Sometimes when I want to get an idea for what to write about, I stick words into the "search" option in my e-mail account, and see what pops up. (This feature pulls up e-mails I've sent, e-mails I've received, and even draft e-mails; and I use my draft e-mail folder for a variety of purposes, so there are a lot of draft e-mails. Currently, 5,286.)
Tonight I decided to do a search to see if I might have any e-mails in there, which contain the words "toothbrush", "cat", and "cheese." I was not disappointed! Thirteen e-mails popped up, which contain the words toothbrush, cat, and cheese. (Try this on your own sent/draft/received e-mails! You might be surprised!)
Some of these, of course, might be related. (I haven't looked at them yet.) I am darn curious, though, to see in context the toothbrush, cat, and cheese might be related.
The oldest two seem to be related; I can tell by the title that both are lists of things to bring along, when going on a trip in our van. (I can see bringing toothbrushes on a trip. The cheese makes sense, too. But what about the cat? We don't have a cat, and even if we did, it wouldn't make sense to bring one on a trip.) I'll take a look now, and see what's up with the cat.
The thing that seems most obvious is that I used these words while making a list of items I wanted to travel with, while going for a trip in our van. (They are in a document called "Van Travel List.") I tried with two computers, to open that old file; (neither worked!) I am sure it is possible to figure out a way to open it, but . . . (because it doesn't seem to be working out for me, right now), I am just going to spend a little bit of time imagining what it would be like, to take a trip. (In a van.) With a cat. And a toothbrush. (And some cheese.) (I'm not sure how this is going to turn out.) All I know is that I am hoping to write at least 700 total (including what I have already written), about what it would be like to take a trip with a cat and a toothbrush and some cheese. (1,050 words would be even better. I'm working with a deadline here, and if I can stretch this piece to 1,050 words, I will have been granted SUCCESS!) So far I am only at 421 words. (That's a little disappointing; I thought it would be more. But I am going to keep on trekking.)
First of all, I have no idea what kind of cheese. Because I am writing this, I guess I get to choose the cheese. Because this is imaginary, I don't have to be impacted by real-word constraints. (In other words, I can feel perfectly at ease, choose a cheese I would not be able to eat in real life.) In other words, I am going to bring (on this imaginary trip, in my van), PARMESAN and FONTINA. (I haven't had those two, for ages.) I am going to make a delightful alfredo sauce. (I will also need cream cheese. As far as I know, there is no limit on the number of kinds of cheese I can bring on this trip. So we're good.) (572 words. We're getting there.) I will bring some peppers, (red bell peppers), sweet onions, and some sort of noodles, (I haven't decided which kind yet . . . I just had to decide on the cheese, I don't want to do too many decisions here; maybe some nice fettucine would be good, though.) Or those noodles that are called "orecchiette" -- (doesn't that mean "little ears" -- ?) (I think they look more like little spaceships, though.) YES. That is the kind of noodles, (pasta), I want to bring, to go with my alfredo sauce (made with parmesan, fontina, and cream cheese). Now, about that cat . . .
It's been a long time since I've had a cat. It's been a long time since I've even thought about having a cat. (So it seems strange that I'll be bringing one on this trip, but I'll roll with it.) I guess it's an orange cat, a fluffy orange cat named . . . Walter. (I picked that name because I noticed it in my phone today. I was looking at a list of items my daughter and her friend used, to make a swimming pool in our yard, last summer. On the list was "Walter" . . . but I am pretty sure that was supposed to say "water.") For some reason (794 words, by the way), my phone did that funny autocorrect. (It seemed really odd to me, that the phone would choose "Walter" over water, because I don't think I have ever written the word "Walter" in my phone.) In fact, I don't think I have ever known anyone named Walter. (Sidenote: if your name is Walter, and you are reading this story or listening to this story, and I know you, then . . . YES -- I do know a Walter! I am adding that correction, just in case.) And now I have a cat named Walter . . .
A cat named Walter, sleeping in my van, (cats often sleep, so it seems appropriate to say that Walter is sleeping), on this imaginary trip I am describing. With cheese. And . . .
A toothbrush? (Well, that's a pretty normal thing to bring on a trip. I mean, I want clean teeth, right?) But maybe this is not an ordinary toothbrush.
This is a magic toothbrush.
(963 words! I am very close!)
What kind of magic does this toothbrush do?
(Hmmmmm . . . )
This is an imaginary trip, (so I can make the toothbrush do any kind of magic I want the toothbrush to do), and I want . . .
. . . I want my van to FLY. I also want it to be able to go from point A to point B in a matter of one second. (The toothbrush is programable. You can enter your desired destination, and press a button, and you are there.
It's also a magic toothbrush that turns my van into a time machine. (Why not dream big?)
Walter, the time traveling cat.
(And we have plenty of cheese.)
(This is going to be good!)
(1092 words. I made it!)
(Wishing everyone a Happy December!)