What should I write today?

When I decided to do this blog, I set a goal for myself to shoot for a post a week (or more if I felt inspired).  I knew it was an ambitious goal (for me), and promised myself I wouldn’t beat myself up if I couldn’t meet that goal.  I just didn’t think I would be struggling so early in the game!  I missed last week, but am giving myself a bye on that one because I was moving.  So I was determined to write a post tonight.  And then I got stuck trying to figure out a topic. 

I have several sort of half-formed thoughts I’ve been ruminating on, but so far none of them really feel ready (I’m sure they’ll show up at some point).  After turning those over and setting them aside, I started to ponder (and reject) some truly random things to write about.  Here are a few examples.

It drives me nuts when the end of a new paper towel or toilet paper roll is glued down.  I know they don’t have to do it, because some brands don’t.  So why frustrate me into ripping half the roll to shreds to get it unstuck?  Still worse when it causes the plies of the two-ply stuff to come undone wrong so they don’t line up.  Yeah.  Right.  Who wants to read a post about toilet paper?

Today I booked my tickets to Florida, so I can keep up a tradition of seeing the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit films with my brother.  Searching for good airfare is enough to drive anyone batty, especially when timing is tight.  There are so many airlines and travel websites, each handling baggage differently, and some including and some not including taxes and fees.  It is like comparing apples to oranges and measuring them in – oh, I don’t know – cubic centimeters.  On top of that, there’s the coin toss of when to click the “purchase” button, because the price could go up in 10 minutes, or drop tomorrow.  Argh.  Frustrating, maybe, but hardly enough for a full blog post that isn’t just a rant. 

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug in 49 days.  But… well, that says it all, really.

Then there are the (mis)adventures of the Legolas and Thorin action figures that live on my desk at work.  Every Thursday, the cleaning folks come through the office and dust our desks, though I like to joke they really just come through with a leaf-blower, because Legolas and Thorin rarely make it to Friday morning still standing.  I like taking pics of them and posting them on Facebook with mini-captions of what happened after hours (for instance, last night they were celebrating just a little too much).  I’ve often contemplated writing short stories based on these photos, and I may still, but before I post anything like that I will have to do some research to make sure I’m not plagiarizing or breaking any rules.

Sometimes it really stinks being a rule-follower.  I may still post on this one, so for now I’ll leave it at that.

I suppose that’s enough randomness for one pointless post.  Here’s hoping I come up with something better before too long, or I’ll start regretting my foray into the blogosphere.

Have a fantastic weekend!

PS – I just realized, as I was re-reading this, that aside from the toilet paper, there is almost a chain of thought here, somewhere in the middle.   I’m not at all surprised it has to do with LOTR & the Hobbit.  Yay for not-so-random randomness!


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