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Check Your Boobies

I love this time of year. The fall air is cool and smells crisp, just like the apples! Leaves are falling off the trees, the kids are back in school, and the baseball post-season is in full swing. I go into hibernation, just like the bears. I forage for food, pack on a few pounds AND, for extra warmth, I stop shaving! I totally embrace the 'No Shave November' movement. I start early, and continue long into the Spring. By the time Spring rolls (haha, spring rolls, get it??) around, the only way you can tell me and the bears apart is I’m the one with the painted claws!

Covid-19 prevented people from getting to the barbers and stylists. It actually is helping to jumpstart No Shave November this year. I was one of the fortunate ones, though, because I was able to get an appointment at the groomer. I was SOOOO excited! Fortunately, they were able to fit me in between a Maltipoo and Bichon Frise!! Of course, I'm kidding, I haven't been to a groomer since 1975 when the bow and bouffant experiment went awry.

We are one month into our self-inflicted virtual school experience. It has truly been a struggle...for me. I go down the rabbit hole every day with work, writing, and Zoom meetings, then I completely forget to wake my son up! Then, its noon and the school day is over. UGH!!!! I get more emails now from the teachers. Even the PE and Art teachers are emailing me! “He’s missing his cardio assignment from 9/11!” “All he has to do is his mannequin drawings! Do you have 47 x 62 1/8” poster board and a flatbed scanner? Ok, you should be all set.”

Last night's Zoom parent meeting on bullying went very well. Even the principal remarked that our son hasn’t been a discipline problem this year. Well, of course not, he hasn’t been in school!!! He’s been a real discipline problem for me!! He’s supposed to be hitting the ‘books’ and I’ve been hitting the bottle...hard! By the end of this trimester in early December I suspect I will be checking into the nearest Betty Ford clinic! Oh, and I can say with certainty, there is virtually no chance that he is gradating 8th grade if this S^&* keeps up!! The kid has been in the house for months!! He rarely showers, he’s grown 4+” in height, and his hair is so long he now sports a "man bun." I think his communication skills have suffered too. He rarely speaks, and when he does there are no attempts at proper enunciation. Never mind proper... there’s NO ENUNCIATION!! I can't decipher the words - they sound vaguely like mumbling wah wah wah wah – Peanuts-teacher-style!

Typically, during this time of year, many organizations host fundraising walks, bike tours and runs. I enjoy participating at least annually. ACA’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is one organization I support. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many of us know someone who has been personally affected by breast cancer whether it’s a spouse, parent, sister, aunt, friend, neighbor or coworker or maybe they’ve been a patient themselves. Get an annual mammogram and do regular self-exams! It’s not too bad, and for some of us it might be the only ‘action’ we’ve seen in a while...if you know what I mean. Seriously though, self-care and self-exams are important - do it for you!

They say laughter is the best medicine. And it’s most definitely cheaper than therapy. I think we could all use a little laughter in our lives (and some of us need a lot of therapy, too). I hope reading my blog and listening to Some Kind of Comedian podcasts make you laugh just a little in your day. Laughter binds us together, and gives us a brief respite from our busy and sometimes stressful lives.

So, remember to Live, Love and Laugh with SKOC (and check your boobies...)!!!

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