Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thanks to Shari

of BlogHer Food for the use of her photo of eggshells and coffee grounds.  :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The layers of thought...

So the more I look at the title of the blog, the more my mind finds layers of meaning.  I beg indulgence as I wax poetic (or rather, prosaic) on eggshells and coffee grounds.

1. People used to put eggshells in coffee before perking it.  Why?  Well lots of possible reasons...to settle the coffee grounds, to provide an alkaline to the acidic beans that reduced bitterness.  I have vague recollections of this practice in real life, but as a very small child who didn't drink coffee, it had relatively little impact on me.  As an adult, um, ewww.

2. Eggshells and coffee grounds are a good source of calcium and nitrogen (respectively and probably respectably too), making them great fodder for a composter.  Which makes fertilizer.  I'm not sure I like where this is going...oh wait, fertilizer makes things grow.  So that works.  I'm not just writing crap in this blog I'm using it as a method for personal growth.

At least that's what I hope happens.

3. Eggshells on their own always makes me think of the phrase "Walking on Eggshells" - which is not to be confused with the song "Walking on Sunshine".  Very different concepts those.  Anywho, as I think back on my life, I've done my share of walking on eggshells...and have spent a good deal of time consciously trying not to surround myself with relationships that end up with me having to do so.

The song Walking on Sunshine however, always reminds me of the scene in Look Who's Talking where John Travolta makes stuffed animals dance behind a sofa.

And apparently I'm done talking about the blog title.  

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Well, it's a start...

For the past several weeks I've been hungering to write.  I've had the time in some small respects, but not the head space.  Or when I've had the head space and drive, no convenient time.

Which may just be excuses anyway.

I have a lot of stuff in my head.  Lists, ideas, characters, nonsense, sense.  Prose and poetry, unicorns that sparkle and ghosts that haunt me (ooh, Crash Test Dummies song in my head now!).  I've been trying to start a novel.  I've been trying to finish poetry.  I've been thirsting to drink from the bounteous fountains of my muse.  (Wow, just flows off the tongue, doesn't it?  Or rather, off the fingers on the keyboard.  ;)  )

This morning I got to the new old office, less the soul-destroying stress-making place than it had been three weeks ago, and started my new, usual, routine. 

It was the eggshells peeled from breakfast's hard-boiled egg.

You know those little actions you take through the course of the day that are performed by rote with your mind elsewhere?  Brushing teeth, making food, tidying....all the while your mind is whirling and processing.  Trying to solve that one thing that's bugging you, way back in the depths of your subconscious.  Something you may not even have realized you were working through, or on, or around.

I dropped the broken shells into the garbage, little white jagged pieces fallen haphazardly amidst the scattered coffee grounds from yesterday's brew...and thus came the epiphany.  A blog!

Which explains the title of the blog.   Kind of reminds me of "Afternoons and Coffee Spoons" (another Crash Test Dummies song), lyrically rolls off the tongue, but alas, doesn't rhyme.  I can live with that.

So what will this be?  Right now it feels like the open road.  I feel the wind on my face and that feeling of being alive and free as I zoom along the highway at incredible speeds.   And if no one reads it but me, that's okay (although if I know my media junkie friends, you'll be along with me for the ride!).  This is the "me" time that my soul craves and I see no reason to deny it.

And really, why should I?