Monday, January 10, 2011

Weekly Wordzzle - it's baaacckkk!

After a brief holiday hiatius the Wordzzle is back! I know you are as excited as I am. My stories today are pretty mundane, but I'm just getting back into the swing of things. Cut me some slack! Oh, yes, that last was directed at my own self.

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The mini (research, insane, clarity, toy mouse, lottery)

Glancing down at the cheeseburger, I grimaced, and then indulged in one of my favorite fantasies about a toy mouse coming to life & eating the cheese & then biting the ankles of the waitress who forgot to tell the kitchen to leave it off. Don’t get me wrong – I love cheese (I’m not insane) – but it’s always the first thing to go when I’m trying to cut calories. Sigh. I’m not sure why I care – I had done a lot of research this morning into different methods of losing weight and compared them to my habits and strengths and weaknesses. My conclusion was that I had a better chance of winning the lottery than losing weight on any of these. After wolfing down the cheeseburger, I headed back to the office where I had a moment of clarity and went to Not a diet, they say. A lifestyle change. Well, we’ll see, won’t we? Just in case though, I’m buying a lottery ticket too.

The 10-worder (celebrate, doctor, shipping, choice, stake, time flies when you're having fun, secrets, disaster, back down, clouds)

I walked down the hallway to my doctor’s office. It looked to me like all of the doors were hiding secrets – secrets of pain and uncertainty. Or maybe that was just me. I waited forever for my examination. Grimly, I kept thinking, “time flies when you’re having fun.” Yeah right – this experience was the opposite of fun for me. When they finally called my name I glumly headed back to the inner sanctum.

An hour and a half later I skipped back down that hallway, ready to celebrate. No more dark clouds. No more wondering if I would have to make a choice between different treatment plans. I know I was grinning like a loon, but given what had been at stake and the positive news I’d just received, I just couldn’t help it. Disaster averted.

When I got home I busied myself shipping off my good news to the world wide web and then just let myself briefly travel back down the path of despair so I could fully appreciate my good fortune. And then I offered up a prayer of thanksgiving, and a prayer of hope for the ones who weren’t as lucky.


  1. Does take some time to get back in the swing, doesn't it? I liked your cheese eating toy mouse. And glad your 10-word had a happy outcome. Hope your new year is off to a good start. Like your new look (it is new, isn't it?) with that wonderful cardinal caught in flight.

  2. All in all, a lovely use of wordz. Thanks for the tales of entertainment as I pass the last hour of my shift. I especially appreciate you highlighting them for me so I could check your work.

  3. Two fine pieces this week. The good humour in your first one really appealed to me and the second one had a good ending, which is always a bonus.

  4. Fun takes, Dana. Very nicely done.

    As for cheese, I love it too, and I miss it since going mostly vegan-ish. Boohoo.

  5. Your wordzzles are always a pleasure to read. Glad you are back at it!

  6. ha...nice...biting ankles of the i do like my cheese...

  7. You say mundane, but the first one made me smile and the second one gave me chills.

  8. I'm always impressed with your work on these challenges! You have a very creative -- and interesting -- way with words :)

  9. i could never give up cheese - god knows what i'd turn for when i needed a fix if i did!

    Great stories


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