“I’d rather be a little weird than all boring.”

The morning is nearly gone. I slept in and then took my time reading the papers and checking my e-mail. All of it was a delaying tactic as I knew my mind was empty, devoid of original thought. The idea of filling a blank page was scary. What’s to say? The problem is I’m bored. I even thought about going through the cabinet hunting for my apple slicer, corer. The whole absurd idea of cabinet foraging is indicative of how far gone I must be. I remember summers when I’d whine to my mother there was nothing to do in the whole town. This is one of those moments. Sure, Gracie and I could go for a ride but what’s to see?  Maybe we should shop: the use of maybe tells you how really bored I am. Never do I use maybe and shopping in the same sentence. I suppose I should change my bed. Whoopee!! (which must be read with a tone oozing sarcasm). Maybe I should read those catalogs: the pile is high enough to be dangerous should it fall on one of the cats, but I know that won’t work. I’ve tried it before. The catalog ends up on the floor as soon as boring rears its ugly head. The house is dusty and, given my mood, will stay dusty. Cleaning is never the solution for anything.

My landscaper cleared the yard yesterday. I can see my grass, the driveway and the deck. All the leaves and pine needles are gone. I watched out the front door. Looking back, I realize that was the first indication of creeping ennui. Leaf raking and blowing will never be interesting yet I stood and watched.

TV last night sent me reading. I’ve started Stolen Prey, a John Sandford. I read three pages then put it down. Even mass murder couldn’t hold my interest.

The last two Walking Dead programs are on my DVR. I suppose I could watch zombies eating live people and live people killing zombies. Such fun is almost overwhelming to contemplate.

Well, this is it. I’ve finally run out of words.

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28 Comments on ““I’d rather be a little weird than all boring.””

  1. greg mpls Says:

    ‘creeping ennui’…sounds like a new band..or something you could pick up at the pool….

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    You know how you wander around the house, opening all the cabinets, opening and closing the refrigerator multiple times because you’re hungry for something, you don’t know what but, whatever it is, you don’t have it? Usually it means you need to drink some water. Too bad there isn’t an analogous solution for creeping ennui. Bored? It means you need a massage or you have to cast on a new knitting project. 🙂

    I’m avoiding raking leaves. I’m also avoiding making some business phone calls and paying some bills. I feel I have done enough today because I washed dishes, degreased and reduced some chicken stock, cleaned out the refrigerator, and picked up the dog poop in the side yard. Of course, I did those things so I wouldn’t have to make the phone calls, pay the bills or rake the leaves but it doesn’t matter. Still count as accomplishments for the day. 😀

    Hope something pleasantly exciting happens to alleviate your boredom.

    • Katry@comcast.net Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I know intimately the roaming around the house boredom. I always hope something wonderful will leap from my refrigerator, but I’m still waiting. Nothing entices me.

      Your day has been filled, and it is only afternoon. I think you need to rest a bit from all that activity. My bills too can be paid, but I’ll wait. I did bring my real estate tax money to the town hall yesterday as it was the due date. That’s enough for now.

      Thanks-I’m hoping too that something exciting happens. I did get a refund check today so maybe I’ll go cash it and then decide to spend it.

  3. Hedley Says:

    I have to assume that Gracie’s dump run was yesterday. I understand that Pippa has a book out on parties where she extols the virtue of Sparklers at a good Guy Fawkes night event.

    Obviously a different caliber of bonfire night to my experiences where Sparklers were seen as somewhat wussie and we wanted a good box of bangers to throw around. So the Wall Street Journal decided to jump in to the action today with this article

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204707104578092513981183132.html?KEYWORDS=Lewes

    I dont think that we ever saw Guy Fawkes as a revolutionary or some sort of martyr, we saw him as an idiot who got caught rolling barrels of Gunpowder in to the cellars of the Houses of Parliament. But at the end of the day it was a huge who cares, the event in 1605 was irrelevant, November 5th meant neighbors, fireworks, bonfires and high jinx.

    • Katry@comcast.net Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      You assume correctly. Gracie and I did the dump run yesterday. She had her head out the window and loved every minute of our chore.

