Stormy Day

Yesterday did bring storms during the afternoon commute time–we of course were home but still wound up going into the closets for abut twenty minutes. Mostly straight-line winds around here and at my parents’ house. But we don’t have any damage and neither did Mom and Daddy. They lost power for about an hour but we never did. So we came out good.

I accomplished a good bit yesterday morning and then had a meeting yesterday afternoon which took up all the time I work after lunch. I was glad to sign off after the meeting; it was about some data management software everyone but me uses so I didn’t understand everything they were talking about. But maybe I can use it in the future as I get trained more in the job.

Have a Zoom interview tomorrow morning for one of my MCIR stories, and that will be interesting. We will have to see how it goes before I know how the story will turn out. And I have more phone calls to do so we will see how everything goes.

I am in a good mood this morning like I’ve been being. Do you have any idea how good it feels to wake up energized and not be dreading the day ahead? I went SO LONG without this feeling. Years and years and years. I’ve never really been a morning person, but now I seem to be one the way I feel waking up. It feels so ridiculous to be this cheerful in the morning! But I’ll certainly take it over the alternative.

I guess I need to finish getting ready to go–I have to pack my food and water and head out. Hope everyone else is having a good day as well. If you’re not, well–I know how that feels and I feel for you, too. Godspeed.


Work From Home

So there are bad-weather alerts for today so my direct boss said he was going to work from home today, so I am too. I don’t think it will be very relaxing, but it will save me a drive and the gas. I hope it’s not as bad as they are saying it might be. We have one weather guy who is just terribly much too excited whenever severe weather is predicted–it’s kind of discomfiting to watch.

And my youngest is out for the weather as well. Last week a lot of parents showed up at school and demanded their kids be let out to them to go home in front of the weather, but they didn’t do it and parents and kids were there when the bad stuff came through, which I’m sure that thrilled the school. So they just called it off today. I don’t blame them for that.

I’ve got my fiction project almost done–just one more section to draft, and then I’m going to let it sit for a while before I try to revise. I think it’s going to be good, and I hope maybe I can do something with it. We will see.

Trying to think if I have anything else to say. I don’t think so. So I will sign off. Hope everyone is having a good week and can close out March with a clear conscience :). So far I can. Thanks for reading, everyone.


Trying to wake up good. I am in a good mood so that bodes well for the day. I’m not sure what I will be working on today. But I’m sure it will be good no matter what. I am picking up the job and moving right along with it. I am so glad I got it. It is really giving me good reasons to get up in the morning and accomplish something.

I wound up having a successful day yesterday. Put in a lot of time on my fiction project and have just a bit more to go before I have a complete rough draft of it. Two large sections are missing, and another one needs editing. Then I will see about getting Katrina to read sections and give me feedback.

Have an interview for when I come in this afternoon–I am doing a story on how the pandemic affected mental health and am going to interview a teacher about student mental health she observed. So we’ll see how that goes. I have another one already scheduled for Friday morning and another for Monday afternoon for this story, so that makes me happy. I feel like I will need one more so I’m not sure how to go about getting that. I have multiple calls out to people so I’m sure someone will respond.

Need to get ready to leave. I hope everyone is as filled with hope as I am this morning. I know the world is in a mess and no help for it. But I have hope still. Thanks for reading. Godspeed.


A Monday

Another slow morning. I did not sleep well last night so I have been dragging around. I finally went to the grocery store and bought for the next few days. So I’ve accomplished a little something finally. I guess next needs to be laundry after I make a few phone calls.

I take my youngest to the doctor today for a checkup. So we will see what is going on. I do that this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. So I don’t have much time to accomplish much more. I am working on two COVID stories and another inmate story. So we will see how this turns out.

I still feel good today for the most part. Most of my work is still rocking along. I’m staying up with the house stuff pretty well still. Bob finally went back to work today so I know he is feeling well. He won’t be home for lunch because he is having to catch up from being out almost all of last week.

I am seriously slipping on my diet plan the last two days. I stuck with it pretty well last week but Sunday and today, not so much. It may be because I am using more energy than usual since I am up and about and a little more active that I used to be, but I am getting hungrier between meals. I’m not sure why, but that is as good a reason as any. I did lose another two pounds this week and I was kind of surprised. But I will take the progress.

I suppose that is all for this Monday, which feels like a Monday. At least the weather is good and will be until Wednesday. Hope everyone is doing well and seeing how they can also accomplish their best here at the first of the week. Thanks for reading.


It has been a slow morning. We did go to Sunday School but came home instead of going to church because my youngest didn’t get enough sleep last night after her competition, and we came back to check on her. She is doing better now after sleeping an extra hour or so.

I may take a nap myself. I’ve been typing all morning on my little fiction project and need to let it cool off for a bit.

I’m in a really good mood today. I had a good day yesterday–I went shopping for a new Easter pantsuit and had a frustrating time at Belk’s with them not having enough staff to man all the dressing rooms and checkout stations. But that didn’t depress me long because I did so well with the pieces I found. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money since I’m planning on losing more weight, and I succeeded admirably, getting a Kasper jacket, top, and pants for $55 total–a real steal.

I’m still working on my MCIR stories and hope I can wrap at least one of them up tomorrow. Need to hear from some more people to do that, but I have high hopes for that. I’m just glad to be able to work so well right now!

