#TuesdayThoughts: Autumnal.

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First, my #MomUpdate, “Cloudy silver linings.” And now Tuesday.

It’s sunny and chilly and really this is my favorite fall weather. Warm enough that you can forget about January, but cool enough for a sweater or sweatshirt.

Cozy.

Pretty leaves on the trees, that fresh crispness in the air, what’s not to like?

Oh, right. Winter looming.

Well, it’s going to arrive one way or another.

Honestly I can’t believe we’re this far through the year already, it’s like someone spun the wheel extra hard.

I’ve been a bit behind all morning and got cream cheese and raspberry sauce on my pants, which is another reason to be glad I’m a writer and not somewhere where I’d have to explain the blob. Raspberry sauce is surprisingly stainy.

Anyway that’s it for me today, have a lovely Tuesday.

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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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#TuesdayThoughts: Some ideas are better in theory.

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Since it’s Tuesday, here’s my #MomUpdate, “Not a tightrope.” And on to Tuesday.

It’s a sunny cloudy day, I’m sure you know the type, and I had my first apple of the season today. It wasn’t great so maybe it wasn’t the first apple of THIS season but the fruits are changing and so is the calendar.

Last night I tried doing a little yoga actually in bed and it didn’t work very well. Some ideas are better in theory, it was awkward and uncomfortable and my bed is much too soft.

But even that little bit seemed to help. Though my dreams were unsettling, largely. Full of people I’ve never met in places I’ve never been. Those kinds of nights always seem more tiring than restful.

I’ve been going to bed earlier, and sleeping a little longer, and that seems like a win to me. Sometimes you even have to fight for something like sleep but as a whole it’s worth it.

We’ll see if I can keep it up, but the benefits are worthwhile.

It’s amazing, isn’t it, how everything takes a little effort. Even sleep.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a magnificent 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.
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#TuesdayThoughts: tired

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Here’s my #MomUpdate “Crash.” It’s been a long few days.

It’s sunny today, though, and not hot but not cold. It’s that Fall window in Chicago, the kind of time that could be the perfect Hollywood representation of the season.

And it has been, no doubt, many times.

People are still talking about the royal mess, and it seems to me that the monarchy doesn’t have long to go. Why it’s a continual trending topic for me on twitter, I have no idea.

I’m far more interested in trump’s clandestine golf course meeting yesterday, where there was a whole thicket of them in khaki pants and no golf clubs, talking about something serious.

Unpleasant substances and fans, no doubt.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a great Tuesday and I will try to recharge as much as I can.

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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#TuesdayThoughts: Unsettling.

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It’s Tuesday, so here is my latest #MomUpdate, “Coming to terms with truths.” And now Tuesday.

This morning I debated hot or iced coffee. I went with hot, but it’s gotten cold so I guess I got a little of both?

Looking on the bright side.

Speaking of the bright side, it’s cloudy, it looks like it’s going to rain but the flat gray sky is glowing like fully sun. Maybe it’s rainbow weather.

Maybe.

While it’s still blazing hot in many places, we’ve cooled considerably and have a moderate 70 degrees today. Autumn is definitely on its way.

As we’re trying to make sense of what a truly activist judge has done in the trump case, the damage he inflicted on the judiciary cannot be overstated. This would be less unsettling if we could be certain of the Appeals court.

But we can’t.

We’re still on this rocky ride, and we have to hope for the best in how it winds up.

That’s it for me this Tuesday. 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.
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#TuesdayThoughts: Write it down.

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First things first, here’s my #MomUpdate, “The things we don’t say aloud,” if you’d like to read it. And on to Tuesday.

It’s a mix of sunny and cloudy today, and it’s one of those days where I had a great idea for a blog post, but I didn’t write it down.

“I’ll remember,” I told myself.

Well.

I did not.

It’s funny how that happens, you get an idea and it seems so concrete, so clear that you’ll never forget it. Who needs to write it down? It’s in my brain forever!

And no matter how many times it happens to me, I still manage to lie to myself and believe I’ll remember it.

I won’t. I need to write it down.

Habits are hard, and so is overestimating ourselves. Like the faith that your memory is a a perfect idea trap.

My memory is not a perfect idea trap. But with any luck, I’ll remember in time for tomorrow.

Who knows.

Anyway, that’s it for me today, have a great Tuesday. And for goodness sake, if you have a fantastic idea, write it down.

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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#TuesdayThoughts: Erasable.

