#AtoZChallenge: AAAAANNNND away we go!

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(Image By SheltieBoy – Flickr: AKC Helena Fall Dog Show 2011, CC BY 2.0, Link)

It’s April, and with April comes the A to Z blogging challenge! I know many of you are familiar with the challenge because we met doing it (hi guys!) but in case you don’t, during the month of April you blog six days a week, each post relating to a letter of the alphabet, A through Z.

And the best part is you visit all the other blogs who are also doing the challenge. It’s fun, and I realized while signing up that this is my fifth year.

Time flies.

This year will have a bit of an extra complication, as I will try to keep up our ten word photo prompts and #AccountaClub. That should be fun. So make sure you’re here on Thursday and Friday to see how I twist myself into a pretzel to fit the letter (hmm. Pretzel begins with a P. Noted).

Essentially here you’ll get my random thoughts as usual, only in alphabetical order this month. And an extra post on Saturdays.

Yay!

If you’re new here, hi and welcome! And if not, it’s so nice to have you back!

So, A to Zers…how are you feeling about this year’s challenge?


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.

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#AccountaClub Friday, March 29, 2019

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I’m out of order?! YOU’RE OUT OF ORDER!

Just kidding. It’s me.

I decided to get some laundry done this morning, and thus I’m posting later. I like a little flexibility with my blogging time, I may experiment on days when the morning is more opportune for other things, so watch this space. But maybe at a different time.

It’s AccountaClub time! Let’s talk about our weeks. I’ll go first, for obvious reasons, namely if you go first there will be no post to go first on.

OK, so writing is eh, I’ve been doing some research to try to figure out how to make my project that disappointed me better. It was a bit helpful, but I need more of that.

I’m doing laundry so I’m going to count that.

And exercise was great, five days, five workouts and that’s the full month of March! When I do a full month, I am rewarding myself with something exercise-y. For January, I got myself a new pair of yoga pants; for February it was headbands.

We’ll see for March.

So that was my week. How was 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

So we meet again

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Ever decide to look at something on Amazon and end up down the rabbit hole of endless pages of slightly-different versions? It can prove maddening.

Of course I shouldn’t have been on Amazon in the first place, I had some drama with an item that was allegedly shipped in February but never arrived. I have doubts it was ever shipped at all.

I tried contacting the seller, heard nothing, and then contacted Amazon on Twitter, then chat, and then suddenly, miraculously, the seller responded and issued a refund. Or so they said, I haven’t checked yet.

I probably should have done that while on Amazon.

Just checked. I see no evidence of a refund, despite the claim it was issued. So we’ll see.

Ah, Amazon.

Meanwhile, be very careful of third-party sellers. You have fewer protections and there are many unscrupulous people out there. I don’t know if I’d use one again, and I used to be one.

Enough of that. Monday.

My Amazon rabbit hole took up a huge chunk of the morning. It’s weird how conveniences can be so inconvenient.

It’s a bright day that looks like it could be spring, but that whole “out like a lamb thing” doesn’t seem to be on the way. It’s under 40 degrees today. Come on, weather.

So I’ve had a morning of starts-but-not-finishes, and I should probably correct that. 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.

#AccountaClub Friday, March 22, 2019

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This week is a bookend, dentist on Monday, hair appointment today, so self-care of differing types and differing levels of “I don’t wanna.”

The Daily Burn theme this week was getting out of your comfort zone, and I did try to do that in several ways; I mean the dentist for one, though that was just good timing.

Ha.

Speaking of Daily Burn, even with the cold I had over the weekend, I hopped right back into working out and I really do think it sped up the recovery. Not all colds are equal of course. Some, like pigs, are more equal than others.

But five days, five live workouts. I rewarded myself for last month with a dozen new headbands.

I’m such a rebel.

Writing was an interesting bag this week. I came across those old comedy sketches I talked about earlier, which were just not good. That really put me in a bad frame of mind.

When I got to my project I’d been letting cool, I thought it was horrendous. Extremely, extremely horrendous. So that wasn’t awesome. I went back to it yesterday and was able to do a little work on it but it’s so incredibly first-drafty.

Which it is.

I also got back into another edit with a completed manuscript and that was, to my great relief, much better. It’s amazing, though how that kind of frustration can put you in a mindset.

So that was my week. A little shake up of routine, a little cold water to the face, and some great workouts.

How was 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

Hello Spring!

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And it’s Wednesday and it’s raining. It needs to rain, it’s spring, and that’s kinda spring’s thing. But it’s gloomy-looking and there’s a big excuse to stay in.

Writing weather.

All appropriate digits crossed.

Yesterday was an over-enthusiastic, locally-produced commercial of a day, you know the kind I mean, the ones that you can never get out of your head, even twenty years later you can rattle the number off because it’s been annoyed directly into the fibers of your mind. It just would not be quiet.

But today is like its taciturn twin. Hushed. Observant. Laid back.

Yesterday was a day of problems. Today is a day of solutions.

Or so it feels.

So I will grab this opportunity to make things up or fix the things I’ve already made up as the world quietly renews itself.

Have a wonderful 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

Ten Word Photo Prompt: Fish Stories

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(Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels)

It’s ten word story time! Using the above photo prompt, write a ten word story.

And here’s mine:

With a flick of her tail, she swam toward home.

#TuesdayThoughts: Most snails are faster

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So today I am 0% more awake than yesterday. I’m so much not awake that I didn’t even hesitate to make the second cup of coffee.

I’m a wild rebel.

Wild. Rebellious. That’s me.

Of course if you know me at all, you’re probably laughing as hard as physics allows, which is, I guess your right.

It’s another gray day, with those small, tiny angry snowflakes that always mean business. Not sure if it’s supposed to amount to much, I guess we’ll see.

And today is the mayoral election here in Chicago. I have to admit I’m not bowled over by any particular candidate, and am actively leery of several, so…this should be interesting.

I don’t expect anyone to get a clear majority, though, so it should go to a runoff.

Gotta tell you, cup two of coffee isn’t doing its thing. I thought we had a deal.

I’m getting ready to muddle through the day and go do my civic duty. Voting is always important.

Always.

Meanwhile, I hope your Tuesday is effective and productive.


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.