There are days, and there are days.
Most days are fine; however, some days the kid screams and whines all day. What you read was, “Oh, some days the kid whines a lot. Huh.” No, what I wrote was, “Some days, the kid screams and whines all day.” Yesterday, she was hanging on me all day. I mean literally hanging off of me, wanting me to pick her up, not letting me get away—even for a minute. If I sat on the couch she would come sit on my lap. Then she would lie down across me and kick me in the face repeatedly. Fun stuff. Except it’s not.
Sometimes you have to try something new. Shake things up—shake the tree and see what falls, as they say. I tried getting up at 5 AM yesterday morning. The getting up part was successful, the getting things done part didn’t work out so well. After uploading images from my phone to my computer, I tried uploading a video to YouTube, in preparation of the pending story about Kitty Kat. But I forgot my password, and getting into my account took some doing. After I got all of that sorted out, and after a couple of morning chores, it was already 6:10, and I figured the kid might get up in about ten minutes and just gave up. Frustration builds when expectations aren’t met. So what, I’m probably going to have to get up at 4 AM just to get anything done? Probably. Silly me, I thought I might have time to work on the concept I had for a novel later. Sorry, not today.
So when Amy came home from work yesterday, I bailed and got out of Dodge. I went to the Round Rock Public Library. Nice clean place, with WiFi, and quiet enough. This one might be a keeper. I was going to try and make this the first completely remote post, but I couldn’t upload images to this interface from the iPad. Plus, the text gets formatted all wonky on the iPad for some reason. So this took some editing at home, but it’s still the first remotely composed post. And I had to get up this morning at 4:45 AM. Whatever works.
But sometimes it’s good to get out. Maybe it’s a good thing I was forced into this self-imposed exile. As Tenacious D said on their show:
“Sometimes you’ve got to leave your zone of safety. You have to manufacture inspirado. You gotta get out of the apartment.”
Of course, nothing works all of the time. You’ve got to have options. If machines break down and need to be reformatted, you can always go to pen and paper—at least to compose a piece. The kid won’t stop screaming? Get someone off the bench to pinch hit and go try the library, or a cafe at the bookstore. As Corey Hart would say, “Never surrender.” And he was a cool dude.
We should listen to cool dudes, Hansel from the movie “Zoolander” said so.
“Listen to your friend Billy Zane. He’s a cool dude.”
Keep trying. There’s always a way.