[I’ve edited out the Emergency Info section that was at the end of this piece when I published it, even though it’s a MUCH bigger emergency now — having 100s of boxes/bins to move ASAP, and I’m not sure where, or how to pay for it, and am months behind…

Just popping in to show this blast from the recent past that I was amused to see turn up, one of the many times I dropped hints about clutter and hoarding on social networks while not being totally open about it until writing my GIANT ESSAY here in May. Got mostly good response on this post, the response that was less positive, well, that’s some of who I wrote the piece for. (Whether they read it and thought about it, I don’t know. I do think the pandemic has made some people understand the value of home and having things you like around you a bit more. And that valuing experiences…may be a good idea, except when travel and concerts and sports and theater and lectures and restaurants and bars are shut down or risky to do.)

I believe this is my 50th post here! I just wanted to post #50, and share that I’ve finally gotten both vaccination shots (though I have to give it time before I’m considered “fully vaccinated,” right?).

I’ve been holding out on a few things until then — several very favorite…

It’s been two weeks since I posted my huge piece about my hoarding and clutter struggle and it was an immense relief and I am so grateful for everyone who’s responded and offered help of any kind! …

I posted the thing last Thursday I needed to post to turn my life around, getting a good response but of course getting my hopes up really high too (wasn’t quite expecting “viral,” but wanted a few more big shares than it got, there’s still time) and as always stressing…

I wrote the essay I’d wanted to for months. I wrote it in my head for months and then banged it out in a file in just a couple days, and found a handful of people to give me feedback, and chewed on it a while, and added a few…

Whoo-hoo, I finished the second draft of the essay I’ve been talking about incessantly, and emailed it to one person, but may be posting it tomorrow whether I get feedback or not by then (a rather short time). I even got it done at home before going out tonight to…

Officially too stressed out to write, as the bad situations in life are piling up AND I still can’t reinstall the apps I rambled about in the previous piece. I’ve tried the Play Store and the Galaxy Store and still don’t have Messenger, the main way I’m in touch with people. I need full connectivity to be able to get the things done I need to this week, which includes finally posting that damn essay…Let me just share a random photo, one I put on my desktop when I started here and wanted to try out adding photos to pieces, but didn’t know if this one was interesting or relevant enough. Chicago, summer 2020.

I made the mistake of deleting a bunch of apps from my phone to have room to take photos this weekend. I did this before recently and it was a great idea, because Twitter was taking up a ridiculous amount of space but when I reinstalled it less than a…

I didn’t work much on the essay this weekend. I was too tired Friday after my short trip Thursday to do enough, and stayed in, and then got a late start Saturday, and spent the day along the UP-NW Metra line, and then got an earlier start Sunday and spent…

Katherine Hodges

Chicagoan/Iowan. Trying to write. Buildings, books, bars, bikes, transit, cooking, photography…

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