PROMPT

26 Oct

What did you do with your day?  Were you inspired?  If so, how?  Write down everything, as much as you can, even if you think someone might deem it insignificant, or if you initially dismiss it.  Don’t dismiss it.  That “it” is NOT significant.  It, is more than an “it”.

Weather like this, everything is clear, and not just the sky.  But your thinking, your observation and appreciation of what’s around you.  Include today and what you did after you left the classroom in your response below…

Now, each day is ideal.  We have our zen, we have County, our pages.  So write.  Tell your story.

15 Responses to “PROMPT”

  1. Katie Doeckel October 26, 2017 at 11:19 pm #

    Today I woke up early at 1 AM and couldn’t get to back to sleep sens I feel sick. So even though I have some sort of cold I was awake. so I decided to be proactive and do my homework at 1:29 I drove to school and went to English. Sens we got out early I went straight home to do more homework. Sens I don’t feel well I’m not feeling any inspiration.

    Katie Doeckel

    • mikemadigan October 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

      BE INSPIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No excuses.

    • Ricky Hamilton October 27, 2017 at 11:00 pm #

      Yesterday I woke up at the usual time of 7am, made my coffee, and drank on my balcony rocking chair while the sun rose over the hills. It’s been a real privilege to be able to spend my coffee time outside again, or more generally to be able to navigate my mornings like I do, since lots of folks have had such a rough time lately with the fires on top of normal day to day responsibility. The sun rises and sets so frantically in the fall, not briskly like winter, and not as lazily as summer, and not as measured and executive as spring. California fall is a hot, windy death throe, a last hurrah before we trade heat for wet. After I felt sufficiently awake, I worked out and made breakfast. Bacon, fried eggs, avocado toast, and yogurt. The smell was enough to bring Gimli, my lazy little dog, out of bed, and he sat on my feet while I ate standing at my kitchen counter. Gimli and I took a short walk and then I made a sandwich and gathered my books to head to class. I had a little bit of extra time, so I decided to take the country back roads and play bessie smith really loud with the windows open, turning down the music whenever I stopped next to anyone because of course I can’t stop but shudder at the feeling of some passerby making an observation of my cathartic indulgence that I am not present to measure. I parked north of campus, somewhere in the Yukon next to a Chinese restaurant and hiked a half mile or so to some kind of meta lecture. We learned about learning. Class got out and I slugged back to my car and got my sandwich, banana, and english books, and looked for a good tree to eat under back on campus. I wanted to save my banana for before math class so it sat there on my desk in english with no present purpose but it didn’t bother me too much because Mike let us out early to enjoy the clarity of unwelcome hot October. I was originally not planning on going home until after math but decided since i had 3 hours that it was pertinent to go home and take the dog on a good walk and absorb the day. My apartment was hot and it made my shirt stick to the skin on my back and it felt like my eyeballs were going to osmose through the wall but luckily there was a breeze outside and Gimli and I enjoyed the afternoon almost all the way through, with all the manic birds and bugs but I had to go back to class for math. For some reason the math crowd is still really into talking about the fires, otherwise class was uneventful. I drove home at 6 and made dinner. Frozen salmon burger, brown rice, veggie stir fry, and a grilled cheese sandwich with some really tasty dubliner. I ate standing while reading about the new JFK documents that were released. I have a crazy and hilarious 4-chan type friend who is really into conspiracy theory type stuff and we talked for about forty five minutes on skype, I didn’t know much about the subject but he was passionate and dying to get his stories out because nobody else will listen to him, and the type of person no one wants to listen to for some reason is a type of person I can keep my focus on really well. After my evening work out my mind was racing so I got drunk on coconut water and peach vodka and fell asleep watching youtube videos about Canadian social justice tribunals, crocodile intelligence, and rural West Virginia pig farmers.

