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- 5 Things I'm Looking Forward to This Week
In no particular order:
Seeing one of my best friends I’ve known since 2nd grade
I used to say that between the two of us, we were our own Jerry Springer episodes…from stuff we’d done ourselves or things we knew others did. Endless episodes and stories to tell. Yeah, you didn’t think I’d actually be sharing any here, did you?
Getting more time done on the NaHoCleMo challenge front
I got a good piece done on the summer to winter clothes swap this am by waking up earlier and not letting my focus get off on other items. I’ll be tackling the rolling table clean and moving the bookshelf in later today.
Finishing one novel and starting another
Since figuring out the multitasking aspect I could use while riding the recumbent bike, I’ve found new time for reading. I’ve had to shift from treadmill and elliptical time to the bike due to my neck injury. I hated the bike at first, but now see the great opportunity to get the reading in without distraction. Just program the bike for 60 minutes of fat burning cardio, sweat when the hill parts makes the pedaling tough and read, read, read.
Short work week
Living my life
For 2010, I’ve been in a forward moving, change pattern for my life. I felt that momentum kick in when I committed a focus on my physical health and again this summer when I found the love and passion again for my writing. I’ve also had a number of unexpected things happen this year, but such is life. So this week I’m just continuing on the gratitude of still being above ground and doing what I do.
- The Zombie Apocalypse Has Arrived – Tips for Survival
You awake to the sound of multiple alarms outside. Cars. Buildings. It even sounds like the city’s tornado alarm is clamoring in the fray. Peeking out of the window, you see what you assume to be neighbors—no one really knows each other these days—running across the yards and into the street. Some are speeding out of their driveways not caring if they hit shrubs or utility poles. What can be going on you think while considering moving from the window to check out CNN. Then you see it, towards the end of the block. A group huddled together over something. They are bobbing up and down, pulling back a bit then diving back in with their arms and heads. You see clothing flapping in their hands. Clothes attached to…
The zombie apocalypse is here and there are key strategies to survive. First, watch a little more to see if you are dealing with the slow moving variety or the superfast rage kind. If the power is still working, go for a quick media update either online or from one of the news channels. See what others are saying. Is it localized, statewide, national, world plague? Then determine the safety of where you are. If you have a good deal of supplies…food, water, possible weapons, areas without big windows that can lock…you may want to sit it out at least until the streets clear.
If you can stay put, you will avoid the congested highways and chaos of people panicking and making bad choices. You will have time to center yourself and mentally prepare for what you will see. You will also be able to add more to your arsenal when you do venture out by picking up items that are left behind.
If where you are is not safe, then you will need to stay hidden while making a break for it. From the movies, we have learned not to go to popular locations (e.g., a mall, pub or amusement park) because if any residual memory or thinking capability is left, that is where the zombies will instinctually gravitate to. When moving out among a zombie attack, remember three key things: feet, eyes and hands.
If faced with a zombie directly threatening you, use your feet to run. This is where knowing what type you are dealing with matters. If it is the slow, George Romero Night of the Living Dead type, you can just run. A new millennium Zack Snyder remake Dawn of the Dead type? Well buddy you better run fast.
Next keep track of what is going on with your eyes. When running, it might be easy to fall into tunnel vision. Don’t. You need to be aware of what the zombie you are running from is doing (like making a lunge at you with an open mouth) and look for other threats. Remember, it is the apocalypse so there will be a number of zombies roaming about and many will be traveling in packs.
Finally, you will need to use your hands. Hands will grasp weapons so you can aim for the head. No weapons? Well hope you can hit hard because your bare hands (and maybe some kicks) will be all that you have to push and beat an attack back.
Good luck to you! May you make it to the other side alive and breathing.
- What I'd Do With a Million Dollars
A million now is a lot different than years ago. There was a time when one million would prompt the answer "quit working." Now, the figure would be a means to just make some areas of life more comfortable. Here's some of my initial dreams for the money:
Pay off my debt. Retire my mother. Move to a warmer local. Invest. Have a much more flushed vacation fund.
- Write a 100-word story without using the letter "e" in any words
Here's my take:
Put it out. His first thought was strong though too slow. His plan was to grill out and display a grand swath of fish on croissants with fruit parfait to finish. Now just an abrupt gush on a burning portion. Just put it out and hand Jan a fragrant small wick. It couldn’t hurt anything. It wouldn’t stop what was going to occur. A shack would still burn down. Jan would still abandon him. Having Jan hold a tiny bit of his guilt, a touch of his stupidity was not a solution. It was all that David could finally do.
I'd love to see others come up with. :-)
- Three Songs I Never Get Sick of
Only three? There are so many that I have LTS (life theme songs), all time slow jams and all time jams playlists set on my iPod. Never get tired of them. So, I'll go with three that are longtime standbys.
Who can't get happy hearing the first organ chords? Then we move on to "dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life." And aren't we all? This song inspires and energizes me. Prince is a funky musican genius.
Such a hauntingly true statement and song. The quiet passion and pain that are infused into each note make this song ring true every time.
This one is a throwback to a time when singers really sang and there were great talents that wrote their own songs and played instruments. No autotune. No lip-synching. No offpitch harmonizing. True, heartfelt vocals. El DeBarge (who I see is making a much deserved comeback) is one of the great unique voices of R&B. This song is another one where the vocals convey a quiet yearning. No screaming necessary (take note newbie artists).