Say Hello To My Little Friend

[Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Eighty Five]

Mascot by Kelly Mahoney at SoSplush


I totally slept in again today.

Will I get back on track tomorrow?



I don’t know?

But first the news:

First, I want to introduce you to the perfect hand drawn circle. Drawn by the first genius of the Italian renaissance.


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Compassion vs Improvement: Adventures in Growth

[Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Eighty Four]

Photo by Daria Rudyk on Unsplash

That title is what I wanted to write today, but then First Minion started throwing up around three this morning and, well, it’s another rough night.

But first the news:

I’ve already done yoga, studied languages, meditated, and now I’m writing. If only I could manage the protein smoothie, but that involves the blender and First Minion is currently back asleep on the couch next to me.

You can’t always get what you want.

But back to $TITLE, yeah?

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Just Do The Things

[Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Seventy Seven]

Part of why the morning productivity has eroded somewhat is that I get lost in the ‘Tubes. Not just the internet – twitter, facebook, insta – but checking email / slack for work and browsing YouTube / Twitch / Periscope.

I *need* to dive directly into morning pages as soon as I get down here, but did I figure that out in time to do make this morning as productive as it can be?

Don’t be silly.

But first the news:

Yes, I’ve already been awake for over an hour and I’m just now getting down to this writing thing.


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Shut The Front Door

[Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Seventy Four]

Photo by Sophie Dale on Unsplash

Yegads, it’s a rough night’s sleep the day after sleeping in and going to bed early anyway and knowing you’re getting up at five.

Am I not making sense?

But first the news:

Apparently there’s no new news if you write your previous blog post towards the middle of the day and the next post at the beginning of the day and that was on a Sunday. Today’s post is going to make less than no sense.

Why am I doing this, again?

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What Do You Do For Fun?

[Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Seventy One]

The other day my dad asked me what I do for fun and the most awesome thing about this is that my mind totally blanked. Not only did I have to reach to the past before COVID but I had to reach before that to pre-kids.

I used to go to the movies on Sunday morning, hang out with friends, and travel all over Europe.

Oh, and escape rooms.


Those are all Not Possible ™ now so what do I do instead?

Imagine me sitting quietly trying to think of an answer for my dad on that call with the dawning realization that I’ve completely forgotten How To Chill.

But first the news:

It bothered me more than I let on that I don’t have a fun joyous thing that I do just for me. Everything I do, from meditation to yoga, gardening to exercise – it’s for mental resiliency.

It’s so that I can be the best that I can be for myself, my kids, my partner, and my career.

And my inner child is NOT happy.

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