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Mechanicals

Our refrigerator is acting up–the motor is running really loud and it’s not cooling right. And our air conditioner needs a spring tuneup. So I will be calling people about those pretty shortly. We may need to get a new fridge, which does not excite us. But we will see.

I got a LOT done yesterday so I have the decks cleared to write, write, write today. Hopefully I can get unstuck of staring at the blank page by just writing out my notes and then arranging them into a story. We will see how it goes. I really want to break out of this slump and write with freedom again.

I need to run to the bank and the grocery store as well, but I will do that as breaks between assignments. Do my best to keep my nose to the grindstone. Oh! And I got an acceptance for a political piece I did on the Russian-Ukraine conflict earlier in the year from an outfit called Humans of the World. Don’t know much about them, but it was kind of nice to step out of my comfort zone a bit and be rewarded with someone taking it.

Anyway. I’m going to go and start some laundry then get to work. Hope everyone reading has a good day and starts the weekend off right. Godspeed.

Kicking Around

Things are starting to move a little too fast again–and that’s bad because my conscious mind is trying to gear down and can’t. I need to relax this Friday as best I can because I know where this racing leads. I don’t know of anything I have to do that day so I certainly can slow down that day. I knew this could happen, and I have been fighting it. If I still can’t calm down I will need to see Dr. Bishop on Monday. It’s not danger-zone yet, so I can see what to do.

I’ll be working from home again today so I can try to slow down some, take breaks when I need them, etc. I’m not sure what all I’m going to get done today–I know I plan to finish drafting the news release emails for April and will need to check with my supervisor for what’s next.

Bob is sending off my oldest’s birthday presents today so she should enjoy that. The birthday isn’t until next week, but she’ll enjoy them whenever she gets them, I think. 🙂 She told me her husband is planning something for her birthday so that sounds fun. I hope it all goes well for them.

I have a little Peanuts desktop item by middle one gave me for a birthday quite some time ago–it is a typewriter icon with little cards that go with it that have inspirational sayings on them. The one I like the most and keep displayed the most says, “Happiness if writing your own story every day.” That’s what I try to do here is tell my story and keep up with what is going on in my own life. I hope it makes for interesting and inspirational reading. To all of my readers–thanks for stopping by. Godspeed.

Trying to Wake Up

I had a tossy-turny night. But I’m up and get to work from home as far as I know so I think it will be okay. But I am tired.

Yesterday wound up being a run-around day. But it was good and today will be good also. I start drafting news release emails for April and mailing them out. So I am ready to go.

Can’t think of anything else to say so I will go. Not sure if I will start work early or what. Hope everyone has a good day.

Monday

So my middle one went back to Georgia yesterday and made it safely. We are just rocking along this morning and seeing what can be done. I went back to bed early this morning because I got really nauseated but couldn’t throw up. So my youngest is going to meet her daddy for lunch today and I am going to rest my stomach so hopefully I can eat a full meal tonight. I don’t have any work appointments today so we will just see how I can occupy myself doing house stuff. As far as I know I am working from home this week, too, so hopefully that will go well.

I did run out and get the last of my oldest’s birthday presents this morning and we hope to send those off tomorrow. Hopefully she will enjoy them. She sent us pictures of her baby all dressed up for Easter and he was so cute. Bright primary colors so he looked all springy. He was a cutie.

Aside from my stomach bothering me early I feel good. Working through everything feels worthwhile still and I am enjoying all the work I am doing. That helps. I see my psychiatrist during the first week of May and see Tillie again after that, I think. I need to check my appointments and be sure of when they are. July is coming up fast when we will go to Florida or my grandson’s birthday. We are looking forward to that.

I am trying so hard to not overcommit. I think I’ve about reached my limit and need to clear some projects out before I start on anything new. I definitely need to do my MCIR stuff soon and am waiting on several emails that should complete those stories. I hope to finish those this week. But if not, that’s okay too.

I suppose that’s all I have to say today. I am glad that my life is being so fulfilling and happy. We have a lot going on, but it’s manageable for me right now. I am so glad to be able to sound like a normal person again. Godspeed to all.

Misbehavior

Bob and I have been seriously misbehaving on our diet plan so we are starting to pay for it–he gained weight this week and I only lost a pound. So we need to get serious all over again and start losing again. Going to take a while to get back into fat burn, but playtime needs to be over.

Going to meet Candy today at Cups for a visit–I’m looking forward to it. We always have good visits. We just talk and catch up and see what is going on with each other. I need to call Jo up and see her soon. I haven’t visited with her in several months because she was being super careful with the pandemic. I’ll see how she feels about getting together soon.

I’m going to be very social this month–I already have visits scheduled with MJ and Marlo for lunch on Fridays so I will be having fun on those days. But it’s going to make for hectic times right before school’s going to be out–soon my youngest will have finished her next-to-last year of high school and we will have a senior on our hands. She’s looking forward to that and so are we! I’ve always been excited to see the kids grow up; I don’t get sappy about stuff like that. I celebrate all of their independence. I’m just glad God has blessed us with independent kids who take care of themselves and do for themselves and feel brave enough to move on from us to the world.

