Well, I’ve taken a few weeks off so I’m happy to jump back into Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. I always enjoy doing this and visiting the other posts as everyone takes such a different approach to the same prompts. If you don’t participate already, you should think about doing it. It is fun! This week, I’m choosing prompt #4: write a list of ten things on your mind this week.
1: What ever happened to Elian Gonzalez?
Remember Elian Gonzalez? Perhaps the photo to the left will refresh your memory. He was the little boy who was rescued in 1999 — clinging to an inner tube off the Florida Coast. His mother and 10 others — all refugees from Cuba –perished while trying to reach the U.S. in a raft. There was a huge custody battle between his relatives in the U.S. and his father in Cuba. Eventually Elian (who was 6 at the time) was returned to his father in Cuba. We were talking about what had happened to Elian recently. Someone thought he had done something horrible — perhaps murdered someone or committed a violent crime. No one really knew. So I tried to find out, and as far as I can tell, the most nefarious thing Elian has done is officially join the Communist Party and pledge his support of Fidel Castro. So now I know.
2: What is the last number?
The Little One asked me this question the other day. That boy sure keeps me on my toes! My answer was “There is no last number. You can always have one more.” Then I wondered what the biggest number we have a name for. I saw googillions, but I’m not sure that is even a real number as I found it on Wikipedia. Any answers for me and the Little One? I’m a bit lazy and don’t feel like doing the research myself.
3: Where in the heck did I put the scrapbook my mom made for me?
At one point, my mom made me a scrapbook telling the story of my “early years.” I’ve been ripping the house apart trying to find it and it is nowhere to be found. If anyone knows, please tell me. I’d really like to find it.
4: Will I regret going on a long plane trip with the Little One without my husband?
In May, I’m flying out to South Dakota for a family reunion (all my family lives out West) without my husband (who does not view this as a vacation for him). I’ve been wondering how I will handle the plane trip alone with the Little One. But I guess it doesn’t matter because I bought nonrefundable tickets this week. However, the excitement of my son getting to spend time with his uncles, cousins, aunts, and grandparents is worth any amount of pain I might experience during the plane ride. I hope.
5: Will I ever make more than $2.00 on AdSense?
I beginning to suspect I will not ever make a lot of money via AdSense, but I’ve found the ads that appear (which are based on my blog content) very amusing. I don’t know what you’re seeing when you visit, but right after I posted about being mistaken for a 30-ish woman’s mother, ads for wrinkle cream started to appear. As a little test, I am going to put an odd word in my label for this post and see if I get an ad about it. My husband just suggested “vaginal odor” so I’m going with that. Might as well get some entertainment value out of this whole ad thing.
6: What should I get my husband for his 40th birthday?
Every “freelance” gift I have ever given my husband has been returned because it wasn’t up to his exacting specifications. (Usually I just buy from the itemized list he provides me.) He will be turning 40 in March, and I need to come through with a great gift that he won’t expect. I know he thinks he leaves me lots of hints, but the fact that I often don’t listen to him and almost instantly forget things he tells me makes this difficult. Note to self: Must begin paying attention more and check his browsing history on the computer. If you all have any ideas, please let me know. His primary interests are photography, gambling and cruising.
7: Why do I let my husband push my buttons?
The latest thing my husband does to get on my last nerve is constantly refer to my blog as “our blog.” Such as: “How is our blog doing today?” or “Any new followers on our blog?” I know he is joking and doing this to get a rise out of me, but it works, dammit. Note to self: Just chuckle and ignore him and he will stop.
8: Should I bother dyeing the gray out of my hair?
Every day it seems that more gray appears. But it is such a pain to keep coloring hair — you have to keep doing it and doing it over and over and over. So I pretty much just stopped bothering (saves money too), but then the Grandma incident happened so I am revisiting this issue. I’m pretty sure I’ll dye it and then stop coloring it in a few months. But since I know that, why even bother dyeing it in the first place?
9: When will Circuit City’s prices really drop so we can score some big deals?
We have a Circuit City about 5 minutes from our home, and we went in this past weekend to see if there were any good deals since the company has gone bankrupt and is closing. The ads said “up to 40% off” but, upon visiting, it was really more like 20% off most items (except for things no one really wanted) and most things still cost more than you can get them on Amazon anyway. I feel a little guilty about trying to score some good deals in this way, but I’m not really sure why. Perhaps I feel a bit like a vulture circling a carcass waiting to swoop in.
10: Should I switch my celebrity crush from Brad Pitt to Robert Downey Jr.?
The more I read about Robert Downey Jr., the more I like him. Brad actually doesn’t seem to exhibit much of a personality (that I can tell) but he is delicious to look at. What to do? What to do?
So there you have it — a look into what has been on my mind this week. Not too pretty, is it? Pretty shallow, huh?