She had to shake her head at his desire for exotic pets. ”We’d need a house with proper land before we could get crazy with the pets.” Their arms connected at the hands swung slightly as they walked. ”Maybe after Christmas or something we could get a furbaby. I can always walk home on my lunch break to check in on them, that would help.” Lauren tried to picture their apartment with a cat or dog and warmed by the thought of a little furry face always home to greet them. The reached the border of the park, “Where do you want to go, babe?”
"That’s what I’m saying! We need the house with the yard, big enough for my garden, my luxury tree house, the small tree house - so, that means that we need at least two big trees in the yard…" He smiled to himself. It was one the the clearest images in his mind. Not a daydream. Goals. "We’ll see. It’ll maybe be good to get a couple? So that they could have a sibling. Dudley won’t count to them." He continued walking as he thought, "Probably we should find somewhere with a little bit of light. Even though we’ve got a flash, i wanna be able to see, anyway."
Understandable. It’s not something to wander into lightly. She’s two, going on twenty five.
Exactly. I have wanted kids for a long time. It started with me wanting siblings, then grew the longer I went without them and just became a thing of my personality. Awww, that’s a fun age! My goddaughter’s almost 4 and her little brother just turned 1.
He was just were she left him, sitting on the ground with a lap full of happy puppy, when she returned a few minutes later a bag in hand. ”I think his daddy was the one in line behind me, so your new buddy should be on his way soon.” She couldn’t help but beam at how happy Joe seemed. It was nice to see his broad smile undimmed. Lauren helped Joe brush off the back of his pants when he stood, giving his rear a playful squeeze when she passed over the seat of his pants with her palm. ”Maybe soon we can adopt a doggie at our place,” she mused as they headed the couple blocks towards the park.
Joe stuck his tongue out for concentration purposes as he stood up and then dusted himself off. He winked at Lauren for her generous pass made at him, “If you’re getting fresh with me, Milady, I must say that I approve.” He watched the dog happily send them off and commented, “I’d honestly love to get a pet some time soon, and yes, a proper pet, like a cat or a dog, or both. That’s not to say that I’m over my Tasmanian devil, wolf and peacock dreams. I just don’t want to get a new member of the family then have to leave the poor guy at home all day everyday for the next few months.”
She nodded and squeezed Joe’s hand, registering the sour look that passed his face. She itched to ask what it was about, but this was a celebration and she didn’t want to spoil it. ”They will definitely love that.” They approached the front of the store where a sweet brown dog was leashed, happily waiting for his person in the store. Lauren leaned over and kissed Joe’s cheek. ”Why don’t you play with the pup and I’ll be out in just a minute?” She knew the couple things she wanted to grab and she knew it would be a very quick stop and she wanted to surprise him a little, even if it was just with the snacks.
Joe expounded about the statue, “I realized that I have never given them one before, and with their anniversary presents, you know that they’re more aimed at Mo than D. He could care less about an anniversary gift, as long as he’s still got his Rosie, he’s set. I’m wondering what to get - like an angel or a Jesus or something… I saw a Sasquatch that I loved, but Mo would look at me like a crazy person if I got that for them… So, I’m gonna get that for myself, whenever there is a house with a yard for it.” Stopped in front of the dog, Joe went into immediate gush mode, talking baby talk to the animal as he sat down next to it, with no regard for his dress clothes, “Oooh, look at this little guy, here! You are just too adorable!” He said, petting the doggie on the neck and ears.
1. Research shows that our mind wanders about 30% of the time. It occurs regardless of what we are doing – sitting in a lecture, driving the car, cooking dinner, or talking to a friend.
2. Everybody’s mind wanders regularly. It takes concentrated effort to stay on task.
3. Having a wandering mind is different from daydreaming. Day dreaming involves having stray thoughts, random fantasies, or briefly indulges in wishes and “what if” scenarios. In contrast, a wandering mind is where we allow our mind to think about something specific, which is different from the task in front of us right now.
