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Sunday at the Maul [rantish]

Yesterday, after having a fabulous pizza lunch with my dear friend at a lovely restaurant literally a few steps from my apartment, I had the bright idea to go shopping at South Coast Plaza. Let me explain! I reasoned that all the exciting deals would be starting on dreadful Black Friday, so I could browse in peace the weekend prior to the madness.

Wrong! Wrongety wrong wrong wrong. I can admit when I’m wrong, and man I was wrong with a side helping of wrongola.

But once I was there and had been driving around for 15 minutes looking for parking, I wasn’t about to change my mind and give up. Nope. At first, I searched the lanes methodically, banking on my good parking karma as a considerate driver, but that got me nowhere, so then I cruised around haphazardly until I found an empty space, which happened to be at the butt-end of Saks, but hey… good exercise, amirite?

After entering the maul itself, I made a beeline (whatever that is) for the spot all the way on the opposite side where I had a vague memory my favorite baby store Gymboree used to be located. Yay, it was still there! Boo, it didn’t have anything I liked. But Baby Gap was right next door, hurrah! They had a super cute outfit! But no matching booties. What? Can’t buy a footless baby outfit sans matching sox! The horror.

I readjusted my bearings to the shambles of the reality of the maul and the fact that I’d have to navigate it. Good gawd it was stuffed with people! So many people. There was a snow house dealio, so naturally all the people with kids needed to pose around there. It was too crowded for me to see if a Santa lurked within. People without kids were also posing. Selfie time! Not me, obviously. Ever since I quit Facebook and Instagram, I’m amazed at how few selfies and pics of food I actually need.

I made a silent vow: I would not leave the maul sans my holiday gifts. No way was I enduring this torture without a payoff. I didn’t need that many, mostly just the baby stuff. Eventually, I found it at Macy’s, which was having the most incredible pre-sale sales, even for those of us lucky enough not to be burdened with the misfortune of having a Macy’s credit card (world’s worst T&C’s).

I was going to regale y’all with the side story of how I managed to find the ONE THING not on sale at Macy’s: a black bra. But this poast is already so long no one in their right mind is going to read it. Not to mention I have two prompt words left here on my Post-It and I need to use them, but they don’t go with a bra at all.

On the way out, I just happened to pass the jewelry department and discovered that some of their sterling silver was 75% off. Now, this was just crazy! I began to look at the earrings and found a pair with created opals. I used to be turned off by the idea of “fake” stones, but now I think they’re not only better deals than genuine stones but more ethical purchases besides. Anyway, these lil opals were soooo colorful and sparkly, and now only $10! So, I bought myself a treat. I don’t consider a bra a treat. That’s more like… tires.

Okay then. Done with the maul for another year or 10. So much nicer to order online or go to cute little shops that are out of the mainstream.

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Snooze Looze

The little girl wanted the black fringed purse with purple and turquoise embroidery, but it was $12, and she hesitated. The next week, all they had left were ugly orange and yellow embroidered ones.

~*~

Prompt via Sammi Scribbles

Selling Points [flash 123]

“This is a very special property,” Bob the broker told the prospective buyers. “You’re basically sequestered with lots of privacy. Only a tiny percentage of homes have such a large back yard.”

Henry the husband nodded enthusiastically. “I can definitely imagine taking a snooze back here by the tranquil koi pond. Why does the owner want to sell?”

Bob made a sad face. “She decided to move back to Japan. Her husband died suddenly and she wants to be with her family.”

“I love it!” Wendy the wife exclaimed. She walked around the back yard and stopped at the pond to peer into it. “Oh look, Henry. Their Halloween display must have fallen in. It’s a man with a knife in his back.”

~*~

Photo prompt and the words Japan, tranquil, and koi provided by The Haunted Wordsmith.

The Mixed Blessing Of Bookstores


(Powell’s in Portland, OR)

Inspiration or demotivation for a writer?

Last Friday night I went to Barnes & Noble in Newport Beach to pick up a game I’d ordered online (Wordspiel, fun). Of course I took the opp to check out the books too.

So.Many.Books!

Sometimes I find it exhilarating to be around published books. I want to run right home and work on my novel. I could be on the shelves at B&N too someday! People could be choosing my book to read out of all the others. That’s an exciting thought because I don’t write only for myself.

That feeling is the lightness and joy I feel when contemplating how I can create something new for the world. Yayyy!

But other times, like last Friday, I find it overwhelming and depressing to be around all those published books. Why bother writing? There’s so much great stuff to read already and I won’t even have time to make a dent in it. I don’t read enough as it is (according to my standards).

The weight of excuses starts piling up until I just want some form of escapism to take my mind off the idea of writing at all. Games, movies, TV, romance novels…

Also, the sticky whispers of self-sabotage start singing to me… you aren’t as good as these writers, you don’t have enough time or energy to write seriously, you have no contacts in publishing, you’ll never get anywhere, never be read by more than a few, never make money, yada yada blahhh…

I really wanted to buy a dozen books, go home and read like mad, and forget all about NaNoWriMo. But books are so costly! I still have a ton of crappy free ones on my Kindle and dammit I’m going to waste my brain on those.

