Posted in Song Lyric Sunday

Song Lyric Sunday: I Am a Town

Music is part of my daily life. I sing every day. I’m always listening and/or dancing to something. So when I found Song Lyric Sunday, I just had to participate! This week’s theme is traveling so today, I offer I Am a Town, an amazing piece of poetry set to music, by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Continue reading “Song Lyric Sunday: I Am a Town”

Posted in Randomy Goodness, Reflective

Autumn’s arrival

Autumn walk
Autumn 2015

I wear my hair down daily after 90 days of ponytails — it’s a lot longer than I thought it would be now. My wardrobe features pants and shirts with sleeves after endless months of as little clothing as possible. As I leave the house today, I take my hoodie with me, for the first time in months, just in case the sleeves aren’t enough as the sun fades from the sky.
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Posted in Randomy Goodness

My Princess Lament

My pink princess sits on my desk, lonely, probably thinking it’s unloved — its buttons not pushed for some time, its receiver not cradled and held. Voices in the vastness don’t come through its speaker. Voices in the vastness — there’s something about the way a person’s voice sounds through a real phone that just isn’t duplicated with texting, or talking on mobiles that often sound like the other person’s at the bottom of a well. It’s like when you hear a song you love on the radio. It sounds different, doesn’t it? I can’t explain why (science!).

My Pink Princess Phone

Most people prefer texting (and if you’re one of them and you’ve told me (several times) and you’re reading this, you don’t have to comment or send me an email explaining this again — I get it). But I don’t text. Yes, you read that right. I used to, until I got caught in a teen texting 7th circle of hell. Those crazy kids texted the wrong number and no matter how much I tried to convince them I wasn’t Jim, they didn’t believe me. (Is this the big joke for kids today? Prank text people and say you’re not who you really are via emojis and abbreviated “words”?) After that, I had the phone company block texting for a bit. Being sans texts was so enjoyable that I realized I preferred that, so I blocked texting for good.

Texting’s great for short bits, like “Where are you? I’m here,” especially with my mom, for whom answering that simple question would still be a 15-minute phone call (minimum). But with texting, I find there’s no “hello.” And my biggest pet peeve: how do you know when you’re done? Ping, ping, ping…. … crickets. Where did you go? I hate IMing for the same reason. Back in the day, people used to say “brb” (be right back) and “ttyl” (talk to you later). More recently, people IM, we chat, a moment of silence arrives… … then they’re just gone. Signed out. Offline. With nary a goodbye.

I’m not a Luddite. I love technology. It’s how we can spend this particular time together. But does loving tech mean I have to toss out the princess phone and the sound of your voice? Why can’t I have it all?

There’s something about hearing the way a person says certain words or the way their voice changes when they talk about this or that. Even with the best emoji (and I’m using that phrase with VATS of salt), you can’t get across what comes out naturally through phrasing and inflection. Inflection! God, how I miss inflection! And ever since the beginning, I’ve prefered an actual belly laugh to (the often faked) LOL. As someone who enjoys making people laugh, typed letters just don’t cut it. SRSLY.

Plus, “I love your voice” sounds a lot better than [Tweet “”I love your emojis. You’re so texty.””]

Talking on the phone, writing and sending handwritten notes and cards, paper invitations — I know I’m rare (and weird), but I like those things and I always will. And I’ll never understand why with many people, it has to be one or the other.

The secret is just to find others who think like me (needle in a haystack!) so Princess can have fun again and not become a relic of a time gone by. She still has a purpose. And she’s pretty. And she brings me closer than any shapes on a screen can to those I really want to hear from.

“I love your voice…” right in my ear, as if sitting right next to me. *sigh* Even if Siri said those texted words, it’s just not the same…

Posted in Brief Epistles, Random Thoughts Thursday

RTT: Brief Epistles, Jan.21.16

They’re Random! They’re Thoughts! It’s Thursday!

spam-964521_640This week: Brief Epistles

(This shall be a third Thursday staple).

