It’s that time again, how quickly Tuesdays come, especially as the weather (70-85 degrees!) happens in the Northwest.
To the confessional—
I confess I get cranky when I don’t have enough alone time.
Especially in the morning, I like to be by myself for a bit, check my emails, drink my coffee. My family wanders in and out of my room interrupting me, telling me odd facts or sharing important-to-them info. I remind myself how lonely I’d be without them, how much I love them and am thankful for them. I try to smile interruption after interruption. It’s hard though because morning is not my sharing/connecting with the family time, I’m set for late-afternoon, evening, night on that.
But they are both morning people and gab away, want to know if I have “Movie Maker” on my computer, want to tell me I should be certain types of shoes, or that Burger King is giving away Pokemon cards with their Happy Meals, or there’s this guy’s son who is taking special golfing lessons. I remind myself how grateful I am to have people who want to share their lives with me.
Still, sometimes I don’t act as interested/kind as I should.
I always forget how much I love my bike until I ride my bike for the first time since fall.
I have a bad habit of nicknaming our neighbors (well, actually not just our neighbors). We have The TreeHaters, Rami-the-Punk, The Smoker, NakedChuck, Smokey’s Dad, CrazyRamona, LoudJudy, The RiffRaff, HappyMan, and PizzaLady. I think I may have confessed about this before though. I like them all except Rami the Punk (who recently insulted my dog and drives to fast) and The TreeHaters. I would not have tears if I saw a For Sale sign pop up in front of their homes.
I can finally share my good news… I recently received an Artist Trust GAP grant for my second manuscript of peoms… of course, that mss hasn’t found a publisher yet, but I’m looking much more seriously this year and it was a wonderful feeling to have the Artist Trust people support it by giving me a grant to complete it and submit it. It keeps me going.
And Oliver de la Paz was another GAP grant recipient too!
I have been sick all week and it’s very weird to be sick in sunny weather.