I realize that I've neglected to post for a month! I was in bad shape before I went on vacation/work from home. My allergies were keeping me awake until six a.m. on many nights and I was dragging myself into the office.
For the past few weeks I've been spending more time outdoors and taking epsom salt baths. I think this has done the trick because I have been falling asleep before two a.m. without too much effort. Plus I've been having smoothies made with kale from the garden. (Vegan mint chocolate magic!) Oh and I have been reading a lot more. I've also had a lot of fantastic meals with friends (with several incredible homecooked meals), and I think this has helped to realign whatever was wrong, though yesterday I had some anxiety about having to have conversations with a lot of different people, which passed after I walked around in the sun for a bit. Sometimes I can hear that my timing is off when I speak, which opens up a giant chasm of awkward that only gets worse as I try to fix the flow. (Do you ever experience this?)
I've been wanting to do a post about getting into the right headspace for MFA writing programmes, especially for POC writers, and since it is nearly September I'm going to work on that for next week.
My skin is still in not the greatest state, but I feel better about it. I even ate a cake doughnut from Lee's on Granville Island despite all the food restrictions I've been under to fix all my health issues. (I've decided the cake doughnut is superior to its yeast counterpart, and not just because of my allergy to the latter. The plain old fashioned is the greatest, and doesn't taste super sugary. I'm always surprised when anyone who has grown up in the lower mainland hasn't had a Lee's doughnut.)
Summer in Vancouver is perfect. But I'm ready for autumn. I've decided to start writing my next book at the end of September, when ghost month is over. Nine p.m. bedtime, here I come!