Friday, August 5, 2016

TGIF 8-5-16

You might be wondering what just happened this past week and, to be honest, I wouldn’t really blame you. We kind of took a left turn into unusual posting territory, didn’t we? This is not a new format; just something I wanted to play with. I like to mix things up from time to time to keep from going stale. I’ve done musical-themed posts, and I will do plenty more, but I think this is the first time we had an entire week of musical-themed posts where the posts, themselves, were more inspired by the music than about the music. I realize that the music, in this case, will not be to everyone’s taste, but I hope that hasn’t interfered with your enjoyment otherwise. As I said, the posts were inspired by, not fully about, the music so, if you skipped because of a difference in musical tastes, go back and give them another look. Let me know what you think.

In this specific case, the bands that were featured are three of my favorites, and I just happened to have gotten tickets to see them in October, so this was also me celebrating, and maybe psyching myself up a bit. It’s been years since I’ve been to a concert of this sort, and I don’t deny that the crowds make me nervous. Plus, I’m just a bit older than I was then, so that can make a difference. I do expect to have fun, though. I’m not worried about that. Once the music starts rolling, pretty much everything else goes away. The concert is in October, so I’ll give you an update then.

As for the rest of the updates, there’s not much to go into. Things are running smoothly over here, for the most part. All of the usual ups and down that go with a normal life, of course, but nothing that really warrants reporting on. The day job is hectic, but that’s normal. The family are doing great (though two of them are probably less happy about school getting ready to start up again). The foster situation is going so well that caseworkers actually cancel our meetings because, “Sorry, I had an emergency, and you’re such an easy case I wasn’t worried about it.” Sounds odd, but that’s a good thing. I promise.

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Finally, the Frequently Interrupted team is participating in an Out of the Darkness walk in December to help raise awareness and support for suicide prevention. Obviously this is a big deal to me, and I would appreciate all of the help and support we can get. You can help by spreading the word, first and foremost. Tell everyone this is happening, and tell everyone they can help. Then you can either join our walking team and work to raise funds and awareness yourself, or you can donate through one of the walkers on our team. Click for more information, and thank you for your support.

I seem to say that last phrase fairly often, but I mean it in all sincerity. None of this would work without you. Even the writing therapy aspect of it is more beneficial because I have people with whom to share that therapy. Thank you, and thank you for helping us grow. I’ll close by repeating the challenge once more. If I have been of any help to you, please take your favorite Frequently Interrupted entry and share it with your friends. Encourage them to join us, and help spread the word. Thank you.

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