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#SoCS – Excuses


Mmmm… this is a lovely cup of coffee. So warm and fragrant on a cold winter morning. I sit here with my puppy at my elbow, licking his front paw and the kid on his laptop, grinding his teeth as he’s done since he began to grow teeth… it’s one of those habits that you do when you’re concentrating on something else. Like sticking your tongue out. Apparently when I concentrate the corners of my mouth turn down and I look miserable. I’m not doing it now because I’m thinking about it.

It’s weird, the things we do without thinking about them. I’m guilty of sticking my tongue out when I’m concentrating on a physical activity. My “misery” look is reserved for when I’m doing something on my lap, like writing, reading, or knitting. I think once in a while about picking up knitting again. I used to do it when I watched TV – it was something to do with my hands that I didn’t have to look at. I’ve always been a multi-tasker I suppose, even before it was a well-used phrase. I have to wonder if that is the reason, in part, why I have to get up and walk away once in a while from my intense concentration on my writing. Or maybe that’s just an excuse to snack…

I admit it. I graze. I know I shouldn’t, and there have been times when I’ve been able to stop for months on end. But I always seem to fall back into the pattern of eating when I’m bored, or when I’m procrastinating.

I have a busy day ahead of me. One kid wants to go to a movie and the other wants to go for a ride on the city bus. The latter wanted to go to the mall for something. Earlier in the week I thought it was a good idea, but now I can’t remember what it was we needed to get. I really should write lists more often. Having a cell phone with me all the time is like carrying around a notepad and a pen – I really have no excuse.

I wondered what I should title this post. Now I know.

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

30 thoughts on “#SoCS – Excuses

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  3. I was going to comment on the topic of excuses earlier, but I couldn’t because of…


  4. We use an expression to explain why sometimes things go wrong for us: “were you holding your mouth right?”
    We all have expressions that go with whatever we are attempting to do. Your “misery” look is probably necessary for you to accomplish whatever it is that requires that look. One of my boys has his tongue out the side of his mouth when he is concentrating on something and I notice his son does it too. Me? You ask? Just a good old gormless look!!!


    • Ha! I haven’t heard the word ‘gormless’ in SO many years. It’s not one you ever hear from a North American. I use the expression “holding your mouth right” too. Funny, the things we have in common, you all the way over there in Australia and me with my English parents.

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  5. I find that I feel useless when I just sit and watch TV; so I’ve started crocheting again. I like having projects to work on while I watch my shows. πŸ™‚


  6. I forget things if I don’t write them down; mind you, remembering to write them down can be a challenge too! πŸ™‚


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  8. I’ve got excuses too;
    They’ll be the ones that explain why my SoCS won’t be in until tomorrow…


  9. You are a skinny little bit of a sprite Linda – if you snack, don’t sweat it, a little meat on your bones would give you more insulation in the winter. Sounds like you have a busy day – enjoy!


  10. Yarn. Knitting… crochet… Yarn is just the best stress relieving task available!


  11. And you’re right, the SoCS posting IS all that!


  12. You just inspired me to write a list for my busy day. It helped me prioritize. Thanks! πŸ™‚


  13. Being able to do some things that do not require looking at your hands is a good skill.
    That’s how I am learning to play the violin right now. No choice in the matter though.


  14. That sounds like a busy day Linda but at least you got some bonus points πŸ™‚


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