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Okay, so lately when the news is too much, and I just need something to do to pass some time and take a break, I’ve been looking at, like, “how I work” articles/blog posts/etc by different writers. Some of this is bullet journaly, some of it is just life hacks and software and notebooks and brain hacking.

I *love* reading about other people’s creative processes, and I hadn’t done it in a while, so it’s been lovely to get back into. And I also realized how little thinking time I’ve been giving myself lately. Well, thinking time about anything besides the news.

And so I’ve been stealing ideas for bullet journal layouts and writing notebooks and commonplace books and work processes. Today I sat down and kind of outlined what I want to do.

With any luck, tomorrow I will get to sit
In my office, uninterrupted, and put together a whole bunch of project notebooks. Okay, three. But I’m super excited at the prospect!

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So my parents and I went to see “The Dark Tower” today (my mom liked it, I … did not).

The order of previews was

1. Manly Soldier With PTSD and All the Attendant Cliches Prestige Movie

2. Kingsmen 2

3. Manly Firemen Prestige Movie Starring Dude from Manly Soldier With PTSD Movie and All the Cliches the Manly Soldier Movie Didn’t Cover

4. Polyamorous D/s Creator of Wonder Woman Biopic

And, like … someone did that on purpose, right?

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Very last elementary school open house today.

They were funneling everyone to the cafeteria for teacher assignments. Team Z, fifth grade family, said to hell with that–they always put transportation sign up in the library and the first week of school walk-in passes are in the STEM lab, let’s get those and let the teacher assignment line go down!

Had a moment of pure panic when his teacher’s name was NOT what we had expected, but the assistant principal was right outside the door and let us know that they have a new 5th grade gifted teacher this year (I swear to god, Z’s class is this school’s equivalent to Defense Against the Dark Arts–they’re either the teacher’s last class at the school or their first class at the school).

New teacher looks younger than me, but she taught for 20 years in New Jersey. She had glitter on for open house. Gave her the info she needed, found the kid’s desk, and headed out.

Got there at 1, out by 1:35.

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“Why would this invasive mega-fish thrive?”

My hypothesis: since it’s *invasive,* it has no natural predators in its new environment, and apparently it is FUCKING HUGE, so.

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Some random photos from July.

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(This is almost as good as the main kid in Ready Player One wishing he’d grown up in the 80s.)

(And I think when I was actually living in the 90s I would not have thought of a movie set in the 60s as a “period piece,” so this may just be my own connotations, but still. FLANNEL AND NIRVANA /=/ BUSTLES AND BEETHOVEN.)

And all you youngsters need to get off my lawn, too! (Pets her 263$363637383&,!4738 hairless cats.)

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Jul. 3rd, 2017 02:47 pm
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Got my IUD replaced today. Am now on the couch with the heating pad, ibuprofen ingested, easing the cramping with daydreams of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell both feeling inexplicably ashamed today, as though somewhere, somehow, a woman got to control her own reproductive system.

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Okay! You feel flat and ick and blah and very ‘what the fuck is the point?’ today. And that is actually kind of not shocking at all because …

1. Vacation next week, BUT FIRST! You have ALL THE WORK so you meet the deadlines that hit during vacation PLUS two meetings AND an all-day conference on Friday! That you are 70-85% running! WHO DECIDED YOU WERE AN ADULT NOBODY CONSULTED YOU ON THIS MATTER WHAAT? Not to mention random other junk.

2. Mr Seldnei is still in Ohio. Now with possible bonus pink eye!

3. Just … sad. Grief sucks and does not end.

4. The boyo is still at the grandparents’, which is cool and all, but you miss him.

5. What the fuck, backache? Really?

6. The news is alternately scary and pissing you off. Twitter currently is an anxiety attack in app form.

7. Stuff I’m not going to mention on the internet, nothing super terrible, but I have to consider doing a few things that make me uncomfortable for my greater good.

8. The novella’s finished, aside from proofreading and posting. The end of a story always feels weird.


So it all makes sense. You’re not weird or a jerk or anything else. My darling Self, you are *tired.* of course you are; look at that list.

You can do all this, and you know it. Just play some music, eat a pretzel today (it’s therapy day, so we get a stuffed pretzel!), talk it all out with C. tonight, and come home and watch some Glee.

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I am now fully immunized. Hooray. Also ow, that one stung.

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Home, and I need to get myself organized for the week because I have to head back to work tomorrow. I really should have taken Monday off, too.

I left the husband with a plan. I don’t know how well it will work out, but all anyone can ever do is their best.

My mother-in-law is doing okay. She’s sort of in shock, sort of thinking she should feel worse or not be functioning, but right now she’s doing okay.

