I’m back – tidbits, and a possible new idea

I apologize for the lack of posts over the past month, month-and-a-half. Things just got away from me. Work is work. Home is home. Life is life. Nothing’s really changed.

But here are a few tidbits of mention that happened during my absence:

~ My dear blog friend John at writingthebody is no longer on the blogosphere. I cried at the loss, because he was such a kind and wonderful person. I hope he’s doing okay. Wherever you are, John, I miss you dearly, and I hope you are well. And I really don’t know what else to say, because it was such a hard loss.

~ Younger Brother visited from Georgia recently. He was home for two weeks. We had a good visit with him. He got me hooked on that show “Sherlock.” It’s a good show.

~ Dad also visited over Labor Day weekend, and that was a good visit as well. He’s still on the air, as DJ MoZo. I haven’t been listening nearly as often as I should, and I feel bad for that.

~ On a more serious note, I’m getting over a depressed streak that’s lasted about two weeks now. It was a bad one this time. Just so many things. I’m not up to sharing at this very moment. But I’m pretty much through the worst of it. I’m still pretty down, but at least I’m still here. (I said, it was a bad one.)

~ It was because of this depressed streak that I had a new idea. It’s crazy, and stupid, and perhaps a little vain. So why am I sharing it? I dunno. Just bear with me. I’ve thought about setting up a video log about life with depression/bipolar disorder. I thought about calling it “Ask the Depressed Girl Anything,” and taking questions from viewers/readers. What do you think? I would really appreciate any feedback. I haven’t started on it yet, and I don’t know if I will. It depends, I suppose. It’s just an idea, after all.

Anyway. I’ll try to do better next post.

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No reason for my absence….

….not really.

Just gathering my thoughts.


Back soon.

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Soft kittie, warm kittie…. (emphasis on ‘warm’)

My cat is so strange.

Here it was, 90-some degrees out today, with heat indices of 100+.

My room has no air conditioning. None at all. I have my windows open and a fan set up. That’s my air conditioning.

And yet, Nuala slept upstairs, in my stiflingly hot room, all day long. She’s still there now, all stretched out on my bed.

She loves the heat, while I worry about her getting heat stroke.

What a strange cat.

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Write and run

Yes, I am still here. And I’m sorry to not be posting lately. Things have been hectic around here, what with work and family and everything in between. So, sorry for that.

As it happens, I’m off for a few more days, to house-sit for Older Sister while she makes her yearly sojourn to Dallas (it’s a long story).

Just wanted to let you know I am still here.

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Happy 4th of July!

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend, all!


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Liebster Award, the Fifth

Dear John at writingthebody has nominated me!


Thank you so much, John!

The rules are:

1. Display the award on your blog.
2. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer 11 questions provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs you feel deserve this award, who have less than 1,000 followers.
5. Ask 11 questions of your 5 – 11 nominees.

5 – 11 Nominees:

I’m not good with choosing who to nominate, because everyone is so strong in their own right. In that regard, if you’re reading this, consider yourself nominated. You can either answer the following questions in comments or on your own blog.

11 questions from Mouse to you:

1. Why do you blog?

2. What is your favorite musical instrument?

3. Do you have a favorite season, and why?

4. What do you believe in?

5. What do you like most about your job; or, if you’re a student, what do you like most about school?

6. What do you fear?

7. Are you a wanderer or a stay-put type of person?

8. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

9. If you drink soda, do you prefer Coke or Pepsi, or something else entirely?

10. If you had to be a teacher of something, what would you teach?

11. What is something unexpected that has changed about you in the last few years?

11 facts about myself:

1. Despite my good memory, I can be very forgetful. Like, I’m the kind of person who gets bummed out because she doesn’t have enough change to use a pay phone while she’s out, until she remembers she has a cell phone!

2. I can be impatient at times, but I hope I cover it well.

3. The sole time I have ever tried to drive (aside from driver’s ed courses in high school), I nearly ran into every parked car on our block. Got a lot of long horrified looks from passerbys, too. How embarrassing.

