Sometimes I get stuck. Not literally stuck like in a turnstile or a revolving door. Help. Stuck. Can’t pass through.
Or actually stuck while trying on a gold glitter tube top. (I apologize in advance for the image.) Aaaaaaah! Aaaaaaah! Aaaaaaah! Butch! Stuck! In! Tube! Top!
But stuck nonetheless.
Other people never seem to have this problem. They seem to have it all together.
When I get stuck, I do all sorts of things except try to get myself unstuck.
Some things I might do instead of unsticking myself:
- Check my Twitter feed. Every five minutes.
- Play with cats.
- Watch marathons of Total Divas.
- Daydream that I am a little known Kardashian. Butch Kardashian.
When I am stuck:
The only way I know how to get unstuck is to do the thing I’m stuck at. And that’s the thing I really don’t want to do.
Things I’d rather do than do the stuck thing:
- Eat hot sauce.
- Give a speech. At a Republican convention.
- Listen to country and western music.
- Dance to the song It’s Raining Men.
- Read 50 Shades of Gray for non-comedic purposes.
So, after I’ve done everything else that I can think of, I’ll do the stuck thing.
First, of course, I’ll make a horrible face and make things seem worse than they really are. I’m a drama butch, after all.
Then I’ll do the stuck thing.
At first taking lots of breaks to do important things like load one glass in the dishwasher, organize paperclips and clean cat hair from out of computer keyboard.
And then going back to doing the stuck thing.
Before I know it, my hair is not on fire. I am not shrieking.
I am just doing the unstuck thing.
I am unstuck.
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What do you when you’re stuck? How do you get unstuck?
I had quite a time figuring out what Xena was holding. Awkward.
Yep. In some cultures, Xena and Beyonce’s legs are now engaged.
Well, there’s something to ponder.
It’s not you, it’s me. Today, I have, um, sword hilts on the brain. If you stop by tomorrow’s post, you’ll see why. (That’s meant as an apology. I’m not usually such a 12-year-old boy.)
Alright then. I’ll have to check in tomorrow.
I usually think like a 12-year-old boy (and dress like one, too), so no worries.
That’s probably what I like about you.
When I am stuck I go on Zappos and look at men’s hiking shoes. Then I’ll find one that I like, but they won’t have it in size 7. So I’ll look all over the internet until I find it in a 7. Then I won’t order it, because what if it doesn’t fit, and Zappos has free shipping….this can kill an enormous amount of time.
I also cook, because I have a rule of not going on the internet/computer while I cook based on previous experiences trying to do both.
Then magically, I get unstuck. Usually I don’t want to do paperwork, but sometimes I don’t want to write.
I can see how that would be a total time kill.
I usually put off writing, too. Which is a terrible — but not uncommon thing — for a writer.
I usually do something physical, that isn’t a housechore.
LOVE the illustrations. 😀
Had to break out the Sharpies for this post. Could be a new feature on The Flannel Files.
I do many you already mentioned: sleeping, cleaning, cooking, etc. The two I will add are NYT crossword puzzles and watching The Weather Network (Canadian).
I like the New York Times crossword puzzle, too. Such a sense of accomplishment if you can finish one.
I will have a giant tantrum inside my head, shrieking I DON’T WANT TO DO THE THING while kicking and screaming. All inside my head, mind you. Then I usually just go do the thing.
Hmmm, can it really be that simple?
You are adorable! (Not to make you feel 12.) I am supposed to be writing a work proposal right now and I am avoiding it by reading your blog. That’s what I do when I’m stuck.
Thanks. (I always feel 12.). I do that, too … read blogs when I should be working. Glad to be able to provide a diversion. Good luck with your proposal!
It’s March 2nd today. Happy Birthday to you from your bloggy friend Maia. I’ll see if I have any unsticking advice. Right now I just have birthday wishes. Have an awesome year!
Aw, thanks, Bloggy friend Maia. Here’s to awesome years for us both!
P.S. Loved your story in Best American Nonrequired Reading. Brave and beautiful. Waiting for your book.
Thank you so much! I can’t wait for yours!
Just got a release date. June 26th. So very exciting and frightening.