Putting Zip in the Doo Dah

No, I’m not talking about little, blue, diamond-shaped pills, although those can be helpful. But that’s a whole different kind of zip, and an entirely different doo dah. I’m talking about when life is like a flat river, gently flowing with nary a ripple to disturb the surface of the water. That’s my life these days. It’s not good, it’s not bad. I’m coasting, or in a holding pattern, or hunkered down, call it what you will. All I know is my life currently lacks zip.

This often happens in the summertime in the desert. 0oo9027-R1-009-3MC900058207MC900058207The days are long and hot and you have to get out early to get chores done and then there’s like another whole day to fill in because it stays light until nine. A person can only sit at the computer tapping away for a certain number of hours. It’s even too hot for the pool after about 11 a.m. The sun is brutal and the water is as warm as a baby’s bath.

I can always tell when I’ve reached one of these holding patterns because there’s nothing for me to report on Facebook. Now that’s just sad. I can’t believe I thought it let alone wrote it! But it’s true. Ha ha. I often feel like writing, “Same as the day before, and the one before that.” So that brings me back to zip. It’s an interesting word.

The dictionary defines it thus: A brief sharp hissing sound. Energy; vim. A zipper. To move with a sharp hissing sound. To move or act with a speed that suggests such a sound. Zip!
Woman with Arms in the AirYou can also think of zip in regard to zipping the lips. Or zipping the dress, or unzipping the jeans. Or adding zest to a recipe. A few spices, some seasoning and you’ve added zip. Reading a racy book or watching a sexy movie could add zip to your day. Walking the treadmill might add zip to your step. Lemon in your drinking water adds zip. Got any other ideas?

It’s going to reach 110 degrees today. I think I’ll zip on over to the air-conditioned mall, zip around it for exercise, and then zip over to the theaters. A movie sounds good. What are you doing?

And in case you haven’t got quite enough zip in your own life, here’s an ear worm for you:


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14 Responses to Putting Zip in the Doo Dah

  1. Hi Roben! I love that song! And now I shall be singing it in my head all day. Thank you. 😉

    I always struggle with what to report on FB – I’m boring!

    • Marie Miller says:

      Hi Robena,
      Yeah, I know what you mean. I’ve had the zip zapped out of me for several months now. Mainly due to some med. problems and other unforeseen challenges that crossed my path. So I have also been on a holding pattern for a while… I am one of those that mosey along at a snail’s pace mostly. It’s that island-laid-back blood in me I believe…lol.
      I promised myself and Pua (my four-legged buddy) that I would get back into writing this summer… So far it has been slow but this last week it has picked up speed. I think the zip is back – wish me luck.
      Enjoy your movie and stay cool!


      • robena grant says:

        Well, Marie, I don’t know how you got up here…maybe you were in moderation for a while. Another holding pattern. Ha ha. Thanks for coming by. Glad to hear the writing has picked up speed. That deserves a celebration!

  2. robena grant says:

    Hi, Robin. I know. FB is an odd place. Yesterday I got a notice on my author page that it had not been updated in six days. Guess I’d been visiting my regular page only. So, I made the same comment as on the personal…that’ll get them off my back. Ha ha.

  3. Janie Emaus says:

    I’m zipping to my Part Time job. Then to the gym. Then zipping home to write. I know what you mean, though. About life just coasting along. I think it means something Big is about to Zip in!

  4. Cindy says:

    I was in that holding pattern for about ten years I think! Or maybe it only feels like that. Funny but in Michigan this past winter held me captive in my igloo. Every day the same. A good same (writing) but still. Now things are starting to move. Was making appointments today and had to say no twice due to the book filling up! Enjoy the show:))

  5. robena grant says:

    I get that, Cindy. I’m sure my hot, dry summer is the same as your long, cold winter, at least in respect to being housebound. I don’t know how you do it in cold weather states. As long as I stay inside I’m okay, but that makes me itchy. : ) Saw Jersey Boys yesterday. May see Chef today. If I get my writing done.

  6. Sam Beck says:

    See, I’m the opposite. I like calm, predictable days. I like to coast. I’m jealous!!! I also like movies. I heard 22 Jump Street is hilarious. Plus…Channing…just sayin’.

    • robena grant says:

      You like calm!!!! What is with you girlfriend? Ha ha. No seriously, you’re a mother of a youngster. I remember those days and sleepless nights. I also recall desiring some peace and quiet. My, how things change. Thanks for the movie tip!

  7. Isn’t that also called “Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer” Ear worm right back at ya, sister. 🙂
    I sat Million Dollar Arm yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sweet story, fun, and uplifting in all the right parts. Not especially zippy, but it just might do?

  8. robena grant says:

    Yep, Lynne. I’ve just entered the housebound days. Sigh. Wish I had money for a trip to the beach. Ah well, there’s always the hot, sweaty days of San Anton to look forward to. : )
    I heard that movie was good, thanks. I have Chef on my next up list. Today, maybe, but only if I get the writing done.

  9. I feel like I might have a bit too much zip in my life right now. I’m interviewed on Cheryl Yeko’s blog today. http://www.cherylyeko.com/ I worked all night Friday on a film; have class in an hour and two childrens’ ms to critique. And I am way behind in revision.
    My book was supposed to be free on Amazon this week. My publisher instead listed it at 99 cents. Since I spent a lot of last week listing Time and Forever with free book sites, that’s probably bad.
    I’ve seen Million Dollar Arm and Chef. Loved them both.

  10. robena grant says:

    You sound like I was during all of 2013, Susan. : ) This year I’ve slowed down, maybe too much considering the lack of zip. BTW I stopped over at your guest blog this morning. It was lovely. Thought I’d already purchased your book but my kindle says nope. So I’m off to rectify that. : )