State of the Me

I am pretty sleepy. Upstairs Cat’s life is in disarray because last night we drained and dismantled the water bed. If Upstairs Cat ain’t happy, ain’t no one sleeping on the air mattress in the closed off room. Let the meowing and door ramming commence!

In her defense, she is unhappy. Things will get back to normal for her more so when we get the new mattress in and set up Saturday. And things will be back to normal for us.


While I would love to catch up on my sleep, Saturday is scheduled to be a big fiction day as well. I wrote a grand total of 3 hours this week. I had some things going on, and then my younger brother called to add a couple more things to the things, and so it’s been busy again. Hmmm… gotta stop that whole again thing.

Anyway, Saturday I plan to work on chapter 5 and finish it. Sunday will be spent doing some Kirkwood catch up work. Soon I will be entering my 8-4 Kirkwood season, BUT it does mean that my time in the evenings will clear out for creative pursuits more, as I will not be toting work home quite so much.


I mentioned my brother called. He is the only member of my family I stay in contact with, and he needs a little help with managing some of my mother’s health problems and other problems. He’s on the ground doing some leg work and I’m using my red tape cutting powers to help him get what he needs sorted. So far, so good.

It has opened me up to all sorts of tensions and speculations, and I spent a great deal of yesterday full of anxiety, imagining stupid things and revisiting old ground. Which just goes to show you that even poster children for abuse can back slide.

But I am more or less fine at the moment, if a little sleepy, and we’ll just ride this as it comes.


I am having fantasies of skipping out for a day spa trip shortly after the semester ends, just to get my body to de-stress after the last two months. How do these things sound?

Caribbean Therapy Body Treatment: Treatment begins with a dry exfoliation, followed by a warm full body seaweed masque to smooth and detoxify. A comforting body wrap, scalp, face and body massage will follow. A refreshing hydrotherapy bath completes this island inspired experience.

Hydrotherapy: Luxurious aromatherapy water treatments in our hydrotherapy tub with pressure point massage jets are intensely relaxing. Choose from an Essential Oil Stress Relieving Soak with mineral sea salts and your choice of aromas or Cleopatra’s Bath with milk, honey, lavender, and tangerine.

Yeah. I thought so. 😀


All right. High school field trip is put to bed, my boss has delayed our luncheon date by an hour, and I need to get some work done. Have a great weekend.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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