Monday, July 23, 2012
Where once I could find something to write about every day of the week, now I stutter and stammer and struggle to come up with three posts in seven days. I think there is a lot to be said for habit and momentum. When you're on a roll, you're like a tumble weed, gathering dust and dirt and debris and kernels of ideas everywhere you go. When you're not... well, let's just say that everything stagnates.
So, in place of a lyrical, whimsical post about nothing, here are 10 things I learnt last week.
1. When comics and real life collide, it's not easy to explain to an eight-year-old why the news story accompanying the picture of The Joker is not for him to read.
2. Mr5 will never smoke because, and I quote, "he doesn't even know where you buy them from". Note to self: work on the notion of "just because you can, doesn't mean you should". And "Just Say No".
3. The nature of freelance writing is changing. And it's more important than ever to maintain diverse income streams.
4. Those minutes where you're waiting to see if the crackling on your pork roast is going to crackle can be long. Very long.
5. It is possible to score an own goal and still win the Player of the Week trophy for defense. When you are five. Which just goes to show that anything is possible.
6. Being controversial for the sake of it becomes incredibly boring. As in Ho Hum. The number of links I see on Twitter and Facebook that are obviously carefully crafted to make people cross just make me turn away. I don't care how you parent. I don't care if you change your name. I am beginning to wonder if all the outrage on the internet is simply making us less and less interested in taking a stand about anything. Why open your mouth when someone is waiting there, cursor blinking, to jump down your throat JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN?
7. Which is why I prefer to have my discussions and debates face-to-face. I am less interested in writing a lengthy discourse on My Truth and more interested in talking about someone else's. Could the internet, long believed to be the downfall of quality social interaction, be the very thing that drives us back to quality social interaction?
8. The Ancient Greeks did not compete for Olympic gold medals but for Olympic olive wreaths. Mr8 was tickled by this notion.
9. I think I left half the socks in the Fibro with my blogging mojo. It's the only explanation as to why I have one single sock from every pair the boys own.
10. I should have made these posts 3 Things I Learn't Last Week.
What did you learn this week?
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