  2. Jacquelyn Castro October 27, 2017 at 10:15 pm #

    Waking up this morning was rough. Usually the thing that wakes me up is my dog hitting the door because he has to go to the bathroom. However, he did not want to get up either. It was obvious neither of us wanted to deal with the day.
    After finally turning off my alarm, there was no avoiding the day. I sat up, stretched my arms above my head, and stood up. My dog looked at me, took a deep breath, and stood up as well. I grabbed my clothes and walked downstairs.
    Like always, everyone was already moving at what seemed to be 100 miles per hour. I, however, slowly meandered to the bath room. I got ready and was more awake.
    I looked at the time and I remembered my car was on close to empty so I had to fill up, which ment I had to leave 15 minutes early. So I quickly grabbed my keys and left.

  3. Mitchell I. October 28, 2017 at 5:06 am #

    I woke up at six in the morning and it was still dark. I put off riding my bike because it was too dark to see. I went back to sleep thinking “Oh I’ll ride when there is more light.” I woke up an hour later at seven, and just put off riding all together. I closed my eyes and “fell” asleep. I did not sleep as much as toss and turn, just a normal sleep pattern for me.
    When I did get up it was about nine thirty and I didn’t have much to do. I did the normal morning things, going to the bathroom, teeth cleaning, and think of going back to bed. I made myself breakfast, what it was I can’t remember. Must not have been that important. I read Me Talk Pretty One Day and dreaded having to write a paper about my opinion of a person.
    I printed out sheet music for the five new songs we have to learn for choir and got my stuff ready for class. Loaded up my backpack, filled a water bottle, and headed off to class. I made it to campus with plenty of time to spare, which is nice, because I waste most of it just to find a parking spot. I drive through the Emeritus parking lot to find it filled to the brim and drive over to the five story parking structure.
    I luck out and find a parking spot on the second level. I gather my things, put my parking permit up and make my way to the other side of the structure so I can leave the concrete tomb. I still have an hour and decide it would be a good idea to get something in my stomach so my hunger does not distract me. I walk over to the Chick-fil-a, back idea, and order a spicy chicken sandwich. The sandwich was just a chicken breast and two pickles on a bun. I ate the sad sandwich, walked over to Plover Hall, and read more of Me Talk Pretty One Day.
    At 2:45, I made my way to class. When class was over, I went to CVS to kill some time and to pick up some razors. I drove to subway and got their six dollar sub of the day, ate half and saved the other half for breakfast the next morning. I then drove over to the Center for Spiritual Living at around 5:45 for choir practice. That lasted until 9:15. After practice, I drove home at dangerous speeds.
    I made it home and watched some of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Stayed up until about one in the morning and finally went to bed.

  4. Ricky Hamilton October 28, 2017 at 5:34 am #

    I got confused by the way this is set up and accidentally posted this as a reply to someone else’s post, hopefully this time it goes through and there won’t be a duplicate.

