Daily Prompts: Comedy of Errors(and bonus assignments !)

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Murphy’s Law says, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Write about a time everything did- fiction encouraged here, too!

Bonus Assignments: do you keep a notebook next to your bed? Good. Tomorrow morning jot down the first thought you have upon waking, whether or not it’s coherent.

Yesterday I got ready to go to the medical center for my flu’ shot. I did not check the bus schedule or the temperature outside, not a clever thing to do.Murphy’s Law means to be aware and I was not, I was sure I was going out at the right time to catch the bus.In my mind the bus would arrive at 12.30 pm.

There was no sign of the bus, it was an extremely cold and windy day. The bus schedule was what I thought it was, but it arrived at 1 pm.

I boarded the bus hoping the next one would be there (MUN Centre) when I arrive. There was no sign of the bus and I had to bear with the extreme cold temperature. When I saw there was another bus not the one I was waiting for, I went over, asked the bus driver about route no. 14, she told me  I’d have to wait another five minutes. This was after forty five minutes of waiting. I checked  my watch five minutes had passed. I kept wondering if going on a day like this was worth the flu’ shot I was going to get.

I arrived at the health centre at 1.55 pm, my appointment was at 2 pm. I was called in after a few minutes of waiting.

I checked the bus schedule, it said 2.30 pm , I was delighted I’d reach home by 3 pm. But the bus arrived at 3.45 pm which meant I was freezing outside.

I did not dress warm enough, I really could not tell how cold it was in my warm home.

The last bus I took was at 4.05 pm. The bus driver sat and waited for God knows whom. When he finally  decided to start moving I breathed a sigh of relief. It took about fifteen minutes to reach my stop. My watch indicated it was  4.30 pm I got off and hurried home. By this time  I was cold, hungry and tired!

I had gone for flu’ shots before, I did not have this much trouble getting the right bus.


DP Daily Prompt: Fight or Flight

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Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding, belly twisting nervousness: What caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?

It happened a couple of days ago, I was leisurely walking to the bus stop, suddenly I noticed the bus coming, I was a few yards away, I raised my hand a few times for the driver to see, I started walking as fast as I could. I did not want to miss the bus, it was a cold windy day.

I think I was justified to speed up the walking, if I didn’t, not only I’d miss the bus, I’d have to wait thirty minutes to catch the next one and it would be a pain for me, I’d be cold and impatient two things which would rouse my temper and I’d be pacing back and forth thinking should I go back home or should I stay!


DP Daily Prompts: Out of Breath

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We all seem to insist on busy, busy we constantly are.Let’s put things in perspective : tell us about the craziest, busiest, most hectic day you’ve had in the past decade.

I usually am not always so busy that it can be called the craziest, busiest,most hectic day I’ve had. When I have a day which is relatively quiet and peaceful anything added to it even if it’s kind of normal makes it a hectic day for me.

The past week I was in another city,I was trying to find a fall coat, there were many in different stores, but were not exactly appealing to me, some were too pricey, there was one I liked ,they didn’t have my size. I went looking for one from store to store, it was a cold rainy day, I had to go in and out of stores,this was becoming too hectic for me,at the end of the day I was walking faster and faster to catch the subway train to get to the right station.

When I was done running I arrived at the said station, I walked out it was  raining and windy. I wanted to wait , my daughter thought we must get out and start walking, our apartment was nine hundred meters away, which meant swift walking or else we’d be completely drenched, we reached it but had to climb the spiraled staircase of more than thirty stairs. When I reached the front of the door I was breathless!



DP Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy

After a winter blizzard, loss of power, cold house,    craving for warmth my definition of happiness has changed.

I had the most awful experience yesterday January 4th 2014.  We had a blizzard, the wind was blowing at  110 K.m/h an hour, heavy snow and to make matters worse we lost our power.

Lucky for me I had my breakfast before the power was turned off by the city. It lasted for over seven hours. The house was cold and there was danger of pipes freezing. I remember sitting in my living  room trying to read. My hands were frozen in the house. I put on my gloves,it was difficult to turn the pages.

Today the power was off again for an hour and a half.  They’re calling it a rolling blackout.  Fortunately the sun is shining,the wind has stopped blowing and there is no snow falling. This to me is Happiness. I feel like singing out loud, Happy Happy Joy Joy. We are warm today.


Tagore song sung by Deb Biswas Posted and translated by Ranu

On this moonlit night,

everyone has gone to the woods.

On this crazy windy spring,

they have gone to the woods.

I will not go my dear,I will not go,

I will remain in this house,

all alone.

I will stay in my corner,

I will not go out in this crazy windy spring.

My house has to be washed and mopped,

very carefully by me.

I will have to stay awake,

who knows when he will come,

if he remembers me.

on this moonlit night,

I will not go out to the woods,

on this crazy windy spring.

I will not go out on this moonlit night.