a) I’m increasingly grateful for my cell phone, as I keep waking up at godawful late times at night to text things/ideas to myself. I used to scramble for paper and pencil, but looking for those in a messy room while semi-coherent = doomed mission.
b) On Saturday night a bunch of us chickz played Bananagrams. There’s a real way to play where you make Scrabble-approved words with tiles, which I snoozefestedly did, and then there’s playing like Lindsey who makes words like “DOLFEM,” which is like “dolphin” but even closer to being a person. What I mean is, my vocabulary needs to get drunk and make out with a stranger.
c) I’ve wanted one for a while and just keep on STUPIDLY NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT THAT, but I’ve been playing my roommate’s ukulele. First, every time I go to spell “ukulele” I want to make the second vowel an “e” which is NOT EVEN RIGHT. Second, there’s something giddy about individual letters have different feelings under your fingers; I play piano and flute too, so having this set of memories of how notes feel on different instruments is candy. A Flat feels like this, this, and this.
d) I keep pretty much every letter I ever get from people I care about, and when I say “letter” I mean any paper trail of our relationship, U.S. Postal Service involvement or no. I am a person all about making claims from solid evidence, so when I have a means to say, “(PERSON) thinks/thought/feels/felt A, B, and C,” I value it. Tangible traces of who people are to me aren’t all that common, I don’t think, especially those that adequately express degrees of emotion/affection/concern/etc. Having those things around, remembering they’re there, is reminder: I am human and they are human and you affect each other, probably more than you know.
e) What do you scramble to write on? What word games do you like? What sweet-ass words have you made up? Is a dolphin a person? What do you play? Do you like letters? Do you like movies about gladiators?