By hook or crook, I steal the time. Sneak off to a calm, quiet place where I am immediately at ease. I scout out the perfect spot. I locate my favorite musician’s music on my phone to insure a successful writing session. I even get the ear buds in the correct ears.
This is no small feat because locating the minuscule L and R imprinted on the sides is nearly impossible and once I make out a speck that could be an L or an R…maybe…I have to squint at it only to find out that it resembles more of a Q! These troublesome eyes!
After a handful of unsuccessful attempts to force the Q to morph into an L or an R, I reach for my reading glasses, which might or might not help me focus. Unfortunately I quickly realize that I left my glasses at home. Sigh.
I give the Q another go and after I close one eye and tilt my head to the left, I can make out the letter. Sure enough, it’s an R!
I secure the ear buds in the correct ears and turn on my music. I have a few anxious moments as I adjust the volume and test it by taking the ear buds out to ascertain that everything is plugged in properly, and that I’m not sharing my favorite trombone music with everyone who came here hoping to find their own peace, and finally that the music is not loud enough to cause that annoying sound that happens when a person’s music leaks out of their headphones, loud enough to be heard as noise but not loud enough to identify the song.
Finally, I’m ready. I ignore the person directly to my right slowly working her way down the shelves of books coming closer and closer to me. I open my journal, click my pen and stare at the blank page.
It is very bright and very blank except for the lines. Although the pages are actually a pale creamy color, they hurt my eyes.
And I sit here listening to a random cough or a rustling sound as the person behind me shifts in his chair. My music is paused because I saw that a text had come from my sister and I forgot to unpause.
The brightness of this page begins to aggravate my eyes and I find myself squinting to cut down on the glare. I look up at the lighting and silently curse my eyes. And the lights. And my inability to focus.
I find myself shielding my eyes. I sigh again.
I decide that this is not working.
I’m three pages and a half hour in and I haven’t written anything yet.
Just a little fun on Friday-
Sometimes a person just needs to escape the stress of their every day life and fantasize a wee bit. Goodness knows I’ve had more than my fair share of stress in the last few months so I hope you’ll indulge me while I daydream about my favorite fantasy guys. It’s all innocent and all in fun.
Even if you didn’t watch the television show, Friends, you get the idea. Ross has his list of five famous people he’s allowed to…you know… if the opportunity arises.
Over the years my friends and I have frequently referred to our lists. I feel safe engaging in this fantasy because I know that if I were ever to “run into” the three who are still alive (and yes, I do see the problem with having two on the list who are no longer with us….) I’m fairly sure that I won’t show up on their “5 Flaky Moms” lists.
Harrison Ford has been a crush of mine since the first Star Wars movie was released 40 years ago. Wait, did I really admit that out loud?! (And in case you’re living in a cave, I mean the first movie that was released- now known as A New Hope , not the first in the series, The Phantom Menace and did I just include that clarification? For real?) He has been that “older” guy who I just couldn’t resist (in my head). Finding out that he is a fellow introvert simply endears him to me even more. I picture us having quiet time just enjoying- well, the quiet!
Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries) caught my eye from the very first episode of Vampire Diaries. I had read the entire series of books but I didn’t care what they changed as long as he played Damon Salvatore. He makes the list not only for his beautiful eyes and quirky smile but also because his role as Damon is so bad boy. I don’t know if he’s like that in real life but I like the image. He’s the most recent addition to my list and the youngest. Honestly, if I even ran into him, he’s the one I would most likely just smile, blush, and smile some more after I fan myself because I’m blushing some more. I confess that he does remind me of my first love, in some ways, and I’m sure that’s why he makes the list.
I swooned at the sight of Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing, and let’s be honest here, who didn’t? I watched him in every movie that he was in for years and was heart-broken when he was gone too soon. Every time I see him as Johnny Castle, I become that young awkward girl again dreaming about dancing with the rebel Johnny. Ah, the dancing!
Blackie Parrish. If you don’t recognize the name, I’ll make it easy- John Stamos. I remember crushing on him at first sight when he played Blackie on General Hospital in the early 1980’s. He’s also close to my age, which gained him brownie points. (I’m not sure why that even mattered but it did.) And he has aged soooooo well that he couldn’t get kicked off my list if I tried. He seems like such a nice, genuine guy and I feel like we grew up together.
And then there’s John Lennon. What can I say about him? I love the Beatles and he was always my favorite. The more I read about him, watched interviews and performances and “got to know him”, the more I knew that he had to be on my list. I would love to talk to him, hear his thoughts on everything from music to the world…. just everything! Besides, considering my love of music, I needed at least one musician on my list.
So there you have it- it’s all been a quite innocent way to pass a little time….and escape for awhile. Teen Kat has been grumbling that her list is slightly different (and much more interesting). I suspect she is going to be sharing her list sometime in the near future. (Sheesh, teenagers! They think they know everything- even who is cuter/hotter/just plain more than their older, wiser self!)
Who’s on your list? I can’t wait to hear!
Day 2 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge by Live, Love, Simple is 20 facts about me. I’m not really comfortable writing about myself so this might be a challenge. Of course, typing this might be a challenge in itself because I’m not sure if I ended that previous sentence with a period or a comma. They both look the same to me at this moment!
So here goes-
Thanks for making it to the end of my list!
The other day I was running errands. car window rolled down, music blasting and enjoying the day when I realized that I was singing along to the Frozen soundtrack, specifically to the song that contains my blog’s name- Dandelion Fuzz- in the opening lyrics. It got me thinking about the name of my blog because this song was the inspiration. Four years ago, I wrote about my love for dandelions and some of the research I did while participating in a blogging class in The Birth of a Name or why I named my blog after a weed. But the seed that grew into this blog came from hearing that phrase in the song- “Bees will buzz, kids will blow dandelion fuzz…”
At the time that I chose this name, I liked it a lot. I felt that it was fitting. But did it have staying power or would I be changing it a few years in? Four years later, although my blog has gone through a few changes, it still feels like Dandelion Fuzz to me so it will be.
It was only as I was well into the song that followed the dandelion fuzz one that I realized that I didn’t have the little guys in the car and really didn’t need to be listening to this CD at all. Such is life!
It’s Thursday and three things made me smile this week! (You might be saying, “Only 3, Kat? How sad!” but have no fear- there was LOTS to smile about this week. These three have the honor of being recognized because they came to mind in a split second AND I happened to have pictures of them.
I was reunited with my Shaun Cassidy albums! Who knew that one of my absolutely favorite teen heart throbs could still make my heart go pitter pat? But, just look at him! He’s SOOOOOOO cute!
I got new grey Converse All Stars! This is something I’ve always wanted but never had the nerve to purchase. It was an impulse buy- something I don’t normally do. I couldn’t wait to put them on and show them off!
And how cool is this! Someone left a “smile” rock on the meter on the side of my house. Finding this definitely did make me smile! (And it inspired me, too!)
What made you smile this week?
There are no big revelations in this list. it’s been said before, heard before, lived before. But have you ever walked away from an experience and thought about what you’re taking away from it? A recent encounter reminded me of these things:
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
Spring has arrived…maybe in name only. Enjoy!
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