Catching Up With Prompts

12 Sep
The Crew of NCC-1701-D

Image by Dunechaser via Flickr

What is your biggest frustration about driving?

That I don’t.  I did once, until a nasty man was mean to me and I lost my nerve.  Not that I had much nerve to start with: three attempts to pass my test, and I bawled my eyes out during each one.

Remember something important you’ve lost.

My nerve (previous prompt refers).  And my mind.  I had one once.  It all goes into the first baby, you know.  The nurse at my ante-natal class told us that babies are parasites.  I wonder if she thought it was an anti-natal class?

Suggest a way for the government to unload foreclosed properties without swamping the already depressed real estate market.

Don’t foreclose in the first place.  Give the people you’ve made unemployed because of your mishandling of the economy a breathing space.

When is it ok to quit something?

When you’ve made everyone unemployed and homeless and you realise you don’t know how to handle the economy.

Write your bucket list.

  • Mop
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Seat

That’s all I’ve got.

Write a top ten list of your favorite songs.

Dear WordPress: why the sudden preoccupation with lists?  Why do you want me to bore my readers?  Who finds these lists interesting except the person who wrote them?

Dear readers: just remembered I’ve read at least half a dozen of your top ten songs lists.  Sorry.

Dear reader: thanks for staying.

Assemble your dream dinner guest list.

Seriously?  Did you not read my last response?


Okay then:

  • any model/actress/WAG.

They’ll be on diets, meaning I get all the roast potatoes.

If you could be part of any fictional universe, what would it be?

I first thought of Harry Potter’s world, but I guarantee I wouldn’t be Hermione or Dumbledore.  At best, I’d be Luna; at worst, I’d be a squib.

I’d join Ender but, let’s face it: saviour of the planet, yes; barrel of laughs, no.

Perhaps Georgette Heyer’s Regency England?  Hmm…what are the chances I’d be the maid who empties the chamber pots (never mentioned, but you just know she’s lurking in the background)?  Or worse: the cook.

I’d join Jean-Luc on the Enterprise because of our shared love of Tea, Earl Grey, hot, and rigid adherence to good manners; but that Dr Beverley Crusher never lets him out of her sight and for all I know she could be well-named.

No, I think I’ll stay in my own universe of happy marriage, perfect kids and successful blog.  They don’t come more fictional than that.


30 Responses to “Catching Up With Prompts”

  1. vivinfrance September 12, 2011 at 12:05 #

    Excellent. Thank you for the reminder to buy some Earl Grey tea for when you come. (rushes off to put post-it onto tea container)


    • Tilly Bud September 12, 2011 at 12:09 #

      No, no! I’ll bring some; let me just check my purse.

      Better make it decaf.


  2. tinkerbelle86 September 12, 2011 at 12:18 #

    hilarious. as ever!!


  3. misswhiplash September 12, 2011 at 15:22 #

    Now that was a post well worth reading…. It made me smile , it made me laugh and I do so agre with you about this mad idea of making lists especially the one for every year of your life.
    I doubt that even the writers don’t enjoy doing this list thing. It is so boring making lists you actually have to think.

    Go on Tilly tell them not to use worked last time with the submission button


    • Tilly Bud September 13, 2011 at 09:54 #

      Last time I just joined the swelling throng…I was a victim of mob mentality 🙂


  4. slpmartin September 12, 2011 at 15:45 #

    Very clever…I especially liked your bucket list…a delightful start to my week.


  5. Pseu September 12, 2011 at 17:01 #

    Can you list the 5 reasons that you don’t like this obsession with lists?


  6. Big Al September 12, 2011 at 17:32 #

    Thanks, Tilly Bud, you’ve given me a good idea for a blog. Or maybe a bad idea.


  7. nrhatch September 12, 2011 at 18:52 #

    I think you should retitle this piece:

    “8 Prompts Not Worth Adding To Your Bucket List” 😆


    • Pseu September 12, 2011 at 19:46 #

      what is a bucket list anyway?


    • nrhatch September 12, 2011 at 20:02 #

      It’s a list of things you WANT to accomplish before you “kick the bucket.”


      • Pseu September 12, 2011 at 21:29 #



    • Tilly Bud September 13, 2011 at 09:56 #

      🙂 Nancy 🙂


  8. kateshrewsday September 12, 2011 at 22:00 #

    You confirmed Trekkie, you….


  9. bluebee September 13, 2011 at 01:45 #

    A realistic bucket list – I like it!


  10. Yulia September 13, 2011 at 02:34 #

    I like your dinner guest list! Should follow your list then 😀
    How about another idea for the dinner guest list? Toddlers? 😀



  11. geri-Mom September 13, 2011 at 02:47 #

    LOL!! re: knowing when it’s time to quit….I haven’t made EVERYONE unemployed and homeless…just my family…so i guess I’ll hang on a bit longer and see if I can’t bankrupt the rest of the town!!

    re” giving my brain to baby…I don’t have much left to give!!! Does that me both me and my baby are going to be brainless????

    re: Lists….my top 10 list was one of my best posts…which leads to the obvious questions….can blogs be unemployed and homeless, too?



  12. earlybird September 13, 2011 at 06:25 #

    I particularly enjoyed the fictional universe exploration. And I’m very grateful to Nancy for explaining what a bucket list is. I guess if I’d thought about it at all, I thought it was a list of things you didn’t want to do… so now I know!


    • Tilly Bud September 13, 2011 at 10:02 #

      Not know what a bucket list is? Have you been living in some rural area of France or something?



  13. ElizOF September 13, 2011 at 09:18 #

    I don’t know how you do it… so funny! 😉


    • Tilly Bud September 13, 2011 at 10:03 #

      Between you and me, I don’t know how I do it either. I’m being serious every post and people laugh at me. Story of my life 🙂


  14. sarsm September 21, 2011 at 06:31 #

    True story: during my first-born ante-natal class the midwife told us we should drink a gin and tonic at night-time to help us relax. Apparently relaxed mummy = relaxed baby…



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