News from the Trenches

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I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed over here but what else is new, right? You know how when you move into a new place, you manage to keep it perfectly clean and orderly for about a year and a half. Maybe it’s a month and a half for you, but you know what I mean. You have some sense of control over your environment because you just moved into a new place and you unpacked everything to go exactly where it’s supposed to go?

And then after that honeymoon of everything being so fresh and new, you start to let go of control a little. The carpet isn’t always vacuumed everyday and your daughter tracks in bits of grass and the laundry isn’t quite folded the exact same day you washed it and the tracks in your shower door are starting to get moldy and gross and the grout in your kitchen tile is starting to collect coffee grinds…bla bla bla…?

No?

Maybe it’s just me. I’m having one of those everything-is-gross-and-I’m-really-super-hyper-aware-of-it moments. Like I drank too much coffee and I need to pick at everything kinda feeling. I hate that. Life can be a little too vivid sometimes. I need to dial my awareness back a notch or drink two glasses of wine instead of the usual one.

Anyway, I just wanted to check in and say hi before I have to slap up another sponsored post. You guys are going to start thinking I only blog for money these days. Sad. Pathetic. What happened to my life where I blogged every little fart that passed?

So what else is new?

I dabbled in a little online dating this week. Of the free variety. What a crock!!! Oh my goodness. You know, there are a lot of creeps out there. I started chatting with three guys and all three of them turned out to be scam artists. In fact they may have all been the same scam artist using three different profiles. Thankfully, I caught on before I gave them my social security number and credit cards. Sheesh! Maybe the magazine-quality bio photos should have been a red flag? Hmmm….. I may be lonely but I’m not that lonely. I have met two real people who seem to be interesting. It’s kind of scary and fun at the same time. I’m not sure how I feel about it.

I just hope they are as old and hopeless as I am. Or that they aren’t as old and hopeless as I am. It’s scary meeting people that you don’t know. You advertise your best self and then they are disappointed when you show up with a few extra pounds and a double chin or you under-advertise and you end up meeting whackos who are so insecure you have three online fights with them over whether or not you are really interested enough to meet in public. Maybe meeting someone at a bar is not so bad after all. I’m starting to think I do need to be drunk to date again.

But don’t worry. I’m fine. It was just something fun one day when I was bored and Bug was away on vacation with her dad. I am not becoming one of those moms who goes out every night. I probably am not going to meet anyone until I’m 60. We’ll have a hot shuffleboard date.

Secondly. I’m a little bent out of shape with amazon.com lately. Have you noticed my book is out of stock every single day? I thought it was because it was so popular it was flying off the shelves. No. That is not the case at all. I sold about 37 books. Seriously.

They are just not printing them. Some kind of distribution battle between the actual printer and amazon. I’m just over it. If you want to buy my books, I say click over to Barnes and Noble. They don’t seem to have a problem keeping them on the virtual shelves.

In other book news, I will be reading at the Mesa Verde Library in Costa Mesa this Thursday the 12th at 7pm. I plan to do a little craft too and I don’t have anyone lined up to read the French parts for me so that might be a little piece of entertainment for you locals. Come listen to me make a fool of myself!

What’s new with you, pussycats?

9 Comments News from the Trenches

  1. Jen Wilson

    Hey, shuffleboard is pretty fun. :)

    I can’t wait till your books come in! And now I’m glad I didn’t use Amazon, haha!!

    Honestly, I don’t mind sponsored posts as long as there’s a story involved, and yours always contain stories, so never feel bad about posting one!! I think we all know that you do all you can to support you and Bug, and we like supporting you in that. :)

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  2. Mary

    When it is right, you will meet your special someone. I am a young widow and I said never ever ever again…maybe because I met him using online personals…LOL Anyway, I fell and broke my ankle five thanksgivings ago….it was a step that changed my life forever more. That broken ankle was the worst thing in the world. I was alone in alabama at a la quinta driving back to texas for work. The hotel kicked me out and no one helped me. I guess God was teaching me I could lean on Him and I could do anything through Him. While that broken ankle was the worst thing, it was the best thing. A friend I had had for many years got on a plane and flew to Texas and showed up on my front door to help me since I had no family or friends and was in the boonies in Texas. I knew within that week I was madly in love with my friend…who admitted that he had been madly in love with me forever and ever. That broken foot was the best thing to happen to me. It was totally unexpected, but God knew what He was totally doing there.

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  3. minutepapillon

    I wish I could fly over and read the French parts for you!
    I know exactly what you mean about suddenly one day noticing the gross. You live perfectly happy at your place and say on day you have a visit, so you start cleaning, say the microwave or fridge door or top (covered with dust) and then it’s like you get a special ability with a superhero in reverse (because it’s not an interesting talent) and you see all the stains, mold, scratch you were perfectly happy to live with before and hadn”t even noticed and you fell like a failure for not managing that place like other super women do. Usually people to whom that happens are often involved in other things than dust tracking, like books, painting, drawing, a life to enjoy and not to be a slave of ;D So, yep, I know what you mean!

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  4. Heather Sanders

    I have spent what feels like half a lifetime online and yet, I don’t think I could bring myself to finding a date on one of those sites.

    I know, I know…old school–it just freaks me out.

    Maybe I need to start praying about this for you. Hmmm…

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  5. Jenn D

    It’s not just you. I moved in March and my apartment was all organized and wonderful and now I feel like it’s a complete sh*thole (pardon the language). It drives me crazy.

    I think this time of year is just stressful and overwhelming in general.

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  6. Hil

    Who wouldn’t want to date you? You are awesome! I’d date you! I have done the online thing, and the real life thing, and I found them to be equally scary. The best advice I found is to join in to groups and make it look like you are having the best time in your life (playing volleyball, or singing in church choir, or flyfishing, whatever…). Guys will be attracted to you having a good time, and will want to have a good time alongside.
    Fight on!

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  7. Victoria

    Ahhhhh online dating… trust your instinct and you’ll be fine.

    (It’s something I have to push myself to do but it seems to work for a lot of people)

    Good luck :)

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