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didja miss me?

When Thing 2 was in second grade her teacher went on maternity leave. The substitute teacher was a man with precious little personality.
Seriously, we parents had many a conversation that went a bit like, WTF is up with this dude?
Anyway…
Thing 2 had been home sick and upon returning to school, she burst through the door and announced, “DIDJA MISS ME!?! (possibly like this)

Cut to Thing 2 getting off the bus that afternoon as I stand at the end of our driveway: *recounts story (may or may not have done the move)* and says, Momma! (all indignant-like) Everyone cheered except Mr M. (may or may not have stomped her foot here) He didn’t even look up!
My daughter was so fucking offended by the audacity of this teacher to be underwhelmed at her return.

I share this story because as I began to write, I thought (in Thing 2’s seven year old voice) Didja miss me!?!
I gotta say I missed y’all.
If you missed me too, thanks.
If you didn’t, no worries, I’m not offended by your audacity to be underwhelmed at my return.

I find myself missing writing.
I find myself lacking the desire to say anything.

So here’s a quick recap of what’s up in my world since we last spoke…
YBW tested positive for COVID the day before Mother’s Day. He was feverish and achy for about three days but once his fever broke he was simply congested and had a weird lingering cough.
International Week of the Birthday began on Mother’s Day, so needless to say, there wasn’t much to celebrate.
School finally ended the middle of June. It was a tricky school year and I wasn’t sad to see the end of it.
Spent a (hotter than balls) day at Nats Park with our darling nephew.
We went to visit Thing 2 and Boyfriend M in late June. Finally getting to be in their new home!
I got new ink.

Of course, the normal stuff: loads of Baby K time, read fourteen books, bubbly day with Holly, farmer’s market mornings…

I feel like I’ve had so much on my mind, so many awful and lovely little fish swimming around in my brain. I don’t feel like I’ve been able to chronicle any of it, I just had to live it.
Thoughts hatching all over the place, and thoughts refusing to hatch.

And you know, that’s OK.
Perhaps I needed a brain break.
I feel like I’m ready to come back swingin’.

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finding a comfy writing space

I haven’t been writing.
It’s been over a month since y’all got anything other than a tune for Tuesday, and that’s because I oftentimes plan them out in advance.

I had sort of decided I haven’t been writing because I’m spending my time and energy in the final throws of getting us settled. I’m also spending a great deal of my time and energy at school.

But the other day, I realized something outside the boundaries of my time and energy. I haven’t found a place in our new home where I feel comfortable to write.

The loft is a gorgeous light-filled room in which I made for myself a library and creative space.
I’m not one to sit at a desk and write.
In the past I’ve sat curled up in a big club chair with my laptop. I no longer write that way because of the negative impact my neck and shoulder from reaching across my body to use the keyboard on the arm of the chair.
So, I don’t like to sit at the desk, and I can’t really be in my chair the way I like. This means I’m not actually using my computer much at all.

Before I finished setting up my nest in the loft, I used my computer at the kitchen island. To be perfectly honest, I rather loved writing in the kitchen.
The practical aspect of that is my computer can’t always be on the island. And I never found a convenient place to keep it when I wasn’t using it.

Since I finished getting (mostly) settled in the loft, I moved my computer up there.
Literally only touched it to move it.

Perhaps this gorgeous space made for creating doesn’t fit the way I like to write?
Perhaps I haven’t tried it on enough to see how it fits?
I finally unpacked everything and nearly have it set up the way I want.
I need to actually live in the space instead of always being in it unpacking and getting settled.

Whichever way it shakes out, the island is always there in the kitchen waiting for me…

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sunshine blogger award

DM over at Pointless Overthinking nominated me for this award! Thank you! I appreciate the shout out!
The Rules
Thank the person who nominated you.
Link the post back to them.
Display the picture on your post.
Answer their questions.
Nominate 11 bloggers.
Provide 11 questions for your nominees.

DM’s not messing around with these questions, and it’s taken me a hot second to get it together enough to answer, but here goes!

What do you do on a daily basis to achieve your dreams?
Make lists.
Journal.

What would you like to achieve by the end of this year?
To be truly comfortable in my environment.

What do you do when you feel the need to motivate yourself?
First I have a little “come to Jesus” with myself about getting it together then I make a list.

What easy change could you make in your life which would have a great impact?
Saying goodbye to Coca Cola.
And quite possibly, being less of an uptight control freak. Caring less about what others do or don’t do, or do differently than I do. Most importantly, remembering that caring less does not mean loving less. I can love others without actively wrapping myself around the axel giving f**ks about how they do what they do.

Which is the biggest obstacle you face right now?
Time management.
Lately, mine is crap. Even my mad planning skills sometimes can’t help me when I need to get it together.

Which area in your life needs most of your attention?
School.
(School school, not work school.)

What is your biggest enemy?
Being distracted.

What is your most useful hobby?
I’m going to have to say reading. As far as I can tell, it’s the simplest way to learn as much as you can without even getting up off your duff.

Which part of the world is a “wanted to visit” and why?
Istanbul, Turkey.
Why? I think because I’m fascinated that it’s been around for as long as it has. Byzantium, Constantinople, now Istanbul. (Y’all hear They Might Be Giants too, right?) I loved learning about the Ottoman Empire in World History. I’m awed by the way so many cultures came together to create this place!
That’s not really a why that makes any kind of sense, but all I can say is that I’m fascinated and long to be there!
St. Petersburg, Russia.
Why? History. Culture. The ballet. It would be a dream come true for me to spend time in this city.

What do you want the most in this life and why?
To successfully live my intention.
Why?
I believe actively living with courage and kindness, and doing everything in love will fulfill my soul’s quest in this life.

What is the most interesting you’ve learned about yourself this year?
I remembered something about myself this year.
I love solitary road trips. They’re good for the soul. And the brain. The time I was able to spend with myself was positive and filled with ideas.
Most of all, it was filled with kindness. I was able to really able to be loving and kind to myself.
That’s always a wonderful thing!

My Nominees
Kalliope
Claudette
Walking the Clouds
Rory
Sawblades in Your Walkman
Katie
Britchy
Mistakes and Adventures
Matt
Max
LA
Jack

My Questions
This feels a little ‘Bridge of Death’ scene to me…but we’re going to trudge on anyway. Feel free to imagine me asking these questions in Terry Gilliam’s ‘Old Man’ voice knowing you’re not going to get catapulted into the ‘Gorge of Eternal Peril’.

1. What book most influenced you as a child/teen, and why?
2. What is your most beloved birthday memory?
3. What is your favorite destination, and why?
4. What advice would you give your twelve year old self?
5. Do you collect anything? If so, what, and why? (Y’all I’m using the term ‘collect’ loosely here.)
6. What is your personal theme song, and why?
7. What are you looking forward to?
8. Do you prefer reading physical books or on a tablet, and why?
9. With what person, real or imagined, living or dead, would you most like to spend one day?
10. What’s your guilty pleasure?
11. What is your spirit animal?

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