#MondayThoughts: What happens on other planets out there.

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Happy Rosh Hashanah to all who celebrate and to anyone who doesn’t but feels like a new year would be great right about now.

It’s sunny and chilly, here at the end of September, which is what it should be. The days are getting shorter, and that’s what happens on this planet we call home.

It’s fun to think about what might happen on other planets out there. Some have only one side that ever sees the sun; some have odd angles on their axes; and with three planets in the right combination they could even run in a figure 8.

What would those skies look like? How would the seasons go? What kinds of plants and animals would adapt to such conditions?

The possibilities feel as infinite as the universe.

And that’s a lot to think about on a Monday morning.

But a fun a lot to think about on a Monday morning. Definitely more fun than, say spreadsheets. Sorry anyone currently working on a spreadsheet.

Although maybe spreadsheets are more exciting on one of those planets. You’ve got to let your imagination free.

Anyway, that’s it for me today, have a marvelous Monday and a terrific start to your week.

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Her Cousin Much Removed
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#MondayThoughts: Adjustments

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It’s sunny today and not too hot, the sky empty of clouds except at the edges, far down by the horizon. I’m easing into the day, slowed by heavy thoughts.

But at least I had a good workout.

I’ve been doing yoga before bed the last several days and I feel like I’ve slept better and longer. Not extended sessions, either; just a few minutes seems to do the trick, right before getting into bed. I’ll see if I can keep it up, make it as much a part of the routine as brushing my teeth.

Gotta do what you can do.

It was a quiet weekend, really, and I didn’t get done most of what I wanted to get done. Instead I binged a show I’ll talk about on my TV Watch on Friday, did some odds and ends, baked a lot and saw my mom. Life has taken on its own uneven gait these days.

Humans are adaptable. Even to that to which we’d prefer not to adapt.

Anyway, that’s it for me this Monday. Have a great day and a great 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.
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#MondayThoughts: So…yeah.

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Things are not going well. I’ll get into it tomorrow, though. It’s gray today and cooler. I don’t know if it will rain, it rained hard yesterday, the streets flooded at the edges.

People are furiously speculating what would have brought trump to DC suddenly last night. A picture purportedly from today shows him on a golf cart. So did he go, in golf clothes, on his private plane, to play golf?

Who knows.

My personal guess is contempt proceedings for his noncompliance with the May subpoena for records. Given what was seized in the search, it’s clear he didn’t turn everything over.

Meanwhile I’ve heard there are some ridiculous requirements for foreign leaders attending the Queen’s funeral. I don’t know if they’re true or not, but it does seem that Charles doesn’t really understand the limits of his role or how tenuous his whole position of privilege actually is.

That should be interesting to watch.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a good 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: Labor of the Day.

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It’s gray and cloudy. Probably soon to be rainy, though the weather appears to disagree.

It is, of course, Monday.

But a holiday Monday. Labor Day, which honors the blood, sweat and lives lost by the labor movement in this country. Labor fought hard for safety and reasonable hours and better working conditions.

And now people have been talked into giving all of that away, convinced that modern industry “gets it.”

It doesn’t “get it.”

They’re the ones doing the convincing.

The “right to work” really means the opposite, but that is a deeper discussion than we tend have here. I will say this: if someone claims you’re better off with fewer rights, know that means THEY’RE better off if you have fewer rights.

The exception, of course, to this is the US gun culture, which stems from a deliberate misreading of the Constitution and has morphed into some kind of “right” to wield any kind of death machine at will.

But that’s another longer, deeper discussion than we tend to have here.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Spare a thought for all the people who lost their lives to corporate greed, and the ones who suffered greatly to bring about better, safer working conditions. 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: A world of mostly Mondays.

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It’s sunny right now but we’re supposed to get storms, severe ones, according to the weather.

We’ll see.

It’s another Monday in a world of mostly Mondays, and though I had a great workout this morning, my energy is starting to dip. That’s probably another Monday thing.

Or they’re right about the weather.

The coffee isn’t getting all the way to my brain, not to the parts that matter. Which is a problem because I need those parts to write this post. Kind of your classic connundrum.

Well sort of.

What do I know, my coffee hasn’t kicked in.

