A Room Full of Puppies

Today’s prompt is thanks to The Daily Post:

If you could split your time evenly between two places, and two places only, which would these be?

My bed
my refrigerator.

The End.

Haha, no, not really. Although I do seriously love both my bed and my fridge. Kisses to you both, mwah!

How about my neighborhood
and a room full of puppies?

or, Bora Bora
and Washington DC?

Oh, or Australia
and San Diego.

The puppy idea is sounding pretty good.


With Love, Mia

Nov 21: Today I am thankful for video games and that I have the ability to play them (even if I’m not very good at them 😛 ).



Year End Dreaming

Today’s prompt is thanks to Blogher’s NaBloPoMo:

What do you hope happens by the end of this year?

I’m a bit of a dreamer so on any given day I have about seven hundred and eighty-five hopes (at least). Some days I hope for a magical encounter that will change my life forever. Other days I hope to become a trillionaire. Most days I just hope I don’t miss my bus.

Taking a step back though and looking at things more seriously? I wish for only three things to happen by the end of the year.

I hope to find a new apartment.
I hope I find a job closer to home.
I hope I find a dog who will be a good fit for my family.

Since we’re being serious, I don’t hope idly. I have a plan for each of my hopes and I’m doing what I can to see them happen by the end of the year. With a little luck I can make some magic happen and be in a much better position for the new year.

If not? Well, then I’ll have a few great things to keep working on. 🙂

With Love, Mia

Nov 20: Today I am thankful for the people in my office. This shout-out is for the various people I work with every day. We probably don’t interact every day and we may not even know each others names. That being said, I still see the kindness you have in your hearts and thank you for sharing it with me. I needed some of that today. Thanks.



Sometimes I have to prioritize my day job over my writing.  Even when said “day job” is being completed at night. Oof.


With Love, Mia

Nov 19: Today I am thankful for chickens. They make many tasty foods. Thanks guys!


Years ago back in university I had a classmate over at my apartment to go over a group project. I was explaining how to get somewhere from my place when she looked at me strangely. It took a while of talking before I figured out what the problem was. She couldn’t follow my directions because one of the first steps was to pull a U-turn. She told me she had grown up in Ohio and the town where she learned to drive didn’t allow U-turns… so she just never learned how to do them.

As it turns out, U-turns aren’t illegal in all of Ohio but as it also turns out, this is a very common question. A few internet searches show that a lot of people seem to have that particular misconception about Ohio. I’m not sure why that is or what has perpetuated it, but it’s interesting, no?

Also interesting to me is that she never learned U-turns after moving out on her own. I hope she’s figured them out by now. They’re an awfully useful maneuver. Also, they’re seriously easy to figure out. Just, uh, turn the wheel some more.

That got me thinking though, we all have strange facts about ourselves and where we were raised. I’m sure there are a lot of misconceptions out there too. I was raised just north of Chicago so I’m not a true “Chicagoan” but my parents, grandparents, and most of my cousins were raised there so much of my time was spent within the city limits.

Here are a few misconceptions about Chicago:

Eating any kind of pizza in Chicago besides deep dish is a sin.
This one makes me laugh because I was raised eating Domino’s pizza. It’s true that I haven’t found a good deep dish joint outside of Chicago or its nearby suburbs, but it’s not true that you can’t enjoy other pizzas. They won’t put you in the square and throw stones at you. If you don’t like deep dish pizza that much though, probably don’t bother mentioning it because some folks will give you the stare down. 😛

Violence is around every corner.
Trying to deny there is violence in Chicago would be stupid. Yes, there is violence, and there are crimes. You want to know where else there are problems with crime and violence? Try LA, Detroit, New York, DC, and many other cities. Any large city is going to have instances of violence and crime. Just because Chicago is known for crime families and gang wars doesn’t mean there are mobsters and thugs on every corner. There’s a lot more to the city than the crimes people commit within its bounds.

Chicago is landlocked.
I am thankful to say I have never heard this one before today. Most people do equate “Midwest” with fields of hay and corn, but generally folks who talk to me about Chicago are well aware of Lake Michigan. It’s no ocean but it’s not a desert wasteland either. It provides a lot for the city.

Chicago is cold *all* the time.
Hahahahaha. How about you call up your Chicago friend in August and try that line on them. Yes, the winters are cold. Bitterly cold some years. That does not mean, however, that Chicago is always cold. I spent many a night spraying water into a fan or putting ice packs on my head just to try to fall asleep at night. There are seasons just like a lot of other places in the US. In fact, I’ve never seen anything quite like a Chicago spring. There’s something beautiful about the first daffodils and tulips of the year.