      I still think sparklers are wussie, but I’d have to travel to New Hampshire for the real stuff. I saw a fireworks store when I was up there but decided not to stop. As they are illegal here, I didn’t want to risk it.

      I love the town officials are hoping for cold and rain! 60,000 people is over-kill!!

      Guy Fawkes, I know, didn’t have a chance. I’m betting anonymous was a fellow conspirator. Little did Guy suspect that he would become the excuse for fun, fire and friends.

      • Hedley Says:

        Fireworks were readily available at the Newsagents, There probably was an age limitation but it wasnt enforced. Seeing some spectacularly named rocket or roman candle caused all kinds of angst and we would settle for a box of fire crackers or a catherine wheel. Sparklers were jammed in to our hands on the night and we were expected to run around making shapes and stuff.
        Maynards in Ashtead was a destination for grubby boys on bikes, clutching a half crown and hoping to ignite more than just the imagination
        Glad Gracie got some decent snout time – Maggie will be riding tomorrow.

      • Hedley Says:

        Oh, and there was some really great stuff at Taylors in Leatherhead. A gigantus toy store which has long since departed.

      • Caryn Says:

        You only saw one fireworks store in NH? You must have been out in the real boonies. The town my friend lives in has three within a block of each other and I have to drive by all of them to get there. They are right by a bunch of gasoline stations. I keep imagining the boom. 🙂

    • Bob Says:

      I have been to Lewes but not on bonfire night. Lewes has one other great attraction the Harvey’s brewery. Whenever I am in that part of the UK I always partake of a half pint of the brew. It’s a wonderful dark ale that is made the old fashioned way without any preservatives. The pubs receive it in wooden kegs and it has a very short shelf life. One pub owner told me that it’s still brewing in the kegs. Unfortunatley, it’s not available very far from Lewes. I once stayed in a bed and breakfast in Hayward Heath and they couldn’t get Harvey’s even though that were less than 20 miles away from the brewery. I always wanted to tour the old brewery, but I could never find a place to park in Lewes on a Saturday.

      • Kat Says:

        Bob,
        I am not a beer or ale drinker so the tour would be lost on me. I do keep Sam Adams in the house for my guests. They seem to appreciate that.

        Before Hedley’s post, I hadn’t ever heard of Lewes.

  4. Katry@comcast.net Says:

    My Dear Hedley,
    Around July 4th, days before and after, one neighbor a few streets over lets off firecrackers. They do it a bit late at night and every dog in the neighborhood barks. Several years ago one of the town beaches was where all fireworks illegals went to let off their cache. It was a great night-we’d bring a picnic and some wine to the beach and enjoy the spectacle. That is no longer-sadly.

  5. Birgit Says:

    “Cleaning is never the solution for anything.” – Great! You should save that sentence for a future title quote.
    While reading your post the first song that came to my mind was of course “I’m bored” by Iggy Pop, the chairman of the bored.
    May I take up Zoey&Mes splendid idea that you should write a book? 😉

    • Katry@comcast.net Says:

      Birgit,
      I will definitely keep that in mind-it will be fun attributing a quote to me!

      Love-chariman of the bored!!

      I appreciate your seeing a book filled with my musings!

      • Birgit Says:

        What about a thrilling horror novel? Zombies, fetish priests and similar beings from all over the world (esp. the countries you’ve visited) gather and plan to combine their different scary abilities to take over world dominion. The (happy?) end is up to you.

  6. olof1 Says:

    I’m not bored but I’m not happy, the weather and darkness is driving me slightly mad today. But I did buy a good book, swedish author and I doubt it will come out in english, so I’ll read that now and I’ll watch Grimmlater tonight.

    Perhaps I’ll check the internet if there is a band called Creeping Ennui 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day even if You are bored 🙂

    Christer.

    • Katry@comcast.net Says:

      Christer,
      Yup, Grimm to look forward to this evening!

      It’s gray here yet again. I haven’t seen the sun except for a short bit in several days. I’m not sure I’d recognize it.

      Enjoy Grimm!!

