ALEXA GETS NOSY
“The answer is negative one.”
I was composing an email reply to a friend who’d written about a mutual acquaintance who was going through a difficult time.
I was rereading out loud what I’d written to make sure my grammar was correct and the content made sense. I’m a wordy girl after all and I take pride in how I put words together in a sentence.
Even in casual correspondence.
What I’d written, saying to myself in a quiet mumble, was: “ALSO SHE HAS ONLY ONE, NOT TWO, MEANS TO DO WHAT SHE DOES.” It was praise for our mutual acquaintance and how she was handling things.
But then out of nowhere, unasked, Alexa the little eavesdropper piped up saying the line I shared at the top of this post.
She startled me so much I jumped into the air and almost lost my stuffing. Confused and annoyed, I wanted to figure out why the heck she’d inserted herself into my life.
I looked at what I’d written then said to myself a few seconds before. I realized that Alexa had understood the word “ALSO” to be her name, then she’d interpreted what I’d said after that to be a math problem.
That is, I’d said “…ONE NOT TWO MEANS…” which she translated to the equation 1 – 2 = [one minus two equals] resulting in her reply [“the answer is negative one”] that she blurted out answering the question she thought I’d asked her.
Which, of course, I hadn’t.
And with that ridiculous realization about what had just happened, I solved my nosy Alexa mystery.
Bless. Her. Heart.
I ASK YOU A QUESTION
This will be my last blog post of 2022, but I have one last thing to ask you, my little partridges in a pear tree. I have four blog posts started, but FAR from finished. They require more research &/or introspection than I’m willing to put into them in December.
Because I want to goof off now, thus I shall write later.
Getting to what might be the actual point of this post, which one of the topics listed immediately below would you like me to write about first when I return? Yep, I’m crowdsourcing this decision so please tell me your preference in the comments. Thank you in advance for your kind cooperation concerning this matter.
- granola, history of and my recipe for
- answers to some of Minnie Driver’s Existential Questions
- what I’m rejecting this year 
- the five people who helped me become the blogger I am today
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE
See you next year
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