    Yesterday I woke up at the usual time of 7am, made my coffee, and drank on my balcony rocking chair while the sun rose over the hills. It’s been a real privilege to be able to spend my coffee time outside again, or more generally to be able to navigate my mornings like I do, since lots of folks have had such a rough time lately with the fires on top of normal day to day responsibility. The sun rises and sets so frantically in the fall, not briskly like winter, and not as lazily as summer, and not as measured and executive as spring. California fall is a hot, windy death throe, a last hurrah before we trade heat for wet. After I felt sufficiently awake, I worked out and made breakfast. Bacon, fried eggs, avocado toast, and yogurt. The smell was enough to bring Gimli, my lazy little dog, out of bed, and he sat on my feet while I ate standing at my kitchen counter. Gimli and I took a short walk and then I made a sandwich and gathered my books to head to class. I had a little bit of extra time, so I decided to take the country back roads and play bessie smith really loud with the windows open, turning down the music whenever I stopped next to anyone because of course I can’t stop but shudder at the feeling of some passerby making an observation of my cathartic indulgence that I am not present to measure. I parked north of campus, somewhere in the Yukon next to a Chinese restaurant and hiked a half mile or so to some kind of meta lecture. We learned about learning. Class got out and I slugged back to my car and got my sandwich, banana, and english books, and looked for a good tree to eat under back on campus. I wanted to save my banana for before math class so it sat there on my desk in english with no present purpose but it didn’t bother me too much because Mike let us out early to enjoy the clarity of unwelcome hot October. I was originally not planning on going home until after math but decided since i had 3 hours that it was pertinent to go home and take the dog on a good walk and absorb the day. My apartment was hot and it made my shirt stick to the skin on my back and it felt like my eyeballs were going to osmose through the wall but luckily there was a breeze outside and Gimli and I enjoyed the afternoon almost all the way through, with all the manic birds and bugs but I had to go back to class for math. For some reason the math crowd is still really into talking about the fires, otherwise class was uneventful. I drove home at 6 and made dinner. Frozen salmon burger, brown rice, veggie stir fry, and a grilled cheese sandwich with some really tasty dubliner. I ate standing while reading about the new JFK documents that were released. I have a crazy and hilarious 4-chan type friend who is really into conspiracy theory type stuff and we talked for about forty five minutes on skype, I didn’t know much about the subject but he was passionate and dying to get his stories out because nobody else will listen to him, and the type of person no one wants to listen to for some reason is a type of person I can keep my focus on really well. After my evening work out my mind was racing so I got drunk on coconut water and peach vodka and fell asleep watching youtube videos about Canadian social justice tribunals, crocodile intelligence, and rural West Virginia pig farmers.

    • mikemadigan October 28, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

      All good!! Thanks for the submission!!

  5. Olivia Atkins October 30, 2017 at 2:05 am #

    Today started at 5:30am for me. I showered sluggishly not wanting to get out of the warmth and when I did turn the water off I quickly dried off and ran to my still warm from sleeping bed. I then crawled under my blankets and stayed there half asleep staring at my wall until I absolutely had to start getting ready. Then I brushed my hair, did my eyebrows and got dressed. I had a few extra minutes so I made myself some pumpkin spice tea and an English muffin with peanut butter. It was delicious. And while I watched my tea steep, seeing the leaves that had risen to the top with the addition of water slowly start to sink down, I started to meditate, matching my inhales with the slow decent of one leaf and my exhales with the slow decent of the next. My meditation was then interrupted by my very sleepy dog joining me in kitchen to tell me he needed his morning walk. So I poured my tea in my thermos and walked outside with my chihuahua at my heels. It was still dark out. There was a thick layer of fog around me, and stillness. It would have been easy to believe that I was the only person awake in Santa Rosa. I got back inside and brushed my teeth while my dad went to warm up the car. I then kissed my pup goodbye and headed to work. I then spent 4 hours in an empty forever21 putting clothes away and cleaning up other people’s messes. Once the store opened, however, it was all chaos and glitter, leaving me sparkly, irritated, and sore. But now I’m sitting at my desk, drinking more tea, and writing this as my day slows down again and I can reflect.

  6. r1ss1 October 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    so i wake up this morning right, still marissa? and the first thing i do is set my alarm clock to snooze. i wake up about an hour later to find out i missed the g dang bus. this is the beginning of my day. i begin to get ready, give my dog his medicine, and snap a few friends about my lack of self discipline. as i get ready i play some fall out boy jams and continuously check my phone for messages back but the only notification i get is the usual failed to send. while friends phones are blowing up and im coming up with that one failed to send…haha. Anyways i go into the kitchen where gramma reminds me about my food from olive garden in the fridge, but im saving that fro later when i come home. finally i make my way to the bus where i sit for a good 20 minutes because the bus–as usual–is 20 minutes behind. i jump on the bus upon its arrival and start my journey through the usual #20 route. we pass the mall and the next stop is the JC. i arrive 19 minutes late for my AJ class. we were having a test in that class today. and without a scantron i message one of my peers asking if they could possibly provide. luckily she left one on my desk for me. i take the test…not very confident in my choices and then i leave. i run into some friends whom i walk to class. then find a study room in the library on the first try. my luck starts comming in clutch. eventually my friend maisie joins me and i start my studying. then i start this because i remember it possibly counting as extra credit. and thats my day…so far, i mean it is only 12:43 in the afternoon.

