SoCS — A Day in the Life

The first thing I do after I wake up in the morning is go to the bathroom to take a leak. Then I wash my face and brush my teeth.

Next, I go to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of coffee, greet my wife, who is always up before me, and read the daily newspaper.

Then I fix myself a bowl of cereal and eat it while I grab my iPhone, peruse my newsfeed, look at my blog stats, read posts in my WordPress Reader that came in overnight, and take a look at comments that other bloggers posted while I was sleeping.

After breakfast I go back to the bathroom for the three S’s — shit, shower, and shave. Although I do confess that I don’t shave every day. I have a beard and maybe every third day I run a razor over my neck below my chin to keep things neat and tidy.

Next, my wife and I will often go for a two to four mile walk, weather permitting. When we return from our walk, we’ll both have a second cup of coffee. Between then and lunchtime, she’ll catch up on the HGTV shows we recorded on our DVR the night before while I will typically read more posts in my WordPress Reader, respond to comments, and draft a few posts to publish sometime during the day.

Then my wife and I will have some lunch and maybe watch Deadline Washington with Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC, which airs from 1:00 to 3:00 our time.

After that and before dinner, my wife will either read a book or spend a few hours on Twitter, while I check my newsfeed on my iPhone and head back to WordPress.

Dinner comes next, followed by watching something on TV. Lately we’ve been binge-watching an Australian show on Netflix called “Offspring.” I highly recommend it.

We often take a break from whatever TV show we’re watching to catch Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, during which time I will indulge in half a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream. We may also watch the monologues from Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers from their late night shows from the prior night that we DVR’d.

Then we wash up and get ready for bed. My wife will watch some more HGTV shows and I’ll spend about an hour or so on WordPress, either in the Reader, reading and responding to comments, or writing and scheduling posts.

And that’s the last thing I do before my wife turns off the TV and commands me to turn off my iPhone.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. This week Linda asked us to “start your post with the words, ‘first thing’ and go from there. Bonus points if you end your post with the last thing.”

I’m sorry if you found this post to be terribly boring, but my wife and I are senior citizens, I’m retired, and we live pretty boring lives from the first thing in the morning to the last thing at night. But I do have some really interesting, often weird, and occasionally wild dreams at night!

Blogging Insights — Dreams Versus Reality

Blogging insightsFor this week’s Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know…

What are your “dreams” regarding your blog?

I started this blog, “This, That, and the Other,” in May 2017. This is my fifth blog since I first started blogging in 2005. In April 2015 I abruptly stopped blogging because I had some personal matters to deal with that required my undivided attention. When I returned to blogging after a two-year hiatus, I did so because…

  1. My aforementioned personal matters had been resolved.
  2. I had retired five months earlier and without my job to keep me occupied, my wife told me I needed a hobby so that I would stop following her around the house like a little puppy.
  3. I missed blogging.
  4. I enjoyed writing and I loved to put my thoughts down “on paper.”
  5. I was looking for something (e.g., writing prompts) that would keep my mind active and sharp, spark my creativity, and trigger my imagination.
  6. My friends and family members weren’t that interested in hearing my constant whining and ranting about Donald Trump and his GOP sycophants, so I needed some way to vent.

I am a pragmatist, so even from the beginning of my first blog 15 years ago, I had no expectations of making money or becoming rich and famous through blogging. My “dreams” for my blog were modest. I would endeavor to write interesting, engaging, witty, and imaginative posts and hope that some of them might resonate with other bloggers.

Now, with almost 3,800 followers, and an average number of daily views (so far this month) of 650 from 220 daily visitors, my “dreams” for my blog have been exceeded.

Going forward, my hope is that I can continue to post regularly and offer content that entertains and engages other bloggers enough that they keep coming back to read, like, and comment on my posts.

I told you my dreams for my blog are modest.

One-Liner Wednesday — Did You Ever Imagine?

“Did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams that this would be life?”

Jon Stewart on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on 10/30

This quote from Jon Stewart was said in the context of the Donald Trump presidency.

Actually, I knew it would be bad, but not even in my wildest dreams (or nightmares), could I have imagined that it would be this bad.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

More Sunshine

81BA013E-3FD1-4C3A-A3C0-579F12DC16E8My blogger buddy, Rory, over at A Guy Called Bloke, was kind enough to gift me with the Sunshine Blogger Award. According to Rory, “the Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring — people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world!” So I’m very honored that Rory thought of my blog and me to give the gift of this award.

And now to answer Rory’s five questions.

When looking to create a question and you are faced with a blank canvas – where is your go to for inspiration?

I’ve been posting my Fandango’s Provocative Questions for about a year, and it’s becoming a challenge to come up with new and interesting provocative questions each week. I search the internet for provocative stories, I listen when I hear others talking about philosophical matters, and try to leverage what I see, hear, and read in order to come up with questions that will be compelling enough to prompt other bloggers to respond. It ain’t so easy anymore. But I’ll keep trying until I run out of questions I find provocative enough to ask.

Why do you think politicians feel compelled to lie as blatantly as they do?

Because they know that people want to hear what makes them feel better and voters don’t really want to hear the truth. And politicians pay a surprisingly small price for dishonesty. Look at how frequently Donald Trump has lied and yet more than 40% of voters and almost 90% of Republicans still support him. They clearly don’t care about being lied to.

What is Time?

It’s a magazine.905CCEE0-D2D0-4BBB-BF90-DABA87E84F59

Do you dream? If so, are they in color, black and white, or sepia or indeed a mixture, and what do you think determines the dreams a person experiences if anything?

Yes, I do dream every night. But to be honest, while I think they’re in color, they might not be. I can barely remember what my dreams are about shortly after waking up, much less what color they are. As to what determines what a person dreams about, I have no clue. Most of my dreams make no sense to me whatsoever.

Is success, as Thomas Edison claimed, 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration, or the other way around?

What exactly is success? Well, I look at success as achieving desired visions and personal goals. In my opinion, success does require vision, which some might describe as inspiration, but turning inspiration into achievement requires a lot of hard work. Whether it’s 90% of one or the other or 50/50, I have no idea. If I ever actually achieve my desired visions and planned goals, I’ll let you know. Besides, is how you get there is as important as arriving at your destination?

So, how about you? Do you want to answer Rory’s questions? I pass on his gift to you all!

Credit for image at top of post: jessicanelson1.