At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I’m using: quality vs quantity ~ safety ~ wide load ~ jobs ~ lucky
They were submitted by: Spatulas on Parade .
I'm usually really lucky with these Use Your Words posts. Whatever the words are that I end up with, they speak to me. It may be right away, it may take days but eventually they tell me where to go with them. Something about the list jumps out at me and I know just where to go.
Today, not so much.
The first few words were leading me to talk about cliches. But I really didn't want to do that. One of my most popular posts ever, The Whole Truth, featured not just on my blog but on The Huffington Post, the TODAY show parenting team, ArtisanLife, Daily, and even mentioned on a friend's blog's Saturday Spotlight Series, was about cliches (and a whole lot more, if you haven't read it, you should . . . if I do say so myself).
So, as much as I didn't really want to talk about cliches, the words seem to be demanding it. And sometimes as writers our jobs are not to reason why, ours is but to do or die. Or something like that.
OK, cliches. I use them, but I hate them. For a few reasons. First of all because even if they're true, they're so over-used. Half the time people just roll their eyes, I mean I do. But they are cliches for a reason, because they do happen to be a one-size-fits-all way to express what you're feeling. People know what you're getting at when you use them. And they give us an easy way out when we're at a loss for what to say. I hate them because they're a conversational no-brainer, but . . . confession time . . . I do sometimes end up using them myself.
And then there are the ones that just aren't necessarily true. Like quality vs quantity. Quality is not always better than quantity. Many of us, meaning me, are so much better off having had a number relationships, good and bad, before choosing a life partner. How can you really appreciate one good man without having had your heart ripped out and stomped on a time or two?
Or like "better safe than sorry". Because sometimes safety is overrated. Who wants this on their tombstone: "She didn't have a whole lot of fun, but she stayed safe"?
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder". Even if this is true, is this really what you want to hear when you're sad and missing someone?
"Unlucky at cards, lucky at love". Damn, just lost all my money but that's OK 'cause it means I'll get laid?
Or I'll get lucky and my family will love this new recipe idea?
And now we've reached the point where this whole post blows up in my face. I've got one more word grouping to use and I'm in jeopardy of having to delete this whole post and start over. Right at the very end, how frustrating is that? But it seems I'm one penny short of a pound, one rung short of a ladder, one fry short of a Happy Meal, one brick short of a wide load. I bet at this point I'm looking like a lost dog in a meat house. Whatever the hell that means . . .
Links to the other Use Your Words posts:
The Bergham Chronicles
The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver
One Pot Chicken Dinner
1 1/2 cup Bloody Mary mix
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup white wine
1 large onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
6 - 7# chicken pieces, bone in
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
5 new potatoes, sliced
1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced
1 tsp paprika
1/2# baby bella mushrooms, quartered
1/2# green beans
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Spray a large dutch oven or extra large baking dish with non-stick spray.
*Place the Bloody Mary mix, olive oil, wine, onion, garlic and tomatoes in the dish and mix.
*Mix together the salt, pepper and garlic powder and sprinkle over the chicken. Add the chicken to the pot and press into the sauce. Top with the potato and sweet potato slices. Sprinkle the potatoes with paprika.
*Cover tightly and cook for one hour.
*Carefully remove the cover, mix, cover again and cook another 45 minutes.
*Carefully remove the cover again. Temporarily remove the chicken pieces to a plate and mix the mushrooms and green beans into the sauce, then place the chicken on top. Sprinkle with garlic powder and paprika. Cook another 45 minutes, uncovered.