  7. Kat Says:

    Birgit,
    I like the idea-happy ending-not today!!

  8. Hedley Says:

    Kat, Check out Glyndebourne which is Lewes’ claim to fame..not my type of music but very well known.
    http://glyndebourne.com/

    • Kat Says:

      Thank you, MDH,
      I can see by the dress code why I hadn’t heard of Glyndebourne before this. It is totally out of my league!!

      • Hedley Says:

        I would have gone to see Lennie..
        Well, maybe not but certainly Rod and The Faces
        I would have loved to have seen the BEACH BOYS in such a setting

  9. Bob Says:

    “Boredom is the devil’s workplace” is an old saying that my teacher in the fourth grade used to exclaim. My mother used to tell us to “go hit your head against the wall” if we complained about boredom as a kid. My friend’s mother would tell him to “go play in traffic” if he wined that he was bored.

    I never get bored anymore because now I have HD TV, DVDs, Netflix, iPad and the internet. As a kid we only had books, board games, toys, 45 RPM records and only four channels on the black and white TV 🙂

    I wouldn’t know what to do with my kids or myself if we were living in NJ without power for a few days 🙂 Thank goodness for Texas Power and Light or what ever our energy provider is called in this era of deregulated electric power 🙂 When George W. Shurb was governor of Texas he deregulated electric power under the guise that competition between retail delivery companies would reduce electrical rates, instead free enterprise has caused Texans to pay some of the highest rates in the country.

    When my kids tell me they are bored I just revert to my mother’s adage to occupy yourself in whatever manner seems appropriate. Neither my son nor my daughter has hit the wall with their head 🙂 But without power they might resort to playing in traffic 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      I laughed at your mother’s comment and could hear my mother saying something similar. She never did like our nothing to do whines.

      I have all but Netflix and am still bored once in a while. TV is, despite the number of channels, still an occasional wasteland. I go through the menu and find nothing to watch. The computer or a book are my fallbacks. On the computer I look for recipes or songs or just weird facts. I always have a book handy.

      If a storm blew through and knocked trees on your wires, no electric company can prevent a power knockout. We were lucky as the power was back on for those who lost it within one day. The mess in New Jersey is going to take a while.

      Without power, your kids could read. It’s a great way to spend the time, and all it needs is a flashlight.

      • Bob Says:

        My neighborhood was built in the 1980s and all the utilities are under ground so high winds are not an issue. So much for the neighborhood, but a lighting strike hitting the transformer station, high winds blowing high tension wires or some idiot with a back hoe can knock out the power for several hours.

  10. Kat Says:

    Caryn,
    I was in the boonies: Mont Vernon. I saw that store on my way to the highway.

  11. Kat Says:

    Bob,

    All my wires are also underground, but I have heard transformers blow just before the lights go out; also, the street near mine has above ground wires, and they are some how connected.

  12. Bill S. Says:

    Kat:
    We are all cleaned up after Sandy. This hurricane was not as bad as Snowtober last year, when power was out for days. With weather like this I don’t have time to be bored. Later this week we may have a touch of snow. If you are living in NH, you have to get out and enjoy it, or it will be a loooonnnggg winter.

    I feel bad for all those people in NJ and NY who have no power. I’m sure most of them at least have water, as they are not on wells requiring electricity. On the other hand, my empathy does have its limits. We have lived thru power outages during Sandy, Snowtober of 2011, the Ice Storm of 2008 (3 weeks out in some places), the blizzard of ’78. the blizzard of ’69…..

    “Let’s all crap for Jesus.”–sign on a Ghanaian business.

    • Kat Says:

      Bill,
      My clean up is done but all I did was watch. The mess was just leaves and pine needles and a few branches from the pine trees.

      We lived through no lights during Bob for more than a week and again during one snowstorm, year forgotten, when school was called for an entire week, unheard of here on the cape. During the blizzard of ’69 I was student teaching and had no school for a week. They had to lower the hours needed to get a teaching certificate for that year. I remember the trouble I had getting my certificate when I was in Ghana. The mail “flew” (as if) back and forth but i did get it.

      I so love that sign!!


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