#TuesdayThoughts: now with mundanity.

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Today my mind is blank, absolutely empty of inspiration or even vaguely interesting thoughts. I’m more tired than I should be, and I wonder if I have a migraine coming on, one of unclear origins.

Fun times ahead.

It’s sunny and birds are flying and leaves look like they’ll appear any second now, like we can practically watch them unfurl. It’s definitely Spring.

This is one of those times I wish I had a vacation planned and looming in the distance, to somewhere far, and different, and exciting. A place with new foods to try, beautiful natural spots to see, museums with things I’ve never seen before.

But no such vacation looms. No such vacation is likely, not for the foreseeable future.

So that’s a bummer.

Instead there is more of the same ahead, more trying to avoid a virus people seem determined to share, more preventable gun violence, more cops ending lives.

Well that was cheerful.

Anyway, that’s it for me, have a great Tuesday. If I didn’t bring you down with me.


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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: Suspended animation.

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I wonder if I should have more coffee. If I’m wondering, I probably should, right?

Right.

Just give me a second. For you, it will be like no time has passed at all.

See? And off it drips.

It’s a sunny day with a weak, anemic blue sky, and I think it’s finally warming up. It’s been a long time coming, this spring. Sometimes this past year seems like an eternity, and sometimes I can’t believe we’re here again already, defrosted from some form of suspended animation.

I’ve gone back to my pre-pandemic way of eating, treats as treats and not multiple-times-a-day diversions, normal portions, allowing myself to actually feel hungry between meals. And I can’t tell you how much better I feel.

In a way, I was like a zoo animal with food as the most interesting diversion. Now there’s a possible end in sight, maybe down the road, but still in sight.

And I have more energy, which is ironic to say after starting with making another cup of coffee but by now you know I am a woman of many complications.

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!
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#TuesdayThoughts: Misty

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Today is gray and I’m sure there will be rain. My day got off to a rocky start, with one problem bleeding into another problem, but I think I’ve got them all managed for now.

Fingers crossed.

It’s a quiet Tuesday, one where I should have had another cup of coffee ready to go, but I didn’t and it’s getting later and now I probably won’t. Hopefully I can get my brain moving even without it.

So far, not much luck.

Some days are like this, I guess, floating along on the ether of non-specific thoughts. No concrete ideas, no fire to get started, just that gray sky and a faint promise of rain.

I’m going to try to make something of this Tuesday as the clock ticks stalwartly forward. 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.

#TuesdayThoughts: No hesitation

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Today I challenge you to do one thing and not hesitate. Don’t mull it over, don’t perseverate. When the idea that you want to do something pops into your head, just do it today.

Now, let’s be clear, it’s not something that is harmful to you or to someone else. I’m not telling you to leap into bad decisions or even big decisions, this is for those small things you make more complicated than they have to be. For me?

Today it was that second cup of coffee.

I went for it, made it half-caff and I think it’s just about ready. No considering, only doing.

It’s gone from gray and ominous to sunny to gray again, all in the span of an hour. In another it could be snowing or it could be spring, I really can’t be sure. So it goes in Chicago in March.

Mmm that no-thinking coffee is GOOD.

Anyway, I’m off into the strangely murky day to do Tuesday things. Have a wonderful 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: Slowly caffeinated

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It’s hazy today with sun behind the haze, but the weather app promises me it’s not supposed to rain. For now, at least.

I didn’t hesitate today with the second cup of coffee, it’s going now, and I’m making it a fancy latte with the milk frother I got from Amazon on a deal. It heats and froths the milk, and it makes everything seem so much more impressive.

I even added cinnamon.

It’s a half-caff, though, just in case you thought I’d gone totally wild. I do have a little control.

But only a little.

And the coffee is amazing. Big thumbs up. Meanwhile, the clouds are breaking up, too. Must be related.

This isn’t a writing week for me but a nuts-and-bolts week, and I find myself very reluctant to get going on it all. Aren’t we always. But hopefully, as the second cup surges through, my determination will rise along with it.

At least, that’s the theory.

