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Clean Underwear and the OCD Octopus (Must be Stream of Consciousness Saturday)


SOC winner 2017

Occasionally, I get a little bit OCD, but only about certain things, like checking the stove before I leave the house. Off. Off. Off. Off. Off. And some might say I’m OCD about the order of my laundry items. Underwear, my underwear anyway, can only be washed after my towels and nighties which come after my husband’s white towels, which come after pants, which come after shirts, which come after the dog towels and floor towels which I just did which means my husband can wash his clothes now. Sometimes I’ll wash his clothes, but he is patient most of the time. I don’t think I’m OCD about anything else. Okay maybe recycling. Don’t want any plastics ending up in the ocean if we can help it.

Have you seen that huge field of plastic in the ocean? It’s awful. The ocean is not for plastic crap. It’s for kelp and fish and whales and octopuses or octopi. (Spell check accepts either spelling.) Have you ever seen those those videos of octopuses/octopi escaping from a jar or a small, like I’m talking tiny, opening? I’m not going to share those because I’m not quite sure if they are humane. But I remember one video about an octopus that lived in an aquarium and escaped down a drain to return to the ocean. So what does that tell us about the octopus? They are smart, no more than smart – intelligent, and flexible.

Sometimes humans think that if someone or something looks very different from “us” like an octopus for example, it couldn’t possibly be intelligent. Same with dolphins and whales. But don’t make that mistake. Their thinking, language, and cultures may be very different from ours, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have thinking, language, and culture. There is plenty of evidence to support the intelligence of marine mammals and octopi, none of which belongs in an aquarium. They all belong in the ocean.

Do you think the octopi that escaped were able to do so because they were OCD? That could be another story: The OCD Octopus.  But I’d rather they were free, like this one, than OCD.

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is to start our post with a word that starts with “oc.” We get bonus points if we end with a word that starts with “oc.” So, I’m a happy octopus. 🙂

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Here are the rules for SOCS which I try to follow without being OCD.

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

40 thoughts on “Clean Underwear and the OCD Octopus (Must be Stream of Consciousness Saturday)

  1. My grandfather always insisted on clean underwear in case he had an accident. I always wondered what kind of accident he had in mind 🙂

  2. wonderful!
    i’m sure there is
    intelligent life
    on this planet,
    even under
    the sea 🙂

  3. The octopus is a real graceful swimmer.

  4. Can I just say how much I love this title?!

  5. I’m fussy about what things get washed together. If a tea towel ends up with underwear its right back in the dirty wash. I read somewhere OCD only crosses into crazy when you make other people do it.

  6. I do my undies first. Uh oh 🙂

  7. Octopuses are wonderful. I watched several videos yesterday and liked the way they changed shapes, colors, and textures to camouflage themselves, even hiding in coconut shells.

  8. I love their eyes. This video definitely ended on the most lovely nite for me… the eyes. Thank you.

  9. Fabulous title!
    I am scared of sea monsters, so Imma pass on the video.
    I’m with you in my own ways about the laundry. I’m diagnosed with OCD tendencies. It’s a symptom that my anxiety is heightening. Mine’s more about order and organization.

  10. I finally found the charger to my kindle. So….

    Wow. I just read this post and part of me felt like I’ve been spying on you. You think you know someone on here, but after reading that amazing story, I feel like I know a different you. SOOOOO good! I was smiling last night, as I raced through the last chapters. Even though I KNEW how the story ended, I couldn’t wait to see how it came to be. Love, love, love!!!!!!

    • This means a lot to me, Jami. Maybe more than you know. I’m so happy to know you liked my book. I hope it gave you hope. Feel free spread the word! 🙂

  11. Oh, damnable OCD. My latest OCD tic is about my fridge door. There’s nothing wrong with my fridge door. But I still have to check it’s closed umpteen times before leaving the house. Think of all the food spoiling and rotting if it’s not closed! Oh no! I’ll probably break the damn door eventually through too-forceful ‘checking’.

    I do feel glum thinking about octopi in captivity. Imagine being that smart, with no stimulus to make your existence tolerable… Pretty damn awful.

    • Thank you for understanding and caring about the plight of the octopus. It’s interesting the tics we develop. Our frig has a simple bar/latch lock on it, because our coon hound learned to open it and has helped herself to leftovers. She hasn’t tried it in quite a while, but I still try to remember to lock it when she has the run of the house, just in case. I don’t know if this helps your checking or not, but maybe something simple. Thanks for your comment!

  12. I once read an article that suggested that Octopuses are extremely intelligent and could dominate a world without humans.

  13. I sort out the washing in order and have certain days I do the bedsheets 🙂 lol
    I loved the video too of the Octopus very graceful almost wing like when swimming and gliding in the ocean..
    And like you JoAnna I believe that many things in both ocean in the animal kingdom are very intelligent.. Probably far more so than we humans give them credit for. In fact only Humans are stupid enough to destroy their environment! So that tells you loads about our mentality
    Love and Blessings my friend.. Have you got out our paints yet?
    A new canvas is getting started tomorrow as I start on a large painting.. Enjoy JoAnna.. Love and Peace my friend xxx ❤

    • I’m glad you understand and enjoyed the grace of the octopus, Thank you for asking if I got out the paints. I painted for a couple hours today, adding angels to an old painting that was missing something. I LOVED doing this! Painting is what God wants me to do. Thank you so much for the nudge! Enjoy your new canvas! ❤

  14. This is quite the fun stream of consciousness. May your whites be tidy! 🙂

  15. Being OCD when it comes to protecting the planet is fine by me, Joanna. What a beautiful video, and I so agree that we underestimate the intelligence, culture and emotional worlds of animals (of which we are one).

  16. The OCD Octopus sounds like a great children’s story. 😀

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