Daily Prompt: Beyond the Pale

When was the last time you did something completely new and out of your element? How was it? Will you do it again?

I usually don’t have the time or the opportunity to do something new and out of my element, because I work two jobs and work six days a week. As much as I would love to be able to be out trying new things, I simply don’t have that luxury. The closest I would get is more along the lines of trying a brand new type of processed food, like a new flavour of chocolate, or packet of chips, or smoothie combination… Pointless and insignificant crap.

I’m one of those people who has foolishly subscribed to those coupon newsletters, the ones that usually advertise a 90min massage for $30 at some dodgy massage place in somewhere obscure that nobody has heard of…

There’s a reason that nobody has heard of these places… And there’s a reason why these coupon deals are so cheap.

In saying that though I have actually been fortunate enough to bag a bargain with a couple of coupons, but I’ve also had more than my fair share of disappointment. But other times, I see certain offers come across my inbox from time to time that make me think ‘oh, if only I could take x-amount of time off work to do such-and-such a course, then I’d do something different’ but then I do a bit of research into the course and the provider and the location and it all ends up in the ‘too hard basket’.

I’d love to go and do a cake decorating course. I’d love to do a massage course. I’d love to go and do a creative writing short course. All creative stuff that will allow me to switch off from everything else and allow me to focus purely on myself for a little bit.

But like I said, it ends up in the ‘too hard basket’. I just don’t have the luxury to be able to do something like that.

The last time I truly stepped out of my comfort zone was July / August 2013 when I was in New Zealand. I went to a freestyle house-dance class. I had recognised a few faces who were also in NZ for the same week that I was there but for years I’d always talked about how much I would love to go and do a freestyle class, rather than the dance classes I do at the gym, and this was a moment that I truly saw as a perfect opportunity to take advantage of.

I remember walking down Queen Street in Auckland city to this address and realised that I had walked past this dance studio almost every single day and had never actually noticed where it was. I climbed the twisting wooden staircase up to this narrow set of hallways and was shuffled into a tiny room to pay for a casual class, then ushered to another even smaller corridor and followed some others into a studio, is was small and narrow and full of people. I remember walking in and instantly sweating profusely – a combination of my brisk walk there from the gym in the cold Auckland night air, and the lack of air conditioning in the studio. My top was half drenched before the class had even started.

The class started off with a warmup and then straight into the beginnings of an intricate and complex house dance routine. Having an extensive dance background, I managed to pick up the choreography a lot quicker than some of the others, but at the same time, there were a number of others, ‘the regulars’ who already knew the routine from previous classes. It was so challenging and frustrating and exhausting and complicated, and as annoyed as I was getting, I was loving every single moment and didn’t want the class to end. I had missed this feeling so very much.

One time we’d run through the routine, and I’d totally nail all the choreography, but then we’d do it again, and I’d make so many mistakes because I’d get distracted.

I miss being able to do that. I wish I could do it on a more regular basis.


Dec 5 – 10min Timer

Set a timer for 10 minutes and try to write your whole daily post.  Now go back and give yourself 5 more minutes to write about how you felt working under such a tight deadline.

um… what?

So, I always find these posts perhaps one of the most challenging. Write my whole daily post?? WRITE ABOUT WHAT, THOUGH?? You haven’t given me a topic to write about, and that’s the tough part.

When I’ve got a prompt to write about something specific, that’s fine. I can just focus my thoughts on that and just start tap, tap, tapping away on my keyboard, but when faced with something SO OPEN like this, it’s hard. I’m actually not sure why. I could quite easily crap on and on about, literally, anything, but I have nothing to focus on. No direction in which to go. Considering that the daily prompts are my daily posts, it should really give me an actual prompt, as well as the time challenge.

*checks the clock* 5:44min left. Ugh.

I really do wish I was at home today instead. The weather is quite bleak and cold and overcast. Great start to what is supposed to be our Summer. Instead, we’ve had more rain and cold weather, than sunshine and warmth. Stupid weather. It’s all messed up. I wish I was at home, in bed, in my onesie (it’s a Giraffe, by the way!) either watching all the cartoons waiting for me on my MacBook Pro, and / or writing on my blog, or developing ideas and prompts for another writing venture that I have in the back of my mind.

Or maybe I would just be sleeping instead. Or maybe reading – I do have a number of books I want to start reading. I really should read more.

…I’m so time poor.

The fact that I usually have to write these posts when I’m at work really says a lot. I know I shouldn’t be doing it, but I don’t have time otherwise. I really just need an hour or so each day to set aside, just to focus on writing. It’ll be great once the year is over and I’m finally on holidays, because then I can actually dedicate some proper time to the task, and not have to stress about hurrying through it, just to get it finished and out of the way.

