It’s Time for Some Fresh Air

Summer time, and it’s getting hot. So hot, I had to buy this gum:

This gum will make you happyWould you look at this gum in its cute, little box with such a catchy phrase? I fell for it, completely. Truth be told, psst…I’m a marketer’s wet dream. I paid $1.99 for this little box containing eight pieces of Chiclets-sized gum.

The gum up close and personal

When my son tried a piece, he said, “Crappy Gum for your happy life.” Ha! Pretty good, I thought.

I actually bought it knowing that the company that makes this product, Blue Q, is an equal-opportunity employer and provides jobs for the disabled. Plus, they have products that are all about Cat Butts. What’s not to love? There, I just did a bunch of free advertising for a company. A marketer’s wet dream, as I said.

The truth is I’m completely unfocused these days getting lost in the blog fog, wandering around in my PJs, consuming nothing but frosted flakes and beer. All my hard superwomen boot camp workouts for naught!

Plus, my sister is visiting, I need to return overdue library books, and finish up a story that remains unwritten. Not to mention, I’m talking about gum, which I don’t even chew, although I’m chewing a piece right now. What is it about this little box?

A look inside this adorable, little, flowered box.
A look inside this adorable, little, flowered box.

This is my cue to take a little break. Exit stage left…

Your blogs are so tempting, yes, you’re that good….I need to formally excuse myself from the blogosphere. I can’t stop reading you. I just put another piece of gum in my mouth. I’m feeling anxious.

I’m taking a blog vacay, as they say. I’m unplugging…

Don’t you forget about me. I will miss you, but I will be back. Stay cool.

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63 thoughts on “It’s Time for Some Fresh Air

  1. Oh, the gum! I don’t chew gum either. But, yellow is my favorite color and gum that has a hard shell is especially irresistible.
    Happy for you . . . Enjoy your break. Get out of those pjs and move onto to the fresh air. Just look at me, I lasted an entire 12 hours! 😉

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    1. Anka, I’m so laughing with you…it will be a test of will, definitely! So far, you see, I’m not really on vacation….yeah, right. Thanks, miss. I will enjoy it. It will be good to come to it after a real break. And you, too, enjoy it! Soak it up. 🙂

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    1. Weebs, the taste of the gum reminded of Wrigley’s gum. It had a fruity taste. It was just so-so. Nothing to scream about it, but I’m thinking most gum tastes the same, more or less. Oh, I’ll miss you, too! I’m sure I’ll be back here before you know it. Thanks, Weebs.

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  2. See you soon, Amy. Know that you will be missed, but I’ll look forward to your return. Somehow I’ll get by without your Friday Fictioneers, really, I’ll miss them…a lot…

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    1. Oh, Cathy. That’s one of the sweetest things I’ve heard yet. I never know if anyone ever cares very much. I so appreciate that. Thank you, thank you. Don’t worry, I probably won’t be able to stay away for too long…

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  3. I hope you have a lovely blogging break, hopefully better than your gum was! I’ll miss you a lot and if there is no blog net friday, I will no doubt have forgotten you are in the fresh air and think to myself. WTF? Where has Amy got to? Ahhh yeah, she’s chillin’!

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  4. Have a good break. If you are into frosted flakes and beer then maybe you do need a break.
    This gum of course is evidence that happiness can be purchased at your local store……how good is that.

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    1. Thanks, Summer. If only happiness could be purchased in a little, flowered box…It’s at least temporary happiness. I may keep the box around, the gum is gone, as it brings a smile to my face. I’ll be laying off the beer and cereal, too. See you soon!

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    1. Thanks, David. I’ll miss you, too. It is a hard thing to do, isn’t it? Yes, the blogging is wildly addictive, and it will be a test of my will power. I just feel I’m letting a lot of things go, and this is a good time to spend with family. Once I get blogging, I can get kind of lost in it. Plus, I do want to get a story completed. I’m sure I won’t last that long, but hopefully I’ll get my story written. I think you’ve been really productive lately! I can’t even keep up! I’m proud of you.

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      1. The problem is that I spend my time writing blog stories and neglect my bigger projects, like editing novels. I should have more time in the summer, possibly, so that should help.

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  5. Aww, everyone’s taking a blogging vacation these days! You cool people need to stick around. I hope you enjoy it though!

    That said, that gum looks so cute! I would’ve fallen for it too, haha.

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  6. Amy, I can understand why you love that gum box. It makes me happy just looking at it. I understand your blogging vacay. I’m doing the same. Take care of you and I’ll see you when I see you. xo

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    1. Thanks, Brigitte. Oh, it’s good to see you! I haven’t really taken a break since I began blogging, so I’m feeling like it’s time and a good time to do it! Enjoy your break, too! See you when we get back. xo

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  7. Have fun doing whatever it is you’re going to do, do it well, and see you when you get back.

    *wanders off to try and find a blog even half as delightful to read til she gets back*

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  8. Gum is weird. We gnaw away but don’t really *do* anything. Maybe that’s not the point — to do something. I hope you enjoy your vacay and maybe NOT get anywhere. Maybe just enjoy being where you are, with less noise and busy-ness. I’ll miss you!

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    1. Right, Tania, I get what you’re saying completely. Maybe in trying to NOT get somewhere, I’ll end up somewhere, and I will, whether I like it or not. I will try to enjoy the moment. Thanks. I’ll miss you, too!

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  9. It looks like we are both taking a break at the same time?! Great minds, right?! Anyway, it goes without saying that I will be back to catch-up with you as soon as I am back. I hope you enjoy your time with your sister! And please have a wonderful break, Amy! It’s very well deserved!
    🙂

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  10. I hear you.. boy do I hear you. I am pretty sure I just spent 8 hrs reading blogs and responding, after being away a week! So, when you come back, the pile up may cause massive guilt. Just be warned. I couldn’t help but think that your gum belonged on my First World Problems post… enjoy the break!

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    1. Well, I’m going to have to read this First World Problem post. You are more than welcome to swipe it from me! I think I will move forward when I return, knowing I probably can’t read everything! I just need to get some other writing done. So far, not much progress….next week, I’m going to attack it! Thanks.

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      1. No, missed communication here… I was saying that the gum bit sounded like it fit on my post called First World Problems… your sons comment crappy gum, for happy lives (something like that?)… Who’s on first? 😉

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  11. Please don’t go…. I’ve a feeling my life may become meaningless without you. But if you want to inflict a deep sense of personal hollowness on me, then that’s up to you. You’re just not the person I thought you were.
    Sad. Very sad.
    😉

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    1. I’m back just to tell you I’m here for you whenever you need me, dear Becky!!! Just holler, and I’ll appear, like a magical fairy. I’ll sprinkle fairy dust on you and make all your dreams come true.

      P.S. It’s still really hot here!!! I want some raindrops.

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  12. I’m on a blog vacay, too, of sorts. I just didn’t announce it so everyone probably thinks I’m dissing them. Such is life. We will resume writing about our crappy and sometimes gripping lives, come September.
    Peace out, beautiful lady. Have fun and relax. 😉
    Lisa
    xoxo

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