And do NaNo like I said. I guess. 👻🎃

Scary Shary [SYW]

Here are Melanie’s “Share Your World” 10-15-18 Questions:

What’s the biggest screw up in the kitchen that you were responsible for?

– I tried to open a bottle with a serrated knife before work and almost sliced my finger off. Went to work with a makeshift bandage that kept getting blood-soaked and they sent me to the doctor, where I got stitches. 😢

What, in your opinion, makes people believe absurd conspiracy theories?

– Fear. People are scared of the unknown, of things they can’t control ~ natural disasters, crime, death, etc. ~ so they latch onto comforting explanations. Without this comfort, many people would not be able to function because life is fucking terrifying. And for the atheists who like to mock those who believe in the supernatural, I have news for you: you also believe in bullshit, just different bullshit. Consider this. At any moment, you could die and die horribly, but you don’t think about that because you wouldn’t be able to get through the day. And what’s more, every time you leave the house, you trust that crazy medicated (or unmedicated!) other humans in their monster vehicles are going to obey the traffic laws. These are the same people who believe in gods and ghosts and angels and aliens. But you believe they’ll stop at the red lights. That’s nuts! But you believe it or you couldn’t leave the house.

In 40 years what will people be nostalgic for?

– Trump. Yeah, he was an absolutely disgusting horrible racist misogynistic pig, but at least he was human and now we have these AI overlords and glrkk–(end transmission)

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

– No, a hot dog is a bunch of garbage scraps of meat byproducts scraped together from the slaughterhouse floor and fake colored pink. Perhaps you’re thinking of the hot dog bun? Again, not if it’s hinged together. A snadwich is two separate bread pieces with something in the middle. Like peanut butter and blackberry jam, which is much more delicious than yucky floor scrapings.

And finally:

What wonderful thing happened to you this week that you’d like to share?  It can be a gratitude moment or something that just made you feel very happy at the time or made you laugh.

– Well, I had a big mad at Amazon because I ordered cat food and tea last week that was scheduled for delivery yesterday and I was sitting right there in my apartment when I got an email that the delivery guy came and left since he didn’t have my gate code. Wtfff? My gate code is in my address on Amazon and so is my phone number! Why didn’t he call? Why can’t he read? I know it’s only cat food and tea, and it’s rescheduled for today, but I was livid. I feel that Prime’s quality has gone down as their prices have increased just like my internet provider Spectrum. So, I began a chat with Amazon at 11pm last night all irate and they were very sorry and are going to “strictly escalate” my order and yada yada plus give me five bucks. Yayyy!

Happy! Shopping again. 🙂⭐️🎈

Fashionista (Not)

Game 2 Questions from A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! If you want to play, check the link for the rules (basically link back and don’t delete questions marked with a P).

Q1] How important is colour in your life?

– Very. I’m particular about which colors I wear and when, and which go together and don’t.

Q2] What is most favourite colour to wear?

– Turquoise. I like a splash of it with neutrals. Same goes for hot pink and lime green. But every once in a while I like all the bright colors together.

Q3] Is there a colour that you wear that brings the best out in you and in others – in so far as compliments?

– I haven’t noticed. I wear what I like.

Q4] Are you a person who likes to overdress for the day or are you a follower of the credo, less is more?

– I mostly like to blend in. It’s better that way.

PQ5] What are five of your best items of clothing that you simply couldn’t be without? [and l don’t mean underwear/socks]

– Black pants, turquoise top, cute white cardigan, comfy black loafers, big cozy tan sweater.

6] Do you dress for the season, as in colour wise, or just throw on whatever is warm and practical?

– I have turquoise and neutral things for summer and winter, plus loads of sweaters.

PQ7] If you were going for an evening out and the dress code was ‘smart casual’ what is your ideal outfit and why?

– Idk, that’s never happened. I either dress shlumpy for board game nights or… um that’s it.

Q8] If you were having to attend an important meeting or appointment and the dress code was smart – what would your outfit be then?

– Idk what this means. A suit, I guess.

Q9] How many pairs of shoes do you own, and what is the breakdown [as in casual, smart, evening, leisure]

– I guess smart is business? I have around 20 pairs of shoes and boots that are for both business and casual. A couple pairs of sneakers. And a half dozen pairs of fancy shoes for weddings and such.

Q10] Do you have classic clothing, or classic items in your wardrobe that you have had for years and never go out of fashion if so name three?

– Most of my clothing falls into this category. Beige pants. Black pants. Black blazer. Etc.

Q11] Are you into plain colours, wild colours or outlandish designs or a mixture and which do you favour more?

– I’m segueing more into plain colors. They’re much more practical. I still have some aminal prints and florals I’m fond of.

PQ12] Do you have a favourite quote with regards fashion or design – if so what is it?

