#MondayThoughts: Trudging

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It’s another gray day here, low, dull clouds, not a lot of birds flitting. Maybe it’s going to rain.

Who knows.

It’s been a long stretch of shelter-in-place, and as itchy as I am for it to end, I wonder how long until it’s safe, actually safe, genuinely safe. We are reminded of the Spanish flu, which did some damage the first winter, but then devastated the next fall.

We don’t want that.

As they work on vaccines, and we hang in, hang in, hang in, I marvel at an incompetence so vast, so all-encompassing, it cannot be accidental. And still he pushes to make it worse.

And that is Monday in a pandemic.

I am pithless today, and need to make some masks for errands I’ll have this week, so I will go work on that. And I hope you have as good and as productive a Monday as you can.


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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: Let’s get physical

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Hey, get your mind out of the gutter. I’m a proper social distance lady. I am, OF COURSE, talking about exercise and nothing that requires fewer than six feet of distance.

I don’t know about you, but for me, less movement in general has made my workout more challenging. I think it’s very easy to put off exercise in these circumstances, or to melt into ourselves, returning to our native gelatinous slug state.

What? You mean I’m the only gelatinous slug around here? I should really talk to my travel agent, I don’t know what kind of planet they sent me to.

Anyway, this morning I mentally whined through about the first third of my workout. Or two-thirds. Probably two-thirds.

But by the end, when I finished, I felt amazing and calmer. Much calmer.

So sticking to or even starting an exercise routine will be key in getting through this. You probably know I’m partial to Daily Burn, but there are more and more online workouts available as the days go on. To help to stick to it:

  1. Pick something you like doing. This isn’t punishment.
  2. Try to do it at the same time every day.
  3. Pay attention to how you feel afterward.
  4. Be kind to yourself. This isn’t punishment. It’s self-care.

And with that, I hope you have a lovely 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Now with more thinking

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One of the things about sheltering in place is we have a lot of time to think. That can be great, leading to ideas and innovations and new things to try; and that can be very very bad as we spiral down into imaginings of the worst.

I definitely have a tendency toward heading to the worst, going deep, deep down the rabbit holes and emerging on the other side.

People always suggest yoga and meditation, and I do think that helps, at least me, but it doesn’t work for everyone. Vigorous exercise also seems to burn the anxious right out of you.

I know a lot of people turn to alcohol, with a drink or two to unwind, but I find the more stressed I am, the more stressed alcohol makes me, a day or two later. I suspect it has something to do with how it breaks down for me.

But if you notice a similar pattern, you may want to ease up on that avenue.

The crochet can also help, keeping my hands busy until my mind unties its knots, ironically while my fingers tie theirs.

What helps you?

And while you contemplate that, have a stellar 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Routine routine, whatcha sticking to?

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It’s another social distancing Monday, and here in Illinois, we’re sheltering in place. I’m relatively certain that last week I promised to put a more positive spin on things.

Hmm.

So how about we talk about one thing we’re keeping the same during this strange strange time. Blogging, for me, is a gimme, given if you’re reading this I must have written it, so that’s not so fun.

During this weirdness, I’m going to try to stick to my exercise routine as much as possible. Daily Burn isn’t doing new episodes, though they may be streaming some on instagram, but later than my normal work out time.

That’s mine. So what routines will you be sticking to?

And as you ponder that, 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Not Quite Quarantine

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The Governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker, closed all bars and restaurants in the whole state, starting today. What a strange, surreal world we live in, created by the whims of an ego-maniacal giant toddler.

Make no mistake, he, and the Republican party who refused to remove him, are wholly, completely, unquestionably responsible, not only for the consequences in the United States, but around the world. How, you ask?

There was a global pandemic team which would have identified and isolated this outbreak long before it reached this stage, possibly even before it left China. But one of his early acts was dismantling that team.

And then he did the exact things you do if you want a disease to spread. You ignore it and refuse to allow testing for it.

Where we are, uncharted waters for most of us living in the US, didn’t need to happen, not with the centuries of knowledge we have in handling and preventing pandemics. But no, we’re counting sheets of toilet paper and looking to our state and local leaders to keep our death toll from spiraling.

Not a terribly cheerful Monday post, but it’s not a terribly cheerful Monday. You have a safe Monday, be considerate of others, and above all, please stay well.


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.

#MondayThoughts: And here we go

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My alarm didn’t go off this morning. I have no idea why, I’ve checked everything. I thought maybe I put the time to am when it should have been pm, but no, it’s set correctly.

It just didn’t go.

I woke up suddenly, about five minutes late, and still got it together in time, but it always throws you off, doesn’t it?

It’s going to be a busy week, and my mind isn’t ready for it. Of course it has no choice, so it needs to get itself ready. One way or another, this week is happening.

Probably.

It does kind of feel like the apocalypse is hanging out around the corner. Weird days, these days.

Anyway, I’m off to try to get ahead of a day I started behind. You have a productive and perfectly wonderful 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: No dilly-dallying!

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You may not have noticed, but it’s Monday. All kinds of Monday. And here it’s cloudless and sunny and it feels like spring might not be a total myth.

There are things to do, my friends. You probably have a list of things to do right now, maybe sitting in front of you, maybe running through your brain like unruly kindergartners.

Things to do.

So…let’s get to them. After we’re finished here, of course.

It’s the first Monday of the month, and it seems as good a time as any to roll up our mind-sleeves and get to it. Whatever “it” may be.

And now, off we go. Have a lovely 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.