Tuesday, February 1

Beating Hamsters Every Day - Since February 1!

Okay - I've been challenged by my follower...looking for something every day - loving every word! That may not be a direct quote. And no - my follower is NOT my Mom! I don't think she's even reading my blog. Perhaps someday that will change.

anyway - I'm taking the challenge to heart. And for the next 21 days I will try to form the good habit of beating the hamsters every day. I warn you - my fail-safe is a book that I started writing many years ago. It is a mesh of a novel and a cookbook for morons. So - if I don't get all creative and write some random thoughts on the day. Or some navel-gazing. Or another restaurant review/critique. I will then cut and paste a section out of "Oh my god, they're in the driveway" (how to create food out of the non-furry leftovers in your fridge).

I've been told that it takes 21 days to form a good habit. Or that may be any habit. I don't think I'll try it with cigarettes or anything to see if I can form a bad habit in 21 days. Again...I digress. I learned this when trying to get in the good habit of taking my contacts out every night. And I've rarely skipped doing it since I survived the first 21 days. And you know what? My eyes feel like crap the next morning when I do. So, to the person who told me to do it: you were right. Print this page and slap it in a scrapbook.

I'm also going to try to stop using the word "okay" so much. Okay?

So - what will it be tomorrow? Navel gazing or the first segment of my cooknovel? Oh - and last thing before I go to bed - one of my sisters doesn't understand what navel gazing is. And since she is pretty darn smart...I will assume that others don't know. When one spends time thinking excessively about their place in the universe...the rights and wrongs of society...justice and peace...heavy stuff ya know... Well then you are absorbed in what the Greeks termed Omphaloskepsis. According to that wonder of the internet - Wikipedia: Omphaloskepsis is the contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation. It is well known in the usually jocular phrase directed towards egotism and self-absorbed pursuits: "contemplating one's navel" or "navel-gazers". This criticism is also often leveled at professions which are interested in themselves: movies about Hollywood, for example, or television shows about television writers. Or blogs about blogs. That would be dangerous. I think it could cause the world to spiral and collapse. Sort of a navel black hole.

Well - day 1, the hamsters have been beaten.

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