I found a few patterns in my photo search to fit Cee’s theme for the week.
What’s the first thing you notice about a person?
-How interested they are in me.
What three habits do you feel would improve someone’s life?
-Buying all my books.
-Paying me to write more books.
-Posting positive reviews of my books.
What takes up too much of your time? Would you stop that if you could?
-Not writing. Yep.
Cookies (biscuits to those elsewhere), pastries, pie or cake? If not, what does your sweet tooth crave?
Gratitude? Are You Happy? If so, why? If not, why not?
My Inner Mishmash tagged me in the 7 faves. Since a picture paints 1000 words, I’ll use photos. These aren’t necessarily in order of favoritism, some should be taken conceptually rather than specifically, and a couple are cheats because they include more than one thing. 😀💖
First, if you’re wondering (and of course you are) where challenges 9 and 10 are, no worries! You did not miss an exciting installment of Cupid + Chantal. I simply skipped those challenges due to math: the pesky 24 hours per day adding up to 24 yet again. Dammit.
Second, I actually like Valentine’s Day and think it’s a lot of fun to celebrate love cuz gawd knows we spend way too much time focusing on stuff we dislike, amirite? The day doesn’t have to be sad if you don’t have a romantic sweetie ~ it can be about other loves. Children, friends, pets. You can even buy a treat for yourself, or for me. 😍
However! I totally get why people hate Valentine’s Day. It’s stressful to be forced to demonstrate your feelings on demand ~ some people just don’t respond on cue, and I respect that. They don’t want to spend money on schmaltzy cards or buy pink teddy bears, jewelry, flowers, candy, etc. because it’s the fourteenth day of February. Whyyyyy? How is that meaningful? Unless it’s the anniversary of that particular couple’s first date or other special occasion, I can see people (especially men) feeling resentful of the expectation to produce tangible evidence of their relationship commitment on this random date.
What’s even more annoying is that women will go along with the above paragraph and then still be upset if the man ignores Valentine’s Day as they had previously agreed to do. She had probably agreed mostly to make him happy, but then when the day arrived she thought well he could have at least gotten me a silly card and a cupcake. That wouldn’t have taken so much time or cost very much. Then he’s mad that she’s upset. True story. 💔
I personally don’t like the pressure to make a huge fancy deal out of Valentine’s Day cuz that’s a lot of work, and who needs more work? I resent the idea that (when I did have someone), I was supposed to buy a gorgeous new outfit and look spectacular on Valentine’s Day, or else I’d disappoint my guy. Naturally he was supposed to make reservations somewhere nice, or else we’d have to plan to cook something special together. So much work! Especially on a weeknight. Ughhh.
But it seems like everything has to be extreme these days, all or nothing, love or hate. Why can’t we (if we have a romantic partner), celebrate Valentine’s Day in a fun, low key way? Do something special but not annoying or expensive? Maybe plan it for the weekend afterward if February 14th is a work night. If we don’t have a partner, there’s no reason to hate the day when we can treat a relative or friend to a little gift, or even ourselves. Gifts can be of time too.
Sure, it would be ideal to express our love every day of the year, to buy a gift exactly when we felt the genuine urge, not when ads told us to, or to give the special people in our lives extra time and attention at any random time just because. We certainly do not need a pink and red hearts day mostly concocted by greeting card companies to nudge us, right? But let’s get real. People who say that stuff mostly aren’t that loving. They’re cranky curmudgeons who don’t randomly make pretty, glittery cards for people or bake pink frosted cakes or jump up and say hey I’m really glad you’re in my life!
So pffft on them and their hatey poopery. They bag on Valentine’s Day because they like to be cynical about all things all the time. They don’t want to shop or create something handmade or give you extra time. They feel awkward about expressing positive, good feelings. Mostly I’m talking about the men I’ve met, since I’m more forgiving of women who are sad on Valentine’s Day because men are so hatey about it. But don’t be sad! We can buy our own candy now.
Sorry… but I guess I just don’t think that Valentine’s Day sucks. There are so many ways to celebrate love. 💖❤️💗
A Guy Called Bloke tagged me to write about this charming picture.
After filling out her fifth application of the day, Nora looked up to see a familiar face. “Hey, Ben. I thought you were at Zinco.”
Ben shook his head. “Nope. We all got laid off last week. They eliminated our unit and now the Ones do the purchasing as well as customer support.”
“That’s all I hear,” Nora said. “Companies only want Ones because they can focus on the screen exclusively.”
“Plus they no longer have a sense of smell to distract them either. They subsist on protein shakes.” Ben shook his head. “I was considering a retrofit, but I really like to eat, especially pizza.”
Nora gasped. “I wouldn’t consider it! That’s disgusting. Changing yourself like that. You wouldn’t be you.”
“Yeah. But I’m worried about money. At least you have a husband.”
Nora went home that night, feeling sad for her old friend. But Ben was right: she had a husband and so wasn’t nearly as desperate to find a job.
“Hi honey,” she called out. “Why are all the lights off?”
“I have a surprise for you, Nora,” her husband said. “I’m going to be able to get that promotion now.”
Okay, now it’s my turn to tag peeps to write about a picture. I tag:
Here is your picture. Happy writing!
1. You can only watch one television show again for the rest of your life…what do you pick and why?
– Jeopardy (I’d get too bored with repeats of a regular show)
2. They are making a movie of your life and you get to add one fictional event…what do you add and why?
– Meeting the man of my dreams of course 🙄
3. What is your favorite movie in the following genres: comedy, children’s, and Hallmark (yes, that seems to be its own genre now)?
– Young Frankenstein
4. What are your top three classic television shows?
– Seinfeld, Frasier, The Twilight Zone
5. What television show deserves a come back?
6. What is your favorite game show?
7. You get picked to create a television show…what is it going to be about?
– A group of women who run a cute cupcake bakery but on the side they find men who have gotten away with especially rotten things and proceed to serve them their JUST DESSERTS.
8. What is your favorite Christmas tv episode?
– Of my show? It’ll be about the guy who dumped an awesome woman on Thanksgiving and they get him fired from his job a couple Christmases later.
9. Scrooged, Scrooge, or A Christmas Carol?
10. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
– Fiddler on the Roof
When I put the word “cup” into my google photos app, the search returned a lot of images. Because cupcakes! It was hard to choose a favorite for this prompt. But I have to go with Gatsby gazing at a cup of tea that has the word “cupcake” on it. He’s probably wondering if he can attack the teabag without getting his paw 🐾 too soaked.