I confess…

Here’s one I tucked away to dive into later and which was inspired by this post from Christie at So what? Now What?

  • This is something which seems to come round on social media from time-to-time, and although I’ve never participated on those threads, I am unashamed to confess that I have neither watched nor read Game of Thrones, nor do I have any desire to do. Fortunately, Himself feels as I do, so I’m sure that won’t change.
  • I have never enjoyed exercise. I understand that people experience endorphin rushes from engaging in exercise, and get not only fitter but potentially thinner as well. Still, I have always found it an unpleasant slog. I enjoyed swimming when I was young and lived in the tropics, but over-chlorinated indoor pools in the UK have put me off the whole experience as an adult. I did a Marine PTI designed and run fitness programme when I gave up smoking decades ago, which I gained enormous satisfaction from – until I damaged my back with an unwise exercise. I walk a lot, as it helps to clear my mind, but those endorphins are still being elusive.
  • When I sing along with songs, I switch octaves as I go along to suit my limited vocal range. This has become such an ingrained practice that, when I did a Karaoke duet with a friend, I did it without noticing it. Fortunately my friend is an extremely skilled singer who simply raised her eyebrows, then switched to pick up my slack. I sang alto in the school choir, and I’m going to guess that not much popular music fits that range.
  • I need to withdraw from time-to-time. To simply stay in my PJs, to read a book (or two), to ignore my overloaded to-do list, to ignore my phone, to not go out for my daily walk, to do a bit of writing, to be by myself. And sometimes one day just isn’t enough. I’ve always believed I’m an extravert (and test as such), but realise that while I really do enjoy the company of other people, time alone is how I recharge – which rather challenges than belief.
  • I do have regrets, even though I do not to allow myself to dwell there. A few are things I’ve done, but the ones which I think most about are things I’ve not done. Choices I’ve avoided out of fear, chances I’ve not taken taken for the same reason – the fear of failing. When I look at bravery or courage, I know I have them within me, as they’ve been there when I’ve faced physical danger. But taking a chance on something – that’s when they’ve deserted me. I know its my brain doing its job to keep me safe, and maybe those physical dangers I’ve experienced have made it over-active in its protection of me. It’s something I’m working on changing, despite being 65 years old.
  • I like to eat crisps/potato chips straight from the packet. Himself insists they get poured into a little bowl in order to be “more civilized” which – as you might imagine – shames me into not arguing πŸ˜‰ But I really do prefer the direct-from-packet experience. There – that confession felt cathartic!

Do you have any confessions you’d like to share? Or comments and suggestions about those I’ve made? As ever, if you decide to do a post like this yourself, please do tag me (and Christie)!

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  1. Never watched GOT, stopped watching Breaking Bad and Succession because they bored me. Don’t listen to true crime podcasts. Hate jeans. This is fun. I might have to borrow this idea

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  2. I haven’t tried Succession and Breaking Bad did get boring. We watched Better Call Saul for a while, but it somehow fell off our list and we never got to see the end. I feel a nudge to Himself coming on….

    Do borrow the list. It was enjoyable. I may find myself repeating it sometime!

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  3. I read “Game of Thrones” and stopped after 1.5 books. Should have stopped sooner. Had no interest in seeing the TV show, especially not after hearing reports that it was made by sons of network execs with no experience in entertainment. Not shocked they put their misogynistic wet dreams of violence on screen. I stand by my decision and with you!

    I don’t love exercise either, except for competitive partner dancing or volleyball. Both of those are off the table now, so it’s walking with the dog(s), which I do enjoy every morning. Except in the dark when I get a spiderweb in my face. I only do stretching and yoga to stave off pain and keep walking!

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  4. Oh Autumn, it’s lovely to have you in my corner on GoT, as I got bombarded by people *insisting* that I’d love it, when it really didn’t sound my thing, and that was before I found about all the TV show’s nonsense. Also Kit whatshisname is pleasant enough, but nothing to get all steamed up over (in my clearly, no so humble opinion!)

    If there wasn’t a need to scoop the poop, I’d be getting a dog to keep me walking as I can get flaky in bad weather πŸ˜‰

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  5. I’m with you on the exercise, although I did just join the gym. We get a free membership with our health insurance and I’m all about free stuff. Plus my daughter will go with me so it’s a win/win. I haven’t watched GOT either and don’t care to. I occasionally binge watch on Netflix but it has to be something really good. Yes, chips in the bag. Who wants to have to wash a dish – unless there is company and then yes, in a bowl. I agree about the down time as well but I am most definitely an introvert (tested several times) so it makes sense for me. Great post Deb!

