Daily Prompt: Quirk of Habit

Which quirky habit annoys you the most, and what quirky habit do you love — in yourself, or others.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us QUIRKY.

It’s hard for me to say which quirky habit I love in myself or others. Maybe it’s because I don’t notice the habits I love….but I sure do notice the ones that annoy me! lol When people snap their gum, it annoys the crap out of me!

I would have to say, one habit will have that annoys the crap out of me, is when they snap their gum! First off, I think people look like cows chewing their cud when they chew gum. When I was younger, this never seem to bother me. I even chewed gum myself quite a lot. When I was a teenager, I would say seventh or eighth grade maybe, I got braces. I also had this torture device put in called a palet widner – one of those things where you turn a key once a day and it widens your palet. Of course an orthodontist would be the one to come up with something like that; I expect anybody that is in a profession involving the cleaning of, straightening, drilling, or cavity filling of teeth can be at least minimally proficient in torturing people. Even if that torture is inadvertent.

Anyway, I have this condition called TMJ. I know what it stands for, but I am too lazy right now to figure out how to spell those words… LOL. So with this condition where my jaw would routinely pop, lockup, or seem to come out of joint (yes that’s painful), I was also put in this contraption that my jaw in line. Including the braces I had, that was a whole lot of metal in my mouth.

So I could not chew gum for a couple of years, and totally fell out of the habit. That was years and years ago- almost twenty years! (Note: God that makes me feel old!) Since then, I have had the urge to chew gum off and on….and I do. But it’s not very often, typically only if I have a blow pop. But I’ve largely fallen out of chewing gum because I feel like I look like a cow chewing it’s cud to other people, like they do to me! I’m weird, I know. lol



Daily Prompt: Progress

When you look back at your blog on January 2, 2015, what would you like to see?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PROGRESS.

When I look back at this blog on January 2, 2015, I want to see that I have moved forward in my life.I do not have a bad life by any means, but I still crave to move forward on some level. The biggest way that I want to see progress is in continuing to have stable health. I have learned over the past 32 years living with Spina Bifida that the status of my health can do a 180° turn at the drop of a hat. The most recent example of this happened at the end of October. I went to see a movie with my parents (we saw Capt. Phillips) and we ate dinner in the food court. I returned back home not feeling very well. I was having a lot of pain in my sternum, which happens from time to time, but I figured that if I would lay down and sleep for a while it would go away. Instead I had thrown up three times in less than three hours; which was followed a couple hours later with explosive diarrhea. I have a colostomy so that made a huge mess. By 10 o’clock the following morning I was rushed to the emergency room via ambulance. I ended up staying in the hospital for four or five days. I was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, C diff, and costochondritis.

From the standpoint of living standards I would like to be living in a different apartment. I am thankful that God has given me the means to live where I do and do so independently, but the building I currently live in is beginning to be a bit of a dump. There are cracks in the walls, the water pipes leak all the time and the water is turned off about every 10 days to fix a leak, there is an infestation of German cockroaches as well as bedbugs. Not to mention that the neighborhood I live in is getting more dangerous as they gang activity becomes more prominent.

Professionally (I use that word loosely) I would like to look back on 2014, and see that I have finished the first draft for my novel ‘The Miner Prince’. I do some freelance writing and editing work now, but I would really like to do more this year. 

When you look back on 2014, 365 days from now, what is it you would like to see that you have accomplished?