A Pox on Power Outages

If it was the middle of the night right now, this is what I would look like.  But its mid morning, so it’s merely how I feel on the inside.  The power has gone out in our area because of all the electrical storm activity we’ve been having.  The situation is being dealt with but the phone recording person could not give any estimate as to how long this will last.

I’m able to connect to the internet via my phone and my lap top with its own power source, but they won’t run forever.

No work today for me, so that’s a small consolation.  Thank God for Holy Thursdays.  But I’m still sad.

Somebody needs to invent a battery operated coffee maker.  I wonder if it’s possible to boil water with a candle?

I’m going to go and read a book.  And sulk.  Excessively.

I’ll be back when the lights come on.

Creative Expression

My creativity bug has crawled under something and died.

I think it’s temporary – some other inspirational pest will no doubt wander by and bite me within the next few days; I haven’t given up hope. I HAVE missed answering a few prompts though, so I’ll just quickly and very uncreatively get on that right now.

How is technology changing the way families interact? Seriously, families don’t even live together anymore, so it’s a good thing we have all kinds of communication gadgets and social networks to remind us of who we’re related to and why and where the hell they all are. Distance apart can be a great thing, and often little shards of information are all we really want or need to have about some of our more weird and wonderful family members.

How many times have I been in love? Countless times. As many times as there are definitions for the word love. I’ve also been in love with love itself, although I’ve found that’s not really productive in the long run. I got over the passionate sprinting when I was young, and opted instead for an emotional marathon. I guess you could call all these years of marriage an enduring attachment, deep affection, strong predilection, extreme lunacy – take your pick.

If I could work from anywhere, where would I want to live and why? On a beach, in a luxury hotel with room service, somewhere WARM with no damn snow, close to excellent restaurants and great shops. Not actually working at all, come to think of it. I bet you think I’d get tired and bored after a bit of that, hey? Well I could always intensify my search for the bug of creativity if there was nothing else to do.

What are my favourite ways to express my creativity? Besides exactly what I’m messing around doing at this exact moment, I also have noticed myself being rather inventive, resourceful and clever in the following areas:

1. Meal preparation following 15 days of not picking up anything edible while shopping.

2. Backing out of our long narrow driveway between six-foot snow banks and maneuvering my way down our crazily rutted street without getting hung up or stuck or taking out any of the neighbors vehicles.

3, Playing Farmville and annoying the crap out of other Facebook people who do not want to hear about it.

4. Tole painting and rearranging furniture. The furniture thing is just an avoidance technique I use so that I never actually have to sit down and paint something.

5. Answering Plinky Prompts. Or devising reasons and rationalizations and justifications for not doing so.

Tomorrow is another day, with another question, and another chance to be brilliant! Don’t hold your breath or anything, but it could happen.

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Technology I Don’t Feel Like Living Without

English: Mobile phone evolution Русский: Эволю...

English: Mobile phone evolution Русский: Эволюция мобильных телефонов (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What’s one piece of technology you can’t live without?

Have you ever had to go without it? What happened?

I should just not bother answering this prompt at all, it’s put me in such foul humor.

If I can’t LIVE without something, and I have to go without it, ergo, I DIE.

And it begs such a flippant drama queen kind of answer. OMG, without my cell phone I could not possibly SURVIVE!! Kind of makes you want to grab that little piece of technology and stomp on it to see if there’s any truth to the statement.

We need an adjective between the words ‘can’t’ and ‘live’. Happily, comfortably, sanely. Any of those would do.

And the term technology itself covers so much ground – our lives are chained to so many different kinds with links everywhere, who wants to risk breaking the chain? I think I could give up nuclear weapons technology, but medical technology, not so much. I’m also rather fond of electricity. And my car.

But people lived for a long time without those things, so we know it can be done. We all just love our conveniences and have become so absolutely spoiled by them that they’d now be complete hell to give up.

But would it KILL us? Probably not immediately.

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