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November 7th, 2018

 * Where is the time going? I'm not sure anymore. Between Idol and the magazine, I'm writing a lot of words! This is GOOD, but it seems to have impacted negatively my blogging and that isn't so great.

* And now...now I've entered the 12th month of this terrible mourning and finally my father will be laid to rest 364 days after he passed over. I think it would be interesting to say that is because of some deeply archaic, symbolic and religious reason but it's not. Arlington Cemetery is backlogged a year. A year. Take it from me, don't wait a year to bury your loved ones. I think we need to return to the week-long waking, the viewing, the funeral, the gathering at the home, the fainting, the going in to the bedroom to lie down, the sitting up throughout the night. Also, as an aside. Send flowers, send a card. Visit and make a pot of tea. 

* So, I'm busy, physically and emotionally and intellectually right now. This week I've edited eight articles and am on emergency stand-by because the mag is going to be put to bed early this month. I was tapped for two articles. I interviewed a director of a small family agency and now have two ballet directors on the line for the Nutcracker. Anyone have any good tips about taking children to live theater? And why we should?

* I read Idol and voted. I'm stumped by this week's prompt but it might be because my brain won't really focus creatively right now. I hate to take a bye when I may need it for the eight days I'm in DC....but I'm slightly panicking about that.

* And severely panicking about the flight(s). Any good suggestions for coping with claustrophobia?

* Went shopping with my mother over the weekend for hat, gloves, and GOOD boots. I don't understand why folks don't buy GOOD footwear. I can hear my father telling her, just buy decent shoes! So, I made her. I set an example by finally finding a good pair of booties for me. Frye, pointy-toed, gorgeous things. She wasn't going to go to that end of the pricing spectrum but settled on a decent pair of Born booties. She says she wants to "save" them for the service and I'm going to have to figure out how to tell her that we need to wear the boots, break them in, see how they feel before we are walking with heavy hearts in a cemetery. 

* Not reading much. Still watching Blacklist but it got, well you all know. Stupid. 

* Waiting for some real weather. 

* Oh, and Idris?! HELL YEAH!!!

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