Harried Alive

Whoo – it’s been a long while. I’ve been busy, y’all.

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Doing what, you might ask? Work, mostly, and also precinct chair duties in preparation for the upcoming mid-term election. Which, I am fairly certain, the Dems will not win in Texas. I love me some Beto O’Rourke, y’all – something to which my front yard signs will proudly attest – but in spite of the need for me to put on my happy face for the Dems in my neighborhood I represent, well, come on. We all know Ted Cruz is a lock for Texas. This state might get there eventually, but I do not think this is the year. I’m perfectly willing to be wrong – and I hope I am – but I don’t see it happening.

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Visual representation of me not seeing it happening

We’ve held candidate meet and greets and block walks, and I’ve sent out fliers and push cards. And until this week I was watching/listening to news obsessively; something I finally realized I had to put a stop to. The constant news was making me insane, and the Kavanaugh nomination did me in. I was taking it all, way, WAY too personally, and it was ruining my life. Yes, I believe Donald Trump is a shitty president. I think his administration is incompetent at best; greedy, selfish, and batshit crazy at worst. But you know what – I have disliked presidents in the past, and considered them dangerous and awful (I’m looking at you, Dubya), but I still managed to have a separate and functional life from all of that. And somewhere between November 16, 2016, and last week, those lines got completely erased. I was obsessively on Twitter. I listened to MSNBC and/or CNN for about eight hours a day. I ranted and raged alongside my husband (who is as liberal as I am, but had way more control over himself and the amount of news consumption he was absorbing).

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My brain on Twitter

Long story short, I finally realized I was not going to be helpful to anyone if I was completely insane, so I put myself on a one-week news blackout. No radio, no Twitter, no Washington Post, nothing. The first two days were awful, as checking Twitter every spare second had become a terrible pastime of mine, but by day three I had started to realize there were actually music channels on Sirius XM, and there were TV shows to watch (Dancing Queen, anyone?), and work I’d been putting off, and you know, a world out there that was worth enjoying.  Of course, people are still laughing at me when I tell them I am slowly allowing the news back into my life with my favorite three-hour block of news shows each night (Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’DonnelL, and Brian Williams) as if it’s hilarious that someone’s idea of properly REDUCING the amount of news consumption to THREE HOURS A DAY is somehow inadequate. But to go from 24 hour news consumption to three is, in my opinion, progress. So there you go.

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But no, Beto still ain’t gonna win.

What else has been going on? Lots of work – I have 19 clients this year, which is a LOT. I tutor 3 or 4 kids a day, starting at 3:30 PM and usually working until around 8:30 at night. I also tutor three kids on Sunday, and then I have Friday and Saturday as my weekend off. This is working well, but it’s a lot of kids to plan for and keep track of, so I’ve really had to commit myself to staying organized and making good planning notes after each session, or else I forget what we did when I go back to that kid a week later. Note taking has become VERY important with so many students, and it’s the last thing I want to do after getting home around 9 PM, but I’ve found ways to make it work. Sometimes I do it the next morning, and other times I leave for tutoring a little early and stop by a coffee shop to make my notes before the work begins. One way or another, I’ve found that staying on top of it is essential to doing a good job, so a lot more of my time is taken up with work now than has been for the first two years of doing this. Which is to say that photography has taken a MAJOR backseat lately. I took zero photos in September, and very few in August, so I started editing old blooper photos like the ones you see in black and white above (photos where I screwed something up). It’s been kinda fun to work with photos that are basically screw-ups, and it kept me  occupied when I had a little time to play around with Photoshop.

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Here’s a few examples

I actually took the first week in October off, just to catch up with things, and I took a day to shoot some photos in a few new wigs I’ve picked up lately. But then I got so busy again I’ve barely had time to edit any of them at all.

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Except this one

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And this one

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And this one

So there you go – that’s what’s been going on with me since July 9th when I last wrote a blog post. It feels like I’ve been so busy that I should have a lot more to tell you, but at this point in the school year I can’t remember much past the last week or so, so anything else interesting that’s happened to me lately has already been forgotten. I will try not to stay away so long next time, and  I hope you are all doing well.

8 thoughts on “Harried Alive

  1. Som glad to hear from you, and that you are living life. Really glad to hear you have dropped down listening to all the news too, sometimes it can just get plain depressing listening to it! great to hear you have more students, and I really missed seeing your gorgeous photography – thanks so much for sharing!

  2. It’s great hearing from you after such a long time! I’ve decided that I needed a break from news too, so I’ve cut back considerably on my consumption. I try not to watch any during the daytime unless my neighbor texts me to “turn on CNN.” The news has been so depressing! I’m from Missouri and hope you’re wrong about Beto. I’m rooting for him to win!!

    • Welllll I wasn’t wrong but I will say, Beto blew Ted out of the water in my country – it wasn’t even close. But there’s just too many small town-GOP strongholds in this state right now. I knew it would be close though, and I am sure we’ve not heard the last of Beto.

  3. Good to hear a realistic assessment of Beto’s chances from someone on the front lines. (Needless to say I’ll be rooting for him regardless.) Your news fast sounds like a good decision. Good luck with it!

    • Well hellloooooooo there! Blast from the past. 🙂

      Although Beto didn’t quite make it, I will say that in my county we did fantastic down the ticket – TONS of Democratic judges and county clerks and state representatives. The night of the election I was bummed, but by the next morning I could see the bright blue side. And of course, this has turned out to be the election that keeps on giving! Hope you are well!

  4. Nice to read a post from you :).
    I don’t follow politics or news, infact I tell my Mum all the time she should just stop watching if it makes her cross. In the UK the referendum has caused nothing but division and downright negativity and it turns out nothing much is going to change.
    Loving your photos they make for great ‘stressed’ photos.

    • LOL that is so true and you are wise beyond your years. I have slowly been introducing news back into my life but have done it in moderation and without taking ANY of it too seriously. 🙂

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