#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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Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#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.


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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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#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.
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#MondayThoughts: Pandemic Portions

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It’s sunnyish today but not really bright, and it’s still muddy brown outside, almost stubbornly so. I’m ready for the quick burst of Spring, but the world seems to have other ideas.

Meanwhile I’m on coffee #2, half-caff, of course, but another cup nonetheless. I need to do some cleaning and some clearing out and I’m hoping motivation can come in the form of a warm coffee cup.

Last week was busy busy, lots of running around, and this week offers a little more quiet, or so I hope. As I trundle into Monday, I note a lot of other people are also coming out of a pandemic food stupor.

We both know what I mean.

During the course of the pandemic, with so much not accessible, one thing that seemed to make the time go by, to make it more enjoyable was engaging with food. Many of us made our first loaves of bread; I baked regularly, and then consumed the results.

Sure it could have been worse, it always could be worse, and in such extreme circumstances, it doesn’t seem like a terrible way to deal with it all, but as we look hopefully toward the waning of this awful time, let’s all get real.

Maybe those cinnamon rolls aren’t exactly serving our health needs.

So I wave goodbye to indulgence within so much stark austerity, give a wistful smile to my baking shelf, and resolutely go onward with my oven cold.

At least for now.

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.
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#MondayThoughts: Timely.

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We’re supposed to get snow today. It seems like Winter’s last pblttt, but what are you going to do? Hopefully it won’t be much and it won’t last long.

So it’s a dreary Monday after Daylight Savings, and I’m draggy this morning. It seems I’m not alone though, so that’s comforting, at least in a misery and company kind of way. Some day, when we’ve ended this bizarre practice, people who never experienced it will be dumbfounded.

“You mean everyone just pretended it was a different time?”

“Yes.”

“Everyone?”

“Well, not everyone, some places didn’t do it.”

Confused, disbelieving stare.

“And then it was just a different time? For no reason?”

“It had something to do with the cows.”

Anyway, it’s possible a single cup of coffee isn’t going to quite do it today. Alas. Between the gloom and the time.

But Mondays can be like that.

So I’m going to go do my thing, while you go do your thing, and I hope among all those things 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!
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#MondayThoughts: The only gear is forward

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It’s looking springy out there, our second Spring in a pandemic, and it’s feeling like the world isn’t going back. Alas.

The only gear in this life is forward, so on we go.

It was a blur of a weekend and now I’m bracing myself for the annual tasks I don’t much enjoy. But being an adult is nearly all doing tasks you don’t enjoy, punctuated with a few you do. Yay adulthood.

That’s a bit grim for a Monday.

I’m less optimistic today than I thought I was when I started writing this post, I guess some days are like that on this blue marble we call home. Maybe others less so. I guess we don’t really know.

And now I’m going to consider making another cup of coffee, or, against sage advice, reheating the one I have, and try to Monday like an adult.

If I really have to.

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.

#MondayThoughts: Cooperation

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I just collaborated with someone in a realm where I’ve never before collaborated and it was fantastic. If you’re feeling stuck, or out of writing whack, sometimes all you need is someone on the same wavelength.

But more on that when I can share it.

Today it is enthusiastically sunny, though apparently cold. Being March you’d think the weather had had enough of cold, but nope, no Spring quite yet. Though it will come.

Well we have.

Sure it’s Monday, and sure it’s the start of the month, but neither feel particularly vexing to me today. Maybe it’s the sunshine, maybe it’s because Spring can’t hide forever. Whatever it is, I’ll take it.

And so should 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!
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#MondayThoughts: Reckoning will come.

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I’m sneezy and it’s gray out again today. My allergies seem to think it’s spring, but the weather doesn’t. So it goes in Chicago.

The air itself feels heavy, I wouldn’t be surprised if we had snow or rain, depending on the temp, the sky looks ready for it. This last bit of winter is always so long.

We’re most of the way through February already, our first full month out of the clutches of a near-dictatorship, and the relief only multiplies. We’re not done with the past yet, there’s quite a reckoning to come, and with Merrick Garland’s confirmation soon to advance, what a reckoning that should be.

I don’t expect him to be vindictive, or to act out of spite, that’s a trumpian thing and most surely illegal, even if it wasn’t treated as such, but not acting in a partisan fashion doesn’t make Republicans immune. It just means that can’t be why they’re prosecuted. Illegal acts remain illegal acts, and if those acts included the vast seditious conspiracy, then, in their very own words, lock them up.

And that’s it for me today, you’ll note I very studiously avoided mentioning writing, so that’s all you need to know on that front. Have a great Monday and a wonderful start to your week.


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: Some warm thoughts for the chilly

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It’s gray and snowy, which isn’t so unusual for here but is for many other parts of the country. If you’re in one of those parts: stay off the roads if possible. There’s often ice, whether or not you can see it, and snow is also slippery.

Layer your clothes. Drink hot beverages if you can. If you have to go outside, bundle, you’ll lose your body heat quickly. If you’re shoveling snow, push the snow, don’t lift it, and if you don’t do a lot of physical activity, take it easy as you shovel, it’s very physically taxing. Leave a tap running so the pipes don’t freeze, and open your cabinets so they get heat.

I think it’s difficult to deny the reality of climate change with these wild swings in weather, and maybe this is our new normal, suddenly sprung upon us. I hope not.

So it’s another day to be cozy, another day to bundle. Stay warm and stay safe.

We’ve finished with the impeachment, Republicans giving a collective shrug to overthrowing the government, unafraid of their own hypocrisy. But hopefully now we can get some real change in motion.

And that’s it for me today. Have a good Monday and take care of yourself.


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: And we’re off

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It’s cold today, 9 degrees Fahrenheit cold, and it’s snowing in a lazy, unhurried way. Everything is a shade of gray, the ground, the roads, the trees, the sky.

Glad I don’t have to be outside.

Today is a reheated coffee morning, and even so, it’s lukewarm again. I have no idea how long I let it sit, I may give it another burst but I doubt it will improve things.

We’re back on impeachment this week, and hopefully we will see the end of the trump era, with the door closed on him forever. That’s the goal, anyway. A Republican Congressman died of COVID, I wonder if the death of their colleague will shake them out of this fugue state.

Doubtful.

It seems like we’re finally settling into this new era of calmer, untensing from disaster after disaster. Sure shocking news will continue to break about what happened while trump usurped the White House, but there is, at least, a finite point to it, a period at the end of that sentence.

And that’s where my mind is this Monday. I hope you have a good and productive one.


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.