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My house is falling apart. Not literally. But the housework keeps piling up and I have very little desire to do anything about it. Wait, scratch that… I do WANT a clean house. I dream of freshly dusted shelves and a spotless floor, of bathrooms with no mysterious stains. I fantasize about how nice it would be to have every dish clean and in its proper place. I toy with the idea of putting out bowls of fresh milk each night in hopes that friendly OCD brownies will scrub everything until it shines while I sleep. But I don’t, because... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at the weirdgirl
I got my covid vaccine last week! Yay! Shot number 1. I had more of a reaction than I expected. I developed chills about four hours after the shot and felt a little "off". Then the next day I felt great! Then the day after that, I had chills, fatigue, and a massive headache that lasted a couple of days. So worth it though. I have no regrets. Hopefully, that reaction is only with the first shot, but just in case, I’ll keep my schedule free the week of shot number 2. Because even though this reaction only lasted 2-3... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at the weirdgirl
Posted Apr 18, 2021 at the weirdgirl
I don’t know how to start this one. I have been SO excited about it… and yet, it’s weird. I mean, not completely circus clown freaky weird, but probably not something most people would get that excited about. And yet. I AM! I have been doing laser hair removal this year of our pandemic. I wasn’t excited to begin with. I was hesitant, and curious, and wary, and struggling with the decadence of it all! Laser anything is pricey and there are just more important things than burning your hair follicles to a crisp. However, due to age and fricking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2021 at the weirdgirl
OK, so I know I said I was going to reduce playing games on my phone (and I AM! Really, I am,) however, at the reduced, allotted times I DO play I have been increasingly disturbed by the ads for other games that are playing on my game. (You followed that, right?) Especially the ads for Makeover Games. I really feel like that should be followed with a dun dun DA! Or at least said in a voice of doom. These games' storylines center around girls receiving makeovers so they can catch the guy's attention. The girls in the ads... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2021 at the weirdgirl
Remember about a month and a half ago when I finished my last book and I was trying to channel all my productive momentum into the next project? Well, I failed. I stumbled around, flailing my arms, jumping from project to project, trying to stave off “the crash” but, inevitably, the crash came. I was mentally and creatively exhausted. I would start projects and then stare blankly into space, my mind refusing to budge beyond the vaguest of plans. I could do research fine but implementing creativity wasn’t working. But I kept fighting it! I thought, if I just keep... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at the weirdgirl
I just spent two and a half hours planting flowers. I kept waiting for winter rains to start here and it just hasn't happened (worrisome given our wildfires), so I finally went out front and filled in the scraggly, empty patches in my flower beds that, when it's raining cats and dogs, I AM PERFECTLY JUSTIFIED TO IGNORE! But, no rain, no justification, so off to plant I went. Sooooo... you know those TV shows and movies that always have some elderly lady happily gardening in her front yard? Like, almost every time you see her she's in her garden?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2021 at the weirdgirl
As a writer, I’m primarily a pantser*. I get a line or an image or a snippet of conversation in my head, I sit down to write and just see where it goes, letting events unfold before me. I also, often, will get a portion of a story in my head. These sections are larger than the snippets but they are far from complete. For example, the last book I wrote I had the beginning chapter and the final battle in my head before I began, but not a whole lot in between. The story before that, I had all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at the weirdgirl
So, years ago I did a post about introducing a new kitten into our household of older cats. One of those older cats being a massive, jealous diva queen whose temperament towards new kittens was like Johnny Lawrence’s reaction to Daniel-san in Karate Kid. (No Mercy!) Our kitten, Ginger, was and still is a sweetheart; very non-confrontational, would prefer to sleep than fight, and enjoys belly rubs from strangers (and no, it’s not a trap! She really likes her belly rubbed!). Rather than deal with our older terror, Ginger often hid in my lap under a throw blanket. And jealous... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at the weirdgirl
Okay, so. I finished my second full-length novel two days ago. That means the story, beginning to end, all the words, is complete. No parts of "oh I should fix that" or "let me get back to that section" or "what should I do here". Complete. And pretty clean. That doesn't mean I won't have edits... I sent it off to my freelance editor; I've got a beta review lined up and others to schedule. But the story itself... IS... FINISHED! I don't know how to explain the feeling of having the story that's been in my head for so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at the weirdgirl
Recipe first, blather second. (I don't know how to do those fancy schmancy recipe layouts so bear with me.) Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal Cups 2 tablespoons melted butter (I used salted butter) 1 egg 1 cup orange juice 1/2 cup milk 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar (plus a little more, I made mine a heaping 1/3) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 1 muffin pan Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin pan and set aside (or use a silicon muffin pan). Mix together all ingredients - except oats - until well... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2021 at the weirdgirl
Phone shoulder is real, yo! You know that aching stiffness in your non-dominant shoulder? The one that holds the phone as you swipe at it like a cat batting a fly? I've got to stop playing games on my phone. Especially Redecor. I got sucked into that one because I really do like decorating a room and, between you and me, my house looks great! But that game is fixed for a very particular aesthetic AND they don't give you enough color options without you paying out a ton of cash! Not that the extra colors really matter because everyone... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2021 at the weirdgirl
