Just now, I was preparing some lessons and read: "When a substance dissolves in H2O..." and at that point the voice inside my head informed me that it was time to switch gears and spend some time in the right brain, lest I become too one-dimensional
|When Nerds Play|
not my artwork, don't know whose...
Really, I do have a strong urge to draw something, or throw some paint around. The last time I suppressed that urge for too long, I ended up splattering paint all over a few walls and getting a tattoo!
Early last week, a neighbor whom I find irritating came over and asked me if I would call her when I go out to take China for her beauty walks. She wanted to come with us. "Ugh!" (or something like that), I thought to myself. But on the outside, I said, "Uhm... yeah, okay" Inside: "Shucks!" (or something like that).
If I'd seen it coming, I would have had a ready declining response, but she took me by surprise. I did manage to tell her that I don't take China out at a necessarily consistent time of day. "Just whenever I fit it in with other stuff". That was fine with her. "Fudge!"
Let me just say that she's not a bad person. It's just that her personality grates on me. We're neighbors, she's just a couple of years older than I am, our kids are around the same ages, but our similarities stop with the externals. Inside, we're nearly polar opposites of each other - something she strangely doesn't seem to notice. I find it a struggle to chat with her out of neighborliness, let alone go on walks with her. She can be a bit clingy.
Now I know what you might be thinking. "Ah, just let her walk with you already!", but I did that before. Years ago, when we first moved here, I would take Meego out regularly in the jogging stroller for our daily airing outs. She asked then, like now, if she could come with us. I said, "Uhm... yeah, okay", then ended up regretting it. The walks somehow thankfully stopped. I don't remember how, but I was very grateful for it.
Yeah, so anyway, I've just not called her, although I've taken China on usual daily walks each day since her request. I kind of feel like the sleazy date who says he'll call, but then never does.