Rambling (Wo)man

I assume it’s snowing out there by now. I can’t confirm with my own reportage, because I’ve spent most of the day in bed. Yes, that Creeping Crud came roaring in on all cylinders overnight, so my day has mostly been about sleeping, hydration, a bit of iPad gaming, trying to read and not having the clear-headedness for that, medication, more hydration, and yes, more sleeping.

Not exactly the kind of day brimming with writing material. But I don’t want to drag my achy, germ-ridden body across the house to get the “box o’ writing prompts,” either.

So what’s a gal to do?


Tonight’s answer is simply: I am going to ramble, in the spirit of “just show up at the page.”

Even though I haven’t had much brain power for reading today, I am appreciating the crazy topicality insofar as my current challenge book is Louisa May Alcott’s Hospital Sketches. Having that cued up while I’m sick is one of those small synchronicities in life that remind me how Gaia has a sense of humour.

Y’all may have noticed that I have a few words that I regularly spell according to British conventions—an odd choice for a Boston gal, I suppose. Trust me when I say it isn’t just putting on airs. The family lived in Sao Paolo, Brasil for a couple years when I was a kid, right at the perfect developmental moment to instill a strange mixture of British and Continental habits. Litre, metre, theatre; humour, colour, flavour. I cross my 7’s, too. I’m very good at holding to appropriate USA spellings when I’m writing for work. Often when writing here at home, I don’t want to put myself through the extra effort of pushing against instinct.

I cancelled that salon appointment for today. Just one item on the long list of things I wanted to get a start on this weekend. I have a new desk chair and printer stand for the office that need to built. Yule trees to un-decorate and take down. Mountains of laundry to fold. The endless amount of junk and clutter I want to keep chipping away at.


Of course, given today’s agenda as I outlined above, none of that stuff got done today. I’m trying to hold patience around that because there really isn’t any way I could have been active and productive today, what with how sick I feel.

Here’s hoping tomorrow is better.


Image credit: Flickr user Tim Evanson, via a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence.


2 thoughts on “Rambling (Wo)man

  1. Sorry you feel lousy! Impressed AS HELL at this daily writing thing you got going on — at my most prolific and regular, never managed more than twice a week.


  2. Thanks, dear! Slowly improving and grateful for the extra day off tomorrow to get all the way back on my feet. As far as the daily writing, I’m still wondering about the objective value of 365 days of my verbal rambles. Still, I can’t deny that it feels good to be generating words again after such a long silence.


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