I’m into my second year of using a Bullet Journal and since the post I wrote last year is one of the more popular ones, I thought it was time for an update.
The theme this week is a bit obvious: taking care of ourselves. We’re going to need to do a lot of that over the next four years and the internet has basically evolved into a gigantic anxiety-producing mill. I feel like this is not the original intent, but here we are. So here are a few things that people have written that have really helped me to get perspective and calm the fuck down.
Meet Miles and Ivan! Miles is the black kitten. He’s about three months old and is hyperactive, fearless, and tiny. Ivan’s the orange guy. He’s four months old and is more cautious than Miles, but is also susceptible to being lured into kitten shenanigans. They’re adorable and we love them even though they don’t come even close to replacing Pixel–we had decided quite some time ago that when she was gone that we would get two kittens. And we were going to wait, I swear, but the house was just so empty, you know? So, kittens.
…and I’m back for 2017.
I was hoping that the break would give me some time to recoup, but I’m having a hard time: our cat Pixel got sick the week before Christmas–probably cancer, we chose not to go for an expensive diagnosis. After a couple of good weeks, she started declining again and then on Wednesday she was in a very sad state when I got home from work, so we had little choice but to put her to sleep. Our vet thinks she had either a blood clot or a seizure that precipitated her rapid decline–we could see her getting weaker by the minute, until she could barely move. The last thing she did before the vet started the sedative was to lean her head into my hand. I’m so grateful that she waited for us to say goodbye. She was 16 and we loved her very much.
In significantly more cheerful news, I have an essay in Issue 14 of Uncanny: Why You Should Read Romance. I’m really proud of it. Added bonus: I talk shit about Heinlein and Rothfuss in it. And make a lot of romance recommendations.