All summer long, I have struggled to wake up before 7am so I could have my time to fart around and possibly write, before everyone else wakes up.
For some reason, I could not get out of bed before 7am, even if I went to bed at 10.
But lo and behold, I hopped right out of bed by 6:30 this morning.
Of course, I squandered the time I had and it is already a quarter past 7 and I only have about 30-40 minutes before I have to start doing things, but at the moment I consider myself to be back in training to write again.
I have barely written a blog post or a story, including any additions to my really long stories that I can't seem to finish yet. Please don't get me started on the newsletter. Joanna and I have been crazy slacking on that.
Some wonderful, little things have happened and now here I am typing at 7am. I am also in the process of creating future plans/schedules so that I can get my time in every day. I'm thinking of it a "cross-fit" for my writing muscle, which has grown very flabby.
I had a spectacular fall, in both ways.
My Fall has been a mix of extreme stress and extreme fun. I don't talk about my work here, One, because I never want to give Human Resources a reason and Two, the nature of my work makes me want to keep it very separate from what I do outside of work.
But I will say that work had some tough moments that made me realize things..and that is all about that.
Despite work stress, I managed to do all of my favorite Fall activities so far. I picked the apples, I made the apple butter. I went to Salem with my beloved Jessica and her daughter. I somehow managed to accumulate pumpkins and the items needed to make 4 Halloween costumes just in time for the big day, as well as come up with a decent short story (well, half of one) before midnight on that day for my writer's group.
Hooray for me.
I also had a big spectacular fall last Sunday.
I was tired, it was an off day. I spent the night before having dreams of being in bed with something scary looming in the room. I kept waking myself up in dream to end the dream and tell B I had a nightmare, only I was still in the dream. I also think I did actually wake up a few times interspersed throughout, so I had terrible sleep.
I dropped the kids off at CCD. Going into the gymnasium, I stumbled over the threshold but kept my balance.
Picking the kids up an hour later, I thought of my previous stumble and congratulated myself on being more careful as I crossed the threshold.
I tripped again, stumbled forward several feet, my torso parallel to the ground before I fell outright on my side. I want to say that I slid forward a few feet too. Even if I didn't, let's just pretend I did because it makes a better mental picture.
I got up laughing and walked over to my daughter's best friend and her mother who were laughing at me. My daughter had run off in embarrassment because she actually thought I had fallen in a room full of people on purpose. Just to embarrass her. She even punched me in the arm when she stalked back.
You have no idea how awesome it feels to know that I have gotten into her head that much. It should make the teenage years easier.
Here is the big problem I had with the whole scenario despite my laughter and the hilarity of it.
Nobody in the room even asked if I was Ok. Nobody.
Not even the nun!
The people in the room are a bunch of Catholics. Who are in the room to set a good example for a bunch of kids that they are attempting to teach to be good Catholics.
Nobody helped, nobody even asked it I was ok.
Except for V of course. I'm telling you, that kids lives rent free with me for as long as he wants, when he grows up..
So this is a room full of people who aspire to be like Jesus Christ.
What would Jesus do?
Judging by the reaction of the people in the room, Jesus would have pretended that he didn't see me fall and would have left me to die.
Thanks Catholic people. Thanks Jesus, your folk are doing a bang up job.
I know I'm being a bit harsh, but still. I could have been really hurt. C'mon. They are supposed to be better than that. I was a little shocked.
Later in the day, I went to Salem with Jessica as I mentioned.
Here is our annual Port A John shot.
A woman fell in front of us as we walked down the sidewalk. She was laughing by the time we got there and her husband was helping her to her feet.
I asked her if she was ok and she said she was. I told her that I fallen earlier today and nobody had asked me if I was ok. She was clearly embarrassed and it may have been better pretend not see so as to spare her the embarrassment.
But I think that the "helping muscle" is like the "writing muscle" it needs a work out.
It needs practice or it gets flabby. Then you do things like walk past and pretend not to see when someone falls or needs help in some way.
The time is now 8am and there are things to do, so I have to cut this short, but as a public service announcement, if you see somebody fall today or in the near future. Just take a second and ask if they are ok. It means a lot.