3. A wandering mind can actually be a good thing. It allows part of our brain to focus on one thing while freeing other parts to also think through other goals, responsibilities and tasks.
4. However, a wandering mind can be a bad thing, too. It can cause us to miss important facts and details, and to zone out when something really needs our full, and undivided, attention.
5. Research conducted by the UC, Santa Barbara shows that people whose minds tend to wander more are often more creative and better problem solvers.
I don’t believe so. It’s hard to set a goal for that sort of thing when success depends on whether or not people are going to continue using less water. It’d be interested to research things further. I don’t have any of the answers you’re looking for. I just know what I’ve caught in the news and picked up in conversation.
Yeah. That makes sense. I’m going to look that up… like some other time, when I’m not enjoying my lazy. What has your night been made up of?
Sure. Or what they didn’t say. I don’t think too much on kids, myself. I’m happy to spoil my niece in the meantime.
That’s true too. I think about it a lot, but I try not to talk about it too much. I have a lot of amazing kids in my life and I love them and all, it just makes me want my own that much more. Of course, I realize that now is not the time, so it isn’t happening right away. How old is your niece?
Oh yeah? Well, I know it’s easier to make friends, or acquaintances at least to become aware of people around you.
Yeah, I’ve met some cool people that I might not have been exposed to, otherwise. It works out.
“Oh shiiit, no wonder Petey hasn’t commented on anything I’ve said on Facebook for a couple days. I bet he’s pissed at us. We should send him something as a belated birthday gift,” Lauren mused as much to herself as to Joe as they exited the lobby of their building and headed towards the park. “What do you think Mo and D would want for their anniversary? Other than a wedding and a grandbaby?” she chuckled as she asked. They were approaching the small market that was between their place and the park, and her mind started drifting to what to buy for an easy, light picnic dinner.
He waved a hand about Petey, “He probably thinks that I don’t want to talk to him. He’ll be fine and I will too.” He frowned, not really wanting to think about the last time that he talked to Petey. He raised an eyebrow at her mention of D and Mo’s constant family pushing. He wasn’t going to get into that either. Last time he hypothetically spoke about it, it rubbed her the wrong way. ”They have everything else that they want. I was just going to get them an engraved garden statue or something.”
You just have to hope that the environment rights itself in one way or another for the most part. There are conversation plans in place; the governor is advocating a 20% reduction in water usage. State-wide, I think we’re around 7.5%. Yes, I gathered that much. Like I said, that’s one way to look at it.
With the conservation plans in place, is there an estimate of how long it may be before things are squared away? I wonder how they implement that, as well. Also, I wonder if there are ways for some places to transport their water to other places… now I’ve gone and made a list of things for me to look into out of curiousity.
Haha, all good. Years, huh? I know too well how possible that can be in a big city, but being older than I was when I didn’t really have much control over my day-to-day and being social, I think becoming acquainted with new people is a lot more..accessible now.
Meeting people outside of work and school hasn’t been my greatest accomplishment. But, I must say that this accessibility has greatly changed that. Though, I know that I still have the propensity to simply push the awareness of other living humans way to the back of my brain somewhere.
That’s an interesting way to look at it. I can’t say most kids are affected by their parents’ cautionary tales, but it’s a nice thought. I think we’re all works in progress, especially at this age. Swooning. She’s a sweetheart.
They aren’t affected, really. But, they tend to remember the things that their parents said. I can only hope… I don’t even have children, so what am I going on about? It’s too easy for me to get carried away in thought when I’m lounging about.
So y’all are a bunch of old people? I’m not surprised by that statement at all. No clue. I guess we’ll just figure out what works for us when we move.
I’ve always been an old person. Now, I’ve gone and ruined her with it, as well. Inside, I’m Benjamin Button. I was born an old man. That’s one of the best things, actually. Building up new things together.