J is for Jello #atozchallenge

Day 10 of the Blogging from A to Z April challenge. Today’s topic: Jello.

I’m sorry.  Really, I am.  But I’ve spent the last half hour trying to think of J topics to blog about today, and only two things show up: jerks (did you know that Backpfeifengesicht is German for “a face that needs to be punched”?) and Jello.

I’m not actually a big Jello fan – it’s too sugary – and Jello has nothing to do with writing, but I’m tired.  I had a nine-hour day today, accepted another project

(Me to boss: I’m super overwhelmed right now
Boss: Would you like to take on a mentoring PBL [project-based learning] project?
Me: Sure! [pause] Damn, why did I say yes?
Boss:  Ha ha, too late. [last two sentences not actually said])

and I still have to prepare for the sub who’ll be in my class tomorrow as I take a gaggle of kids to an all-day carpentry/welding career fair.

So you get Jello.

But really, sometimes it’s those non sequiturs that make life – and writing – so enjoyable.  I’m sure you’ve had this happen to you:  You’re all set to write a story.  You know the characters, the plot, the last line.  You’ve written a decent chunk when suddenly something random happens. You go with it, and before you know it you have a great yet completely unexpected story.

All because of Jello.


  1. Have fun at the Fair! What isn’t fun is preparing for a sub, so much work. But Jello. . .I actually remember a Jello ad on the radio (gasp). “Oh the big red letter stands for the Jello family (repeat), that’s Jello, yum, yum yum, Jello pudding, yum, yum, yum, Jello tap i oca pudding, yes sir e”. I sang it for my high school class once and they thought I was absolutely crazy.

  2. wow, that’s a long word! Love learning new words, even if they do mean “face that needs to be punched”:)
    Happy A-Zing!

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