January 28th, 2013


Feeling Vindicated...

Meant to post this over the weekend, but time got away from me! LJ Idol has started again, and you know what that means. Current story: Splintered. And on a random and repeated note, Prufrock, Prufrock, Prufrock!.

So, last week my son and husband left around 8pm for basketball practice one night. I suddenly heard Christopher yelling from the garage, "Auugh! Out! Get out!!!" He described it later as, "I saw a rat. A huge rat. A rat the size of a cat! Then I realized what it was..." Thus vindicating my frequent comment that American possums look like giant, rabid, rats. Ugh.

Our yard is being frequented by a really persistent skunk these days, too (the stink outside the bedroom woke me up in the middle of the night last week). Must I call Animal Control on these guys? Would it even help?

Also, before I forget, an incident at Target just after Christmas that cracked me up:

Toddler: *epic howls of the horribly misunderstood*
Dad: *distract, distract*
Toddler: No! No-no-no! *more grousing against the universe*
Dad: (Five minutes of attempting to distract/quiet the child later) "Do you want to go have a timeout in the car?"
Toddler: *pause* "Why?"

At first you think, "Ha! Oh yeah, that was some other kid totally fussing around all this time." But then you realize that this is the mark of being so little—the total inability to see that your behavior is so excessive, or to connect it with the consequences! But of course, that is how they learn. That "Why?" was just the last response I expected. :D

So, how's everyone? I am behind in everything, as usual, and sick of winter! Though it's warmed up a little lately...


LJ Idol Exhibit A: "Trawling the Waters"

Trawling The Waters
LJ Idol Exhibit A | week 2 | 300 words
Throw The Little Ones Back


The first idea that comes to mind is, "Fish! Or fishing! Yeah, let's do that!" But it's too obvious, too simple, and what do I know about fishing? This one doesn't have legs. It'd never make it in the polls.

So try again, stir the imagination a little bit. Ooh—"Drinking! Tequila or some other kind of shots and the difference between drinking to get drunk, and savoring what life has to offer. That'll work!"

But I don't know. Sounds kind of preachy. Not very much fun to write, either. Hey, if I don’t want to write it, then who's going to want to read it? Nah, scrap that one too.

Try again. Um… oh, I know: "Fairytales and cruelty to wee folk!" Well, actually—that's kind of a pun, isn't it, and I'm not a big fan of puns. So, probably not.

How about, "Discrimination against the vertically challenged"? Wait, isn't that practically the last thing all over again? With the puns and the cruelty, except more political? Geez, it's like these ideas are all self-destructing.

Well, I'm running out of possibilities here, and still haven't hit paydirt. None of those other approaches really speak to me, so I guess there's only one left: "Topic Meta!"

They say go big or go home, and what could be bigger than using consideration of the prompt to fulfill the prompt? \o/ That's totally a thing, right? And the self-referentiality just announces itself like a nudist crashing a church picnic.

So it's all good now, and surely I can count on you to tick the box of Yay? Hey, what're you doing?!?

That had better be applause I'm hearing right now, and not the flushing sound that leads to being swept down an unforgiving drain… :\

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