The boyo and I are all right.

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The only thing better than the fact that the 10 year old knows all the words to “Aaron Burr, Sir” is when he belts “It’s hard to have intercourse over four sets of corsets” in front of his grandmother.

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1. My arms hurt.
2. My husband made me watch ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies,’ which would have been fine except the zombies were kind of boring and the leads were neither Kiera Knightley nor Colin Firth.
3. I had a good day at work, but introvert me is tired.
4. I’m a little wonky because, I think, I want to be writing something new rather than revising.
5. What the hell smells like bleach?
6. Come on, UK, I want some actual numbers on this election!

Tags:as problems go these are not awful, tomorrow i'll start calling reps to yell about actual problems, like fucking health care, seldnei's life
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Ten years old is:

–lower voice than 5 years old, but still a high, kid-voice

–you can see the teenager lurking in his limbs, hands, and feet, and also the small child haunting his face around his nose, chin, and mouth

–worries about death and the ever expanding universe; sheer delight at Pokémon dances

–taking part in family jokes and catching innuendo that used to soar over his head

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The entirety of House Seldnei is sniffling and congested.

I took a sick day today. I felt bad, but probably could have powered through, and then I thought–you know, every time I’ve “powered through” the early stages of crud, it’s just been miserable. And I have a three day weekend, so by taking today off I can have four days to rest and take meds and, hopefully, not end up with bronchitis or something.

So here’s hoping.

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1. Working on a Thing I’m doing. (Not that Thing. The Other Thing.)

2. Every Single Day planning (setup, info on charity, general freakout over my project because I MUST BE DOING SOMETHING WRONG because come on, I must be, right?)

3. Sneezing my head off all day, sore throat all night.

Tags:i can totally be sick, i have a long weekend and the only serious plans i have are for ESD, which can be done from my bed with my laptop, but you know i'd rather not be sick is all i'm saying, so here's hoping for allergies, seldnei's life, seldnei is being cryptic on social media
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Memorial service is done. I had to read my mom’s speech. I cried. So did the rest of the church.

Actress/Director/Theatre Educator friend from high school was there, and I swear to god as soon as she gets her MFA and gets her ass back to this state we’re gonna get together at one of our houses and have a real chat about education and art and all sorts of stuff like that.

Also found out I nearly died by choking at the age of, like, three from the babysitter I haven’t seen in something like 20 years.

Now Mr Seldnei and I are home and crashed on the couch watching something on Crunchyroll that looks like Miyazaki decided to make a Lovecraft-influenced space opera. The boy is with my parents, with orders to hug Grammie a lot. I’m going to play Pokémon and stop contemplating the inevitability of death and the ongoing march of time.

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This week has been long. There was work stuff (so many projects), the Eldest Niece’s graduation has been looming, sending out the rewrite request, SO MANY END OF THE YEAR THINGS FOR Z*, writing the obituary for our family friend, and helping my Mom write her speech for the funeral tomorrow, which I will be reading as she’s pretty sure she won’t be able to get through it. Oh, and ALL THE NEWS.

The high point of my days has been Sense8 with Mr Seldnei every night.

I mean, things are fine. It will all slow down. But fucking hell, I am *tired.*

*Pool party for meeting his reading goal all 4 quarters, STEM night, art class, the big water play day for the kids who got 0 referrals all year, some sort of random fun thing today, and thank god next week is the last week of school. We’re all ready to kiss 4th grade goodbye.

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I get tired of NPR and music periodically, so I’ll check out audiobooks from the library to listen to in my car.  The interesting side effect to this is that I’ll end up reading things in the voice of whatever narrator I’ve been spending the 60 minutes I spend on my daily commute with (that’s total, not one-way). So my novel revisions were partly ‘read’ by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Dante and Aristotle…

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See, I always thought I’d be an adult when I … got married, bought my house, had a kid, had a certain job, blah blah blah.  Every time I did those things, I didn’t really feel like an adult.  Like, I’m a grown woman, I’m 44, I am well aware of my age … but “adulthood” is a whole other thing than being old. No, what makes me feel like an adult is my husband being told he has diabetes.  Or myself…

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My mother and I chaperoned the gifted program annual field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry. Last year we drove; this year my mother used her secret fundraising skills to get a sponsor to provide money for buses.

It was fun. I occasionally worry about the boyo because I mostly hear about his missing the BFF, but when time came to break into groups we had this group of four kids who were clearly friends with my kid and wanted to hang with him (and each other), and two more who weren’t part of the group but who seemed friendly. So I know he has people he hangs with at school, and they were all pretty nice.

Now I am tired. But it’s Free Comic Book Day and we want to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2, so here we go.
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