#TuesdayThoughts: Autumnal.

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First, my #MomUpdate, “Cloudy silver linings.” And now Tuesday.

It’s sunny and chilly and really this is my favorite fall weather. Warm enough that you can forget about January, but cool enough for a sweater or sweatshirt.

Cozy.

Pretty leaves on the trees, that fresh crispness in the air, what’s not to like?

Oh, right. Winter looming.

Well, it’s going to arrive one way or another.

Honestly I can’t believe we’re this far through the year already, it’s like someone spun the wheel extra hard.

I’ve been a bit behind all morning and got cream cheese and raspberry sauce on my pants, which is another reason to be glad I’m a writer and not somewhere where I’d have to explain the blob. Raspberry sauce is surprisingly stainy.

Anyway that’s it for me today, have a lovely Tuesday.

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Her Cousin Much Removed
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#TuesdayThoughts: Some ideas are better in theory.

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Since it’s Tuesday, here’s my #MomUpdate, “Not a tightrope.” And on to Tuesday.

It’s a sunny cloudy day, I’m sure you know the type, and I had my first apple of the season today. It wasn’t great so maybe it wasn’t the first apple of THIS season but the fruits are changing and so is the calendar.

Last night I tried doing a little yoga actually in bed and it didn’t work very well. Some ideas are better in theory, it was awkward and uncomfortable and my bed is much too soft.

But even that little bit seemed to help. Though my dreams were unsettling, largely. Full of people I’ve never met in places I’ve never been. Those kinds of nights always seem more tiring than restful.

I’ve been going to bed earlier, and sleeping a little longer, and that seems like a win to me. Sometimes you even have to fight for something like sleep but as a whole it’s worth it.

We’ll see if I can keep it up, but the benefits are worthwhile.

It’s amazing, isn’t it, how everything takes a little effort. Even sleep.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a magnificent Tuesday.

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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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#TuesdayThoughts: tired

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Here’s my #MomUpdate “Crash.” It’s been a long few days.

It’s sunny today, though, and not hot but not cold. It’s that Fall window in Chicago, the kind of time that could be the perfect Hollywood representation of the season.

And it has been, no doubt, many times.

People are still talking about the royal mess, and it seems to me that the monarchy doesn’t have long to go. Why it’s a continual trending topic for me on twitter, I have no idea.

I’m far more interested in trump’s clandestine golf course meeting yesterday, where there was a whole thicket of them in khaki pants and no golf clubs, talking about something serious.

Unpleasant substances and fans, no doubt.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a great Tuesday and I will try to recharge as much as I can.

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: Unsettling.

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It’s Tuesday, so here is my latest #MomUpdate, “Coming to terms with truths.” And now Tuesday.

This morning I debated hot or iced coffee. I went with hot, but it’s gotten cold so I guess I got a little of both?

Looking on the bright side.

Speaking of the bright side, it’s cloudy, it looks like it’s going to rain but the flat gray sky is glowing like fully sun. Maybe it’s rainbow weather.

Maybe.

While it’s still blazing hot in many places, we’ve cooled considerably and have a moderate 70 degrees today. Autumn is definitely on its way.

As we’re trying to make sense of what a truly activist judge has done in the trump case, the damage he inflicted on the judiciary cannot be overstated. This would be less unsettling if we could be certain of the Appeals court.

But we can’t.

We’re still on this rocky ride, and we have to hope for the best in how it winds up.

That’s it for me this Tuesday. 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.
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#TuesdayThoughts: Counterintuitive to the mission

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Since it’s Tuesday, here’s my #MomUpdate, “Ping pong ball in time.” And now let’s do Tuesday.

You know, I think it’s kind of funny that WordPress went to calling each section of a post a “block.” Because, well…they’re writers’ blocks.

Feels a little counterintuitive to the mission if you ask me. Which you kind of did because you’re here reading this.

Watch out, hypothetical reader, I’m weird today. I guess if we’re being honest, I’m weird every day but again, you kind of know that because you’re here reading this.

I can’t tell if it’s sunny or cloudy today, which feels in many ways apt, and pretty on point for August. I’ve checked, no rain today, but maybe tomorrow.

I’d love a good, crashing thunderstorm. As long as I don’t have to be out in it.

Which is pretty much the key to everything, isn’t it?

Anyway, that’s it for me on this Tuesday. I hope your day is magnificent.

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: Only yours while you’re having them.

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It’s Tuesday, so my #MomUpdate, “The Truth,” is now up if you’re following. Or if you just want to read that one.

And on to Tuesday.

There’s a January 6th Committee hearing starting in a little less than an hour. I’ll be live tweeting again if you’re interested. Today they’ll be talking about the hate groups that call themselves militias, the proud boys, the oathkeepers, who were involved in trump’s apparent plot to overthrow the government.

It should be very interesting.

It’s brightly sunny today, but I don ‘t think it’s too hot. Just green with hints of yellow, much more like August than July, I think. I’m more awake today than yesterday, despite a night of very intense, very detailed dreams.

