Normal is Relative
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Normal is Relative

Normal? What’s that?

Normal is Relative

Have you ever had a moment where you said something that made perfect sense to you at the time? And then you step back and replay that conversation in your mind. But when you do, you discover that what you said made zero sense without context?

I often wonder what my neighbors hear when they’re passing by my door. Did they catch me mid-sentence? Or did they hear me cackle maniacally about someone having crabs and then drew their own conclusions? (Seriously, though. That knife-wielding crab is my hero.)

At any rate, these are the things that bump around in my head. Along with: will they stop chatting so loudly in the hallway? and: aw man, ANOTHER baby moved into the building?

Normal is an illusion. And context is everything. Here’s a conversation my partner and I had the other day:

Normal is Relative

Normal is Relative
Our bearded dragon would never forgive us if we forgot to bring him worms.

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Word

Word is a word. Is there a word for that?

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Brains are weird. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love having one. But sometimes brains play tricks on us. They create blind-spots. Or they succumb to optical illusions. (Did you know there are auditory illusions, too?)

Sometimes they keep us awake when we want to sleep. Other times they make us sleepy when we want to stay awake. And then there’s this thing they do with language. I think everyone can recall a time when this has happened to them. You’re typing an essay, assignment, article, what have you. And you come to this word over and over again. You get hung up on how it’s spelled. Maybe you say it out loud or sound it out in your head. And then word starts to feel alien somehow. Is this English? Am I spelling this right? Is this even a…

Word

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Technical Difficulties

Have you ever had technical difficulties?

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Yesterday was my birthday. It was also my deadline for finishing today’s comic. But I’m going to be honest. I wasn’t feeling the whole getting out of bed and doing stuff thing, so I put it off and slept in. After all, birthdays only happen once a year, right?

Right?

Besides, I’m old. I NEED that extra hour of sleep. At least that’s what I told myself. I totally wasn’t procrastinating. Nuh-uh.

Well, noon rolled around, and I decided it was time to stop cuddling Gizmo and get to creating. It was hard, though. I mean, look at that face!

So, I logged into the ole desktop and was halfway through procrasti— multi-tasking when BLAMO! It happened.

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technicalIt took a few hours of mind-numbing frustration and desperate Google searching, but I eventually figured it out. I think. I hope. *knocks on wood*

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Be Creative!

Are you creative?

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Welcome back! Hope your Taco Tuesday is off to a great start.

Before I get into the guts of this article, I wanted to give you a brief update on our Uninvited Guest situation. It appears that one mouse may actually be many mice. And no manner of live trap has been able to catch them. I’ve used seeds and sweets and peanut butter, all to no avail. Worse yet, they’ve begun to taunt Gizmo, our lovable and awkward bearded dragon. So, I’ve passed the issue onto my partner. And, sadly, I won’t be sharing any pictures with you of adorable mice. (As much as I really, really wanted to.)

Anyway, on to the funny stuff, yeah?

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re working on a new project. A story, poem, painting, song, whatever. And the beginning stages of creating that thing is super energizing. The new ideas are shiny. It’s like a romance or a vacation to a new country. Everything is exciting and fresh.

But you’re going to stick to it. You’re committing to this ONE project and giving it your all. And you’re totally not going to get distracted by the ten thousand shiny new ideas lying in wait. Nuh-uh. Not even that one over there. The super squiggly one with the cool shaped wings. Nope. Not. Gonna. Cave.

And then, of course, you slip a teeny tiny bit. But the idea was too awesome to pass up. It was just a fling. You tell your project the new idea didn’t mean anything. You recommit. And the cycle continues.

Now, imagine a different scenario. You aren’t working on any projects. No, you’re out in the world enjoying your day. And suddenly, somebody ambushes you. They need creative ideas from you, and they need them right now! If you’re anything like me, that situation looks a little like this.

Be Creative!

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Fun fact: this also happens when somebody asks me to say something random in Spanish. Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh, hola?

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