit irritating.

Much more.

Such is my lot today. Writing can also prove challenging with the grinding noise, but if I focus enough, I only notice it when it stops. Attention training?

Maybe.

It’s a bit on the gray side today, not majorly, but a bit, and the lakefront is still off limits. Hopefully we’ll start seeing the work pay off soon, there are too many deaths for no good reason,

I think this is three weeks down, I’m starting to lose track. Three weeks down and question mark to go.

Do something nice for yourself this weekend, whatever that looks like. And and have a great Friday.


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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: End of week 2

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So our mayor had to close the lakefront path and parks because people crowded onto them, none really staying 6 feet apart, apparently some in large groups. Come on, people.

But since then the weather seems to be on Mayor Lightfoot’s side, with a damp, dense fog hanging heavily. Fitting.

We’re near the end of our first week of “shelter in place,” our second week of distancing during which I was essentially sheltering in place. I’ve gone out only to do shopping, mine and my parents’, and we are probably only at the beginning now.

It’s a stressful time.

So it’s OK to be stressed. We don’t know what is going to happen, not to us, not to our loved ones, not to our countries, not to the world. And uncertainty is really difficult to manage, day in, day out.

Or so I keep telling myself when I continue to buy chips. And ice cream.

Anyway, have as fabulous a Friday as you can, and enjoy the weekend. Six feet apart.


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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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Adjustment

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Here we are in this brave new world, and it’s pretty much as bleak as you’d think it would be. We have no idea how far we are into the tunnel, or even if it’s open on the other side.

So that’s fun.

Speaking of fun, I’m going to try to sprinkle some into the blog next week, just to brighten things up if I can, though of course this place will reflect my thoughts, as it always does. Because who doesn’t want to know what’s on my mind?

Don’t answer that.

The muck seems to be getting muckier, and there’s not much we can do about that, but we can try to make the most of what we have and what we can do. And that was plucky enough to annoy myself.

So much for positivity.

Off we lurch into another Friday, with an uncharted weekend ahead. I hope your Friday has much light, and have as great a weekend as you can dream up.


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

#FridayThoughts: Not panicking

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I swear. I’m not panicking.

I’m kind of panicking.

We are in the midst of a crisis that requires leadership, and we don’t have any where it counts. Thank goodness for the House; thank goodness for state and local governments where sense prevails.

Thank goodness I foresaw a run on toilet paper.

Also, I burned my hand in the most inconvenient way and I’m starting to think that the universe itself is tired of us, and is trying to shake us off.

Or out.

I don’t know how universes work.

So we are where we are, and all we can do is the best we can to protect ourselves and others. Follow the precautions we have; be considerate; take the threat seriously even if you are not among the most threatened.

Compassion would be a good thing now.

You have a good Friday and a restful 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Lazy

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It’s been a long month this week, and here we are, sidling up to Friday, and I’ve got to tell you, I’m feeling awfully lazy.

There is plenty to do but I want to do none of it. Seems, fair, right for getting through this week so far? What with the end of the world pending and all.

Probably not. But maybe. It sure feels like the start of a dystopian novel.

So I say we do what we need to do to feel better about all that’s happening, and if that means buying extra toilet paper, you buy it. We are in a kind of free-fall most of us haven’t experienced in our lifetimes, and the government is not trying to make it better or help us, that much is clear.

We will need to help ourselves. So wash your hands, don’t touch your face, avoid crowds, and take some time away from the news.

Have a good Friday and a great, lazy 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Adios #AccountaClub

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Things change and with that change comes change. You can write that down. It’s deep.

And thus, here in February, we bid a fond farewell, or a tepid farewell, to #AccountaClub. Oh, #AccountaClub, we hardly knew ye. Except we did, and frankly, you’re just less fun than #FridayThoughts.

So that is that. We can always still talk about our weeks, but the structured post is going the way of the dodo, poor dodo.

It’s freeing, you know, letting go of systems that don’t work for you. We don’t have to do things just because we’ve always done them, or we’ve done them for a while.

Especially in our own little corners of the universe. Well, not a corner really. More like a teeny tiny tiny tiny speck of the universe.

With that I hope you have a delightful Friday and an even more delightful 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: The bad and the good

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So I was just browsing Twitter, as I tend to do, and saw the story of Quaden Bayles, an Australian boy bullied at school for his dwarfism. It hit me hard, the sadness of it, the cruelty of it, a boy tormented over something he cannot control.

These days are cruel, cruel days.

And then there were the outpourings, the GoFundMe from an American comedian, the rugby team inviting him to lead them out. And there’s the good.

Of course it would be so much better if we didn’t need the good because the completely avoidable, preventable bad wasn’t there in the first place. But somehow, here in this point in history, depravity is having a moment.

Its origins can be traced back to two very, very specific points, or three, really, and the reality is that sometimes there are extraordinarily horrible, terrible people who bring out the absolute worst in others, all the way down to children thinking it’s fine to torture a classmate about his dwarfism until he wants to kill himself at the age of 9.

Of course those top-down ringleaders will never take responsibility, will never even acknowledge their downward flow of verbal sewage. So it’s up to us to create the good, where we can, for the most vulnerable among us.

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