A bit about the past month, and my birthday

This morning, my phone buzzed at 7:13 a.m.–6 minutes before the alarm on my FitBit was supposed to buzz, and 7 minutes before the alarm clock would go off.  It woke me up, and I’d normally have ignored it, but once I figured out it was the phone and not an alarm, I saw that it was my sister calling.  It’s my birthday (although it’s now after midnight, so technically not), and my computer’s calendar reminder said I turned 35. And yeah, just ask Rob, that reminder is actually kinda necessary.

But anyway.  She called to wish me a happy birthday, and she wanted to check on me because I’ve apparently not been on facebook in a while, and hadn’t responded to a text the other day.

And she was right–partially.  I haven’t posted anything on facebook in over a month, though I check it every day.  In part, I’ve been preoccupied most of September.  A couple weekends were spent doing things with a friend who visited from Scotland–we had dinner with M.L. Brennan, who writes a fantastic vampire series, and the next day we went to Medieval Times in New Jersey.  There was a lot of cleaning–we had a bulk pickup early in the month and wanted to get rid of stuff, and it was just necessary–and I binge watched a lot of tv to catch up with a couple of shows before the new seasons.


This room desperately needed cleaning. It’s slightly cleaner now.


Plus, I’ve been getting a lot of writing done, and now that the weather’s cooler, I’ve been able to get back into exercising.  Which is a good thing, because I had a checkup last week, and my triglycerides went from 257 in March to 430.  Yeah. That’s not a good thing.  There were a variety of factors, and I’m pretty aware of all of them, and I’m doing something about it.

So, I’ve been pretty busy, and it never crossed my mind that I hadn’t been active online anywhere but Twitter.

I often get a bit melancholy at the beginning of October; my birthday makes me miss friends I haven’t talked to in a while. That melancholy makes me a bit depressed, and less likely to notice I’m withdrawing from most everything.  And it’s a little deeper now that October starts with memories of my mom’s passing a couple days before my birthday.

Often, I end up being very introspective, and a lot of what’s going through my head finds its way out in my writing.  Right now I’m working on a short story-type thing, and it’s very much influenced by these feelings. I’m not certain if it’s something that’ll end up getting read by anyone, but it’s how I work through a lot of my issues.

The downside is that I lose track of almost everything around me, and I plan on getting to stuff, like responding to messages, later on.  And sometimes, I end up sitting and staring at the screen, overthinking what I’m trying to write, so I set it aside until later and end up forgetting it.

But my birthday was a good day. I’ve got a phone that’s fully functional, and blue cupcakes with chocolate icing and star-shaped sprinkles. Still being awake at 4 a.m. is probably not all that great, though, so sleep is likely what I should be doing.

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I'm a writer in progress, and in my day job I copyedit/solve puzzles.
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2 Responses to A bit about the past month, and my birthday

  1. Lisa says:

    You have a Scottish friend? How cool! 😉 *Late birthday hugs*

  2. Sarah Graham says:

    I am glad you answered the phone! ! I love you and think of you and Rob quite often. Life just always happens and throws off my good intentions of calling or texting or whatnot. October will always be super emotional for me as well since it’s full of life and death moments. Meaning so many birthdays and now two anniversaries of loved ones passing. Just know you are not alone in your melancholy thoughts. We would love for you guys to be able to come for Christmas as you have before but I know you probably don’t have anymore time off available as you guys have been traveling so much this year. Call me today when you have time to talk and catch up. Love you! !

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