My visions of a blazing fast Monday, with my to-dos checked off one by one by one are fading fast. Perhaps it’s a good day to pace myself.

Perhaps it’s a good day to pace yourself too.

Whatever you decide, 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: You know who makes you feel that way?

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It’s brightly sunny and the air show is over, so both of those things are good. I do not enjoy the noise.

I had one of those mornings where working out felt easy and invigorating. You’ve got to notice them because you don’t always get them. It would be great if I could bottle it for the days it’s a slog, but we have to take each day as it comes.

Perusing twitter, I see people trying to soften the meanings of things, trying to make them more palatable. As though the truth is impolite.

You know who makes you feel that way?

People who benefit from obscuring the truth.

The truth is not rude, it’s not out of line, especially when lives depend upon it. Brutality is brutality. Violence is violence.

And stealing government documents is criminal. Not returning them when requested, even more so.

Don’t let anyone pull apart reality with weasel words. We need to fight, and fight hard, for what is.

Because if we don’t, it will become what was.

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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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: They get me anyway.

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I have no voice. Somehow I picked up one of the many viruses out for vengeance since people (not me) stopped wearing masks. They get me anyway.

It’s not COVID, I tested. It’s just something else, thrilled once again to find a human host.

I’m polite, but this is ridiculous.

So this morning I decided on yoga intended to boost the immune system. I don’t know if it did that, but it absolutely helped my sinuses, so yay for that.

It’s one of those cloudy sunny days, I think, I can’t really be sure, and once again we find ourselves at Monday.

But don’t get too attached to it, before you know it, it will be Friday again. That seems to be the way time goes lately.

And speaking of, I’m going to head in a forward direction, of sorts at least. Have a great Monday and a fabulous 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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#MondayThoughts: Creaky

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It’s gray and rainy today, with a constant fine drizzle. I didn’t sleep well last night, but sometimes that happens.

I’m tired today.

Yesterday had some drama over a package that still hasn’t been delivered, so Monday is off to a creaky start. Plus, it’s Monday.

So.

Monday.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “how is the coffee helping?” And my answer to that is a very halting…eh.

I had to take some Benadryl and I’ve got to say it’s not helping with the alertness. Proof to that: I originally left out the “not” in the previous sentence, which would have been wonderfully ironic if I didnt’ catch it.

That plus weather makes me think sleeping the day away wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Not going to do it.

But I’m tempted.

Anyway, that’s it for me on this slow-moving Monday. Have a lovely 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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#MondayThoughts: You know who they are.

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In order to have thoughts, I guess my brain would have to be thinking. That feels like a tall, tall order this Monday morning.

We’ve landed in August once again, the days like calendar pages flipping in an old movie.

Now that’s meta.

Last week, Republicans blocked a bill to aid veterans purely out of spite. They were open about it too; joyful after they successfully stopped its passage.

And then suddenly it was like they realized everyone could hear and see them.

Including the veterans they claim they support.

If you’ve never accepted the raw cruelty of Republicans, think about that. Think about the people they sent to war and then abandoned.

Just to get at Democrats.

If the kiddie concentration camps didn’t get you, if the alleged forced sterilizations of detained women from the “pro-life” (read: anti-life) party didn’t get you, if the deliberate refusal to try to contain COVID by making masks and vaccines a political issue didn’t get you…

Maybe this will get you.

Now, of course, that reality tapped back in, they’re making up all kinds of excuses for flipping their votes.

But we know who they are. You know who they are.

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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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Roiling.

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I’m steaming mad today, though at least the temperature doesn’t agree. It’s pretty moderate I think.

It’s also brightly sunny, as though the weather is pleased for a Monday. Well good for it.

I’ve been encountering subtle and not-so-subtle misogyny on wild twitter, from people I would hope would know better.

From people I would hope would believe better.

But they’re not going to read this anyway.

In a time where states are seriously discussing preventing women from freely traveling, there is no room for chortling and pointed fingers. No room for reliance on numbers I believe were gleefully and wrongfully compiled to make room for untoward actions we’ve never fully explored.

But wow do people love love love to hate women.

So do me a favor and try to catch yourself. See if you join in. See how quick you are to agree.

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