Stick a fork in me.

It’s been a long, LONG week, and I am well and truly done. I’m beyond tired, too tired to write either of the posts I thought I’d like to write today. So instead, I’ve taken a tip from Slice of Life Story Challenges past: I fired up the old random words generator and will now write something about each of the words I was given.

antique — I am remembering the fun of going to an auction in the Catskills and wishing I could buy just about everything in the room, particularly the gorgeously-maintained victrola with the stunning purple horn (which is also, quite wonderfully, called the “pavilion”).

milkshake — These need to be extra thick, vanilla, vanilla, and more vanilla. Mmmm … one of the best treats in the world.

wine — Each time I’ve thought about stocking up on anything for sheltering in place, I never remember to buy wine! What could possibly be wrong with me?

cemetery — I live very close to a huge, famous cemetery. But I live on the side where we aren’t welcome. Seriously. Every other side of this cemetery has a big, elaborate entrance. The side closest to my apartment? No entrance at all.

spire — The only thing that comes to mind is the Týn Church in the old town in Prague. It’s more than 30 years since I was last there, and that’s still the first image that flashes to the front of my brain.

emerald — Well, naturally what comes to mind here is that time my wonderful and brilliant aunt accidentally dyed her hair the most extraordinary, deep, dark, Disney-movie-villain emerald green. That was thing of beauty, and one of my family’s favorite stories to tell about her!

crisis — I guess I should be impressed that the generator would give me this word. Mostly, I wish I could have gotten away with one night not thinking about what’s happening all around us.

aquarium — I can’t help but think of Peach, the starfish in Finding Nemo, and that line (“Look! Scum angel!”) that still makes me laugh out loud.

migraine — I used to get migraines when I was in my 30s. At last once a week, sometimes more often. It was a horrible period of my life. They were so debilitating. I will ever be grateful that I no longer get them!

beer — I have never been a beer girl. I’ve never much liked the taste of it. This fact often distresses beer lovers. They always think I just haven’t tried the exact right beer yet. This isn’t true. What is true is that I don’t like beer. As simple as that. People sometimes, quite ridiculously, think that if I don’t drink beer, I am a prim teetotaler. This, also, isn’t true. I drink plenty of other things — cider, tequila, wine, slivovitz, sake, rum … What is true is that I don’t like beer.

I don’t like beer, but I do like silly, random posts like this one!


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10 thoughts on “Stick a fork in me.

  1. Oh, you’ve given me an idea for one of those”Oh no! It’s after 23;00 and I haven’t posted my slice yet!” moments. I could have done without crisis right now as well, but yes, I like the randomly generated words and your responses to them. Funny how times change. Your aunt’s emerald locks would be deemed as wild, yet wickedly cool in the “heaven knows, anything goes!” fashion climate.

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  2. I’m going to remember this idea too. Plus it was fun to read your random words and have my own responses. I’m beer and wine – and totally stocked up – maybe….

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    1. I’m quite happy that it was determined that wine and liquor stores are “essential” businesses during this shelter in place time! I’m going to pick up some wine this week!

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    1. Hey, good point, Terje! I didn’t even think of how much writing I’d gotten done. 🙂 And I love the random words generator. It triggers a whole other part of my brain and all kinds of things I don’t expect come up!

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    1. I make a lot of use of that random word generator. I found it a few years ago after someone — Laurie Stone, I think — gave me the idea of taking 10 random words and writing a short story in 30 minutes that includes at least 7 of the words. It’s a fun challenge, and something about the random words pulls very different writing out of me.

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    1. Ha! I do love vanilla ice cream! I can’t imagine that I’d like slivovitz anymore — plum brandy is a little too much on the sweet side for me — but tequila is definitely still my friend! 😉

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