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Share Your World – August 12, 2019

And now for this week’s Share Your World (https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/08/12/share-your-world-8-12-19/

What makes you laugh?

Knowing that laughing will freak some people out.

What’s the world coming to?  (Credit to Mel of Crushed Caramel…)

The next stop on the crazy train express.

In one sentence sum up the Internet.

Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

If over time you replace parts on a car, at what point does it stop being the same car you bought? How many parts do you need to replace to make it a new car?

That sounds like a question for Buddha…or Elliot.

Daily Inkling, August 14: Imposter Syndrome

A new writing/photo challenge of sorts for me to try…  The Daily Inkling.  Today is “Imposter Syndrome” (https://normalhappenings.com/2019/08/14/impostor-syndrome-daily-inkling/)

“Do you deal with Impostor Syndrome, the concept of assuming you are unworthy of your accomplishments and will be exposed as a fraud?”

Yes.  Yes I do.  But it doesn’t bother me in the least, because I have kittens.

 

Daily Inkling, August 12: Clear the Air

A new writing/photo challenge of sorts for me to try…  The Daily Inkling.  Today is “Clear the Air” (https://normalhappenings.com/2019/08/12/clear-the-air-daily-inkling/)

“What is your go-to topic to divert a conversation when a family member or friend delves into an awkward or insensitive subject?  And here are the rules:

  • We’ll post a new prompt every day!
  • Inklings are scheduled to go live at 8:30 A.M. CST every morning.
  • Write a post inspired by the prompt! Feel free to modify it as much as you like. It is your clay, so model it into whatever form you see fit.
  • Leave a pingback to this so others can see it! Simply add a link to this Daily Inkling anywhere in your response post.
  • Read/follow/comment on the works of other bloggers of the same post!”

You mean like “squirrel”?  Well, you can’t beat “look at pictures of our kitties”!!

 

August Writing Prompts, Day 9 – Hiccupping haikus

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), August’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/08/01/august-writing-prompts-2/

And today, the prompt is “Hiccupping haikus”.

Head between my knees
Holding onto every breath
Will they never stop?

Is that a Haiku?  I’m really bad at this…

August Writing Prompts, Day 8 – Jellyfish jolts

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), August’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/08/01/august-writing-prompts-2/

And today, the prompt is “Jellyfish jolts”.

Sounds like a kind of gummy, or maybe (even better) a jello shot.  Or maybe one of those energy drinks…I mean, multiple shots probably won’t give you a jolt.

In the meantime, I’ll just stick to wine!  Looks like I need a refill 🙂

August Writing Prompts, Day 7 – Treading lightly

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), August’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/08/01/august-writing-prompts-2/

And today, the prompt is “Treading lightly”.

So, after just over five weeks off on a wonderful, and somewhat productive, vacation, I went back to work yesterday.  I mention this because I am working on treading lightly, given that some things did not go well in the couple of weeks before my vacation, and I while I am happy to be back to a routine in a job I really do love, I am reticent to allow myself to be too happy or hopeful for a satisfying and collegial workplace at the moment.

So, treading lightly, I will enjoy the people and work I can, and leave the dysfunction to be flushed away into the sewers of what has now passed.  I’m not really sure what that means, but here is a picture which reminded me of flushing, but also shows some of my productivity with painting the bathroom on my holiday (the before picture is below).

Share Your World – August 5, 2019

And now for this week’s Share Your World (https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/08/05/share-your-world-8-5-19/

So, warning from our Share your World host: “This week’s Share Your World is rather grim.  More hatred and divisiveness in America, resulting in a lot of innocent people dying at the hands of unbalanced men.   With guns.    So if you’d rather not participate this week, no worries.   Next week should see a return to a more upbeat theme.   All the questions this week are philosophical in nature.”.

I, myself, will participate, but am choosing the questions I answer. My blog is, for the most part, non-political, but I am, for the most part, cynical.  Hence, my answers.

Does life have a reason (meaning)?

Does it really need to?

Will the world come to an end by human hands (man’s actions)?

Oh, probably.  At least the world as we know it.

Will stricter laws make a better world?  Would less strict law make it better?

No, and no.  Laws alone don’t really change the way people think or behave.

If death is inevitable, why bother doing anything?

Because … bacon!  And now, a Kitten!

July Writing Prompts, Day 26 – Misaligned and malevolent

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), July’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/07/01/july-2019-writing-prompts/

And today, July 26, the prompt is “Misaligned and malevolent”.

As I work on various rooms in our house to renovate them, and by renovate, I mean paint because, well, that’s about the extent of my reno skill, I discover old renos misaligned at best, bordering on malevolent.

Why is there a big chunk of wood screwed into the wall to hold a mirror?   A nail not good enough for you?

Why are there two layers of wallpaper in the bathroom, ONLY behind the toilet?  Couldn’t just take off the tank and do it right??

Why, oh dear lord, why did you wallpaper over unpainted drywall????

Master Bedroom 6

Every room an adventure in prep before painting, discovering the malevolence within.

 

Share Your World – July 22, 2019

And now for this week’s Share Your World (https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/07/22/share-your-world-7-22-19/

“This week I’m doing something a bit different.   All (but one) of the questions were someone else’s idea first.    I’ve credited these wonderful bloggers and hope you enjoy them.   If you haven’t visit the bloggers, you might find one or two (or all) to follow, if you don’t already!”

What happens if you-stare at the mirror for too long in the dark?   (credit to Ursula of An Upturned Soul.  If you haven’t read Ursula’s blog, go over and just wade in and enjoy.   To me she’s fascinating and what she writes about is always worth the journey).

Nothing good.

Do you think you’re judgmental?  What tends to bring it out in you?  (Credit to Ashleyleia for this one)

People.

Do you work better with actual lists or with mental lists?  (Credit to Sadje of Keep it Alive)

If I could keep mental lists, I wouldn’t need actual ones…

Would you go streaking across a football field during a game for a million dollars (insert your own country’s currency), knowing there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll get arrested for indecent exposure? (this one is mine.  Yeah, my mind wanders to some highly strange places sometimes).

American football, or the other kind?

Lastly:

Gratitude/Thankful/Enriching:  What has happened in your life that made you feel uplifted and happy, if only temporarily? 

July Writing Prompts, Day 24 – An arctic dusting

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), July’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/07/01/july-2019-writing-prompts/

And today, July 24, the prompt is “An arctic dusting”.

We don’t get arctic dustings here very often.  It is, after all, Victoria.  You know – west coast splendor, and all that.  However, every so often (like this past February) winter invades and shuts down the city, or at least some of it.  Just as well – no one here has any clue how to drive in it!

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