100WW — Coral Reef

74A2EF4D-B38C-4A32-A81F-ECA56D22598BCraig signaled to Elizabeth, motioning her to swim over to where he was snorkeling. When she got there, he pointed to the colorful coral and the tropical fish swimming around, in, and out of the corals and put his hands over his heart to indicate that he loved what he saw.

Elizabeth pointed up and they swam to the surface. Once both had cracked the surface of the water, they removed their snorkeling masks and embraced. “You were so right,” Craig said. “I’m so glad you persuaded me to come snorkeling in the Caribbean rather than going skiing in Colorado.”

(100 words)

I know it’s Thursday, but I somehow missed yesterday’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. I guess better late than never, right?

#writephoto — Columns

25DD45BB-7F6E-42B9-8F00-96A15AB9FE56“Let’s explore this place,” Frank said.

“Go ahead,” Johnny said, “Be my guest. You’ve always had a genuine infatuation with the architecture of old buildings like this.”

“Aren’t you coming with?” Frank asked.

“Sure, why not?” Johnny said. “It’s not like I have anything else pressing to do.”

“Okay, good,” Frank said. “Be careful, though,” he added. “It rained last night and these old marble floors may be a bit slippery.”

The two boys, in their late teens, started exploring the building, looking at the parallel rows of columns on the inside of the breezeway contrasted with the archways with the squared off exterior columns.

“I have to admit that this place is pretty dope,” Johnny said.

“Hey Johnny,” Frank called out. “Come take a look at this.” Frank was pointing to a small crevice in a wall next to one of the exterior columns.”

“What is it?” Johnny asked, seeing something stuck deep inside the crevice.

“I’m not sure,” Frank admitted. “Do you have a pen or something I can use to try and get it out?”

“I have a my Swiss Army knife.”

“Perfect, give it to me,” Frank ordered. With the knife in hand, Frank opened up the long blade and carefully stuck it in the narrow crevice. He wedged it between the side of the crevice and the item stuck inside and painstakingly began to pry it out.

“What is it?” Johnny asked when Frank managed to remove it from the crevice.

“You’re not going to believe this,” Frank said, handing it to Johnny.

“Holy shit,” Johnny said.

Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt, and for these one- word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (guest), Word of the Day Challenge (infatuation), Ragtag Daily Prompt (slippery), and Scotts Daily Prompt (crevice).

How I Spend My Time

Some of you are aware that I use my iPhone for blogging. I have the iOS WordPress app, which I use for reading and responding to comments on my posts and for reading what other bloggers I follow have posted and for commenting on their posts .

But for writing my posts I use my iPhone’s Safari browser to log onto WordPress because it’s easier to use for composing posts than the WordPress app for iOS editor. And it gives me a real-time word counter, which comes in handy for prompts with word limits.

Why my iPhone and not my laptop? I do it because I can read, comment, and post from anywhere. My bed, my living room, the dining room, my backyard, on a bus, at the park. And, if I do say so myself, I have become quite adept at using my iPhone’s virtual keypad.

Anyway, a few days ago I downloaded iOS 12, the latest iPhone operating system, to my iPhone. I have found a few quirky things (i.e., bugs), which I’m sure (hope) will be addressed in iOS 12.1. But one of the new features on iOS 12 is something called “Screen Time.” It keeps track of how much time you spend on your iPhone and how you’re spending that time.

Out of curiosity, last night before I went to bed, I checked Screen Time. And I’ll be honest with you, what I saw shocked me.D06C4129-5193-4F1D-8ED1-01A160F5EFBE.jpegOf the 17 hours I was awake yesterday (from 6 am to 11 pm), I spent 10½ using my iPhone. And of those 10½ hours, I spent 6¾ hours blogging — either reading, commenting, responding to comments, or posting.

In other words, I spent 61% of my waking hours on my iPhone, which is just nuts. But of those 10½ hours, I spent on my iPhone, nearly two-thirds of it was spent related to blogging.