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First things first, here is my #MomUpdate, “Among the things my mom planted.” And now Tuesday.

It’s another brightly sunny yet mild August day, which is weird for August but I’ll take it. Like yesterday, my workout was excellent and I’m feeling more energetic than I have in a while.

It must be shaking that virus I had last week.

A few months ago, I got a reusable planner/notebook. You can digitize your notes, though I have yet to do that, but the other day I wondered why I haven’t been using it. So I used it for my to dos.

At the end of the day, they all disappeared with a wipe of the dampened special cloth. I think I’m hooked.

Maybe I should put “digitizing notes” on my list for today. OK, done.

The cool thing about it is it doesn’t smudge when you write, and it erases completely. Definitely a way to not waste paper too, especially while doing all the word puzzles. Which is why I got it in the first place.

Anyway, here’s a link for it if you’re curious. Note, it’s an affiliate link, it was easier for me to grab. Should have done that when I was getting everyone to buy Ninja Creamis, I guess. I’d be rolling in dough as well as ice cream. What the heck, here’s one for the Ninja too while I’m at it.

I’m out of control. Must be all the oxygen to the brain with my workout.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a wonderful 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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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Shift it back

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First, here is my #MomUpdate, “Sometimes I do that.” And now Tuesday

It’s sunny, I don’t think it’s too hot. I feel like the seasons have drifted, and we already had steamy August in July.

I think my cold is on the mend, at least I have my voice back mostly. I was able to do a full workout this morning, and maybe that revved everything up.

Let’s hope so.

The news here is breaking with ferocity, it seems trump’s actions are starting to meet consequences. We can only hope it continues. As wild as it looks from outside the US, it’s even more bizarre here.

Imagine people trying to explain away espionage.

Against their own country.

Wild.

It’s almost comical to watch Republicans, desperate to distract, pretend they don’t know what words mean so they can change the subject and the trending topics.

Let’s not let them. Tell them you know why they’re doing it. Describe what they’re trying to turn our attention from. Shift it back.

And, beyond all else, 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Other half of velcro shoes.

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First things first, my #MomUpdate, “I’m human Jenga.” And on to Tuesday.

Everything is frustrating, including the things that are supposed to be easy. I’m irritated and sleep-deprived and I want some things to work out.

Why does that seem like such a huge ask?

Sure, I’m absolutely tickled by the search of Mar-a-Lago, which is second only to my delight at trump’s dismay that the FBI opened his safe.

BUT.

My days lately have been made of velcro and I’m wearing that other half of velcro shoes.

At least I have the thought of bad people having a bad time to comfort me. That does help.

A little.

Meanwhile it’s wildly sunny and pretty cool, especially for August. Believe me, I’ll take it.

And that’s it for me this irksome Tuesday. I hope you have an irk-free 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.

#TuesdayThoughts: Counterintuitive to the mission

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Since it’s Tuesday, here’s my #MomUpdate, “Ping pong ball in time.” And now let’s do Tuesday.

You know, I think it’s kind of funny that WordPress went to calling each section of a post a “block.” Because, well…they’re writers’ blocks.

Feels a little counterintuitive to the mission if you ask me. Which you kind of did because you’re here reading this.

Watch out, hypothetical reader, I’m weird today. I guess if we’re being honest, I’m weird every day but again, you kind of know that because you’re here reading this.

I can’t tell if it’s sunny or cloudy today, which feels in many ways apt, and pretty on point for August. I’ve checked, no rain today, but maybe tomorrow.

I’d love a good, crashing thunderstorm. As long as I don’t have to be out in it.

Which is pretty much the key to everything, isn’t it?

Anyway, that’s it for me on this Tuesday. I hope your day is magnificent.

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: WD-40 for the mind.

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Since it’s Tuesday, here’s my #MomUpdate, “Burning through bandwidth.” And off we go.

It’s sunny today, and much, much cooler. I don’t think it’s supposed to even reach 80, which feels wonderful after such heat. I think we may get rain later.

Promises, promises.

I wish I had a reliable way to get my brain going on mornings like this. Mornings…it’s almost noon. How did that happen?

Instead, the cogs are slowly, slowly churning. Maybe they make WD-40 for the mind.

Now THAT’S a billion dollar idea.

Somewhere along the way, all the hinges up there got creaky. At least today, maybe tomorrow I’ll be back to fully mentally flexible.

You never know.

Anyway, that’s it for me today, as scintillating as this post is. 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.