This month I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, drawing from my “Grab Bag of Delectable and Occasionally Edifying Interwebby Wonderments.”
Sweet! We’ve made it to “S” in the bloggy marathon–congratulations to everyone who’s still standing and to everyone who was foolhardy enough to make the attempt, even if they’ve had to bow out since. Real life does have a way of interrupting our best laid plans.
I have a couple of “S” topics for you today, neither remotely related to the other, but never let it be said that I let logic get in my way.
First up, spinning tops. Why spinning tops, you ask? Because they spin, of course! They spin and spin and wobble and fall, and they’re utterly mesmerizing as they do so. They’re also excellent stress-relievers.
But what to do if you’re all stressy and woe-ish and you don’t have a top on hand? I’m so glad you asked.
- Hie yourself over here to find out how to Make a Homemade Spinning Top using just a nail, a toothpick, a small plastic lid, and a hammer.
- Or, if you’re fresh out of toothpicks and lids, pillage your journal for a sheet of paper and make an origami spinning top.
- For those of you with 3D printers, did you know that Disney has created an algorithm that can turn all kinds of unusual things into spinning tops–tea pots, rubber armadillos, cuboidal yo yos.
Next on our agenda:
Solitary or Social: A 5-Question Quiz
This highly scientific quiz will help you determine whether you’re a naturally gregarious or innately solitary individual. You probably already have an inkling, being you and all, but allow me to help you confirm your suspicious. Keep a running tally of the number of * and the number of # you rack up as you answer the questions. The scoring key follows the test.
- Would you rather:
- Go to a tea party with 10 close friends and eat cake and petits fours? (*)
- Sit in a closet by yourself and eat mud pies? (#)
- Go to a tea party with 10 strangers and eat mud pies, because mud! and pie! and people! (**)
- If offered the choice between meeting someone through an online dating service or being set up on a blind date, you would:
- Beg to be allowed to do both because meeting people is the coolest thing ever regardless of how humiliating the circumstances. (**)
- Opt for the online dating service and then bail at the last minute and never check your email again. (#)
- Sit in a closet and eat mud pies until both offers were rescinded. (##)
- How many times this week did you hang out with people besides your family?
- Every day, twice a day! Because people are awesome and I love them and I never want to beat them off with sticks! (**)
- Only once. My dentist counts, right? (#)
- I don’t understand this word “people.” Please explain. (##)
- If you were trapped alone in a cabin in the middle of the woods, you would:
- Make friends with the mice and the spiders and have adorable little mouse/spider parties. (**)
- Take the opportunity to write your memoirs. (#)
- Think you’d died and gone to heaven. (##)
- Are you ever at a loss for how to start a conversation?
- Of course not! Because people are awesome and I want to know every last thing about every one of them and I want them to know every last thing about me! (**)
- Sometimes, but I find if I smile encouragingly, people usually start talking about themselves. (*)
- Shut up and pass me a mud pie. (##)
Add up your # and your *.
- More than 5 * means you are a highly social individual. More than 8* means you’re quite possibly insanely annoying, or maybe simply insane.
- More than 5# means you are truly a solitary being. More than 8# means you have all the makings of a well-adapted serial killer.
I won’t ask you to share your scores.