#MondayThoughts: Especially on a Monday.

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It’s sunny and summery. The good summery, not the sweltering kind. Though maybe you like the sweltering kind.

I am not a fan.

I’m trying to get myself going in an efficient way today, but for some reason the Mondayness of it all is pulling me back, slow, plodding.

But plodding is still forward. Especially on a Monday.

Especially on a Monday.

You probably know by now the answer I think will work is coffee. I should be making a second cup at this point and yet…I am just typing away. Well, typing away is a little bit of an exaggeration. Typing haltingly while trying to do two other things is more accurate.

Probably one thing at a time is the way to go. That’s really what I’m doing, anyway, little chunks of one thing at a time. And little chunks add up.

Anyway, that’s it for me today, I’m going to try to focus on two things at a time. Have a great Monday.

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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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#MondayThoughts: How to empty.

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It’s a sunny cloudy day today, not sure which way it’s going. It’s too hot either.

Very moderate.

Today is one of those days when I have nothing much to say, which, I suppose, is still something to say. I feel like I have hit my maximum capacity.

I am full.

The question is how to empty.

I have every intention of watching the January 6 hearing I’ve recorded, but right now, the best I can do is drink my coffee and get the basics done. Honestly, I think that’s a lot for a Monday.

A slow Monday.

A sunny cloudy Monday.

Whatever yours is like, 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: I wonder if the fly thought the same thing.

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It’s gray and it’s rainy and there’s a fly hanging out on the outside of my window for some reason. Just sitting there. I tapped on the glass and it stayed put; I wondered if it knew the glass was there.

Then I moved to tap closer to where I was definitely in its line of vision and off it flew.

I had nothing against the outside fly, you understand. It was more curiosity on my part.

I may have saved its life. There are often spiders lurking.

Yesterday was one of those days of constant tasks with none of them going quite right. By the end of the day, I was physically tired though the tasks were largely mental. Even ordering food was difficult and full of problems.

Sometimes that’s how it goes. The food was still good, just not exactly what I ordered.

I wonder if the fly thought the same thing.

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.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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#MondayThoughts: Memorial Day and other Monday things.

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Today is Memorial Day in the US, a day when we stop and remember the soldiers who have given their lives for this country and for freedom. And on that last note, I’d like to acknowledge the soldiers in Ukraine, fighting for this same fragile light.

It’s a public holiday today, marked by some closed offices and a lot of sales. If there’s one thing certain in America, anything marked by a “Day” will have sales.

So it goes.

It’s gray, I think but not serious about it. I’m not sure if they’ve predicted rain. Just checked, none until tomorrow night.

I wonder if anyone has told those clouds.

Anyway, I don’t really have much else for you today; things are quiet, inside and out right now.

Not a terrible thing I guess.

So have a good Monday, spare a thought for those we’ve lost, and I hope if today is a day you can relax, that you do.

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: Celebrate the victory.

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It’s sunny today, if you can believe it. Brightly, fully sunny.

Imagine that.

It still feels chilly to me, though I don’t know if it really is or that’s just me. Me or the weather, it’s tough to tell.

It’s a draggy Monday, but who doesn’t drag on a Monday? Who starts out the week all chipper and ready to go?

Oh. Right. Some weeks, me.

That’s how it goes sometimes.

But even if you’re dragging, you’re moving forward. Marginally, maybe, but moving forward.

Celebrate the victory, I think.

We have to give ourselves the credit when everything seems hard, because inertia is so much easier than doing anything at all.

Anyway, that’s it for me today, have as great a Monday as Monday will allow.

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: An “accent” is a sign of knowledge.

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I’ve been watching a bunch of Korean shows lately. They’re a fabulous escape, and so very, very engrossing.

And sometimes I look at the words in Korean that show up in various places and marvel that people read both that alphabet and the English one. They’re so incredibly different, and the language structure also seems different, though I don’t know for sure.