So I suppose I need to get going and get some work done before I meet Candy. Hope everyone is having a good start to their week and has a successful one. Godspeed to all.

Split-Second Timing

Wound up working from home again yesterday since the internet was messed up at work–the internet was running so slow I couldn’t even log into my email from the office. So I worked at the house instead. I did good–I stayed focused on the tasks at hand and didn’t get distracted and got a good bit done. I don’t go in today so I have a busy day ahead–interview at 8 am, haircut at 9 am and Tillie at 11 am. It’s going to be a split-second timing thing, which is no longer my strong suit, but I think I can manage it. I may even get a story done this afternoon so that would be nice, too.

Bob tossed and turned last night. He did not sleep well at all. I did pretty well with it–I only got up once to go to the bathroom so I slept nice. He says he felt bad after work from something in the air at the office that made him cough and so he was congested last night. I hope he feels better this weekend.

Well, I guess I will run finish getting ready for my day. Hope everyone reading is doing well–the state of the world isn’t helping any but I will try to keep at good attitude and hope you do, too. Godspeed.

Nerves

I think I need to be super, super careful right now. My mind is trying to get ahead of itself. I’m supposed to see my psychiatrist again in May and Tillie on Friday, so I am going to just wait and see if it gets worse or slows back down with some techniques that I’ve learned to ease the excitement back down. I am starting to feel a little grandiose, like everything I do will be successful without me working on it or being careful to do it right. I need to reality test what I’m thinking. Talking to Tillie will be good for that. She can keep me grounded.

I guess maybe I’m letting my mind run away with possibilities of what I may can accomplish. Some of that is good, but I remember a few times before I was diagnosed that I started to feel like nothing could go wrong for me. I’ve got three stories to work on for MCIR, my fiction project, and the blogs to keep up with. Plus the house stuff. I need to go grocery shopping today for tonight and tomorrow. And I should finish up the laundry today. I think doing that would be good for me to try to center my mind on what I need to be taking care of and thinking about.

I need to find the right spot of being even-keeled. I don’t need to veer into grandiosity, but I don’t need to low-rate myself unnecessarily, either. Pray that I can find the way to go and keep myself in check. Hope everyone else is doing well today. 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.

Going Out

Going out in a bit to see my friend Candy for coffee and conversation. We’ll be at Cups for a while seeing what we can talk about. I don’t see her anymore on Tuesdays when they clean because I am at work. So that has been sad. But we will try to start meeting up regularly so we can catch up. I think it will be fun.

Been lazy this morning–just noodling around on the computer without actually accomplishing anything :). But there’s time enough to work this afternoon so I am not worried. I have phone calls to make and will be busy then.

Also going to meet Bob for lunch at Kismet’s then go grocery shopping. That should be fun. We always enjoy that place when we go. So I’m looking forward to that, too.

Going to see my parents this weekend to celebrate all the birthdays. I need to wrap/bag up all the presents. I think everyone will enjoy them. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone. So we will do a lot of socializing this week.

I put in music last night into our big stereo–collected up all of our Garth Brooks CD’s except one I can’t find. I don’t know what happened to it unless it’s in my car somewhere. I’ve looked in all the places we keep CD’s and can’t find it at all. It’s one I really like too so that frustrates me. But we’ve listened to a lot of music this weekend so that has been fun.

I guess I’ll get ready to head out. Hope everyone is doing well today. Time to keep praying for the world and the state it’s in. Which is hard to do when you don’t know exactly what to pray for amongst so many things that are going wrong. But the Bible says God hears our prayers even when we don’t have words for them so I am holding on to that promise. Godspeed.

Counting Down

I realized last night that my life is really about to change really radically. I spent time in an office part of a day when I was teaching at Mississippi College, but that was two days a week, and I was free to do whatever I wanted while I was there–I didn’t really have to do that but I wanted to give the kids a chance to come by if they needed to. But this is going to be 6-7 hours for three days and expected to work steadily. And I’m sharing an office with another person and have to wear a mask the whole time. It’s going to be really different. And so now I have butterflies about doing it at all. I guess the smart thing will be to say, “Look. I’m really scared right now. I’m just going to do the best I can.”

I don’t know what giving up all my time to this is going to do. I am just going to have to do the best I can to stay up with everything at home, too. I don’t think that’s going to be a huge problem; the key things are laundry and cooking so I don’t see having a big problem with that. The kicker is to see what I do when/if I go severely downhill. I hope whenever that starts happening, I can jump on that as well and switch up my meds again and see how to counteract it.

We had a good time at church today. I asked for prayer to start this job and to make sure I go in on the right foot and set a certain tone for myself in that I can make a positive impact on the office and help them all do their jobs better because I am taking on this role. I am really hoping to have that kind of effect. So we will see. One more day and then liftoff on Tuesday. Please pray for me. Godspeed.