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List of Eleven

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From 365 Days of Writing Prompts, January 3rd.

Kick It:  What is the 11th item on your bucket list?

I do not have a bucket list and probably never will have one.  I get exhausted just thinking about such things.  And W has become so efficient and organized doing the shopping that I don’t even have a grocery list kicking around anywhere from which I could take the eleventh item and use it to write something astounding.  Imagine an entire blog post on lettuce.

No, it’s okay, I can’t imagine that either.

Instead,  I’ve decided to focus on a couple of random words in this prompt and call it being creative.  Or maybe even inspired.  Although that’s probably pushing it.  So here’s a list of eleven memorable quotes from the book Eleven Minutes, by Paulo Coelho. 

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“Once upon a time, there was a prostitute called Maria. Wait a minute. “Once upon a time” is how all the best children’s stories begin, and “prostitute” is a word for adults. How can I start a book with this apparent contradiction? But since, at every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss, let’s keep that beginning.”

“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.”

“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.”

“When we meet someone and fall in love, we have a sense that the whole universe is on our side. And yet if something goes wrong, there is nothing left! How is it possible for the beauty that was there only minutes before to vanish so quickly? Life moves very fast. It rushes from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds.”

“I am two women: one wants to have all the joy, passion and adventure that life can give me. The other wants to be a slave to routine, to family life, to the things that can be planned and achieved. I’m a housewife and a prostitute, both of us living in the same body and doing battle with each other.”

“No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it”

“Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a miracle.”

“Really important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other.”

“No one owns anything. Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realize that nothing really belongs to them. And if nothing belongs to me, then there’s no point wasting my time looking after things that aren’t mine.”

“Read. Forget everything you’ve been told about books and read.”

“She wasn’t a victim of fate, she was running her own risks, pushing beyond her own limits, experiencing things which, one day, in the silence of her heart, in the tedium of old age, she would remember almost with nostalgia – however absurd that might seem.”

There.  Now wasn’t that a lot more educational than finding out that I’ve always wanted to swim naked in Paris?  Well I certainly hope so.

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Boiled Eggs and Lettuce and Other Weird Information

I’ve seriously over-dosed on lettuce today!  Is that possible?  Does ones face turn green when that happens?  I’m afraid to look in a mirror.

There was extra spinach in my smoothie this morning because it’s on the verge of wilting and I wanted to get rid of it.  Then I used up all the already washed lettuce in the fridge, packing it into a lunch container with a few other salad type things and ate that at work this afternoon.

And when I came home from work, there was a caesar salad ready to be tossed and eaten, so guess what happened with that.  W has been making meals, and I am not going to discourage him.  I think I might try to get him to lighten up a little on the cocktails and wine though.  He already has drinks poured before I’m in the door, and while I certainly do appreciate it, and drink them down to avoid hurting his feelings, I think there’s a few too many calories involved in this practice.

There has been some serious discussion in our family about making a pilgrimage to Greece sometime next year, and riding up a mountain on a donkey.  If the donkey part of it is going to happen for me, I think shedding a few pounds is definitely necessary.  I would hate for my donkey to be the only one that doesn’t complete the journey.

So, less wine, more lettuce.  Some lovely Grecian donkey is going to thank me for this one fine day.

Also, on a completely different brain fart, FRESH EGGS WHEN THEY’RE BOILED ARE HARDER TO PEEL THAN EGGS THAT HAVE BEEN IN THE FRIDGE FOR A WEEK OR SO.  I looked this up, and my friend Laura is right.  Even though she did not grow up on a farm she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to egg boiling and peeling, unlike the person who tried to convince her the egg peeling thing was the other way around and that fresh eggs are more easily peeled.  Really.  Even someone like me who doesn’t care one way or the other knows that you don’t boil fresh eggs, you boil the old ones you’ve had hanging around in the fridge for so long you’re afraid they’ll go bad if you don’t do something with them very soon.

And once they’re boiled and peeled (try doing it under cold running water – that works for me) and mashed up with mayo into egg salad, you can make a sandwich and use up a bunch of old LETTUCE.

Sorry for all the shouting, but some things just beg to be emphasized.

Ooookay, this lettuce and alcohol diet could be the next big craze.  I’d get into anti-oxidants and electrons and free radicals and maybe even superoxide dismutase, catalase and peroxiredoxins, but I’m sorry I’ve had entirely too much wine and can’t even pronounce that shit right now.

W is loading the dishwasher and putting the leftover lettuce and wine in the fridge for tomorrow.  I feel like I’ve lost about five pounds just sitting here writing about it.

Not So Prompt Prompts

Is it ever okay to lie?  Yes it is.

Share five things you’re good at.  Well for one thing, telling lies.  I’m also very good at telling the truth.  And making things up.  Getting the facts straight.  Getting the facts wrong and all messed up.

What movies are worth watching more than once?  The ones that make  you laugh out loud.  While you were laughing, it’s quite possible that you missed something else that will also make you laugh out loud so you should watch it a second time just in case.  Never miss a chance to laugh out loud.

Would it be tougher for you to give up dairy or meat?  Yogurt and cheese VS beef, chicken, pork.  Decisions, decisions.  Right now it would be really tough to give up lettuce.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution in mind for 2012? No I don’t.  But I could be lieing about that.

What’s your astrological sign?  Taurus the bull.

Name something you’d like to learn more about.  The art of telling lies and shooting the bull.  Or maybe I don’t need any more in-depth study on that kind of thing at all.

Forever Food

One meal only for the rest of my life? The same meal over and over forever and ever? Does this mean I would never have to eat cucumbers EVER AGAIN? ALL RIGHT!

I think I could live with my version of a Cobb Salad for many moons. iceberg lettuce, romaine, watercress, spinach, arugula, buttercrunch; spread on a gigantic dinner plate. Chopped hard-cooked eggs, crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, diced carrots, chopped celery, slices of chicken or turkey breast, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, green onions, peppers, broccoli and cauliflower, creamy ranch dressing on the side. A slice of garlic cheese toast. Ice water. Black Coffee. Yogurt with nuts and berries for dessert.

Sounds disgustingly healthy. I could live for a long time.

I would really miss a grilled steak every once in a while though, with a baked potato slathered in butter and sour cream. Throw those in there somewhere too, please. No one wants to live forever.

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