  • Dear Library:

I’m sorry I’ve had the books due today for 6 weeks and have only partly read one. My to-be-read stack is soooo big! I will get to them. If there aren’t holds, why can’t I renew indefinitely? Please?

Sincerely,

She who will pay the fine and return the one book a day late after speed reading it today

 

  • Dear Netflix:

I haven’t watched the latest DVD you sent yet, but I will, and will return it before the upcoming date my next month begins. Gotta get my 2 movies for $4.99 money’s worth.

Cinematically yours,

She who watches movies every blue moon

 

  • Dear Universe:

You know at this point that I notice weird things. Every now and then this week, I still try to figure out the meaning of, on Sunday, having two young women named Ashley wait on me at the two different locations I visited that day.

Curiously,

The woman who also can’t stop singing “He… likes girls…. with names… like Ashley…”

 

  • Dear People Who Don’t Speak Movie:

That last signature references a movie. Anybody know which one?

Quizzically,

The woman who’s faux movie boyfriend used to be John Cusack (HINT!)

 

  • Dear Free Time:

I haven’t forgotten you. Don’t you… forget about me. After this week, you and I will become best buds again. Just needed to do some things and after Friday, I’ll be back to a more regular schedule. I miss you!

With love,

She who’s working for the weekend this week in particular as she fulfills the needs of three gigs

 

  • Dear Bed:

You. Me. An extra long visit. Can’t wait.

Anticipationally yours,

Sleepy Me

Posted in Reflective

Sun catcher

Turning on the desk lamp at 2 p.m. isn’t normal. Cloudy days. A staple of winter, it seems. At least there’s inside light.

Typing, typing, typing. Moving papers. Crossing things off the to-do list. Adding things to the calendar. Then something in the window catches my eye, lingers in my peripheral.

Is that the sun?

Pens down. Time stopped. To the window! Pull the open blind up higher. Stand for several minutes taking in the momentary brightness knowing it will disappear again. Notice the shadows streaking across the lawn, through the bare branches of the trees.

Soon, it’s gone.

Back to the desk. Pick up the pen. Write a note. Return to typing. Smiling because I caught the fleeting moment while it lasted.

Glasses in sun
via Pixabay

 


*No, I didn’t take the photo. I was too busy taking in the moment. 🙂

Posted in Random Thoughts Thursday

Random Thoughts Thursday: Favorite Things

They’re Random! They’re Thoughts! It’s Thursday!

This Week: Favorite Things

In honor of next Thursday being Thanksgiving here in ‘Murica, let’s look at some (mostly) silly things of life that are My Favorite Things, for which I’m grateful:

As listed in my latest newsletter (that’s right, subscribers’ heads were filled with this fascinating info a good two weeks before you!):

  • making up words
  • real words that sound made up, like williwaw
  • dollar store reading glasses (clearer vision for A DOLLAR!)
  • self-checkout at the library ~ beep… beep… BOOKS!
  • Burger King kids’ meals
  • owls
  • SNOW!
  • the first night on fresh, clean sheets.

Additionally:

  • Jeopardy!
  • Pandora’s skipping function
  • Brand new pencil erasers
  • When the layers for my layer cake come out even/level
  • Chocolate jimmies
  • Starbucks Black Iced Tea
  • Getting and sending mail
  • When the ponytail elastic with the weakened, stretched-out part holds on for one more twirl (three times ’round!)
  • That ‘holds on’ made me think of Jamie Walters and that song from the 90s (did you know he’s a fireman now?)
  • Ladybugs and butterflies
  • The spiders in my house/on my car, all named Herman
  • Full service gas stations
  • Drives by the river or to the ocean
  • Toll-free roads
  • Autumn (see two pics I had in an exhibit in my other life here)
  • Winter (there will be MANY photos when there is snow. You’ve been warned.)
  • That I am the type of person who sings along with the music in the grocery store, makes screeching tires noises when I go around a curve (even at 10mph), and when I saw new carts at Target a few years ago, I almost jumped out of my skin. “NEW CARTS! COOL!”
  • Making people smile. You are, aren’t you? C’mon. I know you are.

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