I’ve been awake so far today for 2½ hours. That time includes taking a shower, getting dressed, fixing and eating breakfast and reading the newspaper. And yet, of that 2½ hours, I spent 1½ hours on my iPhone, one hour and 20 minutes of which were spent on WordPress.

I think I need to rethink how I’m spending my time.

Throwback Thursday — Hangovers and How To Manage Them

When you’ve been blogging for 16 months, as I have, and you’ve published 1,667 posts, as I have, you are bound to have written some posts along the way that you are proud of, but that few people read, fewer people liked, and even fewer commented on.

This post, which I originally published on June 12, 2017, is one such post. This post got six views, three likes, and zero comments. So I thought it might be time to give it another go.

hungoverLet me be clear. I am not suffering from a hangover. I have turned into a teetotaler in my old age. I will occasionally have a beer, very rarely have a cocktail, and never drink wine. So hung over is something I have not been in perhaps decades.

But that does not mean that I didn’t wake up many a morning back in the day drooling on the bathroom floor and with my arms wrapped snugly around the porcelain goddess.

I vividly remember the aching head, the sick-to-my stomach feeling, the dizziness, the thirst, and the general sense of confusion when trying to remember what had happened the night before that landed me in a tight embrace with the toilet.

Who among you has never experienced a hangover? It’s quite common, you know. One study noted that more than 75% of people who’ve consumed alcoholic beverages have experienced a hangover. Many have missed work or school because of their hangovers.

So fess up, you’ve woken up with a hangover, right?

Hangovers have been around and acknowledged since at least biblical times. I know I’m the least likely person to be quoting a verse from the Bible, but, “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink” (Isaiah 5:11). Woe unto them indeed!

Hair of the dog

Of course, the best advice for not waking up with a hangover is to not drink too much the night before. But, you know, shit happens.

V8 Bloody MaryI was once told that the best way to deal with a hangover is to have a drink, like a Bloody Mary. Especially one made with V8 Bloody Mary mix.

But that is apparently an old wives’ tale. Alcohol may temporarily make you feel better, but it will ultimately dehydrate you and leave you feeling worse later on in the day.

So how should you deal with a hangover? Here is a compilation of suggestions I’ve come up with after an exhaustive search on Google:

  • Drink water. After a night of excessive drinking, your body is absolutely parched. Since many of the negative symptoms of alcohol derive from the dehydration of the body, you need to rehydrate. Coconut water or sports drinks, as well as clear, carbonated beverages like ginger ale or Sprite, might also help.
  • Take Advil. Or aspirin. Some sites warn against Tylenol. Tylenol, which is acetaminophen, has been shown to have liver-damaging reactions with alcohol metabolites.
  • Drink caffeinated coffee — or don’t. Some “experts” warn against drinking coffee if you have a hangover. They say coffee further dehydrates you and is acidic. But others suggest that a cuppa Joe helps you to wake up and feel alert. If you are going to drink coffee, though, it might be wise to take some Advil with your coffee. And drink plenty of water as well, since caffeine causes dehydration.
  • Eat toast and crackers. These foods alleviate nausea and help your body soak up the alcohol in your system. Some sites also recommend a combination of bananas and pretzels, since both salt and potassium are electrolytes that hold water to decrease dehydration.
  • Drink tea. Ginger or peppermint teas can reduce nausea and motion sickness. Green tea is also known to be helpful in stimulating key detoxification pathways.
  • Have sex. There is no research that shows that sex will make a hangover go away, but maybe it will make the time go faster and possibly even make you forget about how miserable you’re feeling.

So there you have it, my friends. If you drink, don’t drive. If you drink a lot and wake up the next morning with a horrible hangover, have sex.

You’re welcome.

FOWC with Fandango — Guest

FOWCWelcome to September 20, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “guest,” unlike yesterday’s “guess.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.