#WednesdayWisdom: But at least I have cute flamingo socks.

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Somehow it’s Wednesday again. How, I’m not sure. The days are very blurry lately.

It’s sunny today, like it’s supposed to be around here in October, but I think the chill has settled in. Which is to be expected.

I’m well into the sameness of days, so many piled on top of each other, I’m not sure how they disappear. Must be quicksand.

I kind of hope it’s not quicksand.

But at least I have cute flamingo socks.

I guess that’s what I have for you today. No matter what is going on, no matter how wearing, not matter how bright or dim, you can always bring something into your day to make you smile.

Always.

In my case, these socks.

It will be another day of unknowing and sitting and waiting and watching, but through it all, there will be flamingoes on my feet.

Have a great Wednesday.


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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: Rushed

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By now you know on Tuesdays I do what I’m dubbing a #MomUpdate, or a longer post over at Medium detailing my mom’s recovery from her strokes and subsequent complications. You can read the newest one here. Maybe I’ll make a page with the posts too, but it will have to be later.

So, given the new schedule of visiting and the drive, it leaves me less time for us here, at least on Tuesdays.

Until I started doing the updates, I didn’t realize how much I linger over posts. I feel like this is our morning chat, a few minutes over coffee at the beginning of the day.

Well, the mid-morning of the day.

But now, by the time I’m done with the other post, I have to cram a lot in before missing the entire middle of the day.

My mom’s worth it though. I GUESS.

Just kidding. I may be a little punchy at this point.

I have something going on with my eye, I think I got some bathroom cleaner on the lid. I’m glad it was just the lid, but I’m strictly glasses right now, and you glasses wearers know it’s a challenge with the masks. I got a whole bunch of things that are supposed to help them not fog.

So far, not great, but I’ll keep trying.

That’s it for me today, I hope you have an amazing, lovely 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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#MondayThoughts: Makes sense

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Well it’s definitely Fall, which, given it’s October 18, it has every right to be. I’m chilly.

Which makes sense.

It’s sunny though, and the trees are well into their quick-change routine. They’re always pretty and always different, every single year.

Which also makes sense.

My days have taken on a kind of sameness, as we watch and wait with my mom, watch and wait. It’s made me less interesting, I think, less rounded.

That too makes sense.

It hasn’t stopped me making up stories, even while sitting in the hospital, and maybe I will share it with you. I’ll figure out how to do that, I’m not getting a ton of writing time these days. Mostly it’s the drive, I think.

Anyway, I’m going to launch myself into the rest of this thing known as Monday. Have a fantastic Monday 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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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: When a mansplainer says “Be a kind person.”

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Came across a ridiculous mansplainer on twitter today, one who fully admitted he hadn’t seen the material yet still questioned comedian Hannah Gadsby’s take on the hate of the special and the hate she receives.

He told me to “be a kind person.”

I mean.

When I pointed out that he’d piled on the vitriol aimed at her by gaslighting her and assuming she was wrong, he asked me to point out where he’d piled on the vitriol.

Basically the second half of the sentence. The second half OF THE VERY SAME SENTENCE.

It’s endless, isn’t it, this flood of men who assume they know everything even when they freely admit they don’t know what they’re talking about, yet assume it still has to be more accurate, more truthful, more real than whatever a woman says.

Maybe I’m extra edgy, maybe I’m extra fatigued, but “Be a kind person?”

What does that mean to a mansplainer? Don’t point it out? Smile and nod?

Don your red cloak and bonnet there’s a good girl?

“Be a kind person.”

Screw that. I’ll be THE kind OF person who musses up blissful entitlement. Hope you’ll do the same, people of all genders. Have a great Friday and a fabulous weekend.


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.

#ThursdayTen ten word photo prompt: Unclear

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Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

It’s #ThursdayTen time! Using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story.

Exactly ten words.

Like I have to tell you at this point.

Ready?

Here’s mine:

Mxiothwown skimmed the “moving boxes” chapter before his Earth immersion.

#WednesdayWisdom: You don’t always have to listen to your brain.

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Granted, this sounds like it could be the advice of Aunty Ida, but I swear there’s no sci-fi aspect to this one. Well maybe a little.

Basically very little sci-fi.

This whole morning, no matter what it was time to do–get up, work out, brush my teeth, make breakfast–my brain screamed “I don’t wanna.”

Not one part of it.

“I don’t wanna.”

But I got up, I worked out, I brushed my teeth, I made breakfast. Thing by thing, I plodded through, regardless of what the voice in my head said.

And I still don’t wanna. I don’t want to get ready to go, I don’t want to drive for an hour, I don’t want to participate in the ritual which has become the routine.

I don’t wanna.

But I’m gonna.

I hope all the things you’re gonna do are done easily. Have a great Wednesday.


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.

#TuesdayThoughts: Gotta do…

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First things first, here is the link for the latest update about my mom. It’s become a Tuesday ritual, really.

Today, like yesterday, is gray, though today, unlike yesterday, it’s not supposed to rain.

I don’t know that I believe the experts on this one. And a fellow Chicagoan mentioned the rain with her commute this morning so…

Hmm.

So today I guess it will be tough going getting there and getting home. Woo. Hoo.

But some wise philosopher once said you gotta do what you gotta do, and that’s what I gotta do.

Shrug.

Anyway, I have to get ready to do it, so I’m off. 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Engine unrevved.

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A Happy Indigenous Peoples Day to all! Yesterday was the marathon, and though I usually go watch, this year I didn’t. I didn’t want to risk being around so many people with my mom in the hospital.

Today is the Boston Marathon, I have no idea why they put them so close together.

It’s like some things are working hard at being normal, but we’re not there, not yet. Maybe not ever, really, with the people who are doggedly continuing this pandemic, sometimes at the ultimate cost, but not always to themselves.

It’s gray today, maybe drizzly, maybe not, it’s difficult to tell, but there’s no hint of sun in the sky. Feels more like November than October, but for the temperature. Still in the 70s.

If I’m being honest, I’d love today to be a day of nothing, but that’s not going to happen. I have a long drive ahead, and I’m not sure how long, it can vary so much with the traffic.

So I’m going to get on with all things Monday. Have a great day 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Powerful

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Photo by Erik Mclean on Pexels.com

It’s #ThursdayTen time! Using the above image as a prompt, write a ten word story.

EXACTLY ten words.

We’re old pros at this by now, right? SO EASY.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Three centuries later, Isolde escaped the lamp, intent on revenge.

#WednesdayWisdom: It’s OK to stop

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I was chatting with a friend on Twitter (HI!) who is watching that Korean show that everyone is talking about (“everyone,”), The Squid Game. I tried the first episode, and while the first part was interesting, the violence made me turn it off.

She was partially through, and found it disturbing enough she needed a break. I told her I just read an article on how it ended, and she’s considering doing the same. And that got me thinking.

Obviously.

Sometimes we grind though things because we feel some kind of obligation. There may not even be any external pressure, we just feel like we “should.” But while it’s OK for art to be challenging at times, it doesn’t have to be.

It’s also OK for entertainment to be entertaining. Isn’t it what it’s there for?

I’ve done it myself, I used to do it all the time, pushing through books I didn’t like, watching television shows I realized I dreaded sitting down for, shows that left me feeling tense, or uncomfortable.

And I’m not talking about those suspenseful shows that keep you edgy but you want to know, I mean like Housewives who only annoyed me.

We don’t have to sit thought it. We don’t have to sit through any of it. And if you’re curious, there is never a shortage of entertainment writers more than happy to explain in extensive detail every nuance, every twist, and every character.

Have a great Wednesday, and remember your free time is yours.


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.