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Just Jot it January, 2019: January 22

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 22nd is brought to you by Pamela! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Pamela’s word for our prompt today is “curiosity.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/22/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-22nd/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com)

I think I am a curious person.  Not snoopy, I hope (usually), but curious about trying new things (except slimy food).  I do, however, get tired of people telling me to be “curious” when referring to dealing with people and conflict when it feels more like a cop-out – you know, we don’t want to deal with the conflict, and want you to suck it up, so we are going to tell you to be curious about the situation instead.  I don’t need curiousity to know that some people are just a$$holes.

Yesterday I was curious to see if I could take a picture of flying birds, and I think I did ok (next time, a faster shutter speed…)

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 21

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 21st is brought to you by Lady Lee! Click here to find her last Just Jot it January post and say hi while you’re there! Lady Lee’s word for our prompt today is “echo.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/21/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-21st/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com)

Why is it the first thing that came to mind was “Little sir echo how do you do?  Hello…hello…Hello…hello” and that’s all I remember.

I remember the story of Echo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_(mythology)) Echo and Narcissus –  you know…the dude who gave the name to the personality trait of the pumpkin-coloured “president”?   It’s a pretty sad story, but pretty standard Greek mythology where one god (usually Zeus) seducing some poor human or nymph, another god (usually Hera) getting mad at the poor victim and exacting some kind of horrible revenge (of course, Zeus gets off scott free again and again and again).  Typical.

And now for an image that has nothing to do with echo, although if I had the energy I could probably think of some way to relate it!

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 20

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 20th is brought to you by Jill! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Jill’s word for our prompt today is “serendipity.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/20/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-20th/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Serendipity.  Finding something good by accident.

I wonder what finding something not so good by accident is called?  You know – the word that describes when you’re walking down the street in a good mood and suddenly step in dog sh%&?  That word.

It was kind of serendipitous we found our house.  We were really interested in a house down the street, but it had an offer on it so we didn’t check it out.  But low and behold there was another house for sale on the street.  We checked it out, and the next thing we knew, here we were (well, not really – it took weeks of negotiating, and then four months of repairs before we moved in…)

Now, to be fair, we were actively looking for another house.  We liked the house we lived in at the time, but the neighbourhood was facing changes we weren’t too happy about.  So perhaps I should call it serendipity-ish.

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 19

“Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “television.” Talk about your favorite show, past, present, or future, or about the apparatus itself. Enjoy!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/18/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-19th/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Television.  What comes to mind when I think about television these days is how it’s changed.

The age of a few networks, and seasons starting in September and running until May, if you missed an episode having to wait until summer rerun season to pick them up – these things are pretty much over.  Streaming shows of the web, Netflix, even being able to rent or buy DVDs (do people still do this?) have changed the shape of TV.  We have fall starts, winter starts, summer seasons.

And binging.  Don’t forget binging.  Entire seasons of old and new shows available at the touch of a play button.  Well, not always – depends on what Netflix is offering at any given time (especially here in Canada…sigh…)

I can also play YouTube and other online services on our smart TV, and stream as needed from my iPad through AppleTV.

All of which begs the question: how is it that there is still nothing on TV?

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 18

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 18th is brought to you by Di! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Di’s word for our prompt today is “companionship.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/18/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-18th/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Companionship.  Meaning the enjoyment of being with others.  So, not just being in the company of others, but enjoying it too.

Sometimes I enjoy being around people.  Not always.  I don’t suppose that’s unusual, especially for someone who likes to spend time with computers and kittens.  I mean, I enjoy spending time with Kevin, and my parents, and the people I care about at work, and my friends.  But I also like to spend time by myself.  And with my computer, and my camera.  Can you have companionship with an inanimate object?  Now, don’t freak out – I am not venturing into subjects that would render my blog PG13 (where is your mind?!?)  I’m just talking about working on my blog, or learning how to use my camera better.

Now, to conclude, here are my lunch companions for a cold and windy Friday!

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 17

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 17th is brought to you by John Holton! Click here to find his last post and say hi while you’re there! John’s word for our prompt today is “inch.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/16/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-16th-and-one-liner-wednesday/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Inch, inch, inch.  What can I say about inch that others haven’t already said today.  Like, give them and inch…you know the rest.  Or inching along slowly to try and reach 500 words for this, day 17 of Just Jot January?

It’s funny how we here in Canada claim to use the metric system, but still talk in terms of inches (and feet, and pounds…not gallons though, at least not at the gas station).  I couldn’t tell you what a centimetre is, but I can tell you how big an inch is.  And a foot.  And a yard.  Interestingly enough, foot can mean different things, and so can yard, but I can’t think of another meaning of inch. Well, except the inching along thing which is pretty clearly related to the distance of an inch.  A foot, however, is not necessarily a foot long, and a yard (as in back yard) is not probably ever a yard long.  Just saying.

This post is inching along…inch, by inch, by inch.  Not really painfully, for me anyway.  But I am having trouble staying focused.  Start Trek Discovery is on – the first episode of season 2.  I should be waiting to watch it with Kevin, but it’s on…what am I supposed to do?  Change the channel??  That’s crazy talk.

So, I will inch on out of there and give all my attention to this distraction.  And now, to distract you from this distraction, a random picture from my files.

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 16

“One Liner Wednesday!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/16/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-16th-and-one-liner-wednesday/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

I’m crying a bit of uncle today, as I have to go to a meeting tonight and don’t really have it in me to write 500 words on my blog (I have, however, written in my Morning Pages, and will journal tonight, so I’m still writing!)