Chicagoans are extremely uppity about how hot dogs are served.
I saved this one for last for two reasons: 1) I am a hardcore hot dogs or die sort of person and 2) we can be uppity about “Chicago style dogs”. Allow me to explain; there are many kinds of hot dogs and you can happily munch on almost any kind if you visit the windy city.In fact, Chicago diners are pretty much the only place I’ve been able to ask for a francheezie without someone thinking I was having some sort of mental stroke. If, however, you ask for a “Chicago style dog” you can’t try to change the play book. A true Chicago style dog is a masterpiece and is not to be trifled with. It would do you well to remember that. PS. If you know what celery salt is and willingly put it on your food I will love you forever.

So there are my amusing misconceptions de-bunked. I hope they were informative or at least amusing. If you have the time leave a comment with any interesting misconceptions about your city/state/home country.

With Love, Mia

Nov 18: Today I am thankful for the rain.

Oh the Places You’ll Go…

Today’s prompt comes from Blogher’s NaBloPoMo:

What is one place you need to see to feel like your life is complete?

When I was a little kid I used to dream of fantastic adventures. My fantasy travels were often fueled by the books I was reading or the movies my mom would put on for us to while away long summer afternoons. I dreamt of everything from bushwhacking through the jungles to sailing the high seas. I was always told my eyes were bigger than my stomach and it was pretty clear that my dreams were even bigger than that. I wanted all of everything and more. I wanted to see everything from Orlando to Timbuktu.

Despite my large dreams and lust for life I always assumed my dreams were just that, dreams. I spent my nights looking up in awe at the stars and wishing someone would scoop me up and make my travels possible. I never believed I could be in control of my own adventures.

With all that in mind, you would think today’s prompt would be super easy for me to answer. All of the places in the universe and all I have to pick is one that will make my life complete.

The 5 year old me would have told you I could die happy if I could just see Orlando, the 10 year old me would have told you the Amazonian rain forest, the 13 year old me would have told you Ireland, the 20 year old me would have told you California, and every single one of them would have said the moon would be cooler than all those combined.

There’s something that’s missing in all of those answers though.

What came next.

You see, the problem with choosing one penultimate place to see is that you end your story there. You close in your field of vision and you change your view. Either you become nervous about capturing your dream, you become overwhelmed in figuring out how to get there, or you capture your dream and then you’re left feeling lost, without purpose.

As I’ve grown older I’ve come to realize life isn’t defined by one special place. The true joy in life is based on what comes next. As a child I never would have guessed all the places I’d go. I had no way of knowing where my travels would take me. As it turns out, I much prefer it that way. While I do have places I’d like to see, my life isn’t controlled or defined by those places. The world is my playground and I can continue to explore it all.

So, to answer your question – what is one place you need to see to feel like your life is complete? My answer is simple – in order to feel like my life is complete I need to see what comes next.

With Love, Mia

Nov 17: Today I am thankful for cows. Thank you for being so delicious and for giving your lives to nourish our bodies.


Dude, where’s my car?

Last night we were laying in bed. It was some time after midnight and Tony had just fallen asleep. That was when it hit me.

“Hey, uh. We never got my car.”

After our date night on Friday we went for a drive and headed home. We decided we could grab my car from the commuter lot over the weekend. And then, like the dorks that we are, we didn’t.

Thankfully for me Tony had to head into work early so he dropped me off at my commuter lot this morning. He got me there earlier than I usually do. Haha, go figure. My car was, as usual, waiting for me when I arrived there after work. I say as usual because this wasn’t the first time we’ve forgotten to pick up my car. Oh what a beautiful mess we are.

That brings me to my zen tip of the day: Go with the flow.

Old me would have freaked out and demanded some sort of crazy solution or perhaps just berated us for being so irresponsible. ZenFichey, however, knew better. We both had a good laugh at ourselves and realized the reason we didn’t remember the car was because we spent the weekend having a blast together. That’s a trade I’d make every time. Even if it meant I had to walk to work this morning. (Though I’m super glad I didn’t have to!)

So just remember zen homies, go with the flow. If a situation doesn’t go as planned, relax and find a way forward. A calm head will get you through most things. You’ll be having more fun too.

With Love, Mia

Nov 16: Today I am thankful for fun-filled weekends.

Sunday Snippets

You know what I don’t feel like doing today? Writing.

You know what I’m doing today? Writing.

Well, sort of. I don’t feel like sharing any stories and don’t have a prompt that looks appealing. That means today will be tiny poem day. Aw, my little poemitas. Poemitas. That’s totally a word. For sure.

The fun part about these is that they’re stream of consciousness poems. What I’ll call stoc poems. For stoc poems you just type whatever falls out of your head.

Don’t think, just write.

Blue eyes and long hair
What does he see in her
Maybe it’s his penis

Why do the starfish cry out at night
While the rest of the world sleeps
Waves crash against the beach
The silence falls once more

Blue eyes and messy hair
Always running out the door
Where she’s going, it won’t matter

Until next time friends.

With Love, Mia

Nov 14: Today I am thankful for delivery drivers. Thank you for bringing me warm and delicious foods to eat.