Saturday, January 25, 2014

Setting the table. I’m not feeling great today. I don’t think this has anything to do with bowling or the beer I had last night. It might have something to do with the perhaps slight concussion I gave myself while playing with the dogs. Imagine Charlie Brown and Lucy when she takes the football away from him just as he goes to kick the football. Even though I almost slipped on the ball I was playing with with the dogs, I just had to tempt fate and do it again. The fall was very slow motion. There wasn’t anything I could do after I lost my balance. The last time I wiped out, which wasn’t that long ago, perhaps two weeks ago, I slipped and landed on my back. This time, it was more like a sideways slip. Left side of my body took the brunt of the force, but I hit my head hard enough that my glasses popped off. The dogs came rushing over to me to give me resuscitating dog kisses. Mostly I was worried about them stepping on my glasses. I did have a headache, but a couple of generic migraine pain pills helped. I made sure that my eyes weren’t funny looking. I quizzed myself on current events and I knew the President’s name, so I was good to go. But I have been fighting low energy all day, even after extending my getting up time. Moving on to the task at hand, which I have been doing, though I don’t know if my conversations i’ve had are with people from the Zero to Hero challenge or the other challenges. I’m going to consider that the conversations are more important than from where I met these people. I have had a great time getting to know people.

Today’s task: visit five other participants in the event your chose on Day 22. Leave at least two comments. (Read and comment more if you can!)

There has to be a way to track the conversations I’ve had today. I’d probably guess that I’ve conversed with at least seven people, perhaps more. The challenge I find is what do I do with this information. How can I share it and making this blog provocative. Can’t say that there have been many times in my life where I have had the goal of being provocative. Wait, I’m the youngest of four, I spent my life provoking my sisters, especially my sister Deborah. And I’m a teacher, so I spend a lot of energy trying to provoke student conversations, though that would be more like evoke. Is there such a word as evocative? Sounds like a word to me.

In a way, this assignment reminds me of yesterday’s assignment. I feel a tug to not just make some comments on other blogs, but I want to share, at least give a synopsis of our relationship or what I’m learning which mean motivate or instigate readers to investigate those I’m building community with.

If there’s one thing that people learn quickly about me is that I love food. My favorite corny joke is that I’m on a seefood diet. I see food and I eat it. (For future reference, do you think that I should spell the word seafood or seefood?) It’s definitely an oral joke, especially with the moans that follow. I do enjoy cooking, and I’m rather good at it, but if I had my choice in cooking or eating well-cooked food, I’d go for the eating. And I’m talking about good food. No boxed mac and cheese for me.

I’m not sure when I first came across Made by Steven’s blog. I enjoy the simplicity that Steven uses to lay out his recipes, cutting and sifting the instructions with pictures. Yes, all of those spicy metaphors or in other’s opinions clichés, are all on purpose, especially the real bad ones. Do you think this warrants a humor for a keyword? Other than food, what really fascinates me with this American guy who happens to live in Japan is that this guy from Hollywood has experienced so much. It’s easy to come up with questions after I read that he studied cooking in India. (I hope I am remembering correctly)

The quest for commonality. Maggie Wilson, for some reason why I want to call her Maggie Smith, aka The Zombies Ate My Brain, found commonality in our both being in our fifties and that she was a premature baby that wound up being an Aries and I was a premature baby that avoided being an Aries. I’ve got nothing against Aries. Some of my best friends are Aries. I don’t know if it has something to do with star formations, but there’s a bit of synchronicity going on between Maggie and I? As she was writing to me, she mentioned Mercury in Retrograde, and perhaps simultaneous, I was reading something she wrote earlier in the month about Mercury in Retrograde. I wonder if something is in retrograde now because I accidentally lost a very witty comment I was preparing to send her. Darn computers. If it weren’t for computers losing my work, I would have been a Pulitzer Prized novelist already.

If I could figure out how to do it, I would insert a picture of a woman kissing a horse. Now, this is one connection that happened because of Day 22nds challenge to take on another challenge. Running Brook Reflections had added to the Daily Lunch Challenge, I mean the weekly lunch challenge. I know I will not be sorry for connecting with Rev. Jeny Running Brook Covill. I wouldn’t describe myself as being a religious person, but I am spiritual, and I do believe that everything happens for a purpose, so in many ways our paths crossed for a celestial reason.

For all of the people I am meeting, these are exciting times for me, and hopefully for them. I get goose bumps with anticipation of taking this blogging adventure with such remarkable people. Thank you Zero to Hero creators for creating such an amazing obstacle course.


  1. I’d put the blame squarely on Mercury Retrograde. It’s my “go to” excuse for whatever ails me. Thanks for the mention, by the way! Hope your noggin is better today? No rhyme intended.

    1. My partner Sylvia likes to blame Mercury in Retrograde. She used to follow astrology quite closely. She did my chart, though I don’t remember much. My family house is the largest and it is my family that drives me crazy, which is why I am 3,000 miles away from them. I do believe my hard head is fine, though I am worried that my body is fighting off a bug or something. Yesterday I felt sluggish and not on my A-game. Went to bed early. Got up late. Now I am lounging in the bathtub wondering what is next. Thank you for the well-wishes.

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