I could find out, there are enough programs to learn new languages. Talk about a challenge.

But it makes me think about how poorly multilingual people are treated in the US if their first language isn’t English.

Think about this, that because someone speaks English with an “accent,” others of certain stripes–you know the ones–look down on them. Despite the reality.

In a quote attributed to both Sidney Sheldon and Lorenzo Lamas, give or take a few words: “Just remember, when someone has an accent, it means that he knows one more language than you do.”

I’m not sure who said it first, but the point remains; an accent is a sign of knowledge, not ignorance.

Sometimes I think, living here, knowledge itself is the enemy.

Anyway, that’s enough randomness for one Monday. 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: Can you dance on an elliptical?

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It’s sunny today. I know. It surprised me too.

I had an amazing workout this morning, long and intense. Giving myself back complete control of my workouts has proven very freeing.

Can you dance on an elliptical?

Just ask Depeche Mode and me. The answer is yes.

It was the kind of weekend I wasn’t sorry to see go, with Mother’s Day a gray unknown.

It was OK, it wasn’t great, but it’s over and that’s a relief, really. Though if you had a lovely one, I’m glad to hear it, you deserved it, your mom deserved it, everyone deserves a special day.

Anyway, my rage continues to burn, the idea that christofascism controls the US Supreme Court is, frankly, nauseating.

But we are not finished yet. We survived trump and we will undo his squalid aftermath.

That’s it for me this morning. 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: You deserve it.

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You will be shocked to know that it’s gray again today. I’ll give you a moment to gather yourself.

Even though it’s May and those April showers are supposed to be behind us. False advertising, I tell you.

Of course, my friends on the other side of the world are feeling a different rhythm as they ease into Autumn, their showers growing colder as ours get warmer. Round and round we go.

Round and round.

A while ago I got one of those coffee tables with a lifting lid, and it’s one of my favorite things I’ve gotten. I eat on it, I write on it, and the best part about it I didn’t even know about when I got it. It has slow-close hinges, so you just bring it down to a certain point and it closes itself.

No pinched fingers.

It’s funny, you don’t always know how an upgrade will change things for you. Sometimes they disappoint; sometimes they exceed all expectations.

But you won’t know until you try.

So promise me you will give yourself an upgrade. It can be anything; it doesn’t even have to cost money. You can upgrade your fitness by taking a walk outside, for example. You can upgrade your state of mind with meditations on Youtube.

Or get yourself that thing you’ve been eyeing. You deserve it.

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: Slow moving disasters.

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Among which I count myself today. Some of it could be the weather, once again messing with me.

Mother Nature isn’t pleased.

She has her reasons.

Still, it’s been a rough spring with my migraines. All I can do is keep doing, and however much that is while I contend with the uncontrollable, there it is.

I’m almost through four months of daily yoga, and as I approach the end of this month, I may make a change.

I’ve enjoyed the Yoga with Adriene calendars so far, but sometimes the longer practices interfere with other exercise, mainly my cardio. I think I may want a little more freedom to choose next month.

Whether I continue with the practice daily, we’ll see. I can’t judge right now whether my itchiness about it stems from all the stuff yoga unpacks or whether this particular approach isn’t working for me right now.

But I can change it up. There’s no law against that.

For now.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: That’s a start.

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I’ve had a migraine for the last several days, no doubt egged on by the weather. My brain is like molasses; my thoughts are slow and ungainly.

I wonder if I’ll ever get my agile mind back. I miss it. Instead, right now, I’m lumbering from thought to thought, a glacial, unhelpful plod.

When it started on Saturday I should have taken my usual precautions but instead I wanted to see my mom in person. Now the weather is acting up again, and the my head just building on what was before.

Such a pain.

In all senses.

Anyway, it’s Monday again, it does that frequently. I’d say roughly once every seven days.

I can’t say I’m off to the fastest start of a week I’ve ever had, but I’m here and I’m blogging so that’s a start.

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.