Yesterday was the first day of school and my house is so quiet. No tv or video games, no tennis balls bouncing against the wall, no visiting friends or kids out on the street for the dogs to bark at. It's not just my house either... every house on my street is quiet. Even the toddlers in the house behind us are quieter with their school aged siblings gone. There are a lot of kids in my neighborhood so after the noise and chaos of summer the quiet is a bit unsettling.
I'm trying to make this week a new beginning for me too. I started working through The Artist's Way with a group of people online and I'm setting aside three hours a day to write. Really write, not just blog. I want to continue working on the book I started last year but I'm also going to do some writing for a few local businesses. I think I snagged my first client the other day. A landscape company that my neighbor is starting. He has a very organized business plan, a year to build his business before he retires from the Army, and he has money set aside for advertising. I'm looking forward to working with him.
I want to thank everyone who had such kind and supportive things to say in the last couple of weeks while I was trying to climb out of my depression. I'm feeling better and I'm trying to keep myself focused and busy enough that I don't have time to feel bad. I have also recognized that one of the problems I'm having is that I have been avoiding conflict for a few years and that has gradually changed me. I didn't realize how much I had changed until last week when a fairly good natured political discussion, with a friend who I have always butted heads with over political issues, left me positively shaken and feeling ill. This isn't me. I have always loved a good political debate. But the volatility of having a child with problems can cause you to tiptoe around the small stuff for fear of stepping on a landmine and after a few years of tiptoeing it can become a habit. So I think I need to try to break the habit. This doesn't mean I'm going to start stomping and pontificating but I think I need to push myself to be a bit more open and honest.
So... here's an opinion. I watched the Republican Party convention last night and I think that Mitt Romney is a hateful and scary man who needs to get his facts straight. "Is government spending - excluding inflation - liberal or conservative if it doubles since 1980? It's liberal! " Um... yeah.. Mitt, considering the fact that Republicans have been in office for all but 8 years of this 28 year time line maybe what we really need to do is stop calling things liberal or conservative and vote for something different. Oh.. and John McCain has been in Washington voting for these "liberal" increases for 26 of those years.
And here's another opinion. It took me days to figure out who Sarah Palin reminded me of... and then I watched her speech last night.
I admire a woman who can give a speech that will compare and contrast her views with that of her opponent without giggling and ridicule. Sarah Palin didn't do that. Mean girls don't get my vote.
But she does have adorable children.