4. I like to input codes from soda bottle caps and try to win prizes. I won a Flip video camera that way.

5. Every house we’ve ever lived in has been in relatively close proximity to train tracks. Hence, a fascination with trains on my part.

6. Thanks to Elvie, I learned that vanilla scented perfume will ward off pesky gnats. And that’s actually a scent I can wear without breaking out, thank goodness. So now I wear it all the time, and it really works.

7. At work, I like to be busy all day. I hate having downtime at work.

8. I’ve been told I have a Wisconsin accent by many a discerning Iowan, and I can’t understand what they’re hearing that tells them so. While some of my formative years were spent in Wisconsin, I also lived in Illinois and Georgia for a time, too. So, I don’t know.

9. I have K.M. Weiland’s ‘Wordplayer’s Manifesto’ printed out, framed, and prominently displayed on my computer desk. It inspires me.

10. My current library (in my room) is full to overflowing with books. Thank you, Half Price Books, and curse you as well.

11. I like collecting pewter figurines but, since pewter is so expensive anymore, I don’t have very many.

My answers to John’s 11 questions:

1. Do you have many friends?
~ I don’t. I have some acquaintances, and my co-workers of course. But no friends.

2. What do you value in a friend?
~ Being able to talk to a friend about anything, and they don’t judge.

3. Can a purely online relationship be a true friendship?
~ Sure. Why not?

4. How long have you been friends with your longest friendship?
~ I don’t have a close friendship like that. I mean, I’ve known Cora for about twenty years, but we’re hardly close anymore.

5. Can a lover also be a friend?
~ Yes. I would think that should be the way it goes, shouldn’t it?

6. Do you have a pet?
~ I have three – a cat (Nuala), a dog (Muirne), and a parakeet (Little Blue).

7. What do you like reading?
~ I’ve found my taste in reading is becoming eclectic. I can read just about anything now. I like reading coming-of-age stories the most, which is not technically a genre of reading, but it’s what I like reading. Journeys of the soul. Yeah, I like reading those. And writing them, but that’s another story.

8. What kind of person are you?
~ I still don’t know. The best word to describe myself would be ‘unconventional.’

9. How do other people see you?
~ As shy and quiet.

10. What is your favourite food to eat?
~ Hmm. That’s tough, as I have a love-hate relationship with food. Fruit, probably. The cafeteria at the current company puts together the best fresh fruit cups.

11. What is your favourite food to cook?
~ I like cooking and baking just about anything, so I don’t really have a favorite thing to cook.

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Shoe strangeness

I’m not one of those girls who has a whole closet devoted to shoes.

I’m one of those people who will wear her shoes until the shoes wear out, and only then will I go buy new ones.

Take my work shoes. They wore out last week, scuffed clear through the toes, so I had to get new work shoes this past weekend. The new shoes I got should last me a while, as they’re quite sturdy. So I’m not going to worry about buying new ones for a couple years now, if I’m lucky.

Same with my tennis shoes. I had to get new tennis shoes, too, because the heels of my old ones cracked clear through, and were letting in water when it rained. Yuck. So I bought a new pair. Again, I shouldn’t have to buy new ones for another couple years.

Yes, years.

At most, I have five pairs of shoes – a pair of tennis shoes, a pair of work shoes, a pair of casual sandals, a pair of dressy formal shoes, and a pair of winter boots. I don’t change my shoes when the fancy takes me, or if I get bored with them, and I don’t wear shoes for style. I wear them because they’re functional and comfortable, and they can last me for years.

I don’t understand women who have thirty, forty, fifty pairs of shoes, or more, and who constantly have to buy them. Since when did shoes become the be-all and end-all? You know?

Not trying to knock those of you who have a shoe obsession.

It’s just….there’s more to life than shoes.

For the record – I cannot and absolutely will not ever wear heels. Ever. So there.


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