Jun. 7th, 2016

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It's kinda been not fun lately, and I've spent a lot of time worrying about things that I have to do that I don't want to do and conversations that have to be had, but that I really don't want to have. But #2Son's former therapist is just an amazing woman, and she helped get some of the things done and conversations started, which is helping some (I wish I could say that it solved everything, but that's not how life works, right? Plus, the cat pulled down the shower curtain rod at 5:30 this morning, which ruined my exciting plan to sleep until 6:45. And then there were ants in the kitchen so I didn't make it into the office until after 9, but at least there haven't been any emails that have made me want to cry and I have some old favorites cued up to read on the treadmill today.)

But, you know, my default icon has been this one for years, because it's so true, and even amid the dreck, the following awesomeness has happened, which I'd like to pass along to the rest of you:

  • Via a link from [personal profile] newredshoes, I ended up with Besame Victory Red Lipstick, which makes me want to go find pictures of my grandmother and her sisters during WWII. I almost always wear very neutral lip colors, but sometimes you need a true red, and this is definitely it.

  • Via [livejournal.com profile] zelda_zee, I started subscribing to The Rec Center, a weekly tinyletter, which has led me so some lovely fic in fandoms where I know nothing and no one. Given that I have barely been able to focus on anything book length lately, this has been a lifesaver.

  • [livejournal.com profile] withdiamonds pointed me toward the Hogwarts Running Club, which has given my time on the treadmill just enough of an extra boost that I have kept going. I don't care about my times, but it's nice to get a little reward for the mileage. (I have given up on the 'find something you love' narrative—my idea of enjoyable exercise is getting up every half hour to poke the fire I'm reading in front of. Full stop. I'm doing much better with just going and doing something, not looking to enjoy it.) The Half-Blood Prince Half-Marathon medal was gorgeous and the current race looks really cool, too. Also in that reward category are the runDisney virtual races, of which I have completed the first and have my schedule cleared for the second one this Friday. And for the overall geekiness, the website Eowyn Challenge.net has the daily mileage the Fellowship walked from the Shire to Mordor. I am almost to Tom Bombadil's house (it's going to take me forever to even get to Rivendell, but it is ridiculously satisfying to tick off each day as I reach the mileage.) /geek

  • Have you seen the Quidditch-playing sky divers?

  • Remember that time I went crazy and decided to write a gay Regency romance for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang? Yeah, this is where they lived happily ever after. I would really love to be there now but that's not going to get anything done that needs to be done so off I go to deal with what I can deal with.
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