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Ups and Downs

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Anyway, things have been up and down for me of late. 

My bathroom was supposed to be done last Thursday, but the installer called in injured. I wasn't shocked after all the other hiccups on this project. It's now supposed to be this Friday, but I guess time will tell on that one.

The hell that Ottawa underwent for nearly a month is mostly over though pockets of hateful people are still out on the streets harassing residents. At least the state of emergency has been lifted? Talks are happening whereby the area by parliament may become a pedestrian area only, which I don't think is a bad thing since it is a major tourist area anyway.

A month has passed since we lost mom. Her 79th birthday was on Sunday. It was a hard day. Much of the occupation in Ottawa was handled the day before and I found myself quite ill on mom's birthday. It was the first time I can ever recall vomiting from emotional stress. Thankfully, it didn't last long and though I'm still very sad, I've felt mentally better, so I guess I needed that purge.

Grief is a hell of a thing.

I got to have a long chat with my dad about things including the occupation. That was nice. I've always gotten along pretty well with my Dad, but we've not had long conversations in recent years.

I've been primarily focused on decluttering as it's something I can manage right now. But I've been reading about what famous writers did in terms of a schedule and many did 1-2 writing periods plus exercise and I think that's a good way to get back into the groove. One also cautioned that writing should come before other passions, which I think is helpful for me. With March starting next week and a month of screenwriting happening in a local group, I may switch gears to a project that has been on my mind for a long time because I feel like I've experienced the amount of pain the project needs to be written from an authentic place rather than from the view of a plot device option.

We'll see though. I'm taking one day at a time and slowly adding things back into my routine.

You can view my goals progress here: https://trello.com/b/RM8yD3eq/rae-roy-general

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