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I haven't made a real blog post since September.

I haven't made many good journal posts. I'm working a lot. My work day is 13 hours long. I'm writing and working out.

My life is quiet.
I'm well into 7th season of a Buffy rewatch and it has sparked almost no meta from me.

My brain is slowing down. Or maybe I;m just locked in post-election trauma mode and can't do anything but shuffle numbly through my life for the next four years.

My week

Mar. 5th, 2017 08:45 pm
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Fitness: Did 4 days at the gym. No more weight increases. Going to up my reps. Made it up to 11.5 minutes on the elliptical and didn't feel like dying.

Writing: Master Anton broke 30,000 words, 10K this week.

Worked a lot.

This week:
2 pr of feet
1 hat
And all the above.
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Act I

Morning, interior, house

(Half-asleep Angel loads washer, adds soap, pushes start. Nothing)
"Honey, the washer won't start"

(cue pushing buttons, checking fuses, testing outlet)

Act II
Interior, laundromat, mid morning

Angel loads washer, adds quarters. washer fills and dies.
Cue more swearing.
Move laundry to new washer.

Interior, home, mid morning

Angel is rooting through change jar.
"The laundromat washer died too."

Mudd:Honey, the house dryer still works.

Curtain on facepalm and hysterics.
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One good thing that happened today: My writer's block has come undone. 4000 words.

One goal accomplished today: Writing

One goal for tomorrow: work out

One thing I'm looking forward to tomorrow: Lunch at the Chinese place. They make the best cashew chicken
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One good thing today: tulips on Winchester road.

One goal today: writing!

Goal for tomorrow: workout
Looking forward to chapter 2 of my book.
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One good thing that happened today:
Spaghetti turned out well.

One goal accomplished today:worked out. Made lunch.

One goal for tomorrow: file sales taxes

One thing I'm looking forward to tomorrow:writing time.
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1-5 Michaels
Pasta Primavera
put away clothes
do dishes
take out trash

Ham macaroni

eye dr 10;45

Chicken fried rice

Pasta primavera (leftover)


Michaels 9-130

Goals for the week:
write 1000 words
Drive for Uber
3 workouts
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I'm down with the crud. But seem to be on the mend. Hope I didn't over do.

This recipe is really good. We left out the peas and asparagus and added italian sausage. I have some for lunch tomorrow.


tatertot casserole

Pulmanologist 10:45, take CPAP
sausage spaghtti

ham mac & cheese

Mudd to Jonesboro

Michaels, 9-1
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In the last hour and a half, I have:
baked a devil's food cake
put a cheesecake in the oven
made bacon and eggs for breakfast for Mudd and myself
washed dishes
and done a load of laundry

Not out of my pajamas because my clothes are in the dryer.
I leave for "work" in an hour."
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My car is fixed and home!
Thanks to very generous friends and my father, I am once again among the wheeled.

I got to have breakfast with my son. The food at the dorms is pretty good. We had chicken fried steak, scrambled eggs and hash browns. The waffle iron stuck.

I went to work, and took Gabriel to the gym. As Gabriel is trans, we had to visit with the manager. Not a problem. Gabriel has a membership and we are working out.

My afternoon route went well.
I came up with a name for our household that nobody can pronounce. Thusandvlarknoor. Literally Trading Ship of a Thousand Falcons.

Pizza for dinner and then arranging my lunch and gym bag.
Now some crochet and casting on a hat.
And then to bed
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call life insurance

Take folks to work
go to Jonesboro and get car
Deposit Durham check
get end of 401K
work afternoon shift
turkey dressing casserole

work out
drive for Uber

drive for Uber
on my own for dinner

Drive for Uber

9-5 Michaels.

Goals this week:
read a book
Write 1000 words
make $100 with Uber to pay for repairs and car
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 My Nitro blew a head gasket.

This is a $2500 repair. I've raised $300, which helps.

But this is where I ask you, my friends and readers, to check out my
Etsy Shop

Pretty jewelry, luscious soap, nice things to keep you schmoopy warm for Valentine's...

Or over at, all eBooks are 99c.

Here's how this works:
1) You go there and decide what you want.
2) you send the money by paypal to In the comments you list the titles you want, and your email.
3) I send you pdf files.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Jan. 19th, 2017 07:50 am
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 Yesterday was a busy day.

First thing, I went and took my passenger and schoolbus endorsement tests.
I passed!. Maybe not with flying colors, but i passed!

Then I had to drive. I drove 250 miles to get everything done. I went to Jonesboro (I had left my CDL packet in my Nitro, like a goof) and got my CDL packet. No official estimate yet.

Then I drove another hour to Newport and found the testing office, way back in a cornfield accessible by a couple of gravel roads.
They did my paperwork and sent me on my way.

I went to Wynne and Forrest City on Action Link business.
I got back to town with half an hour before the revenue office closed.
I forgot to take my birth certificate!
So, this morning, I am taking everything in and getting my new license.

I am also mailing about 6 packages.My etsy supporters are generous.
The rough estimate on the car is $2500. I've raised about 325.

