Apparently that's what I've been on, without even realizing it. Go me! It's truly impressive in my own mind to be doing something when I really thought I was just slacking.
In truth, life has just been extremely busy, and frankly, very disheartening on some levels. Personal "stuff" that I don't really want to share (but I do still love you all, with the burning intensity of a supernova...and I had to go look that up to make sure I was actually talking about a real thing that was sufficiently high enough on the star life-cycle scale so you know my love is true), but needless to say it's been hard to feel like being my usual ditzy effervescent self with a millstone around my neck.
But sometimes, sometimes, you just have to push through. Life stuff happens to everyone at some point, and <insert positive reinforcement here>. It makes us stronger, or better, or more tired. Or something. Anyway, like some really witty analogy, I'm back. (And there was much rejoicing! You are rejoicing aren't you? If you're not, you know I'm pouting at you vehemently!)
I should probably mention that I'm tipsy right now. But this post still counts! Waxing prosaic (since we're all very aware this is so not poetic!) while tipsy is really a time-honoured writing tradition. (Ooh, look what I did there, a Canadian spelling. You can take the girl out of Canada...). I'm like Hemingway or Poe. But then, loyal readers, this is probably not news to y'all.
Okay you didn't realize it but I just took a 20 minute cat break. People say that the hardest part about writing is just settling down and doing it, but they're wrong. Those people do not own cats. Because for a cat owner, the hardest part about writing is prying the cat off the paper/keyboard. True story. And it's not just fiction as some might suppose, I have cats that will sit on non-fiction and even schoolwork. They are multi-talented, my wee beasties.
Segue: Fun sized Snickers. The ultimate evil or best creation ever? I can't decide. Right now I'm just calling them dinner.
I've decided (just this second mind you so this might be a really crappy plan when I sober up), that to help me post more regularly, I will attempt to do a weekly round up of 5 things that I learned or that caused some sort of impact to my world.
Here goes for this week:
1. Bridges fall. Here on the West Coast, I-5 is pretty much the gateway to everything. When I-5 is stunted, the world slows, colours are dimmer, and the balance of power shifts. Remembering that we are but mere mortals against such forces as gravity (and other physics concepts I'm sure were in play but of which names I'm ignorant) when you see something like this on a road you've traveled hundreds of times....well it's a little startling at best. Thankfully, there were no major injuries or any fatalities.
2. Sometimes I am smarter than I think I am. I keep thinking that I'm a relative newbie in my job, but then I'm reminded (usually by a client meeting) that I've actually got a lot of this handled and under my belt. (Except that I don't wear a belt, so that's really under my pants, but honestly, it's not that kind of job....).
3. Family, no matter how far away, is always close in my heart. And for the most part, I'm always in theirs. That point was brought close to home this week. I'm very thankful for them, no matter where they might be.
4. I have several dozen ways to slack from things that I should be doing. This week I'm working on being cognizant of when I'm overdoing the slack and trying to remedy. (Tomorrow, since that's how procrastination works, right?)
5. Taking a break, even of only a few minutes, can change the perspective and perception a hundredfold. (Wow, just think of what my months-long hiatus did for that!)
And on that note, I will bid you adieu. To you and you and you.