*1min 46 seconds remain*

I want cake. I’m so hungry. It’s lunch time for me now, and the last thing I want to be having is tinned tuna. No thanks. It’s cold and miserable outside. I need something warm like a Tom Yum Soup, or some noodles, or a burrito. OOOHHH BURRITO!!

Actually, tomorrow is Burrito Friday. Crazy Cat Lady and I usually have Burrito Friday each week, although we’ve missed it the past couple of weeks because either I’ve been away, or she’s been away. But damn they are so tasty!

Hmmm… now I really want a burrito 😦

I should actually go for a walk and get something filling and hot and yummy. I really seem to have my mind set on getting a Tom Yum Soup… or maybe a Laksa? Who cares, really? I’m just hungry. I want to eat EVERYTHING. Crazy Cat Lady is suggesting a baked potato, or as we refer to them, berked perderder. Ermahgerd. Hmmm… I wonder if that’s a meme? I’m sure I saw it somewhere??

*google image search: berked perderder*
…ta-daaaaa!! One of my favourite memes ever.
*PHEW* Well, now that’s over, how do I feel about the time constraint? Well, now that I glance back over it, I’m actually surprised at how much I can achieve in 10mins when I’m writing, essentially, about nothing. Having the 10mins timer is actually a good thing, because it means there’s no time to fuck around. No time for distract… ooh, new emails… ooh… FB notifications…
It’s good because it forces you to get it done. Perhaps I should apply this kind of thing to all my future posts. Give myself a 15min timer to do all the typing and then if I want to add some pics, allow myself 5 mins to jazz it up a bit.

Dec 2 – December NaBloPoMo

Do you think you’re more or less likely to complete December’s NaBloPoMo?  Why?

Having only completed last month’s NaBlahBlahBlah (this is what I now call it) challenge, I must say I actually learnt a lot. I’ve learnt that I’m very time-poor. I’ve learnt that I need to really work on my writing. I’ve learnt that although I’m not actually writing for mass exposure of my blog, or my writing, I get excited when I see somebody has commented, or liked a post, or even better, followed my blog. I’ve also learnt that some people who want to follow my blog aren’t necessarily the people who I would think would even be remotely interested in what I have to say.

December is going to really challenge me. It’s the last month of the year, and already life is getting busier and busier. I’ve already got less time as it is, and I haven’t even started christmas shopping yet. That’s going to take out even more time from my day. :-S

If I manage to survive it through NaBlahBlahBlah this month, it’ll be quite a surprise, but I’m not going to claim defeat just yet. I really should have just stuck to only one writing challenge per month. Two seems to be a bit more challenging.

here goes!!

Day 16 – Book Covers

How important are book covers in getting you to read a book?

Well, it’s a two-sided situation for me:

  1. If it’s a book that I already know I want to read, then it’s irrelevant. I’m more interested in the content, although a shitty cover can put a dampener on an otherwise great book
  2. If it’s a book that I’ve never read or heard about, the cover is everything

I’ve stopped buying physical hardback / paperback books in now instead buy books from the iBooks store on my iPad. Unfortunately, I don’t actually have time to read any of them, just like I haven’t had time to read any of the physical books that I have sitting in the bookcase in the spare room. 

I always have the intention of reading them; telling myself that I’ll happen one day. But guess what, that one day still hasn’t come, but 5 years have passed. I’m so terrible. I really do want and need to make more of a conscious effort to do some reading. Perhaps I should set a different kind of challenge. Read a book a month for 12 months. Hmmm… 2014, I’m looking at you. And I’ve already got 12 books I could read. It might not seem like much to some of you, because you’re all probably people who read 3 or 4 books per month, but hey, go fuck yourself. Stop rubbing your reading achievements in my face. If you can still manage to read 3 books a month whilst you work two jobs, having dinner at 10-10:30pm every night, whilst maintaining a relationship, and have about a dozen different tv shows to keep up with, then get back to me!!


Day 12 – Unpublished Blog Post

Tell us about a blog post that you didn’t publish.

I think that being a newbie to the whole world of blogging, there’s still so much for me to learn. Primarily, as I’ve said before, I’m merely doing this for me. I’m not trying to get exposure, or create a really famous blog, hell, I’m amazed that I’ve even got followers. Sometimes I wonder what any of you could possibly find interesting in what I have to say!

So because I’m new to this, and I’m only doing this, primarily, for the monthly writing challenge, I don’t actually have any unpublished blog posts. Sure, I’ve got a whole list of things that I could talk about, and a whole list of posts I could write to just get things off my chest, but I haven’t actually sat down to focus on writing any of them. Perhaps I might address it next month once NaBloPoMo is over?

I need to be able to dedicate more time to writing.