Hey there, Pollywog!
June is over, and it’s time for another Look List.
This was an… interesting month for me. I spent the first two weeks pet sitting. The first job was with one of my favorite clients, and the second was with the most difficult dog I’ve ever dealt with. I needed several days to catch up on sleep and recover from all the mishaps and misadventures.
The rest of the month was devoted to book therapy. I read 10 Young Adult novels and half a nonfiction book, and as we cross over into July, my reading binge shows no sign of slowing down. If you enjoy YA fiction with a paranormal element to it, then I have some recommendation for you!
So without further ado, here’s what I did (and read) this month:
- Started reading The Creativity Challenge.
- Polished __ short story.
- Sent story to one of my favorite voice actors!
- Juggled a busy pet-sitting day.
- Worked on a jigsaw puzzle at P-dog house.
- Worked on red and black re-root.
- Worked more on jigsaw puzzle.
- Missed B-dog and cried it out.
- Took P-dog for a walk… and saw Mr. Fluffykins!*
- Did 20 minutes of yoga.
- Did more jigsaw puzzle.
- Worked on Look List post.
- Sang along to White Wedding in car and laughed like a goofball.
- Had a great chat with friend.
- Read more in The Creativity Challenge.
- Juggled a busy pet-sitting day.
- Took a night walk with P-dog in the park, saw fireflies.
- Took myself out to lunch – Mexican food.
- Felt anxious/sad and talked it out in Audacity.
- Juggled a stressfully busy pet-sitting day.
- Made chickpea curry rice.
- Juggled another busy pet-sitting day.
- Spent two hours cloud-gazing and snuggling with P-dog.
- Worked more on Look List post.
- Created graphic for Look List post.
- Published Look List post.
- Called Seal-dog’s person when she couldn’t get up.**
- Set up living room for Seal-dog.
- Did some weeding with a friend.
- Asked a friend to go with me to dog-sitting meetup.
- Went home to take a nap.
- Was honest with friend about not doing well.
- Asked another friends to hang out.
- Dealt with AC situation at Miss Birdy’s.
- Had a successful dog-sitting meetup.
- Felt lonely and cried it out.
- Vacuumed Seal-dog floors and did laundry.
- Survived Seal-dog ordeal.***
- Survived first hot-as-hell night in apartment.
- Had a therapy session with myself in Audacity.
- Did some conscious mourning.
- Took two days off to watch True Blood.
- Bought veggies and other healthy foods.
- Made three healthy veggie meals.
- Started reading Putting Makeup on Dead People.
- Had an awesome chat with friend.
- Finished reading PMODP.
- Worked on black and red re-root.
- Worked on Creating in Chaos II.
- Prevented P-dog cancellation meltdown from getting worse.
- Scheduled T-dog in his place.
- Dragged mattress over by window for breeze.
- Responded to new dog-sitting client in spite of huge panic attack.
- Responded to friend about morning weeding, in spite of same.
- Started reading Murkmere.
- Used Google Maps to find dog-walking meeting place!!
- Has a successful dog-walking meetup.
- Finished reading Murkmere.
- Made veggie stir fry for dinner.
- Started reading Cuckoo Song.
- Worked on Creating In Chaos II.
- Dealt with G-dog confusion, sorted things out.
- Dealt with R-dog confusion, sorted things out.
- Had a great walk with G-dog.
- Did some reading in the library.
- Finished Cuckoo Song.
- Checked out more books.
- Started reading Fracture.
- Finished reading Fracture.
- Started and finished reading The Dead-Tossed Waves.
- Started and finished reading School Spirits.
- Dealt with doctor’s appointment panic attack.
- Started reading Rebel Belle.
- Made it to appointment on time, dealt with parking.
- Read more in Rebel Belle.
- Finished Rebel Belle.
- Started Miss Mayhem.
- Had a bonding moment with friend.
- Had a yoga/grieving session.
- Felt sad and cried it out.
- Made stir fry.
- Had a good therapy session in Audacity.
- Made summary graphics for Creating In Chaos II.
- Published Creating in Chaos II, let it be “good enough.”
- Shared post with friends, got some compliments.
- Had a wonderful time playing with A-dog.
- Finished Miss Mayhem.
- Had a yoga session to cope with panic attack.
- Felt sad and cried it out.
- Vacuumed and washed floors.
- Returned some things to library.
- Got cake from Mirabelle’s.
- Braved pharmacy.
- Returned books to other library.
- Had some nice library time.
- Started reading The Dead House.
- Called and got through to doctor’s office.
- Replied to pet-sitting email.
- Sent a pet-sitting email.
- Read more in The Dead House.
- Made a rice and potato dish for dinner.
- Finished reading The Dead House.
- Started reading Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea.
- Had some library reading time.
- Wrote in 750 words!
- Finished reading BTDATDBS.
- Contacted landlord about bugs and rent check.
- Picked up more books at library.
- Had a nice chat with friend on way home.
This month was a great example of how different polymathy can look for one person. Since October, when I first started sharing my Look Lists, I’d done a little bit of everything. June was about books, books, and more books.
This is actually normal for me. I tend to focus intensely on one thing for a month, or a few months, or sometimes even a year, and then move on to the next thing. Flitting from one interest to another is something new I’m trying out, and I’m still weighing the pros and cons of this approach.
The thing I’m most proud of is making myself publish the second half of Creating In Chaos. It was the longest post I’ve ever done, and the hardest to write. I honestly could have spent another month just polishing it… and driving myself crazy in the process. Better to get it out there, imperfections and all.
The thing I neglected that I wish I hadn’t is cooking, but this happens every summer. I have to accept that it’s just too hot to make soups and learn to embrace the simplicity of salads (affectionately known as Veggie Buckets). I’m thinking about adding smoothies to the mix for a little extra creativity.
As for books, most of them were amazing. If I had to pick a favorite, though, it would be Cuckoo Song. And if I had to pick one that didn’t live up to my expectations, it was Fracture. It started strong but fizzled out at the end.
And if I had to pick one that smacked me in the face with a message I needed to hear, it was The Dead-Tossed Waves. I won’t give away the plot, but I will say that the major theme was moving past loss to create something new. It’s something I need very badly to work on, and I’m not sure I can ever thank Carrie Ryan enough. I’m asking myself some tough, but necessary, questions because of her.
And that, my Pollywog pal, is what I did in June. Now it’s your turn: what did you do this month that made you proud?
*My nickname for the Husky who lives by the park. He answers to his nickname and always comes out of his house to say hello, and he looks like the fluffiest, friendliest, huggiest dog in the whole world.
** My nickname for the difficult dog. She barks like a seal… constantly. And because of her hips, she has trouble getting up off the floor without help, and her little paws splay out like flippers. It was a heartbreaking thing to deal with and especially stressful because her mom didn’t tell me about this problem until after she’d left for her trip. Eventually, the Seal Dog couldn’t get up even with my help, and I had to keep her in the carpeted living room.
***A piece of metal found its way into the Seal Dog’s food, and she almost choked on it. And then it got stuck in her mouth. Thankfully, she spit it out at the exact moment I called one of the emergency contacts for help. She got plenty of snuggles after this. She may be difficult, but she’s still a beautiful old girl.