Okay, I admit to being more than moderately ADD today, my thoughts drifting as aimlessly as the gliders above the local airfield. More than a dozen times I sat down at the computer to write, as outlined on Thursday, an entry based on my favorite writing prompt from the week. I would start looking through my inbox for the prompts I’d bookmarked, but within minutes my brain would leap to something else and before I knew it I’d be answering emails or have a new search window open in the browser. Found some interesting sights to check out when I’m in Iceland later this month, studied some entries from the current Weekly Photo Challenge (think I’ll tackle that tomorrow), added a couple recipes to my Paprika app, updated my to-read list (one book added, one crossed off)…nothing especially productive, and certainly not a blog entry. So in light of today’s inability to focus on one topic for more than two minutes, a multi-faceted writing prompt is in order. I’ve chosen Five Question Friday, which I found out about while reading Joe’s blog in another ADD episode earlier in the week.
The directions are simple: 1. Copy and paste the week’s questions; 2. Answer the questions; 3. HAVE FUN!
1. What was the most productive thing you have done this week?
Tuesday (technically not a thing, but nothing else compares this week). It was a non-stop 18-hour day, and I’m proud to say I moved smoothly from task to task, ticking each and every box along the way. I worked three out of four of my part-time jobs, went to a closing to refinance our house, did the week’s grocery shopping, went to dinner with my husband and his coworkers, then spent two hours scanning all 150 pages of the closing documents back to the bank. Think I even managed to squeeze in a shower.
2. Enjoying the winter or ready for spring?
Oh, so ready for spring. Just saw the Met Office’s analysis of the past three months’ weather data on tonight’s news, and there’s been 4% less sunshine than in an average winter, and temperatures have been colder than normal in January and February. I missed the stats about precipitation, but since I can’t remember the last day that did not have fog, freezing fog, mist, drizzle, showers, rain, downpours, sleet, iceballs, flurries, snow, or some combination thereof, I’d be willing to bet it’s been above normal. Even though it means three months of allergy hell, I’m ready to see the rape-seed fields glowing in their golden spring glory.
3. Are you an introvert or extrovert? Is your spouse the same as you?
I’m an introvert, with ambivert tendencies. Hubby is the same. We enjoy time with each other and with friends, but don’t relish social situations with complete strangers, and feel recharged if we have a bit of time alone to decompress every once in awhile. I think on the scale of -vertness, my better half is closer to ambivert than I am…I’ll have to get him to take this quiz to see if I’m right (I scored 16 out of 20).
4. Would you rather go without music or television for 1 year?
I’d give up television, without a doubt. I only watch a couple hours in the evening anyway, and there are so many other stimulating ways I could fill that void: books, newspapers, magazines, puzzles, walks, phone calls, chats by the fire… Music, on the other hand, is an integral part of every day, and alternately reflects or affects my thoughts and moods. Since I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, I’d have no way to fill the emptiness if music were taken from me.
5. Have you ever been truly scared of someone?
Yes, I have. I’ve got a relative with a fearsome temper, and no clearly defined triggers; being around this person is literally like walking across a minefield. Experience has shown that when the rage explodes, damage could be physical or emotional, so I find it safer to just keep my distance.