Lately, what with having fractured my hand (isn't it cool how I can type, but I can't write or do any other important work?), I have had pretty much nothing to do. Naturally, I sit at home, glued to the computer, all day.
Now, if you are as crazy about How I Met Your Mother as I am, you have probably recognized the title as a dialogue from the episode Robots vs. Wrestlers. Yep, that's what Barney Stinson says about a party full of 'stuffy, pretentious snoots'. There are two things that totally crack me up in that episode: first, the part where Marshall says that William Defoe sounds like a frog talking to a parrot(it totally does!); and second, how totally excited Ted is about meeting the editor of the New York Times crossword. That's what I was watching today, when I realized that I've never ever tried solving a crossword puzzle!
A few months back, one of my best friends wrote a totally inspiring blog post on how she loves solving rubik's cubes. I've never tried solving one; and I don't think I'll be able to, either. I was obsessed, though, with playing all sorts of word games a few years back. My sister and I used to literally spend hours solving word jumbles together. I remember one time we were playing Word Challenge on Facebook; and by the time we were ready to stop, my hands had turned into claws and her eyes were hurting! So, quite confident about it; I decided to try solving a crossword today, you know, just to see if I could.
I wasn't quite pleased with myself, though, when after a few minutes, the only two things I had managed to "solve" were: ''Four letters, Red Planet'' and ''___, humbug''! Even after some time, it just got worse: I only got two more words, one of which was a name. As you can imagine, it didn't take long for me to realize that I suck at solving crosswords. A lot. Maybe it'll take lot more time and practice for me to get to the point where I can solve an entire crossword, or understand what Ted says about the whole lyric baritone thing.
At least I know I still have a long way to go before I reach that level of ultimate douchiness. That's definitely a relief!
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The Dew Eagle, at NewMyths.com - a fantasy-romance short story based in Native American mythology.
Beauty's Heir, at Brilliant Flash Fiction Magazine - a story about a woman uncovering a long-kept secret.
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