Smiles Are Contagious

Smiles are contagious; go forth and contaminate as many people as you can!It’s nice to have a series of weeks in a row where I don’t come to the end of the week feeling like I’ve been through the wringer. I don’t know if it’s some kind of situational PTSD or long-term conditioning I need to work through, but I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop… even while I’m smiling for the general improvement in my working circumstances. So I’m sharing a ridiculous picture today that speaks to both ends of that spectrum. Let’s all smile together and count it as a random act of kindness for those around us who are still struggling.

Since I just turned in my latest final, and can therefore count one of my main goals as complete for this week again, and have managed to spend quite a few hours on a daily basis on the phone/Facetime with my hubby as we muddle our way through being apart, I’m relatively satisfied with my progress. I also took a mile-long walk with my sister-in-law last night, so not all exercise has been left by the wayside, but I haven’t managed to figure out a comfortable way to sit at the computer in my temporary digs yet, so I’m starting to think the next six months are going to see drastically reduced fiction word counts… Not the best result, all things considered, but I’m OK with prioritizing my relationship with hubs over ambitious fiction production.

I’m still planning on being home one week of each of the upcoming months, so it’s possible I can manage decent production at those intervals, but I’ll also need to be sorting, throwing away, and packing stuff during those visits to do what I can to keep us on track for our targeted moving day, so it’s just as likely that all my time will have been allocated. Still… I’m smiling. We’re fixing the two main frustrations in our lives by tolerating this separation, and I have faith that our relationship is strong enough to weather the next six months. I will remind myself of that every hour, too, as I miss my sweetluv and the frequent, random hugs we have always shared.


For the next week, notwithstanding everything else I said above, I don’t have class assignments, and will be home again on Friday, so am crossing my fingers for at least 1,000 words and a few walks. I’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, check out how the other ROW80ers are doing with their goals.

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8 thoughts on “Smiles Are Contagious

  1. Sounds like you’re making the best of a tricky situation and things are looking up. Long-distance relationships are the pits! Best of luck with finding the best balance for everything in your life right now.

  2. Hey lady. When you are settled in, let me know. We can meet up. Certainly a crazy time to move here, but it feels back to normal now that the snow’s melted. Good luck with navigation. If it helps as an idea, I write on the couch with my laptop on my lap and my feet on the coffee table. I love it that way.

    1. This couch isn’t quite that comfy… But I have hopes for the downstairs, once we get it resettled. I’ll get in touch once I’m back again from a home visit coming up … day after tomorrow! πŸ™‚

  3. It still amazes me how much practical considerations like a comfortable chair can affect writing. Though, equally, a little adjustment might make all the difference for you. And I like your focus on your relationship over other things. Relationships are really important.
    Good luck reaching your 1,000 words, and well done on getting the assignment in.

    1. πŸ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by!
      I hadn’t necessarily appreciated exactly how much it helps having a good desk, keyboard, and chair set up until this week, when I was trying to get comfortable writing my final… πŸ˜€
      Maybe *what* I was writing had as much to do with it…

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