The Unknown

The unknown scares me. Always has. I don’t like the dark because I can’t see and I become enveloped in the unknown. The future worries me because as much as I plan I can’t account for the unknown variable. Meeting new people scares me because what will we talk about, will they like me? Yes, the unknown scares me. Or it used to until I discovered a trick.

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The Goal of the Ear-worm

Let’s just get to the point. I have a new goal. I want to create an ear-worm. Doesn’t have to be a song (looking at you Islands in the Stream (you are welcome for getting that in your head. Good luck getting it out!)). Or it can just be a poem (nod to The Raven). It doesn’t matter. I just want my words to become an insidious ear-worm that gets stuck on replay in people’s heads. Too much to ask?

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My December staycation

March 2020 I was supposed to go to Europe. You know, about a week after everything started shutting down. So, the trip was postponed until October. And then postponed again until October 2021 (fingers crossed). But that left me with two weeks of unused vacation time in 2020 that I needed to use or lose. What to do? For one week, my niece invited me to visit her and her family. For the second week, I spent the first week in December at home. A week long staycation, what could go wrong?

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Buena Suerte!

About 10 or 11 years ago, I decided to go back to school. I have my Associate Degree but I always wanted to obtain a Bachelor’s. So, I decided the time was right. Just a side note, I still haven’t achieved my goal but that’s a topic for another blog post. This one is focusing on my total learning culmination in two semesters of Spanish. Here it is: buena suerte.

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Pride and Prejudice…the next generation

I always claim that Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is my favorite novel. That’s a pretty lofty claim since I read it once in my twenties. Let me paint a bigger picture for you. When I was younger, probably until I hit my forties, I’d have to describe myself as a romantic dreamer. I admit, I lived somewhere up in the clouds always waiting for my ship to come in. My prince to come. Because I was sure both would arrive. Probably together. [insert forehead hand slap here]. Let’s just say, the dreamer woke up. So, with my mature realistic (some would say cynical) view of life I was curious. Would Pride and Prejudice hold up without all that romantic idealism in the way? I decided to test it out and give it another read just to see. To be honest, I was nervous. If it failed what would take its place as my favorite? Here are a few of my thoughts on Pride and Prejudice 40’s edition.

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Be careful out there

In 2018, Steve Carell (The Office) starred in a movie called “Welcome to Marwen.”  It looked quirky and I like to think that I like quirky so I thought I’d watch it.  But it wasn’t a must see rather a “eh, maybe I’ll watch that sometime.”  The time came when it came to me via tv and there was absolutely nothing on.  It turns out, the movie is way past quirky.  In fact, it waves at quirky as it heads into surreal.  The thing that takes it up a notch is it is, in fact, based on a true story.  A story that may make you watch the movie with squinted eyes and the question “is this for real” playing in a loop in your mind.   At least, that’s how I watched it. Part of it is not real, not real at all.  Part of it is a lesson on being deceived. Continue reading

Adventures with China Post

A couple weeks before Thanksgiving I decided I had better get into Christmas present buying mode.  Family was coming to town for the holiday and being the fiscally retentive (aka cheap) person that I am, I wanted to send them home with Christmas presents.  I’d finish Christmas early and forgo having to pay postage to send gifts (it costs 55 cents just to mail a regular letter!).  I successfully ordered all my presents and waited for them to come in.  I even splurged a little and ordered some Christmas presents from me to me because I sure have good taste.  I’d say it was just like Christmas with all the packages but it was, in fact, Christmas.   Also about this time I overheard my co-workers complaining about Amazon packages they had ordered that came via China Post.  Their orders were delayed because of the riots in China.  I heeded my eavesdropped knowledge and tried to avoid the same pitfall. Continue reading