It is so blazing hot here I feel like a cheese slice cut into the shape of a woman and melted onto my couch. We don't have AC. Usually we deal with the heat fine because we're used to it but Humidity has decided to come for a visit. What the fuck Humidity? Haven't you heard of COVID?! You shouldn't be traveling. We don't want your sticky germs and sapping damp, thank you. Just because you don't have to wear a mask doesn't make you cool. Besides, this is California. We don't DO Humidity. (We do fire season. Duh.) That's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at the weirdgirl
My family does not appreciate my prowess for organizing dishware. Now I know I've said on this blog many times that I am NOT a domestic queen... I'm not very good at cooking, laundry is a chore, I especially don't like to clean (and yet I seem to be doing the majority of it every damn day!!). I'm just not into much of the traditional domestic duties unless it involves sugar. (Mmm, cookies.) However, as far as silverware is concerned I've got mad skills! MAD SILVERWARE SKILLS! Of which skills, my family seems clueless. Let me break this down. I've... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2020 at the weirdgirl
I feel, simultaneously, like I'm getting a lot of long-neglected things done AND I am the laziest person alive. Motivation has slowed down as much as our economy has in this shelter in place era. Which on the one hand, I would never ever wish these circumstances or anxiety on anyone, and on the other, I am very well rested. I've read some good books, watched good shows, and played a game I'm enjoying very much on my phone (you can do it Lily, you can save your garden!). It's amazing what the step back has put into perspective. It's... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2020 at the weirdgirl
Well, I've reached the point of the shut in where I'm breaking into spontaneous song. ESPECIALLY if my son is playing video games! There is just something about a teen concentrating ferociously on a screen that brings out the jazz hands in me. Me (dancing in front of the screen): Hey, whatcha doing? Am I BOTHERING you? Chance: Mom! Stop it! I've got to kill the thing at the time in the place for the team! Muted voice from his headphones: Tell your mom you like big butts! Chance: Shut up! I'm not telling my mom that! Me: Ha! You... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at the weirdgirl
I thought this was just beautiful. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2020 at the weirdgirl
This is Blood-Visions with 01604ever. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at the weirdgirl
I've changed over to a new face cream, one that's "age-appropriate" for my current circumstances. Those circumstances being that I am NOT the 20-something my heart and emotions and even dreams feels that I am, but I am, in actuality, Let's just say my insides don't match my outsides. However, my outsides have argued that hormone fluctuations are really wreaking havoc on my skin so I decided to try the next phase in skin care and forgo the cream meant for younger selves that I have been using for years and still really love and move on to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at the weirdgirl
That's why I'm writing this post. I've avoided my blog. I've been avoiding writing in general. Not all summer. I had a good run in the beginning. I've had a lot of introspection and a lot of deep thoughts but it's been scattered. I've been writing in pieces. That might sound confusing if you're not a writer. You're writing, so that's good, right? But when you're writing in pieces that often means you're not finishing. It's a lot of jumping around. There were some deaths this summer. People I knew, people gone much too soon. There have been shootings. Everything... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at the weirdgirl
It is the end of the school year! Usually by this time, there have been so many events and and extracurriculars and end of year of projects (besides getting up at the ungodly hour of 7:00 o'clock every morning for months!) that we're all a little bedraggled and ready for a good summer rest. Summer plans are made but the day to day is vague and heavily reliant on "nothing". But I don't know, this time it feels different. There is energy in the air. It feels like something is about to HAPPEN. I don't know what exactly, but it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at the weirdgirl
I seemed to have tweaked a muscle in my collarbone. I wasn't even doing anything, just sitting at a meeting and when I moved it felt funny. I didn't think pulling that particular area was even possible. I mean, I can't flex my breasts like Dwayne Johnson can. Especially not both girls separately. He really gets them going so that seems like he would pull a boob eventually. (I suppose I should call them "pecs" but that just seems silly. We all know he's boob popping.) I figure there must be a gene that lets you isolate those muscles. One... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at the weirdgirl
Ugh! I did not mean to let so much time pass between posts. Things got real busy real fast. I got called for jury duty right about the same time that I realized I needed to plan whatever we were going to do for the summer, and also at the same time that I needed to get a bathroom remodel going because, oh my god, our bathroom is falling apart. I mean, it's functional. It works, you can use the toilet and take a shower and all that. Just try not to pay attention to the dripping faucets (3), broken... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at the weirdgirl
I gotta tell you I'm not digging this menopause thing. It's painful, lumpy, awkward, and odd. There are also smells. Years ago, I put together a whole list of the Things They Don't Tell You in Lamaze, all the silly, gross, funny details and shared experiences of pregnancy. I'm half-tempted to start a new list for menopause. Except I'm really hoping it'll be over before I have enough for a list. Really, really hoping. Who I am kidding? I've already got enough; I just don't want to relive them. The symptom I'm currently enduring is my boobs growing. Because, apparently,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at the weirdgirl
Things have been alternately busy and pokey lately, in that way that culminates in having too much to do one day and not caring to do anything at all the next. On the busy end, my kiddo (who is suddenly much too grown up) finished his play for drama and his drum show and then went off on an 8th grade D.C. trip during spring break. Whoof! (Yeah, a whole lot could be unpacked there but I'm putting it on hold lest I go maudlin.) And in two weeks he has auditions for high school! (Oh, my heart.) In between... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at the weirdgirl