So I was having one of those days today. Nothing going right at work, had a lot of wasted time getting through problems that ended up being beyond my control, and just all around lack of inspiration. Besides my run this morning, and the fact that Zliten even joined me (yay!!!), today has been kinda – meh.
So what do you write when you’re feeling sorta grey-ish? I have a post about willpower started but… um… when you’re practically chaining yourself to your desk not to get up and raid the snack machine… yeah that feels a bit hypocritcal. Then, I remembered my trusty friend google, and lo and behold, the Imagination Prompt. I am going to answer the first ten questions it gives me here and maybe it will be interesting. If not, well, I tried.
1. Can you watch a movie already in progress, or do you need to see it from the beginning?
Well, I prefer to watch a movie from the beginning, but I’ve seen many, many movies from the middle. If it’s interesting, I’ll seek out the whole thing, but I have definitely seen my share of half-movies. Especially the ones on comedy central that play over and over. I’ll watch 20 minute here, 10 minutes there, and eventually I’ve seen most of it!
2. Describe a childhood birthday.
When I was 13, my friends threw me a surprise party and kicked it off in an odd way. I rollerbladed home with one of my friends and the rest were inside my basement at the ready. They wrapped my up in saran wrap and proceeded to dump the contents of the fridge on me – chocolate syrup, butter, the works. They really appreciated the thank you hugs after getting doused. It sounds mean when I type it out now, but that’s just how we were, I guess.
3. Loved and lost, or never loved at all? Which might you prefer?
Loved and lost, of course! First of all, anguish makes for great writing fodder. Second, one can only truly learn by experiencing, and how are you to know what you want, what is right for you, what love truly is, except by a heaping, steaming pile of Mr. Wrongs in your wake, if that’s what is necessary. Luckily, I found my Mr. Awesome early in life, so it’s mostly a rhetorical exercise here.
4. I can’t believe that I…
Am still waiting for all this crap to download at work. Next!
5. You can only keep five things you have. What will they be?
By things, I’m going to assume that I’ve already got my Zliten and my lizards. I’ll say, off the top of my head – a substantial amount of my wardrobe (ie, enough to get me through a month or so), my engagement ring, my laptop, all my old photos/yearbooks/crap, and…uh…my phone? The thing here is while it said I only got to keep five things, it didn’t say I couldn’t just take an infinite amount of money and go buy replacements for the other things! I’m sure if I gave it some real thought I might remember some more keepsake-y things but I could definitely get by with the 5 listed above.
6. Weird is…
My daily bread. Normal is a dryer setting. Weird is a compliment – if you’re weird, at least you’re doing something different. And you know what…everyone is weird. It’s just about how public you are with your weirdness. Let your freak flag fly, everyone!
7. If I could be any age, what would it be — list 10 reasons why.
You know, I really quite like 30. It’s old enough to know better but young enough to do it once in a while anyway. It’s young with out all the stupid. It’s a great time to remember things you put along the wayside to try and be a successful 20-something and dust them off and try them again. And it’s still ok to get upset when getting ma’am-ed by snotnose punks at the salad place. That’s not 10, but you get the point.
8. 7 things I’ve done or said that I’m proud of:
Ok, let’s do DONE:
– I am proud of my gymnastics career. It wasn’t much, but I loved it and will carry the experience through all my life.
– I am proud that I graduated college, with honors, and a 3.7 GPA with a BA of Psychology. Not that I did anything with it, but I’m glad I have the paper.
– I am proud that I uprooted myself not once but twice chasing rainbows – once to San Diego in 2002, and most recently to Austin in 2007. Given my comfort zone, I could have probably lived in one town all my life, and I’m glad I’ve spent some time in at least a few different places.
– I am proud that I slowly and sanely lost 115 ish lbs. I did it on my own terms, I did it listening to my body, and I did it without giving up being me.
– I am proud of my current surge of altheticism, mainly the 10k awesome time and the fact that we are going on lots of biking adventures to faraway double digit mile places.
– I am proud that I spent 2 years as producer running an online world. While a lot of things came out of it I didn’t like, I am happy to remember a job that I enjoyed doing with every fiber of my being and was so into that very few other things mattered.
– I am proud that I’ve spent almost 10 years with my Zliten, going from one adventure to the next. I’m also proud that I have not found a way to hate him yet, so I guess that must mean I love him.
I think that’s it for today, that was sorta fun. Might have to pull this out when the next fit of un-inspired-ness hits. Answer your favorite question below in the comments, or feel free to steal it as a blog topic if you are also in my boat!