Stuff I Talk About

by Christina Ledbetter


This weekend I watched a YouTube video starring this couple who travels the globe and laughs while they eat curry, and then they swim with sharks and talk about how it changed their life. I stared at the screen from my yellow chair in my tiny cottage, and people, I got inspired.

But not in the way you might be thinking. See, fans wrote in and asked the adventurous couple questions. One read: What would your future self tell your current self to start doing?

Now how they answered doesn’t matter (playing more guitar or something of the sort). What does matter, to me anyway, is that I asked myself the same question.

And let me tell you, Future Christina was quick to reply, almost sounding downright haughty about the whole thing. Future Christina would tell Current Christina to keep writing, even if she feels like she has nothing to say.

So that’s why you have me here, again.

Now, onto all the major life events I need to catch you up on.

(You mightn’t have realized it at the time, but that last sentence was a joke.)

Now, onto all the inconsequential life happenings I’d like to catch you up on.

1. I’ve been spending too much time on the internet (as evidenced above when I wrote about being inspired by YouTubers). I don’t have a solid plan for untangling myself from said web, but I do know that I need to be writing more and scrolling less.

2. Chief scratched a hole in his scalp. For ten days Benson and I bandaged and rebandaged that dog’s entire head. I barely slept, convinced he’d die any day. (Note: he was nowhere close to dying, a fact Benson finally convinced me of one night after I tearfully exclaimed, “I’m not ready for him to die!”) He’s healed now and sporting a half shaven head complete with a bumpy scar.

3. Benson and I borrowed our neighbor’s boat and took it out on a lake. It was so stressful I don’t even want to talk about it. Okay fine I’ll talk about it. We couldn’t get the anchor to anchor us and we kept drifting toward shore. I had flashes of us scratching onto land in this vessel which does not belong to us but instead belongs to a man who treasures watercraft the way I treasure orange cats. We never did wreck the ship, but it did wreck my nerves for the better half of the day.

4. I started combining green bell peppers with peaches in my summer salads. Highly recommend.

(It took me 20 seconds to write the word “recommend” in the last sentence before getting it right. Turns out there’s no double C, even if you try it three times.)

Hey Future Christina, look, I’m doing it.

Categories: This and That

3 replies

  1. I love reading all about you and your life experiences.

    My future self would tell my now self……. Take time and care for yourself. Nobody else can do this for you.

    Keep writing and sharing!!!!

    Need to hear about you all more. ❤️

    Glad Chief is good. 😊

  2. Hi Christina,
    This blog made me happy. It’s your old writing self. I don’t know how you recovered that voice, but I hope you can keep ahold of it. Your unique gift for humor comes straight through to the reader, fresh, unforced, funny, quirky, personal — everything we enjoy about your writing.
    Hang in there.
    David H

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