Still here (April has been a slog)

29 Apr

This really has been a hard month here at casa aztec, which is why there have been so few posts, little-to-no reading (or reviewing), and why I’m still stitching the last few of the pouches for #RomancingTheVote.

Still quilting pieces denim/royal blue/red pouch

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that a bunch of things happened to slow down my sewing to a screeching stop, and I just haven’t regained the momentum. So I’m plugging along, stubbornly, while beating myself up because the generous donors have now been waiting two and a half months for their pouches.

Alas, no point crying over delayed stitching; this is where we are, and I just have to keep going and get it done.

I also had to skip the TBR challenge read and review for April–even though I have had the book selected since January!–which sucketh in its own hellish way. I was on such a good reading streak!

But again, it’s where we are, and I just have to move on and catch up next month.

* * * *

Not all has been negative here, though: I managed to complete a bunch of legal processes that had a pretty short deadline, on time. It meant dealing with all sorts of official types, and being inside buildings with hundreds of strangers, several times in the last three weeks, for hours at a time (which was super not fun, because Florida, badly worn masks/no masks, and PEOPLE), but I got it done.

I cannot describe the relief, even as I wait for the last one document to get processed, so I can be done (done!) with the whole thing.

Something else positive: seeing this inside the Mexican Consulate.

Sticker on a service window: Report anti-LGBTQ crimes / SAFE PLACE (on a rainbow shield), "This location is a safe place for victims of anti-LGBTQ crimes and harassment to call 911 and wait for law enforcement to arrive", with the Orange County Sheriff's Office seal and link to ocso.com/LGBTQSafePlace

Let’s be clear, ACAB is an immutable fact; but the fact that this particular official building publicly declares itself to be a safe location for queer people, and in fucking Florida no less? Yes, that made me smile; it did my heart good.

Wishing you all a good weekend, and hoping for a better month for us all, I’ll se you in May!

6 Responses to “Still here (April has been a slog)”

  1. Lori 29/04/2022 at 2:31 PM #

    It always amazes me that you’re in Florida. Especially since Florida seems like the weirdest fucking state we have here in the US. And you seem so calm and level. Definitely not a Floridian (in my warped imagination).

    As for the rest of it, good adulting you! I swear to all that’s holy (cats and cheese) that people deserve medals for good adulting days.

    • azteclady 29/04/2022 at 2:39 PM #

      Florida was never my choice; when the ex moved here, my kids still needed him to be present. I had primary custody, so I moved here to make sure they had him in their life.

      I don’t regret giving them a childhood where their father was present, but HOLY FUCK, how I wish the fucker had chosen the Pacific Northwest.

      (Irony: the fucker and his second wife moved to Seattle a few years ago, and I couldn’t/can’t afford the same move.)

      Adulting: IT’S HARD, YO!

  2. shallowreader 01/05/2022 at 8:31 AM #

    I feel like having “to keep going and get it done” is the mantra for our current age. It’s frustrating to slow down just as you had found momentum but at least there is still some impetus left. And yay for even a smidgeon of LGBTQ support in unexpected but critical spaces.

    • azteclady 01/05/2022 at 11:33 AM #

      Yes, it is.

      I often joke that adulthood is wishing our life away (“when will the weekend get here?), while just having to knuckle down and keep going through adulting as best we can.

      But the past few years have really been brutal; from the moment tRump came down that escalator in June 2015, everything has just gotten worse politically, and the pandemic is the shit icing on a crap cake.

      As for LGBTQ support in unexpected places, given how unrelentingly MACHO the Mexican culture has been through most of my life, it was shocking, in the best possible way, to see it there.

      • shallowreader 02/05/2022 at 6:11 AM #

        I totally agree. It feels like the world has been reeling since that moment. Even after 2020, it didn’t get better. 😦

      • azteclady 02/05/2022 at 8:55 AM #

        It hasn’t; it’s so dispiriting.

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