You learn something new every day

Today I learned, among other things, I’m not very creative when trying to write between 6 and 10 p.m.

Here I sit at a new Starbucks, somewhere in the blob that it is Phoenix, while the Boyfriend is off playing tennis. I have a few hours of uninterrupted time — and have I written anything? Nope. I’ve spent too many precious minutes catching up on emails, tweets and Facebook.

New StarbucksGuess it’s a good thing I don’t get paid to be creative at this time of night. Between 6 and 10 p.m. is when I’m deep in the throes of putting together the next morning’s newspaper. That’s probably why I’m having trouble.

I haven’t been completely unproductive. I did write a post for my writing blog. I’ve also been exploring my author website, arlenehittle.com. It’s still under construction, but I love what Larissa has done with it so far.

And now I’m blogging here.

That counts for something, right?

Other things I’ve learned lately:

— Phoenix has about ten jillion movie theaters.

Sadly, none of the ones near the tennis center were playing “Girl Most Likely.” What is up with a 30-screen theater only showing about 12 different movies? You’d think with 30 freakin’ screens, they could have a wider variety.

Must be like cable TV: 200 channels and STILL nothing on.

The Boyfriend and I ended up seeing “The Way, Way Back” instead. As the one who puts together the movie section for the paper, I’d read a little about it; he went in blind. I told him we could always sneak into “Grown Ups 2” if it really sucked … At least I was going to tell him that until I got wrapped up in the story. It took all of five minutes.

It ended up being a great little movie — but I had no idea Steve Carrell was in it. So was Toni Collette, Allison Janney and Amanda Peet. Lots of faces I recognized.

— Coke Zero is far superior to Diet Coke.

When those two are the only choices in the fountain, Coke Zero is the way to go. I’d still rather have Diet Dr Pepper than either one, though.

— Starbucks closes at 10 p.m.

It’s 9:23 now, and still no sign of my ride. Not looking forward to sitting outside in the still-90+-degree heat. Why is it still nearly 100 degrees after dark? Thought desert temperatures were supposed to drop quickly once the sun drops below the horizon.

Mango-Orange Smoothie— When I don’t eat a proper meal, I nibble. A lot.

Okay, that should be old news. Hope the Boyfriend arrives armed with dinner.

On the plus side, I discovered Starbucks’ mango-orange smoothie is pretty darn tasty. I grabbed one at about 8 p.m. when I remembered I was supposed to tweet a photo of my smoothie for Colourful Palate’s August #colourfulsmoothie challenge.

I read someone post about the challenge on Twitter and decided it sounded right up my alley. I like smoothies; I don’t have much time to cook. If I can win prizes for such lax kitchen habits, all the better.

Being away from my kitchen — and even the Boyfriend’s — I took some help from the Bux. It qualifies, right? It is colorful (read: not brown, like my fave Starbucks chocolate-banana smoothie).

— I’m going to have trouble typing #coloUrfulsmoothie.

Every. Damn. Time.

Ah well. Doesn’t training your brain prevent Alzheimer’s?

 

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