What does your ideal day look like? Day #13 – bloganuary

My idea of an “ideal” day has changed over the years and especially these days.

My previous ideal day used to involve an oceanview close enough to hear the waves beach, a few trashy novels and being far enough away from home that I could not be sucked into errands or OPPs (Other People’s Priorities).

These days, my ideal day would be one where I can get a good night’s sleep without obsessing about what life will look like in the near future after my father is no longer here.

I’m just being honest…

What emoji(s) do you like to use? Day #12 – bloganuary

These days, the above emoji has completely replaced the smiley face ones I used to use a lot.

Most days, I am running on fumes so my brain is not processing as it should. Hence, if you text me anything beyond “how are you?”, I will likely send you this emoji.

Actually, ask me anything by text these days and you will get this emoji.

It works well for me because it lets others know that I don’t really want to talk, especially my current situation. It’s hard to talk to others who have never provided care to someone ill and dying – they just don’t get it and I no longer have patience for the things they say without thinking.

What are 5 things you’re grateful for today? Day #10 – bloganuary

A little late with Day 10’s prompt but I’m still here.

What am I grateful for?

I am grateful that:

  • Though life has been really challenging taking care of my father, I’ve been blessed with his presence for 7 months so far, including Christmas and New Year;
  • During this time, my siblings and I, as adults, have been able to have “adult” conversations about shared childhood occurences and memories;
  • My siblings and I get along well and work as a unit to get things done;
  • After struggling to juggle full-time work and full-time caregiving, I finally listened to others who encouraged me to step away from work; and
  • Most importantly, I have been given time to tell and show my father, every day how much he means to me.

What do people incorrectly assume about you? Day #9 – bloganuary

As a writer, I think that people assume that I have experienced EVERYTHING I write in my fiction.

Naturally, that is not true.

But I do take lots of personal experiences and lessons and incorporate them into my writing by keeping to the “feeling” and not necessarily all of the “details”.

Ripple Effect

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Saturday Slumber