5 Things — Reducing Stress

5thingsDr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, has this weekly prompt she calls 5 Things. She writes,

The 5 Things tag keeps surfacing on WordPress. I am not sure who first thought of it but I have always found it fun to do. I thought “Why not make it a weekly feature?” If you participate in a post of your own please tag it #5things.

This week she asks us to write about…

5 steps you can take to reduce the stress in your life.

Here are my five things I do to reduce stress.

1. Binge-watch TV shows on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime rather than watching the news

2. Eat at least a half a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream each night.

3. Play cards, Yahtzee, and/or backgammon with my wife.

4. Have zoom video calls with our kids.

5. Write blog posts that are not about politics and/or Donald Trump, and read posts that other bloggers have posted.

Bonus: And when all else fails, pop a marijuana-infused marshmallow in my mouth and wait about half an hour for it to kick in.

Okay folks. If you haven’t done so already, go to Dr. Tanya’s place and then share your five stress reducing tips.

I Know Words

“You’re way down in the polls,” the reporter said.

“I don’t care what the polls say. My campaign is like a juggernaut,” he said. “There is nothing that can derail it.”

“You sound very sure of yourself,” the reporter said. “Do you have any evidence to support your contention?”

“I have my gut and my brain,” he said. “I have a better brain than any other president in history. I’ve kept more promises than I’ve made. I’ve accomplished more in my first term than any other president has accomplished in even three or four terms. I’ve done more for the blacks than any other president, aside from Lincoln, but maybe even more than Lincoln. You know, Lincoln was a Republican. Nobody knows that.”

“You’re coming across as quite grandiloquent,” the reporter pointed out.

“Thank you,” he said.

“Do you know what that word means?” the reporter asked.

0EE52D04-9C33-49AC-A7B2-0AD3757618E0“Of course I do,” he said. “I know words. I have the best words.”

“Actually,” the reporter said, “grandiloquent means pompous with an intent to impress. It was not a compliment.”

Trump looked at his watch and said, “Whoops, time’s up. Interview is over.” He abruptly got up and walked out of the room.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (juggernaut), Word of the Day Challenge (grandiloquent), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (whoops).

Truthful Tuesday — Movie Time

E14D5C78-0C96-49DB-BDA9-38CCE034EEABIt’s time for another installment of PCGuy’s Truthful Tuesday. This week he’s looking for our honest and truthful answer to the question:

What three movies best sum up your taste in movies, and why?

Okay, this is a hard one because I have a very eclectic taste in movies. I enjoy powerful dramas, psychological thrillers, science fiction, comedy, fantasy, and…well, that’s enough.

So, I’m going to go with my favorite movies in three of those genres. Let’s start with comedy. My all time favorite comedy is the Mel Brooks 1974 film, “Young Frankenstein.”Young-FrankensteinAs far as I’m concerned, it is the funniest movie ever. It is terribly clever and it always makes me laugh out loud whenever I see it, which is often.

There are so many great science fiction movies out there, but I’m going with the first one I ever saw and, while this 60+ year old film is dated from the perspective of what Sci-Fi filmmakers can do today with CGI and other special effects, the 1956 classic, “Forbidden Planet,” was a technological breakthrough for its time and remains high on my list of favorites.Forbidden PlanetThis next film is one I consider to be in two genres: powerful dramas and psychological thrillers. There are so many movies in these two genres to choose from, but I’m going to select one that I consider to be the classic neo-noir psychological thriller and that I thought was ingeniously crafted. “Memento” was presented in reverse chronological order based upon the story of a man with short-term memory loss who attempts to track down his wife’s murderer. I had to watch it two or three times to see how brilliantly it was put together.Memento posterAnyone else care to join in the fun? What three movies best reflect your taste in movies?

Fandango’s Dog Days of August #4

Fandango’s Dog Days of AugustDo you need a muse to get your creative juices flowing during these hot, sultry days of August? Try a dose of Fandango’s Dog Days of August prompt.

At 6:00 am Pacific time each day this month, I will be posting a new theme. Today’s theme is “Lost Love.” Share a story, a poem, a photo, a drawing, some music, or whatever you wish to about a love you lost. Is it a person? A pet? An object? It’s up to you.

If you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FDDA, and create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

And, of course, take some time to read the other responses to this prompt. See how other bloggers are coping with the dog days of August.

3TC — Exotic Pets Not Allowed

“I’ve told you this umpteen times before, dammit,” the country club’s athletic director yelled at Nick, “and I’m not going to tell you this again. You’re not allowed to have exotic pets on the tennis courts.4FB78D65-24E6-40D7-AEB6-D3270F26D76BIf you don’t immediately turn around and take your pet alligator with you, I’m going to have to call security.”


Written for the Three Things Challenge from Di over at Pensitivity101. The three things are “exotic,” “pets,” and “tennis.” Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (umpteen), Jibber Jabber (turn), and The Daily Spur (Security). Photo credit: Steemit.com.