Anyway, that’s it for me and my coffee on this Tuesday morning. Have a fabulous 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: The forgotten blog

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Cleaning up dishes from lunch, I said to myself, “Did I write a blog post today?”

It turns out I did not. Oops.

I ordered groceries and then spent the morning watching and waiting for them and I really don’t know why, they get here when they get here. But they did and I put them away and I made lunch and then that moment of realization in the kitchen.

Apologies for the neglect.

It’s sunny again and cold again and there is construction noise again so very little has changed. Although not right now, right now it is blissfully quiet but I doubt that’s going to last.

Sometimes being a writer is like being an American Ninja Warrior, but with words and noise. And no risk of falling.

Well, very little risk of falling.

Anyway, that’s me for the day. Have a 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Odds and ends

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It’s extra sunny today, the snow gleaming under a broad blue sky. There’s work going on in another unit and I can hear the guys chatting and laughing and it doesn’t sound like they’re wearing masks.

So that’s cool.

I wrote a little yesterday, but in a floundering kind of way, I’m not sure if the thing that I’ve started is worth continuing. And that’s a problem with writing, isn’t it, because you can never be sure, not until it’s finished, and often not even then. Very fun.

Apparently today is all about sarcasm.

On the plus side my groceries will arrive soon, almost any minute now, and I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to doing big shops at the grocery store, This limits my impulse buys, and, while this pandemic is ongoing, avoids that stressful supermarket shuffle, that constant wariness of people who refuse to maintain six feet of space.

And that’s all I have for you today, nothing to world-changing but at least my brain is going. A little. Somewhat. Enough.

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.

#TuesdayThoughts: Snowy snow snow.

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It’s monochrome out again today, and I think we’re expecting more snow. We’ve already had a lot, and February has wrapped us in a wintery grip that does not want to loosen.

Spring will come. I assume.

The country has been whacked by terrible weather, with power outages continuing in frigid temperatures. At least we now have a federal government who will aid everyone and not just the people who are nice to the president or cater to his whims. Thank you President Biden.

It’s quiet out, though the roads are mostly clear. People seem to be avoiding travel, as they should. It feels like this has gone on forever, though we’ve had a very mild winter until now. It’s strange how that happens.

Anyway, that’s enough babbling for today. Have a great Tuesday and stay warm and safe.


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: Creativity Republicaned.

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It’s brightly sunny today and incredibly cold, single digits F cold. I’m gearing up for the second impeachment trial, or really the first impeachment trial, since in the initial one, Republicans refused to hold a trial at all.

My creativity is a fickle thing, I have ideas I’d like to work out, but of course I’m going to be glued to watching Republicans continue to try to destroy the country while Democrats attempt to snatch it back from the brink. Though we feel more stable now, they continue to undermine.

It’s a welling of thought I haven’t had in a long time, that wave of idea ready to crash to shore and through the fingers. That sense that something will arrive, something amorphous, but it can be trusted to take shape.

And stupid trump comes along and tramples it. Again.

I genuinely can’t wait for us to be truly done with him, though I don’t know if we ever will, there will be criminal cases and lawsuits and his own attempts to stay in the spotlight. His refusal to acknowledge, even now, that he’s not in office, that he has no power.

Ugh.

He is malevolence embodied, evil brought to life and topped with a thrift-store thread hairdo.

Anyway, 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.

#TuesdayThoughts: Morning ramble

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It’s gray with a heavy dome of clouds, and we’re not supposed to have snow but I don’t think the weather cares about “supposed to.” According to the groundhog, or one of the groundhogs, we’ll be having 6 more weeks of winter.

Shrug.

Feels like a metaphor about Republicans trying to cling to the Senate power they lost in the election. I’ll take the cold if we can get rid of them and get on with making things better.

I’m tired today, in that way that coffee doesn’t reach, mentally exhausted though it’s not like I’ve been using the old thinker that much. Maybe that’s why. My workout was a blast this morning, though, even if the boost didn’t last.

And that’s it for me today, I hope you have a great, productive 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.