So, a one-liner it is.  Something I just read on Twitter, that seems to fit with the day/week.

Not every day is a sunny day
Some day you are a pigeon
Some day you are the statue.

I know which one I feel like today!  See you tomorrow for more Just Jot excitement!

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Just Jot it January, 2019: January 15

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 15th is brought to you by Kelli! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Kelli’s word for our prompt today is “Paris.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/15/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-15th/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Well, almost halfway through the January challenge, and I’m feeling like I’m hitting a bit of a wall today.  Especially with a prompt of Paris.  Does that count as using it my post? Paris, or as it is sometimes pronounced, Paree, is a hard one for me.  A true challenge, if you will.

I have never been to Paris – any Paris.  I don’t know how many Parises there are in the world.  Holy crap!  I just Googled Paris and found a Wikipedia page listing 2 communities in Canada, about 25 cities and communities in the US, and half a dozen places in other parts of the world (America – stop stealing other country’s names!!)  Well, I guess to be fair, the name of the city in France probably came from the much older Paris of Greek mythology.  The most interesting entity with the name Paris on the Wikipedia page?  The note that the band Poison was originally called Paris.  I’d like to know the story behind THAT band name change!  Here is where I found all this interesting stuff:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_(disambiguation)

Let’s see, what else can I say?  Did you know if you rearrange the letters in Paris, you get Pairs?  I know this because I keep typing Pairs as I am trying to type Pairs…I mean Pairs…I mean Paris.  I don’t know if there are other 5-letter words you can spell with the letters in Paris.  You can spell shorted words, like is and air and airs an as and par, sip, rap, and rip, and the related plurals (having and “s” is always good for extending the game).  Also longer words like spar.

Have I done this one to death?  Probably.  Someone wants me to pay attention to them now…

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 14

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 14th is brought to you by Janet! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Janet’s word for our prompt today is “reflection.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/14/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-14th/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Reflection.  An interesting word.  Reflection is one of those words that can mean something “literally” (in this case, I mean visually) or figuratively (meaning referring to something that can’t be seen).

For example, when you look in a mirror, or in a calm pool of water, you see yourself looking back – a reflection. Related to this is something that is a bad reflection on something else.  Take the tangerine chief (you know who I am talking about).  Well, I would argue that he is a bad reflection (among other bad things) of the state of the American government, or at the very least, the Republican Party.

But, let’s not think about that…let’s think about this;

Or, in other words, let’s reflect on this reflection picture.  Reflection, as in to think about.  Consider.  You know.  You can reflect on things, in your mind, in a lot of different ways.  I mean, if I were reflecting on the picture above, my thinking might not be all that heavy.  I might think, this is calming and peaceful.  But sometimes you reflect on something to try to come to a decision – to try and decide how to move forward with something, like reflecting on something that happened at work and deciding that yes, that person is a jerk and I was right to do what I did – oh, not that this is about anything that happened at work today…not at all….

Of course, reflection is nothing like deflection, which is what I wanted to do originally when I started to write for this prompt today.  It’s nothing like refraction either, at least I don’t think so.  They start with “ref” and end with “ction”, so maybe they are related?  Probably not.  The “ra” makes a big difference from “le”, after all.

Ok, this post is quickly deteriorating (or deteriorated long ago) into something I think I should just end, even if I don’t reach my 500 words. Guess it’s just one of those days.  I’ll do some reflecting tomorrow…

 

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 13

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 13th is brought to you by Teresa! Click here to find her last SoCS post and say hi while you’re there! Teresa’s word for our prompt today is “undiscovered.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/13/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-13th/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Undiscovered.  I feel that there are probably many things that remain undiscovered to me.  Like the reason some people in that country south of us remain committed to supporting a giant peach who shuts down the government because he can’t get his way.  Or why Elliot hates Nicholas.  Or why people like football.

Of course, there are some things in life that may be undiscovered at one point, but that can be learned as one takes the time, for example, how shutter speed, and aperture, and ISO work together on a camera.  Now that was a mystery, but now I understand!  I don’t think that will hold true for the above examples though…

As I wonder what else to say about undiscovered, I began to consider if anything can BE undiscovered.  I mean, sometimes when we uncover the mystery, it is kind of sad, like something precious has been destroyed.  When you discover that the bright lights in the sky aren’t aliens from another planet, but just drones invading your privacy.  Or when you think you see the loch ness monster, but discover that it’s just a big clump of seaweed.  Not that I’m saying it was – I wasn’t there!

One thing I am discovering today is that this prompt is causing me anxiety trying to get myself to 500 words.  So mush so, that apparently I am talking more about discovery than undiscovery.  Like, this crane I discovered yesterday morning when I went downtown for a photo workshop.  I thought I had just missed it last time I was there, but no, it wasn’t an undiscovery, but a newly erected crane hovering over a main downtown street.  That’s when I discovered how much I dislike being underneath a crane.

One other thing that left the realm of undiscovered yesterday was how interesting it can be to flip a picture, especially a reflection, when you’re editing it in Lightroom.  Now, this picture is, believe it or not, a flip.  Not very focussed (I discovered after my workshop that most of my shots were slightly out of focus – maybe I hadn’t had quite enough coffee?)  I really hate it when I get home and see my shots are not sharp.  Guess I discovered I really need to keep working on that!

Anyway, here is my out of focus flipped picture – does it fool you or confuse you?  An undiscovered experiment, now discovered!

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