– Be comfortable. (me)

Q13]  Knee high socks, ankle socks, shin socks or no socks?

– Shin socks.

Q14] Can you see the connection between colour and music and if so does it influence your dress code for the day in any way?

– No.

PQ15] If you are going out somewhere special and want to listen to some music to put you in the mood whilst getting dressed up, what do you listen to? [Provide link please]

– N/A

Q16] How often do you buy new clothing for the season or the year?

– When I’m in the mood.

Q17] Remember tie-dye from the 70’s was it a thing you followed, bought into or worse, how do you feel about it now?

– Liked it then and still do.

Q18] What is the brightest coloured item of clothing you have in your wardrobes/drawers?

– Hot pink dress. Red glittery shoes. (They don’t go together obviously.)

Q19] What is the most expensive item of clothing that you have in your wardrobe? How often do you actually wear it?

– Dunno. Maybe a designer dress, but I would have bought it marked way down.

PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?

– No.

Q21] Is being ‘fashionable’ important to you, or is being comfortably attired more so?

– Comfort rules!

Octolages

As is my way, I’m doing City Sonnet’s photo challenge in one swell foop. This time, the whole month will be right here in one poast! How exciting! Since I didn’t want to overwhelm my readers with 31 full-size pics in predictable order, I mashed them up in collages. First, I will poast the key, and then I’ll show you my photo art. You can match them up if you like, or simply enjoy for a minute and return to your normally scheduled life.

The Cardigans [SOCS]

I have a lot ~ a lot ~ of cardigans. I have a bunch of white ones: white-white, off-white, cream, lightweight, coat style, etc. I have a very pretty lime green sweater with gold buttons and a gorgeous sky blue cardi. I have a cozy purple cardigan and also a lavender one. Oh, and a super snuggly tan sweater I just love. I also have a chocolate brown one that’s lighter weight, plus a grey one in that same style. With rare exception, my cardis have buttons that match the color of the fabric. I don’t like contrasting-color buttons. I also don’t like zippers on sweaters, though I do have one, in a colorful animal print. I also have an open front cozy cardi in traditional animal print colors. I don’t have red or orange cardis because I don’t need them; I did have a yellow one but decided I didn’t like it. It might be nice to have yellow again. Pink too, a medium pink. But what’s missing from this list? A cozy black cardi! Isn’t that weird?! I have black jackets and black pullover sweaters, but no black cardigans. I can’t find the right one. I want buttons and long sleeves, and it must be cozy. There’s no point in buying a flimsy black coverup ~ this is for actual warmth, not sitting at the pool bar. Why is it so hard to find what I want?

Pastels Galore [CFFC]

For this fun photo challenge, I’m using another pic from the lovely afternoon in 2015 when my eldest took me to high tea up in NorCal. It was such a wonderful day. Besides the delicious tea and treats, I simply enjoyed spending quality time with my sweet girl in a beautiful atmosphere. I never used to appreciate old-fashioned decor, but I do now. I really like to wander through antique shops and check out the dishes and dolls, furniture, jewelry, and knickknacks. I never buy anything, but I love to walk around and look at all the prettiness.

There Will Be A Quiz

Questions from Marilyn.

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?

The unexpected one.

2. When was the last time you had a romantic dinner?

Too long ago to remember.

3. What do you really want to be doing?

Not having a headache.

4. How many colleges did you attend?

Two.

5. Why did you choose the shirt you have on?

It’s black like my heart.

6. Thoughts on gas prices?

None.

7. First thought when the alarm goes off in the morning?

Shaddap kitty!

8. Last thought you have before you go to bed?

Maybe I won’t have a headache tomorrow lol.

9. Do you miss being a child?

Hell no.

10. What errand/chore do you despise the most?

Grocery shopping is pretty boring.

11. Up early or sleep in?

Early.

12. Pet’s names?

Gatsby.

13. Favorite lunch meat?

Cheese.

14. What do you get every time at Wal-Mart?

Pink fluff to stay up all night and make tutus for ballerina costumes (only went once in desperation when informed that costumes were needed THE NEXT DAY).

15. Beach or lake?

Both are usually too full of people for me.

16. Is marriage overrated?

See #15.

17. Ever crashed your vehicle?

I’ve never totaled one.

18. Strangest place you’ve brushed your teeth?

Whenever I brush my teeth it’s a life or death adventure because my cat, for whatever bizarre reason, has decided that this is the best time to launch a furmissile attack at me.

19. Somewhere you’ve never been but want to go?

Migraine Free Zone.

20. At this point in your life would you want to start a new career?

Sure, if I don’t have to take any boring classes and the pay is fab. Who’s offering?

21. How old are you?

57.

22. Do you have a go to person?

My daughters usually.

23. Are you where you want to be in life?

Meh.

24. Growing up what were your favorite cartoons?

Road Runner, Yogi Bear, Magilla Gorilla.

25. What do you think has changed about you since you were a teenager?

Not a damned thing.