  7. Sitora Kamil October 31, 2017 at 7:39 am #

    Mondays are usually transition days for me from short weekends to get back in track. Today I woke up with a little bit of anxiousness since I have a lot of things to accomplish that I thought I would finish over the weekend but was not able to. When I’m at home, my sister distracts me every 15 mins sneakily crawling into my room and trying to play. And therefore every time I have a plan for a day I never can stick to it whenever I’m home and that’s why I try to do all of my business outside and come home to relax. Although it was very challenging, (with the distraction of my sis) I was able to finish my book from Anthropology class about a girl with epilepsy whose story illustrates the cultural devide between the Hmong people and the American medical system. Although, I was only able to finish 1/6 of my duties I felt great relief while reading the last sentences of it. I found the book to be very interesting since it is based on true story that happened in Merced, CA. My mom didn’t want me to go hungry to school and me made some meat and rice that I ate before leaving.
    For some reason, my sister, who is only 8 months old, finds it as it’s her responsibility to be present while I’m getting ready and I had to squeeze her into my vanity chair where there is already not enough space for me and wrap my legs around her and do my make up while she was exploring new unseen and interesting things for her.
    Driving through the highway to school for my psychology class, I thought that there should be a billboard sign with fat letters written “BREATH” so I’m not so caught up in my own thoughts and can relax over the things that probably won’t matter in couple of years and I will laugh at my self for overthinking.
    The class was kind of not interesting, the teacher just went over the slides and had a facial expression that she didn’t want to be in class and would rather do something else. For most of the questions that were asked she did not have any answers.
    I got home when it was already dark outside,the family already had dinner so I served myself the meal without even warming it up but added some feta cheese to compensate. After I went to my room. My mom and sister joined me. Usually every night before going to bed, my mom and I have conversations about random stuff with cups of mint tea. After an hour or two, my mom left and I realized that the wifi is not working and I have to use my phone to do my homework. I put some water and peppermint essential oil into my humidifier that changes colors when it’s working, turned on my led lights ,my disco ball , and some music to create ” creative environment” and now, sharing how my day went in this blog:)

  8. keawelong October 31, 2017 at 9:06 am #

    Today I woke up very tired from this beautiful Halloween weekend and ready to tackle my Mid-term. I did a quick 3 hour study session to prepare myself for class. Completed my mid term with confidence. Went to the library to do my all of my homework. Went to political science class and sat through a long lecture. Had some subway before going home to my girlfriend and dog. Fed my dog some food before taking an hour nap with my girl and my dog. Went to Tiny Thai in Down Town Cotati to eat dinner. came home at 9pm and started catching up on assignments and now I’m here finishing my night off strong completing an online history mid term, a political science project, my draft, researching some F. Scott Fitzgerald, and adding my journal entry for the day.

    Very Respectfully,

    Keawe Long

  9. Vanessa October 31, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    Today I woke up at 4am somehow thinking I had to go to work, Sadly my mind is programmed to suddenly wake up everyday at that time which can be annoying because days like these when I don’t have to go to work I wake up early and can’t seem to fall back asleep. However, somehow I managed to fall back asleep then I woke up at 7am and tackled my math homework so I can enjoy Halloween night after that I made myself some breakfast. I then fed my dogs and we got ready to go for a walk around my neighborhood and enjoy the fresh air outside after that I came back home and did some research on Scott Fitzgerald now I am sitting here replying to your blog post.

    Vanessa

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