Today is not a good day. I don't need to say why. This is not a political forum, and I firmly believe it should stay that way, but I can see many here are feeling the way I'm feeling right now.
I've been online off and on today, mostly here for the distraction and my other favourite expertly moderated internet community. In among the fallout, I found this treasure of a mantra.
Improve, protect, appreciate, connect.
I've been at home waiting for the plumber today. I was supposed to be planning classes today but I didn't have it in me, so I've been tidying a messy corner that's been bothering me for weeks. I talked to the plumber about what needs to be done around the house and commiserated with my neighbour about the election. I dressed up nicely to go the shops in the rain, and made a point of hitting the small businesses as well as the supermarket chain. I bought aubergine, mozzarella and a nice bottle of wine.
These tiny acts of improvement, protection, appreciation and connection were very comforting. Tonight I will cook parmigiana for Mr Edge and call my family to tell them I love them.