Life Update – October 18, 2021

Hello, everyone! How are you all doing? Well, I hope!

I’m… definitely doing better than I was a while ago. And as I had promised, I’m back with a short life update, since I don’t really have much more to write about right now!

1- I’m still recovering from losing my relationship with my ex. We had been together in some capacity (as friends, then lovers, then friends again, then lovers again, then… nothing) since 2013. It’s a long time to just… stop. What happened, now that I can talk about it without sobbing, was that she had a situation that caused brain damage and erased all of her memories from ten years past. We went from talking about marriage to her not even knowing who I am. It’s still painful as hell, but that’s what happened, and I lied when I said I wasn’t going to cry.

2- Since it seems like this is ex week, another ex (who kindly got someone else pregnant while we were dating) decided to pop back into my email and ask if I still live in the same place (I don’t, thank heavens). I answered him because I’m too curious for my own good. I guess we’ll see what happens.

3- Finally got to take a week off work, so I’ll be out of state next week. We’re spending three full days in a city I’ve never been to before, so I’m excited for that. I’ll report back once I’m back home and rested.

4- Still working on losing some weight (I’ve dropped 48-ish pounds already, still got around 37 to go) and trying to remember it’s worth it. I confess I freaked out a bit (a lot) when I saw the loose skin on some parts of my body, but it seems like it can be fixed or improved, so we’ll see about that. Gotta keep working on reaching that healthy weight.

5- My hair is almost down to my shoulders again, and I’m torn between growing it out a little or chopping it all off again because it’s so damn hot right now here in Brazil. I guess I’ll have to give it some thought.

Well, I guess that’s it for today. Nothing spectacular or very interesting, but there you all have it, the promised text post. I might still drop another one (text or image) before my trip!

See you when I see you!

Where have I been?

Hey, everyone, how are you all? Doing well, I hope! I’m… alive.

I know I haven’t been posting nearly as well as I should, but I’m here. Things have been happening, and I haven’t been able to.

I’ll try to keep this short and also talk a little about how I plan on moving forward.

On the normal side of things, I’ve been working a lot – the company I work for is going through a lot of changes, and we’re all having to learn how to operate new systems, how to give support to new products, all that fun stuff. I’ve been trying to get another blog in Portuguese off the ground as well, though that project has been on hold for a while.

My mental health has been shaky lately, and I’ve been handling some physical health stuff as well – nothing serious, but it requires time and lifestyle changes.

I’m also freshly single in a way I had never expected to happen, and I’m sad, angry and confused, and it’s nobody’s fault, which only makes it worse. I’m not sure I should explain it, as it’s someone else’s private information, but…it was harsh and traumatic. I’m still coming to terms with it.

As for how I plan on moving forward… There’s so much I want to do about the blog. Maybe post some writing prompts, talk about collaborative writing or post a nice picture every now and then. I’m not sure how much energy I’ll have for all of that, but I’ll do my best. I’ve been dropping the ball on reading everyone’s blogs as well, and I plan on working on that too. I’ll just need a little time and patience.

I think that’s all I have to say for today. I should be back soon!

Life update – 16-07-2021

Hello, my pretties! How are you all? Doing well, I hope! I’m still alive and kicking, even though I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I’d like. To combat that, I’m putting in the effort to post a life update every Friday or Saturday, and touch on some random theme while I’m at it, since who wants to just hear me talk about my boring life? :) I must share my boring opinion as well!

On the life side: managed to get my flu shot (it’s winter here) yesterday. No reactions, except for a really sore arm, so I’ve got that going for me. Covid vaccines here in my city are still 42 years old and up, so it’s going to take a while until I can get it. I have to wait two weeks in between vaccines anyway, so nothing left to do. Still feeling really burned out with work and everything, and needing to get a vacation – or staycation – some time soon. Maybe that’ll get the creative juices flowing again, or so one would hope.

The theme today: the sacralization of the act of giving birth. Notice that I’m not talking about motherhood, which is a very involved and life-long process of raising a child and still providing emotional support and friendship as the child morphs into an adult. I’m talking about simply having given birth to a child they may or may not be raising and acting as though that makes such person a special being worthy of all reverence. In my opinion, excuse my French, this is a steaming pile of bullshit. The situation that made me think of this was a thread on Reddit (which I won’t link here) where a lady who had given up her biological son for adoption was proclaiming her right to disregard the adoptive parents’ request that she did not take pictures of the child and post them on social media during the visits they allowed her to have with the boy. Her answer as to why she felt that she had this right was “I am his mother”. And the overwhelming answer was “no, you are not. The person who adopted him, is raising him, living with him and paying for his every expense is his mother”. I tend to agree with that. I’m not going to demonize people who give up their biological child for adoption. I believe that, in a place where abortions are illegal or very hard to get (such as my country) or if the person has moral objections to abortions but feels that she can’t raise the child, adopting the child out to someone who can is a very responsible decision. But… you are no longer the mother after the child is adopted.

I would love to hear your opinions on the matter.

Have a nice day and see you on the next post!

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