The Wedding Planner

Marsha was feeling a little tense as she was preparing for her daughter’s nuptials on Sunday. She had a preoccupation with all of the details and feared that she would run out of time before the big day.

Unfortunately, Marsha couldn’t just create more time, and with no time to waste, she reached out to her husband, who amid all the pressure Marsha was feeling, sat in the living room binge-watching “Stranger Things.”

“Bob, you need to shut off the TV, get up off your ass, and help me out with the wedding before I go completely insane,” Marsha said, tears streaming down her cheeks.

“Of course, babe,” Bob said. He turned off the television, stood up, walked over to Marsha, gave her a big hug, and said, “You can count on me to be the wind beneath your wings.”

Marsha smiled. “Living with you, Bob, is never dull.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (tense/dull), Word of the Day Challenge (nuptials/wind), The Daily Spur (preoccupation), My Vivid Blog (run), Ragtag Daily Prompt (create), Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge (waste), Your Daily Word Prompt (amid), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (binge).

Weekend Writing Prompt — Fixin’ To

We moved to Dallas in the late 80s. I expected people there to talk with a Texas accent, but I didn’t expect was a unique Texas vernacular.

For example, the phrase “out-of-pocket” means away and unreachable, as in “I’ll be out of pocket for a few hours this afternoon.”

The phrase “New York minute” means quickly, as in “I’ll have that finished in a New York minute.”

My favorite Texas phrase was “fixin’ to,” as in “I’m fixin’ to call the plumber,” which means at some point or possibly never.

(Exactly 90 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “vernacular” in exactly 90 words.

SoCS — Recycle Me

This post is not a plug for Colgate toothpaste. I am not receiving any remuneration for mentioning Colgate or for showing a photo of this product. It’s just my response to Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Linda has asked us, when we sit down to write our post, to find a picture, whether in a magazine, newspaper, or even product packaging, and to write about whatever thought or emotion the picture provokes.

When I went to bed last night, I had to open up a new tube of toothpaste. I use Colgate Total Whitening toothpaste. I’ve been using it for years. And in all the time I’ve been brushing my teeth with that brand of toothpaste, the look of the toothpaste tube hasn’t changed. It has always looked like the tube in the photo above.

But last night, when I took the tube of Colgate Total Whitening toothpaste out of the box, I was shocked to see this:

I have never put my empty toothpaste tubes in recycling. I’ve always just put them in my regular trash, which goes to a landfill. But this new tube of toothpaste is instructing me to recycle it.

Being the skeptic that I am, I visited the website of the company that picks up my recycling and checked to see if empty toothpaste tubes are acceptable for recycling. I was surprised to find out that the answer is “yes.” But I was also surprised that there is a four step process to follow in order to properly prepare empty toothpaste tubes for recycling:

  • Step 1: Remove the cap.
  • Step 2: Squeeze as much of the toothpaste out of the tube as possible.
  • Step 3: Carefully cut the neck of the tube and cut a slit along the side.
  • Step 4: Use warm water and soap to rinse out the rest of the toothpaste.

Okay, that seems like a lot of work. But as someone who tries to be environmentally conscientious, I suppose I need to put my money where my mouth is and follow those steps so I can do my part and recycle my spent toothpaste tubes.

One small step for man, one giant step for mankind, right? Well, technically four small steps, but who’s counting?

FOWC with Fandango — Tense


It’s June 11, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “tense.”

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. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

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