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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Last Chocolate Muffin in Bolivar

It’s time again for Blogophilia. Every week Marvin gives us blog prompts to use in a blog, and then awards points that mean nothing. However, I have collected a lot of these points that mean nothing, so to me they mean WOOHOO! Points! :)

Blogophilia 50.2 Topic: "To Make a Long Story Short"

Bonus points
(hard, 2 pts): mention a scary movie (i.e., the movie title)
(easy, 1 pt): mention a brand of cigarettes (i.e., brand name of cigarettes)


Today I got a mediocre book review. I say mediocre because it wasn’t totally bad. There was actually a lot of good stuff in it, and the reviewer isn’t suing me to compensate her for the lost hours of her life, so that’s something else good. In fact, as far as “bad” reviews go, I can’t even qualify it as such, that’s why I say mediocre.
It’s not the mediocre quality of the review that was the real issue, though, but the fact that it was my first review from an independent review site (PODBRAM) and THEN it was mediocre, see what I mean?

(I feel the need to say that I have since gotten an excellent review from Bitten by Books, who specialize in paranormal, so they were a lot happier to see a vampire book on their review list! )

Anyway, so I’ve noticed that when people are faced with “bad” (or mediocre) things, they have one of five reactions:

They cry because they have hurt feelings
They get angry because they have hurt feelings
They make jokes, generally because they have hurt feelings
They take it in stride and learn from the experience
They ignore it completely.

I like to take a sixth approach: I use it as an excuse to have a vacation day.


You heard me right. Other people take time off to celebrate when something good happens, but frankly I don’t have time for that. I have way too much to do to waste time celebrating. In fact, I have way too much to do to get to waste time doing much of anything. I don’t watch TV, I rarely watch movies, I don’t play video games anymore, heck, I barely have time to read! So, when something “bad” happens I greet it with the enthusiasm of someone who is thinking “YES! Vacation day!” (or hours, as the case may be. I don’t think I could take a WHOLE day! Yeesh!)

Of course, I’m still reluctant to take those hours off. I started out doing blogspot and wordpress and email, and then hubby popped up from his Evony game and asked if I wanted to go to town with him. That’s when I decided that yes, indeed, I was moping and I was going to do it properly! No, I wasn’t going to go buy a bottle of Vodka and a pack of Marlboros and drown my sorrows, I was going to buy a Frappuccino and a box of chocolate muffins and watch a movie.

So, we went to wal-mart, and thus began the quest for the chocolate muffins. What kind of chocolate muffins? I didn’t care; the mini  muffins, the weight watchers muffins (those are good, btw!), the grandma oskersnicklemitch’s muffins; it didn’t matter! But, and here’s the odd thing, there were NONE! There were places for chocolate muffins, but no chocolate muffins. Not a problem, of course, because the bakery department would have them. Wrong! That’s when I decided that brownie bites were pretty close to chocolate muffins, so we could get those instead, only, guess what? No brownie bites!

Wal-Mart was completely devoid of chocolate muffiny goodness!

So, we did the logical thing. We checked out, then headed to Wood’s grocery store, where the prices are higher, but we could find chocolate muffins. Surprise! No chocolate muffins! Like Wal-Mart they had blueberry muffins, apple cinnamon muffins, banana nut muffins, streusel muffins, heck, even raisin bran muffins, but no chocolate muffins! Not even in the dieter brands!

What in the world?! Where are the chocolate muffins?!

At this point it was no longer a matter of whether I was moping or not, it was a quest! It was the principle of the matter! I was going to have a chocolate muffin, dammit! And yes, I know I could have BAKED it myself, but then it wouldn’t have that slick, moist texture that only a fake, bad for you snack cake has! Besides, that would be like surrendering.

So, we hit gas stations. It soon became apparent that all of Bolivar was devoid of chocolate muffins! Seriously! It was as though there’d been a run on them and we missed it! Perhaps there was even a radio announcement that went something like, “Warning! There is a shortage of chocolate muffins in southern Missouri! Do not panic! Just go to your nearest retailer and buy as many as you can! This is not a drill!”

Then, at the new Kum n Go, what do I see but the last chocolate muffin in Bolivar! I grabbed it and, though I refrained from kissing it, I did do a little jig in the aisle. The hour of searching was rewarded at last! Hooray!

So, we come home, muffin and frap in hand, and begin the “What movie do you want to watch” discussion. If you’ve never had it, it’s just like the “what do you want for dinner” conversation, only longer because there are way more choices. To make a long story short, Hubby’s suggestion was “The Uninvited while I opted more for the cheerful “Chicken Little”.  In the end we went with Blazing Saddles.

Now, this sounds perfect, doesn’t it? A classic Mel Brook’s movie, a frap and a chocolate muffin, only, hark, I must tend to a couple of things first.  I do so and return to find my chocolate muffin wrapper laying open on the floor and NO MUFFIN!


“Chucky! You ate my muffin! You &^%$#”

And then I notice that not only is the muffin gone, but the muffin paper is gone as well. Whoever ate the muffin ate the muffin paper too! That meant only one thing:

The last chocolate muffin in all of Bolivar and the dog ate it!

I hope he gets indigestion.

(sadly, this is a completely true story! I couldn’t make up a story like that!)

No "Random Stuff" coz I've been too busy with the book to generate any.

Song playing at the moment – Soul on Fire - HIM


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