I have been holding back saying this. I am beginning to hope maybe we’ve found the right combination of medicine, therapy, and lifestyle to control the worst of my bipolar disorder. I know what goes up must come down. And I know the signs of depression are sneaky. And I know the signs of hypomania are even sneakier. But I really feel like I did when I was freelancing the first time–healthy, optimistic, and calm in my spirit that I am doing the right things and being in the right place.

Please, God, let it be true.

Moved In

My middle one texted Bob yesterday and said she was moved into her new apartment in Georgia. He said she was excited but tired. I can understand that. I hope to talk to her today–I plan to give her a call later on, not this early. I think she said she had the week to get settled in and starts April 4. So we are glad and proud of her.

Today is going to be a good day. I can tell 🙂 I feel good, good mood but not too high. Bob is over his stomach bug, so we get to eat good food for lunch today, and my youngest has a guard competition tonight so we are going to go watch her perform. They have a really cute routine where two guys in the band help them out by acting out the song, “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield. A good solid 80’s tune :).

My fiction project is really rocking along and coming together nicely. I was so scared to start it but now I’m so glad I did. I’m having fun with it. Fun as in writing fun, which looks kind of odd to a non-writer, I think. The words are coming easily and I’m not fighting with the material, and any roadblocks that are popping up I am managing to dispatch fairly rapidly. I know it will likely get harder somewhere along the way, but right now it’s all good.

Had a really good session with Tillie yesterday. Started processing all that I had to do to talk myself into doing my fiction project so we are going to work through all of that and see what from this process I may can take away and apply to other problems I run into that have to do with my abilities, my motivations, etc. So I go back in two weeks and we talk some more. Which is fine with me.

I suppose that’s all for today. Keep the world in your prayers. So sad and so broken. Godspeed.

Another Sick Day

Bob is trying to figure out if he needs to stay off another day. He feels really nauseated still but has a big job due today–he asked his boss if he needed to come in and do it so he is waiting on that. I hate it for him–being sick at your stomach is no fun.

I never did get to work on the catalog for my work–never heard back from the computer people on coming to give me the software I need. So I guess I will wait until next time.

Going to write more today on my fiction project. I am looking forward to it! I am enjoying it so far. So we will see what happens today. I also go see Tillie so that will be a nice break from it. Have a lot to talk about.

Probably will also break to do some work on my next MCIR story. I really, really am still enjoying doing that and it isn’t strenuous on my brain like I thought it might be once I started at UPress. I am managing it just fine. Still keeping everything low-key and not doing a lot of high-stakes reporting but still doing meaningful stories. Good balance.

Well, I suppose I need to get going on all of that. We will see how it goes. Thanks for reading!

Good News!

My medical cannabis story come out for MCIR yesterday and was picked up by Mississippi Free Press. Not sure if anyone else is going to pick it up–we will see. Mississippi Public Broadcasting wants to interview me and the person I interviewed for his personal story for their shows, so we will see how that turns out also. The guy I interviewed is married to an MFP reporter, so I think that is why they have given it so much play. I’ve picked up a few new followers on Twitter as a result of their boosting of the story, so that was a bit unexpected.

I am in a good mood and have been, which is surprising since I usually dip a bit when Bob isn’t doing well. He went to the doctor yesterday and was told he could go to work today. He can only eat bland food today so he is having toast. I have my doubts as to whether he will stay at work, but hopefully he really is better.

Going to work today and hoping I can finally get Adobe put on my computer so I can join in proofreading the catalog before Monday. If I get the computer set up for it, that’s what I’ll be doing all day today. If not, I don’t know what I’ll be doing except a repeat of yesterday. Which needs to be done, but I was looking forward to doing the catalog.

I need to run. I am hopeful that today will also be a good day. I feel pretty confident that it will be. Godspeed.


Bob came home sick yesterday, and I was sent home because of the predictions of bad weather. And my youngest called to get pulled out of school because of the bad weather, but it worsened between her calling and me getting there, so I was stuck at the school for an hour trying to evade the worst of it. They finally let her go home and my day was pretty much shot. I started back working but didn’t finish everything, even when I worked over to make up for the time lost. So that was all frustrating and made me so scattered I couldn’t think straight last night.

Started on my new fiction project Monday. It’s shaping up well. It’s a reworking of an old story, and I decided not to work from scratch but to pull the old story out of archives and brush it up before I started writing new. We will see how it goes. I will just work on it on my days off.

Go see TIllie Friday and see how I am holding up. I hope the bad weather is gone at least for a while. I had bad memories of Hurricane Katrina during all of it. 😦 I just hope those ease back down since it is gone for now.

Bob’s going to be home again today; I hope he can get better. He seems to have a bug. I wish I could do more to help him, but it seems like it’s just going to have to run its course. Yuck.

Bad Weather Coming

Talking about bad weather coming here today–I may get sent home early again. It will be interesting.

Hopefully we won’t get hit too badly.

I hate weather events. They make me remember the hurricane and how bad that was. Especially worrisome is how you wait for things to get better–and it takes so long for them to do so. Hopefully everything will just peter out by the time it gets here.

Other than that, I feel good today. Looking forward to closing the book on one of my assignments today and getting to work on another. We will see how it goes.

Pray for us with the weather predictions.