Blog Every Day in May 26 – 31

This is the last set of topics for Rosalilium’s Blog Every Day in May Project. Today I’m covering a fantasy dinner party, my secret talent, the worst advice I’ve ever received, my morning ritual, who inspires me, and reflections on this BEDM project.

Fantasy Dinner Party

I’m going to modify the question as big dinner parties are not really my style. I do better with individuals rather than groups. That way I can really talk to someone and get to know them without worrying about how everyone will get along together.

With that in mind, who would I like to meet and have dinner with? About a million people: actors, civil rights workers, the writers of the US Constitution, the Gee’s Bend quilters, comedians, scholars, fictional characters, my ancestors, ancient religious figures, architects, engineers, writers, athletes, notable people in history, scientists… the list is endless. And the meals would be at the beautiful Cuq en Terrasses hotel near Toulouse, France so I know it’s a beautiful, relaxing setting and I don’t have to worry about cleaning up the damn dishes.
Photo au coeur

Secret Talent

Most of my secret talent isn’t much of a secret – I have a large capacity for memorizing trivial knowledge. Here’s a couple of good examples…

First, I memorized the alphabet backward one day when I was walking home from high school (it was a long walk). I even sing it to the tune of the alphabet song.

The Button-Down Mind Strikes BackSecond, my Dad memorized this list years ago when he was watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Bob Newhart was the guest. Dad taught it to me when I was young and it has stuck with me ever since.

  • One hen
  • Two ducks
  • Three squawking geese
  • Four limerick oysters
  • Five corpulent porpoises
  • Six pairs of Don Alvairso’s tweezers
  • Seven thousand Macedonians in full battle display
  • Eight brass monkeys from the sacred crypts of Egypt
  • Nine apathetic, sympathetic old men on roller skates with a marked propensity toward procrastination and sloth
  • And ten lyrical, spherical denizens of the deep who hang around the corner of the query and the quay all at the same time.

Worst Advice I’ve Ever Received

“Should” is my least favorite word. Any sentence that starts with “You should…” is automatically the worst advice I’ve ever received.

Look at these three sentences:

  • “You might want to read this book.”
  • “You could read this book.”
  • “You should read this book.”

Using “might” and “could” give you the option of reading the book or not without judgment. To my ear and brain, using “should” implies that you will be judged negatively if you don’t read the book.

Think about the following scenario. Your Mom comes to your house and, without you asking for decorating advice, she says “Honey, I think you should move this chair over here.” Grrr, right? Now, if you ask her opinion, and she says “Well, you could move the chair over here,” that’s a totally different story!

Like most people, I’m not too keen on being judged, so I tend to shy away from people who say “should” a lot. At the same time, I try very hard not to give advice. The only advice I do give is to use sunscreen and to use earplugs. Those are two things you will always appreciate.

Morning Ritual

I really do enjoy a bowl of cereal with cold milk every morning. Yes, please.

Who Inspires Me

  • Maude as played by Ruth Gordon in Harold and Maude.  I want to be like her when I’m 79 years old. A confident, funny, creative, independent survivor.
  • People who discover new places – explorers, pioneers.
  • People who create new information – scientists, scholars, musicians, writers, artists, designers, craftspeople.
  • People who are funny – comedians, movie and TV writers.
  • People who are always learning.

A Whole Month of Blogging

I’m really happy that I participated in this Blog Every Day in May project! I’m pleasantly surprised that I tackled every subject, as I was a bit doubtful that I would make it at first. I’m very glad that I combined many of the topics into one post. For example – my “Morning Ritual” response would be pretty dull as its own post.

Would I do another Blog Every Day in ____ project? Sure! Not for a while, though. I’m looking forward to posting more on my own topic: about how we can improve ourselves through crafts.

2 thoughts on “Blog Every Day in May 26 – 31

    • Thanks, Elizabeth! I’ll definitely stay tuned for November…

      And from now on you might be hearing the word “should” in a whole different way. Hopefully it doesn’t drive you as crazy as it does me, but I think it’s healthy to be aware of it’s usage. There’s what “should” be, and there’s what IS. I prefer to deal with the IS.

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