Friday, January 17, 2020

Use Your Words: The Hunger Games

I hunkered down...watching. 
I could see him moving about, hear the clank of his tags, smell his scent. 
I couldn't let him see me. If he did, it would most certainly be death.

So I waited. 
I watched.

Then, I made my move.

Using the darkness as a blanket, I crept out of my hiding spot. My stomach was growling, it had been days since I'd eaten. I could smell the remnants of food in the air. It was close and I was hungry. Keeping an eye on him, I slowly made my way toward the smell, my mouth watering at the mere thought of a delicious morsel. 

I saw the house and knew the family was home, tucked warmly in their beds. I eased into their home, careful to avoid any kind of sudden movement, careful to not make any noise. If I could get through this without incident, I'd be pleased. 

Lowing myself closer to the ground, I made my way to the pantry. Opening the door, I held my breath. *creeeeeeeek*

Dang it.

This was going to be a catastrophe. I knew it!

I looked around, expecting to find him sanding behind me. 

I was shocked that he wasn't. 

I knew I had to work quickly. I grabbed food by the handfuls, turned and ran. I heard footsteps and the sound of someone making the comment of "Oh great...he's back".

I'd been caught! Or so I thought.

I ran through the opening, sliding on the dirt and grime. Making my way back to my hiding spot, I stopped for a brief moment to catch my breath.

I'd outsmarted them again. I was going to eat again.

I was victorious!

Moving deeper into the darkness, I found a comfortable spot to fill my belly.

A bright light invaded the space leading to my hiding spot, but I knew I was safe. Next time, I'd have to be more careful to not make so much noise. 

As the house settled down again, I felt my eyes getting heavy. I laid down in my makeshift bed and let sleep take over. I would do this all again tomorrow.

And the next day.

And the day after that.

Because I was a mouse and it's just what I had to do.

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. 

Until now.
My words were "catastrophe ~ comment ~ without ~ blanket ~ family" and they are from the Queen B herself, Karen from Baking In A Tornado! Loved the words!!

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Secret Subject Swap: Parenting...Amiright?

Hi and welcome to the first episode of my brand new podcast "Medicated Musings". I don't really have any solid plans for what will become of this. It will mostly be me discussing things that are near and dear to my heart like my life, my family, my views. Every so often, I might have a guest appearance from my husband or one of my kids, but mostly, this is just another podcast about random things.

A little background about me: I'm 37. My husband and I have been married for almost 12 years. We have 15 year old boy/girl twins and a 10 year old son. We live just outside of Tampa in a little town that has absolutely nothing in it except a grocery store, a Circle K and a bunch of meth addicts. Rumor has it that Reba McEntire has a house on the lake in this town, but I can't confirm that, despite my efforts to.

We are a pretty Liberal family. We've gone to three Pride parades and countless drag shows. We are very much allies and with good reason; our 15 year old daughter is bisexual and our 10 year old son is transgender.

I know you are probably hearing this and thinking "They are just kids...what do they know?". You'd be surprised. Kids these days are more aware of their sexuality, likely due to the fact that it isn't as taboo of a topic as it used to be. In our family, we've always kept the lines of communication open and have taught our kids from an early age that love knows no gender. 

When she was 12 or 13, our daughter came out to us during a tear-filled case of word vomit where she admitted she had a girlfriend. She knew we were allies, but I guess was scared of how we would feel actually having a child who is part of the LGBTQ+ community. Once we assured her that nothing would cause us to disown her (except maybe being a Republican [inside joke]), she calmed down and started finding her footing in this crazy rollercoaster called life.

Since he could walk, we knew that our youngest son was going to be different. Sure, he liked Barbies and dressing up, but he also was stealing his brother's clothes and toys whenever he could. Either late 2018/early 2019, he came out as gender fluid. While he occasionally dressed like the girl he was born as, he still mostly preferred all things boy over anything girl. So when he came out a couple of months ago as transgender and said he wanted to present solely as male, we weren't completely shocked.

Our oldest son...he's the most supportive big brother in the world. He is older than our daughter by 1 minute and plays that card as much as possible. He's in to gaming and that's basically it.

Parenting is not easy, but honestly, nothing in life worth doing really is. All we can do is support our kids and their long as they aren't hurting themselves or other people. 

On our next episode, I'll tell you guys about the whirlwind romance between my husband and I. Until then, be good and do good recklessly.

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 7 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

My subject was "If you started a podcast, what would it be about? Would you have a partner? What would your gimmick be to separate you from all the others in your subject area? Give us a written taste of your first episode." and it was submitted by Jenniy from Climaxed. Thanks for such a thought provoking subject!

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