Monday, January 2, 2017

Update: I've been busy being human.

Hey there, IOI!  I am still somewhere out here in cyberspace!
I had a hard time writing for about a month after the election.  I couldn't get my head around what was happening and felt like I had nothing to write about.
Then we were well into the holidays and things were just busy!  I am thrilled to announce that during that time I finished my cert program, and now hold a Certificate of Proficiency in American Sign Language!  I have been taking classes toward this goal for 7 years.  I wanted to sleep for a week after dealing with all the bureaucracy it took to get through the program.
Now for the bad news: I was in a car accident the day after Christmas.  My car went down an embankment.  I was incredibly fortunate to come through with a sprained ankle and lots of bruising.  My body has been sore all over.  I have been experiencing grief symptoms and was in shock for a few days after.  A lot of what I am dealing with in my personal life has to do with the accident.  I get tired very easily since my body seems to be putting all its energy into healing.
What's come from all of this is a lot of new material for IOI.  I have had a lot of time to think and come up with new topics.  
I look forward to getting back to blogging regularly.  My goal for 2017 is one entry per week.  In fact, how about we pick up there next time with goals?
I sincerely wish the best to each of you.  If you feel like it give us your own check-in in the comments.  
I don't usually give much of anything away about my personal life.  But I do want to publically thank my sister for kicking my butt this morning with the blend of love and honesty that only people who truly give a damn can achieve.  Love you, B.  
Now for all of us,
Be well.


  1. Sounds like you have had some serious ups and downs! Congrats on getting Certificate of Proficiency in American Sign Language. that is Awesome. And I am glad you were able to walk away from an accident with minor injuries. Give yourself time to heal emotionally.

  2. Yesssss!!! SO good to see you back. Only a sister can kick your butt when you're down. You have too much great insight for your readers to not hear how you make it through this latest challenge. I'll hold you accountable for continued blogging if you do the same for me! Love you.

  3. Congrats on getting the certificate of proficiency in American Sign Language!

  4. Im so sorry to hear about your card accident. its nice to take time away from the cyber world i be a human being from time to time. I look forward to hearing what 2017 brings for you

  5. Welcome back to the blogging world! And thank you for your honesty and openness about what you've been experiencing emotionally and physically due to life - not many people can be this vulnerable! Glad to hear Lori is sending the perfect combination of love and foot-up-the-ass for you! Keep blogging, love reading about the different workings of the human brain!

  6. So happy to see your posts back! I am looking forward to following you for your insights in 2017. Thank god your okay from your accident too.

  7. Congrats on the huge accomplishment of getting your certificate of proficiency in American Sign Language, that is no easy feat!!!! Keep at it and go accomplish those 2017 goals!!