A late addition

Today is Juneteenth. This is not the first year I’ve been aware of the holiday, but it is close to it. It wasn’t taught in school. I think I heard about the holiday for the first time in the last couple of years. I’m not very proud of that.

I’m working on a small sewing project for Junior Youth – sewing a pocket onto the front of a t-shirt turned tank top so there’s a pouch for JY to carry our newest family member, Benelli. Benelli is a guinea pig, and I don’t know if I’ve mentioned her before.

Unfortunately, since I’m doing it by hand, my right hand started to cramp up when I got about 1/3 of the way through the project, so I’ll have to work more on it tomorrow. Hopefully I can finish it. I may take it with me to do laundry, in fact.

I really don’t mind sewing by hand all that much, but if I was more comfortable with setting up my sewing machine, I 100% would rather be using that. I just don’t have the mental energy for that, which is why I haven’t made any masks yet, either.

I got home early today, as I mentioned. I stayed late to work on getting Dropbox moved to a new hard drive on one of the office computers, so I got home less early than I would have had I bolted at 1 pm. But it was still early, so I took a nap, which was lovely. And now, I’m nearly ready for a nap again. I ate most of a pint of ice cream, and it was delicious. I can see the cats sprawling on their backs with their cute little back legs spread wide, airing out their delicate bits (at least the ones I didn’t have removed in favor of reducing unwanted kitten populations), and they have such good ideas (the naps, not necessarily the sprawl position).

I hope you had a good day. And if you didn’t have a good day, I hope you had an okay day. And if you didn’t have an okay day, I hope tomorrow is better. Loves.

A new daily habit?

I watched this video about a woman who did a timelapse of her learning to write with her non-dominant hand, and it’s so neat!

So I’m trying it.

So as the captions already note, day 0 was me writing with my dominant hand as a baseline. I’m doing as the video did, using Wikipedia articles. The first article is listed, and the second and third articles were Rainbow and Clover, respectively.

Day 1 was rough. I can hardly read it! My hand was jumping all over, and I didn’t have a good grip on my hand. It’s actually worse than my reverse handwriting with my right hand, which I may try next, because that’s a fun trick, too.

Day 2 went better – that was this morning. I wrote a little more slowly, and I had a better grip. But it’s still rough. At least it’s legible, though. More or less.

I don’t know why I’m using my time like this. I’m feeling guilty about not making time for YouTube right now. That would mean asking my kids to accept less of my time, though, and that’s not going to happen.

Well, anyway. I remembered to blog! Woo!

Happy Thursday!

Daily Reminder

The Reminder I set up on my phone is persistent, and I appreciate it.

This is your daily reminder. What are you grateful for today?

I am grateful for getting more sleep when my body tells me I need it.

I am grateful for all the help I have trying to raise my kids. My husband, my parents, therapists, doctors. They’re all critical.

I am grateful we haven’t had creditors calling us in the past 18 years, because creditor calls and letters suck ass.

I am grateful I have most of my debt in a debt management plan that helps me get those fuckers paid off because seriously, I fucking hate debt.

I am grateful we are able to pay our bills even though our income is altered right now.

I am grateful I have a job that is so flexible, and that I’m able to work in the office right now.

I am grateful for the new idea to work on my penmanship with a little bit of daily practice. (I’ll post some updates soon.)

There’s more, but I’m also crunched for time.


Things to do when I wake up early

Because I often allow myself to go back to bed instead of waking up when I said I wanted to wake up, I thought I’d make a list I could look at (or remember, hopefully, since I doubt I’ll have this easily accessible) of the things I find I don’t always have time or energy for after I’ve been at the office all day.

I could:

  • journal
  • meditate
  • walk
  • blog
  • record a video
  • read
  • eat breakfast
  • watch TV
  • write
  • epilate
  • write a letter
  • catch up on YouTube
  • do my nails
  • practice my left-handed writing

Those are the things I thought of on my way to work.

Here’s what from that list I managed this morning, having woken at 4:45 am.

  • meditate
  • journal (x3)
  • read
  • watch TV
  • walk

I had reached the fourth item on that list, thinking, “Hey, I really want to watch part of this show so I can finish the series and then concentrate on other things, like writing,” and I realized ugh, I haven’t been walking in forever, and I can totally listen to YouTube videos like they’re podcasts, and still walk.

So that’s what I did.

And I was late to work. Not a lot late, just three or four minutes. I know that’s a side effect of getting so comfortable at home with being able to see it was 8:45 and hey, I should get in the shower. But things are different now, and I really ought to be ready to go (except maybe for making lunch) by eight to get out the door and to the office on time.

I’ll work on that.

I hope you’re having a great day! And if you’re not having a great day, I hope you’re having an okay day. And if you’re not having an okay day, then I hope tomorrow is better. Loves!