Then Superman said “Yeah…”

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Superman and I were on a walk today.  On our way out he deadpans, “The lawn looks nice.” (And here you’ve gotta see the grass high above ankle height with weeds poking through)

And I say, “Yeah”

And he says, “It’s because I haven’t edged”

And I say,


And then I tell him that maybe I might be sorta almost thinking about weeding those front beds.  And then if I feel inspired, but I probably won’t, but I’m almost there I’ll plant some flowers in the planters in front of the house.

And he goes,


And I say, “Weren’t you going to work on the pool?”

And he says,


And so starts yet another conversation of all the things around the house we need to do, want to do, dream of doing… that we know we’ll probably never do because in order to these things we wouldn’t be:

…at the ball field
…at the soccer field
…looking in thrift stores with Chrysanthemum
…running errands with The Fonz
…playing card games with Lil’ Sport
…talking on the phone with our family
…and most importantly…
walking together.

What’s the one thing you let go (for us it’s the yard/house) in order to do what you want (for us it’s sports/games/family)?

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post.
No proofreading or spell checking.
This is writing in the raw.
Stream of Consciouness Sunday

The Dentist Scares Me

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I was thinking I’d do a little “Stream of Consciousness Sunday” (SOC) writing today (even though it’s Monday) because last week I had so much fun doing it.

But today’s prompt (it was actually yesterday, but that’s just nit-picky) was:

How has the internet changed your life – professionally and/or personally?

And I had so many things to say about this but they all seemed so, I don’t know, clichéd.  Thoughts such as – I’m finally connected with friends from the past.  I stay connected to friends in the present more easily.  My business has grown and grown.

I’m more organized.

I appear smarter.

And I don’t feel like I need to get my pictures developed anymore.

But really, the internet has changed my life because it gives me the medium to tell you this story.

I was totally freaked out about a dentist appointment today.  I mean I was scared.  Really scared.  I had to have a procedure re-done and the first time it hurt like a M—er F—er.  So yeah, I made a pretty big deal about it.

I told Superman and then made him feel bad because he wasn’t going to be here for me.

I told my mother because it was Mother’s Day yesterday and well, what mother doesn’t want to feel needed on Mother’s Day?  So I told her my woes and she said, “Now, now Kirsten, it will be okay.  Do you want me to delay my trip home?”

“No”, I replied, “That’s okay.”  But secretly I was glad she asked.

I told my kids, “Now if I’m sleeping when you get home DON’T WAKE ME UP because I’m having “that procedure” and I might be on pain medicine.

I called my neighbors and arranged rides for the kids because I might be on pain meds and can’t drive.

I told my sister.  Twice.

I told my Dad and my Step-mom.  Twice.

And I told myself over and over again…

You can do this.
Be brave.
It’ll be over before you know it.
Just think, you can come home, take a Vicodin and just sleep the rest of the day.
And you can have What Not To Wear and A Baby Story on in the background while you rest.
So be brave and keep you eye on the finish line.

So I did.  I did it!  I went to the dentist.

And they told me I had the wrong day and they’ll see me in a month.

So what should I do with my day?  (And don’t say weeding!)

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post.
No proofreading or spell checking.
This is writing in the raw.
Stream of Consciouness Sunday

SOC Sunday: Am I a people person?


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I go a little hot and cold with my thoughts, my ideas, even my opinions!  In many ways I like this about me.  Who said being balanced is being steady?  I like that I’m on, then I’m off.  I’m totally into something, then I can’t stand it.  It’s how I am.  It makes life interesting for sure, but isn’t perhaps the best strategy for friendships.

But with this this writing space sometimes I wish I was a little more on than off.

I follow this woman’s blog named Fadra.  I found her through Social but I actually enjoy her personal writing better.

She hosts a little ditty called “Stream of Consciousness Sunday” where you’re given a prompt (if you need one) and then write steady for five minutes.  The key is, it’s only 5 minutes and you can’t edit your writing, or your spelling.

And each Sunday I sigh and say to myself “I should do that”.


Most Sundays I’m busy, or lazy, or preoccupied playing solitaire (like my Grandma Evelyn whom I’m named after).

Most Sundays I’m not working in my yard the way I wish I was.  Nor am I cleaning the house even though I ought to be.

This Sunday though, I have few minutes to kill before I pick up Lil’ Sport from a sleepover and then head to the grocery store.  I’ve already walked with Superman and my meal planning is complete.

But mostly I have 5 minutes to spare because today’s prompt is something I’ve actually given a lot of thought to.

Today’s (Optional) Writing Prompt: Are you a people person? Do you feel energized or drained around people? What are some of your favorite types of encounters or tell me a story of one!

Here we go…

I wouldn’t say I feel energized by people.  I would say I find people incredibly intriguing.  I could listen to people tell me their stories all day long.  In fact, I do actually get to listen to people’s stories all day long!  It’s what I get paid for.  Well, I get paid for more than that.  But still…

And every day I feel so lucky that my clients and friends have the courage to tell me their story.

But I find that there are certain people that intrigue me more than others.  Certain people I could listen to all day long.

When I’m with someone who is honest.  When they say it like it is.  When they don’t sugar coat, coddle themselves, or manipulate what they’re saying to be “politically correct”.  These people I could spend hours with.

It is so refreshing!

In this culture of perfection, political correctness, obsessions over appearances (physical and social), it’s unusual to run across someone who just says what’s on their mind without excuses, without the back story, and without apology.

When I’m in these conversations I feel alive.  I feel authentic.  I feel real.

But mostly, I feel connected.

What about you?  Are you a people person?