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there has to be a finite number of kids at our school

but sometimes it seems like eleventy zillion
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so that is a thing that I have did

and soon I will go sleep
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Purple pancakes! They are a thing that we made today!

ETA: Since people have asked after ingredients... Read more... )

ETAA: This is particularly important since S bought the ingredients and suggested it and it's the first time we've done Saturday Pancake Day since I went completely gluten free for health reasons last summer and it's historically been an important family bonding thing. So <3 <3 <3 thank you S and may the word of tasty pancakes made with loved ones reach everyone interested.
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(because humaning is HARD)

*creeps out from under furniture*

*slinks around room*

*cautiously headbutts friend*

*startled!retreat*

*cautiously observing; paws now out from under furniture*

ETA:

*one paw*

*two paw*

*whiskers*

*whoooole cat*

*finds a comfyspot in room*
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*this post emerging into cyberspace from the vicinity of a pair of cat eyes, glaring with ferocious defensiveness from beneath a sofa*

Hey there

So I actually had a pretty rotten mental health day today, and ended up calling in sick to work - which I HATE! - and staying home and sleeping all day because I wasn’t functioning in real time. Read more... )
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struggling with juggling work life, chores, relationship, and the epic thing I am reading that is taking a bit of brain runtime

trying to kinda ... maintain?

I feel very warmly towards you my friends, and yet also wish to hide under furniture.

*catsneak*
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Today I am grateful for:

noms Read more... )

Fuzzy soft things and other people/beings who also appreciate the cozy snuggly softness.

Cooler weather that isn't quite cold, and the opportunity to appreciate coziness.

Having got some chores done yesterday; the bed being made with all fresh bedding, the kitchen being usable, the floor having less stuff on it, etc etc.

Sage and pine incense; homemade sage and tea tree spray.

Feeling mostly all right physically.

Friends. <3 <3 <3
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So a neighbor squirrel came and sat with me, right next to me, on Thursday. And ate nuts and was very extremely cute and took a nut right out of my hand with teeny pawhands of adorableness. (Yes I fed them. I am a sometimes-irresponsible person and my mind is fuzzy...)

<3
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Today I had a doctor's appointment.

Medical detail, TMI, mini-rant, brain weirdness and body weirdness Read more... )

However, good things today and recently included:

Fall leaves on a row of trees on a hill.

A view of Mt. St Helens enrobed in white snow under a blue sky.

Warm blankets.

Food Read more... )

On Sunday, attending an extremely moving Fall Equinox ritual with the local ADF druidic grove. We'll be back. It's still echoing.

Brain weirdness Read more... )

In a bit here I'm going to turn off the screenglow and lights, and light a candle. Yay candles.
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I’m here; I’m fine.

apologies Read more... )
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Food, beverages, joys, and difficulties under cut Read more... )
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Made it to the weekend, even. :)

I am okay, given the circumstances.

Some random shinies:
Homegrown fruit; polygonal interconnecting connecting building toys; play dough and brain putty; kids eating salad; music.
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Kindergarteners are amazing and make me smile with their beautiful thoughts and spontaneous deep questions.

Hoping for some rain to wash the air down so we can go outside for recess. ;)
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The blue light along a crow's feathers.

Songs that I delight in, conveniently on CD.

Crystallized ginger.

A sense of humor.

Teamwork.

Cool showers.
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So much smoke.

Disaster warnings for these links; first two are to maps.

https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/firemap.aspx
https://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/view.php?datasetId=MOD14A1_M_FIRE
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Crickets.

Running into a friend.

Fruit trees.

Cats.

Ice.
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This is a very short post to let you know that I am still here, aka alive, and also back here, aka in Oregon. A family trip happened. And a memorial. There were long plane flights and lots of tears and also good things.

Then I had my first day back at work for the school year, which should have been my third day except I missed two Mandatory! Training! Days! because of family thing and am trying to make up that but at least the people at my building are fairly supportive or at least saying the right things. And I got through that first day somehow and it was not entirely awful.

Also, kids are awesome and they are even more awesome when they have popsicles and small mechanized orca toys, and I’m really grateful we have another day-ish of set up before they arrive en masse, instead of trickling in to tag along with parents trying to swap classes and/or eat principal’s playground popsicles for maybe half an hour.

This isn’t actually a short post, now is it… And it has run-on sentences. And. Fragments. Oh well.

I was going to do a pros and cons and coping strategies activated list-post but I think I’m going to stare blankly at webcomics for a bit and then maybe sleep early and/or do one o the things I meant to do before falling asleep.

I mentioned kids are awesome yeah?

Oh, yeah, and a great thing from the trip: my three-going-on four honorary cousin showing off his immense talent at dancing in circles, to the music of his toy keyboard’s preprogrammed beats plus all the adults in the room clapping. Punctuated by knocking over stacks of wooden blocks lined up like dominos on the coffee table.

And another: my five-going-on-older cousin building a blanket fort with me and my sib. And getting to play with magnetic toy trains with him.

(Like I did with my uncle, once. Thank you, dear one.)
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Good things today, yesterday, this past weekend:

Basically the whole camping trip. Though not the getting ready for it, which was a Thing.

Especially the ocean. Ocean!!!

The gift of time, and listening, and care.

...

Solar eclipse!!! Eclipse glasses in the mail, not a day too late. Early grumpy wake-up. Dawn while driving dark winding roads; morning by a wild river. Stopping at a camp store on a highway deep in the woods. Rambling around, looking at the sun through trees, judging angles. A book, a fern meadow, a cup of hot coffee, a path by a pond, a return just in time. Unexpected friends with a telescope!

An orange bitten circle, crescent, sliver, shrinking.

Ripples of auroral light along the road. Dusk over the pine trees, and a planet shining in twilight blue. A blazing ring around the dark circle, and light expanding to impossible brightness. The sun revealed again.

Seeing friends; visiting their farm; horses, chickens, dogs, alpacas!!!

A tuft of alpaca wool. A handful of blackberries. Cold water given in hospitality.

...

Getting some chores done. Fine sandpaper, good work gloves, and other tools. Cookies.

A favorite sweater.

Uncertainty. It may be uncomfortable, but it is a gift.

(I'm going Out East to a funeral, with S, and when I come back it'll be the new school year at work, and there's so much I was going to get done that I haven't, and so many experiences I've had that I would not have traded away. I'm not feeling ready, but I'm not totally lost either, I think...I have some hope, and some foundations to build on, and some goals, and some good reassuring things; what I don't have is clarity. I guess I'll muddle on ahead.)

...

And oh, the light...
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Went on an overnight trip thing Fri-Sat.

We camped! In a tent! That I pitched! At the beach!!!

Back. Today am very tired, not feel great today; restaurants are dangerous.

Tomorrow is Eclipse Day. Need to go very early because everyone will be go place do thing!

Should repack car. Keep going flat instead. Flat cat. Mrrrr... zzzz...

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