21 Aug – Blog Planning

How do you remember blog posts you want to write until you’re ready to sit down at the computer? Do you have a system in place, why or why not?

I’ve already got a couple of posts in mind that I want to write… eventually. All I need to do now is try and find some free time to actually write them.

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Daily Prompt – Breaking The Ice

The internet has recently been swept up by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Is there a cause — social, political, cultural, or other — you passionately believe in? Tell us how you got involved — or why you don’t get involved.

I’m so sick of hearing about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I hope that they start getting freezer burn from too much ice.

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Daily Prompt – Tunnel Vision

You’ve been given the ability to build a magical tunnel that will quickly and secretly connect your home with the location of your choice — anywhere on Earth. Where’s the other end of your tunnel?

Honestly, I’d just be happy to have a tunnel that went anywhere, other than here. Actually, no, that’s not entirely true… I’d be happy if it just went to the beach. Or the country.

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19 Aug – Favourite School Grade

What was your favourite grade in school and why?

Generally speaking, I hated school. Kids can be nasty little cunts when they want to be.

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Daily Prompt – Uncanned Laughter

A misused word, a misremembered song lyric, a cream pie that just happened to be there: tell us about a time you (or someone else) said or did something unintentionally funny.

I often find that I have these kind of experiences on a regular basis, because most of the time I’m doing or saying something stupid, or, basically, just being my generally entertaining self… so it’s somewhat difficult to actually pinpoint one particular moment.

The other problem with this is that most of the time, I’m usually by myself when it happens, and have nobody to share the moment with.

One of the frequent things I do is sing the wrong song lyrics. At first, I’ll just sing what I think are the words, and then I’ll think about it and realise that it doesn’t sound right, but I still sing it anyway. But then I get annoyed and have to look up the lyrics online to correct myself, and most of the time, whatever I’m babbling is so far from what the real words are, I just sit there staring at my screen grinning like an idiot.

The other ‘habit’ I guess we’ll call it, is getting dressed when I’m not thinking properly, ie half asleep or is such a rush I can’t really concentrate much. Generally it’s not until I’ve arrived at an event, or halfway through a gym class that I realise my top is on inside out or my singlet is backwards, or sometimes both.

Recently I purchased a new jacket. One morning I decided to wear it to work, and it wasn’t until I took it off just before lunch that I realised the tags were not only still attached, but sticking out quite clearly… And nobody decided to tell me.


18 Aug – Back To School

Back to school is right around the corner. Are you ready for another school year?

I’ve always been fascinated by the US school terms. The concept of having an entire 3 month break over summer is truly quite remarkable. I say this only because we have our educational terms structured as four distinct terms from Jan – Dec, with (usually) a two-week break between terms.

I used to love school holidays because it was all about sleeping in and hanging out with my friends… and then I got into my senior years of high school and that disappeared and was replaced with study.

Also not having kids means I don’t need to concern myself with anything related to going back to school.

Although, I will admit that when I was in school, I really did look forward to covering my books. When I was younger it was all about getting really cool adhesive book cover (aka ‘Contact’), usually something silvery / holographic. Then I went through a period of making my own covers – using magazine clippings, different letters from different fonts to spell out the subject; various pictures etc. I’d cover the book first in a layer of newspaper, then glue all the clippings on and then cover it all with clear contact.

I could just never work out how to avoid getting any bubbles under the surface.

Daily Prompt – Off The Shelf

Take a look at your bookcase. If you had enough free time, which book would be the first one you’d like to reread? Why?

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Daily Prompt – 10,000 Spoons

…When all you need is a knife might not be ironic, but it is unfortunate. Add your own verse, stanza, or story of badly-timed annoyance to Alanis Morissette’s classic.

– Turning up to the gym with everything except your runners.

– Turning up to the gym without a change of clothes after your sweaty workout.

– Leaving home extra early, only to be caught in traffic / have public transport delays, and end up being late anyway.

– Getting excited about going out for waffles, only to arrive and the store has closed.

– Planning a day out in the sunshine, only for it to turn nasty and rain instead. Or, being at home sick when the weather is perfect outside.

– Going out to a club, only to not get in after waiting in line for 45mins.

– Going out for an all-day breakfast, which they stop serving at midday.

– Hosting a party that everybody says they’re going to, and nobody turns up.

– Double-booking yourself for two events, and being forced to choose. Only to then have the one you choose fall through, and the one you gave up fall-through as well.

– Buying two tickets to a show, and nobody wants the other ticket.

– Buying an expensive pair of headphones, and they sound cheap and terrible.

– Buying a brand new car and crashing it on the way home.

– Getting ‘bumped up’ to an earlier flight, only to have it grounded.

– Arriving interstate, only to find your luggage is in a different state. Then buying emergency clothes, and having your luggage turn up at your hotel… after you’ve already returned home.

– Planning, booking and paying for overseas travel, and your employer cancels your leave approval.

– Having all your bills fall due on payday.

– Paying for express international shipping, and it takes 4 weeks instead of 4 days.

– Being dumped on your birthday.

It’s all a little too ironic.