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  6. Oh, this made me laugh about eating directly from the crisp packages. I’m constantly after my wife to “use a plate!” or similar, as she likes to eat everything from her hands. It’s turned into an unspoken test of wills between us. πŸ™‚ Solidarity here with Game of Thrones. It seemed like too much of an emotional investment for me. Keep singing in whatever chord makes you happy, Debs! – Marty

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  7. Oh free gym membership with health insurance is a brilliant way to get people using it, but nice work on sorting out a routine so you do Janet – kudos! Yes, my introverted tendencies came as a real surprise to me. I do still test extravert, although it’s borderline now, whereas it was previously way off the charts. Thanks Janet πŸ™‚

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  8. Oh ho, this time I’ve got Gorgeous in my gang (I’m doing a happy little dance πŸ˜€ ). My singing thing is a really bad habit, especially as I was properly trained in school – so long ago that I’ve forgotten the disciplines!

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  9. Thanks for the shout-out, Debs! I enjoyed reading your confessions. I haven’t watch GOT either and have no desire to, based on what I’ve heard about it. I occasionally eat chips/crisps straight from the bag, but can get myself into trouble that way, as I can’t seem to stop! I enjoy Orangetheory Fitness and walking/running outdoors. Even though that is true, I must admit I have to talk myself into starting most days…but I’m never disappointed once I get going. Yes to a day or two in pjs! And I like to sing along, but the sound is sometimes less than harmonious!

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  10. Withdrawal time is essential to restore the balance of things…..hectic\busy/people/toward time vs slow, relaxed self-focused time/inwardπŸ‘ŒπŸ˜Š

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  11. Oh, boy. Any confessions I make here I’m sure I’d regret later, so I’ll just go along with your Game of Thrones thing. No desire whatsoever. Same with Dr. Who.

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  12. I have no idea where my replies went (WP glitch anyone, it couldn’t be me losing my mind – surely).

    You’re right Ally, you did do some serious confessing in that post, but thank you for saying you like mine πŸ™‚

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  13. Christie, as I said to Ally, I’ve no idea what happened to my last batch of replies, but let me try again.

    My pleasure for the shout out & my thanks again for providing the inspiration. I know what you mean about the straight out of the bag option being dangerous sometimes πŸ˜‰ Maybe Himself is really just trying to save me from myself rather than trying to shame my guilty secret!

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  14. Yes, yes, yes Cheryl. Even though it took me many a decade to realise. Clearly you achieved wisdom way younger than I did πŸ™‚

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  15. Oh Mark, I’m disappointed πŸ˜‰ I’ll accept that you threw in the token confession of Dr Who. I’ve watched the odd episode but never got in to it myself. I didn’t catch any during the David Tennant or Matt Smith tenures, so can’t say if they’d have changed my mind. I suspect not…

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  16. I’ve been having weirdnesses with my WP comments, too. The system currently tells me I have 10 more comments on my last post, than are on the post. It only matters to me because I wouldn’t want someone to think I was being rude by not replying, except there’s nothing to reply to that I can see.

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  17. WP is wonderful when it all works, but when it doesn’t…. it’s set to drive us to distraction. Hope you find your lost sheep Ally πŸ™‚

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  18. Agree with you about GOT – and Breaking Bad (latter as big shame as so good at the start) I also do the octave switching – and why not? Have you tried watching Borgen (on iPlayer)?

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  19. Hi Caroline, we’ve not watched Borgen, but it looks right up our street – thank you πŸ™‚ We’re currently watching Beck on Amazon prime and are rapidly catching up with past seasons. Both Himself & I are big fans of Scandi-TV although some of the subtitling is a hoot.

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  20. Thanks – Beck looks like it might have potential. Agree about subtitling – outrageous, as it gives a second class service to those with hearing impairment

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  21. Yes indeed. Language is a wonderful thing but, with poor subtitling, the nuances are lost. I know we pick up more than most as, by watching a lot of Scandi-TV, I’ve picked up a fair bit, let alone the fact that my other half already has a good working understanding of both Swedish & Norwegian. Hope you enjoy Beck.

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  22. I completely agree with you on all of these! I’d go even further with the chips/crisps and say that the first few chips/crisps are the best tasting!

    What a fun idea for a post! πŸ’•

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  23. So agree with you Kari – the first out the packet are so full of the promise of more!

    Christie gets the credit for the idea, but I love seeing it spread πŸ™‚

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