Well detailed at the time, not now, I barely remember anything from them.

Which seems unfair after putting in all that work. Oh well.

That’s the thing about dreams, they’re really only yours while you’re having them. Anything else is just plain luck of the draw.

Well, that’s it for me this Tuesday as I gear up for the hearing. 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.
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#TuesdayThoughts: Without incident.

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Since it’s Tuesday, here is my #MomUpdate: “Always testing the floor.” And now on with Tuesday.

Yesterday, in the type of suburb that embodies imagined American suburbia, a 21-year-old white man* took his handy, legally obtained death machine and murdered six people and injured 38 more at a 4th of July parade. And unlike Jayland Walker who was brutalized to death with bullets by police at a traffic stop in Akron, Ohio, the Highland Park alleged murderer, after being at large for hours, was taken into custody without incident.

Communities along the North Shore, the suburban area north of Chicago, cancelled all their festivities while he was running from law enforcement. Many were on lockdown.

But he was taken without incident.

After killing people in a similar barrage of bullets police used on Jayland Walker.

America.

Now people will talk about the Highland Park “person of interest’s” “mental health.” They’ll talk about what could have driven him to do such a thing, and they’ll tenderly raise the issue of his loneliness or his lack of friends or some other such excuse to make him something else.

He will become a victim of something or another, and we won’t talk about the fact that maybe if he didn’t have friends it was because he was the kind of guy who would allegedly take a weapon of war and murder strangers at a parade.

The problem is guns.

That is the problem. There are disaffected people all over the world; most of them don’t have access to AR 15s or weapons that can fire 60 rounds in a matter of seconds.

And never, ever forget making sure guns get in the hands of murderers has been the unflinching Republican policy for decades. And SCOTUS, packed by Republicans, just made sure it’s harder to regulate them.

Have a productive Tuesday.

*[Earlier version listed the alleged killer’s age as 22; I have corrected with updated information.]

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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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#TuesdayThoughts: A just before moment.

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Since it’s Tuesday, here is my #MomUpdate, “Run of out worry.” Let’s get to Tuesday.

It’s primary day here in Illinois, and I’ve voted. I really hope people understand just how important this election is; it could prove even more decisive than 2016 or 2020, because if Democrats don’t win, these horrible, anti-Democratic, theocratic policies of Republicans could become permanent.

And that’s terrifying, not only here but globally.

We also have a surprise Jan. 6 Committee hearing, complete with surprise witnesses. Things are definitely heating up in that regard. I’m very curious to see what comes.

I’ll be live-tweeting, if you’re interetested.

It’s also very sunny today, and yet somehow quiet, as though everyone is waiting for the hearing. It feels like a “just before” moment, like what comes next will be big enough to shift the universe.

Maybe I am too optimistic.

But something is definitely in the air.

That’s it for me today. Have a great Tuesday, and I hope you’ll join me for that hearing. I have a feeling it will be a doozy.

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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#TuesdayThoughts: Coffee telepathy

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First things first, here is my Tuesday #MomUpdate, “Mysteries of my mom.” And on with Tuesday.

It’s gray today, and chilly. One thing about Chicago: the weather will do whatever it wants to do, whenever it wants to do it. We’re tough people, we can take it.

But my arms are cold. Hoodie time.

It’s a second-cup-of-coffee kind of day, and I made it without any internal struggle. I just decided I needed it and there it was.

Well, I mean I took all the steps to make coffee, I haven’t perfected coffee telepathy yet.

Yet.

I’m still doing daily yoga, but now with Gaia, I have worlds more latitude. Today all I wanted to do was yoga, and the right practice just appeared as a suggestion. It helped, too.

We set so many rules for ourselves, arbitrary rules, rules, if we sat to think about them, we couldn’t quite explain the rigidity. With everything going on, I’m trying to be more fluid.

And drink more fluid, apparently.

OK I’m going to take that as a hint to stop for today. 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!
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#TuesdayThoughts: Those Greek gods are at it again.

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First things first, which is a bit rich this late in the day, but here is my #MomUpdate, “Drumbeat so omnipresent.”

And on to Tuesday, or what’s left of it.

Today has already proven a mess, one that makes me wonder if the planets are engaged in the kind of war that originated the Greek myths. Those Greek gods are at it again.

Not one thing has gone smoothly yet today, as you can probably tell given how tardy I am to this little space where we usually have a morning chat. It’s definitely not morning now.

I had a grocery delivery and the delivery person, like a trapped ghost, wanted me to help her move on, but from the delivery, which the app didn’t allow her to do. It took ages, and I had to wonder about my frozen foods.

I didn’t know what the problem was, but eventually she was released into whatever comes next.

And then I found that one of my cases of La Croix water was opened, the cans repacked into it. So I had to try to figure out how to deal with that, which ended up being an electronic chat. With a computer.

It did not pass the Turing Test.

Anyway, I suspect you are having issues of your own today, so I will bid you good luck and smooth going from here on out. Have a great Tuesday.

It’s still Tuesday, right?

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.