Monday, 22 April 2019

S is for Singing in the Shower

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

This year I decided not to tie myself to a theme.  I wanted to do something that felt more like writing rather than composing posts.  I didn’t want it to be a story that had to be followed from start to finish so what I’ve ended up with are: “Conversations in my Head”.


You woke me up!

Well Alice it’s a bit late for you to be asleep.  Especially when I need inspiration.  We’re on letter S.

Yes but it’s early, even by your standards.  And you were singing!  Has anyone ever told you you’re not a great singer?  But there’s an S word for you.

I know I’m not great at singing Alice but I’m only doing it in my head so it’s ok.

No, it’s, not!  I’m in your head.  Singing is most disconcerting.

You should be happy that I’m up and that I’m happy.  I only tend to sing in my head when I’m relaxed and happy.

Well good for you but I was happy sleeping.

Are you feeling ok Alice?  You’re very grumpy today.

Well, since you ask, I’m not feeling ok, I’m very grumpy and I want to know who Alexa is?

Alexa?

Yes you know, the other woman you talk to.

Well Alexa is like a personal assistant.  I can ask her anything.  She can then search the internet for an answer or play me music or tell me if it’s going to rain today.

Well clever her.

Umm you’re not jealous are you Alice?

Of course not!  Why should I be jealous of something that’s not real?  Anyway you weren’t singing in your head.  You were singing out loud.  But it’s always children’s songs.  You spend too much time with the children.

Are you sure I wasn’t singing “I’m still standing” by Elton John.  That one is permanently in my head.

Yeah Yeah Yeah!

Exactly.  Nathan loves it.  He asks for it to be played all the time.  Alexa comes in very useful for that one.

Well for your information I do not like it when you sing!  And I’m sure I can answer your questions just as well as this Alexa person.

Can you tell me if it will rain today?

No but …

Can you tell me when 5 minutes is up?

Of course I’ll just count to 300.

Very accurate.
Can you close my curtains for me or turn the lights off?

I don’t believe Alexa can do that!

Well not in this house she can’t because we don’t have everything automated but it’s possible.  I could even use her to control the music being played.

Can she turn off your singing?

Of course not.

Well then I’m better than her because I can do that! 

Really?  How?  Alice?  ALICE?
 

Saturday, 20 April 2019

R is for Reading & Regret

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

This year I decided not to tie myself to a theme.  I wanted to do something that felt more like writing rather than composing posts.  I didn’t want it to be a story that had to be followed from start to finish so what I’ve ended up with are: “Conversations in my Head”.


What are you reading Wendy?

The newspaper.

But doesn’t that mean you’ll be reading about the B word?

No I’ll skip anything contentious apart from the pub quiz which hubby and I always like to do.

I bet he usually wins.

Not always and sometimes he messes up so he loses points.

How? 

He checks the answer to each question as we go along so sometimes he inadvertently sees the answer to the next question so then, unless I’m absolutely certain he would have known the answer he can’t get a point for it.

You’re very competitive.

Sometimes but not always.

You do a lot of reading though. 

Yes but that’s not competitive.  Challenging maybe but not competitive.

How does that work?

Well I like to challenge myself to read a certain number of books each year but I set that based on my abilities not against anyone else.  I’m also working my way through a reading list.

Ooo is my book on that list?

It is actually.  So that’s one I was able to tick off.  And one less thing for you to complain about.

But why do the list.  There must be some books on there that you’d never want to read.

It’s my way of challenging myself.  I know I’m not a daredevil, or particularly adventurous by your standards Alice, but pushing myself to read different genres and authors extends my knowledge and gives me a sense of satisfaction.  I envy people who have read a lot of classics, especially when they can remember the characters and plots.

You sound as if you consider yourself less educated.

Well I didn’t go to university like a lot of my friends.

But you could have done.

Well maybe.  I had the offer of a place but decided while doing my final exams at school that I’d had enough of exams so I didn’t really try hard enough.  With the results I got I wouldn’t have got in to my first choice of uni.

But if you’d gone to uni your life might have been very different.  You probably wouldn’t have met Nick so there’d be no children let alone grandchildren.  How can you regret that?

For once Alice you’ve said something sensible!

Ok.  I won’t mention all those soppy romantic novels you used to read.

Alice!