Trash Prompts, Volume 3

It’s that time again, kiddies….

Do you prefer to write notes on paper or on an electronic device?

Both, actually–though electronic notes are easier to copy and paste into blogs and such, plus they add to my attempts to cure my clutter affliction. It really depends on what’s quickest. I do tend to like to write things on paper for the simple reason that technology has bitten me in the arse a few more times than I’m comfortable with. Y’all have missed out on quite a few brilliant insights because I didn’t save or the battery died or whatever other electronic gremlins attacked on a given day. It also tends to make moving words and phrases around a little easier, and I can do the paper and ink thing anywhere. Plus, I can’t tell you how often having a paper copy of something I had done electronically has saved my butt (3.5″ floppies done on old Macs [especially when I have a PC] and old Jaz/Zip drives [with no reader in sight] are lovely for space but don’t really help me access the info, do they?)….

However, the handwritten notes have been known to succumb to my clutter issue….I have lost good notes in piles of junk and by accidental trashing. I have bought new notebooks from losing the old ones containing the brilliant nuggets that once found WAAAAAAAY later don’t seem so great. And let’s not talk about how the thought looked like junk to someone else and got used as scrap paper or even *shudder* a gum wrapper. I often think faster that I can write, and I can usually make those corrections faster and better electronically. For everyday notes especially, my telephone’s notepad is way more effective than a scrap of paper in the handbag abyss. That is, whenever the device in question doesn’t drop things in transfer when I have to upgrade……

So, I guess I have to be thankful for both. Which should make both halves of my brain deliriously happy. 😀

Trash Prompts, Volume 1

OK, I kinda dig this Plinky thingie–it posts some interesting blog starters. But I have to name this as a series so it looks like I’m actually somewhat creative and brilliant. So begin the Trash Prompts….

List three jobs you’d consider pursuing if money didn’t matter….

Performer (specifically dancer)

I think I must have been dancing in the womb–I even apparently worried my mother so much about go to dancing school with my big sister that she put me in just to shut me up. My life seems to run better when I’m dancing, even if it’s fitness-based stuff like Zumba or Pure Barre. But I also would like to do musical theater, or theater period, since my singing voice isn’t all that strong. My job’s hours don’t allow for a lot of this–but change is coming….you can’t tie the performer in you down and expect to be able to breathe.

Nursery school teacher

I love kids. Never wanted to be a teacher (it’s sort of the family business, and I really can’t see five days a week with other people’s kids that I HAVE to take in), but there’s just something about the advanced intellectual level of little people that is always fascinating. I mean, seriously–some of these babies, as the old folks say, have been here before. Between my little cousins and my nephew, the simplistic wisdom that just drops out of their mouths is just priceless. I think this age group is just innocent and open enough to let the molding and shaping go both ways.

Proprietor of a tea room

I wholly admit it–I am a certain level of bourgie. And unashamedly so. I have fallen in love with the idea of High Tea; two local hotels do it, and the fact that I found a tea house in Natchitoches during my 3-year “exile” was a delightful surprise. It’s basically a converted house with semi-Victorian decor, hats on the wall in case you want to wear one, mismatched but beautifully delicate china, and even a costume box for the kids (for arranged parties). With all of the society ladies and Old World style houses available in New Orleans, this idea has to be able to fly. I also would like to convert a van/delivery truck into a mobile tea service, in case someone wants the wherewithal to hold one at a place of their choosing without having to corral all of the accoutrement. (Told you I was bourgie. lol)

Trash Prompts, Volume 2

Time for another Plinky Trash Prompt….

If you could take any class for free, what would you choose?

It’d probably be a language class–particularly Spanish or American Sign Language. My high school Spanish got me tested out of my college requirements, and that–outside of the money saved by not needing those credits–was probably the biggest mistake I made in all of my class scheduling. I’d probably be a lot more fluent by now….

But I REALLY want to become fluent in sign language, or as a friend of mine puts it, “throwing up gang signs.” I have a compact ASL dictionary that I use whenever I need a few signs for liturgical dance choreography, but I couldn’t have a conversation or translate for a group of hearing-impaired people. Or perform a song, like my very talented friend Jason Gaffney:

*Parental discretion advised*–the song IS called “F-ing Perfect”….

Now THAT’S awesome. And to just be able to do it like that–it’s almost like dancing. Which we already know is my thing…. 😉