Tag: Summer

Writer’s Workshop for 07.30.2020

My apologies for Thursday's post showing up on Sunday. It's been a pretty hectic past two weeks, which shows no sign of letting up soon.

July is typically not a good month for me, mental health-wise. It never has been. And while some years are better than others and nearly all years have come with wonderful things happening in July, I always seem to be in varying stages of exhaustion and general dysfunction. Thankfully, this has been a mild one thus far, despite being quite challenging.

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Writer’s Workshop for 06.25.2020

It's been a tiring few days.

I'm getting used to a much-needed and appreciated extra hour per shift at my job.

I also spent the past three days coming home exhausted to taking care of all three dogs while both sons were out of state visiting family. That might not sound exhausting, but some of you may remember an incident I blogged about last summer...

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Summer in a nutshell.

And what a summer it was! Now that it’s officially coming to a close in a few days, I feel like I can finally look back and reflect a bit.

It was quite challenging. I’ve taken some punches, and regrettably didn’t roll so well with all of them. But here I am, still hanging in there, and as a result of this summer, I am now a truly changed woman. And since we live in a TL;DR world these days, I’m laying it out here in bullet form.

  • Worked multiple 10+ day stretches at work.
  • Left purse in parking lot at work – thankfully had purse returned with all contents intact, including a substantial (to me) amount of cash.
  • After the twelfth day of a twelve day stretch, I headed to Mississippi for a much-needed weekend getaway. The Subaru’s transmission blew – AGAIN – right outside Tupelo MS. In other words, halfway between home and my destination. This resulted in a $565 tow bill back to Huntsville to have the transmission repaired under warranty, as I had just gotten the car back a month prior after having had the transmission replaced on my own dime.
  • Both sons also had expensive car repairs to deal with.
  • The last of my immediate Miller relatives, my Dad’s sister Sarah, passed away.
  • It’s been quite a challenge getting her estate settled, but I am close.
  • I now own property in Memphis, TN.
  • Got sick as a dog – two trips to Urgent Care, two missed days of work, and literally weeks to get completely over. But I did find out that I’ve lost 15 pounds since my last visit in February. I’m trying to keep the weight loss going.
  • Had to spend until July in the Beetle with no AC. I sure am glad I kept that car as a backup, though!
  • After I got the Subaru back, I immediately sold it to Carmax and bought a Honda Crosstour I’ve named Pearl. Isn’t she pretty?

  • I financed a car for the first time in almost 24 years, joined a credit union, and began repairing my credit score. Adulting achievement unlocked!
  • I’ve been learning a ton about my family (Dad’s side) since inheriting my aunt’s estate.
  • Two of my dogs fought. I was the only one at home at the time, so I was the one who had to separate them. I did, but not before enough damage to require an emergency vet visit occurred. I’m just so glad the smaller one didn’t die.
  • Actually made it out to a concert with amazing friends before the summer ended.

In bullet form, it doesn’t seem like much happened. But for just about every item on the list, there was expense and/or emotional turmoil to go along with it, and tons of other situations spinning off from them. I’m so thankful for the good things that happened, though, and for getting to spend more time with family. That really puts things in perspective. I am so ready to wind down this fall, and I hope I’ll be able to do that.

What have you been up to this summer?