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Grocery shopping
Cooking ahead

Clean catbox
Sausage broccoli mac


South Loop
Jon back to school
dinner out
Declutter shower, sink, laundry

Monitor and training
Toss ratty towels and linens
Clean behind washer and dryer
take out trash
Italian Turkey casserole

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Onion, Chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 3 cups Cooked Chicken, Cubed
  • 2 cans (14 Oz. Size) Diced Tomatoes With Garlic, Basil, Oregano
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 package 3 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 8 ounces, weight Angel Hair Pasta, Cooked According To Package Instructions, And Kept Warm


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

In large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes, or until tender. Stir in chicken, tomatoes and cream. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Add cream cheese and 1 cup mozzarella cheese; cook, stirring constantly until cheeses are melted. Add the cooked pasta, tossing gently to coat. Spoon into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with remaining cheese. Bake 30 minutes.


Skill Out
Have CPAP adjusted
Go to Newport
Forrest City
Get license
Clean around sink
Meatloaf and mashed potatoes

Make restock list for bathroom and laundry
general bathroom
Turkey Potpie


Shine tub and sink, wipe down washer and dryer
Mexican Lasagna

Michaels 9-1
Food plan
Grocery shop
Cook ahead

Write 1000 words
Finish Tim's Hat
Finish Pink hat

Last Week's Goals:
Mend Jon's A State T-shirt
Finish Jon's blanket
Write 1000 words--721 accomplished
Finish Tim's hat--got left in car when it was in the shop.
Other: Took out 6 bags of trash from study and front room
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So, there have been questions as to when I will be writing on Nikolai again.

My question is, do I need to?

I feel brutally prescient.

From _The Last Days of the Sweet Land of Liberty_ (or at least the Mortalus Source Book, the backstory on the DisUnited States)

The Reign of Fortune – Rodney White, 2016-2020
A sudden and fierce competitor, Rodney White won the 2016 election in a landslide, taking the office of President at 55.

Promising an end to the progressive steps that the US had taken so far, he began a virulent attack on public services with a matching Congress. Heath care was almost immediately routed to a voucher program, and while the Democratic majority in the justice system carried the civil and social rights programs forward, the States fought back.

Tension grew hot and heavy when Texas, in 2018, passed legislation in direct contradiction of the Supreme Court and upheld it. The standoff lasted for almost a year before a new States’ Rights bill, called the Grady Bill, was passed through Congress, allowing for the conscientious objection of the states.

White signed it with great aplomb, as the monetary stipulation had been already placed within. The Democrats termed this the “Reign of Fortune” immediately after Social Security was laid to rest and several other programs found gravestones right next to it, along with public education, instead switching to a voucher program of its own.

The influx of money to the Federal Government was extensive, and badly mishandled. When White left office in 2020, he left the country, never to be seen again, amidst rumors that much of the overage had gone into his own pockets.
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Or caught in the Vortex again.

There is one piece of paperwork we need to finalize the loan and get the car back.

It may actually be in the car itself.
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Yesterday, on the way to work, my waterpump blew.
So there was the usual hassle of tow-trucks and repairs I cannot afford. I am fortunate to have roadside through my phone, and my credit rating has improved enough that my credit union would loan me the money, instead of having to go through a loanshark. (Vito's Late Night Loans: Pay through the nose or pay through the knee-caps)

Getting that loan took most of two days.
I had to reschedule my pulmonology appointment, and I have no clue when I can catch Wynne and Forrest City.

My training schedule is off. My paycheck is going to be about $50 light. And we're another $1000 in debt.

But today, in the course of looking for my loan paperwork, I collected 5 grocery bags of paper trash. I went grocery shopping and prepped the casserole for tomorrow. My clothes are laid out, the dishes are done, my lunch is packed.

I'm going to write, read and knit for a bit before bed.

Edit: 387 words written

My Day

Jan. 9th, 2017 09:34 pm
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My first day at Durham, did three hours as a bus monitor, and trained. Practiced pick-ups.

I worked on a hat and finished a knotted fleece blanket.

One goal for the week down.
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Last Week's Goals: All accomplished. 1346 words into the bargain
Last week's tasks... not much cleaning.

Meal planning
Take out trash
clean out fridge
Prep dinner for Mon
Make lunch for Mon
manwiches and fries

Turn in paperwork
Mexican Turkey casserole

Jon to Orthodontist 8:30
North loop
Make Wed lunch
Prep Wed supper

Work--car died

Pulmonary app--rescheduled
West Loop--rescheduled
prep Friday supper
make Friday lunch


Jon back to school

Goals this week:
Mend Jon's A State T-shirt
Finish Jon's blanket
Write 1000 words
Finish Tim's hat
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This year, I am working. I want to get as much debt as I can paid off.

I am writing.
I am creating.

I am not touring. No conventions, no festivals.
Instead, I am building stock, finishing projects and looking to 2018.
The Carpenter's Wyfe remains open on Etsy.

We'll plan for 2018 later in the year.

August 2017



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