As I lay on my back in bed early this morning (I think 4:30 qualifies as early), I wondered how I was going to deal with this week’s prompt, a word that starts with “sup.” Then I realized I was lying supine, and I had my prompt.
When you lie face-down, you’re prone; when you lie face-up, you’re supine. I never knew that until Mary went to massage therapy school, when they talk about pronation and supination of the hand. Pronation is palm down, supination is palm up.
Supine has a second meaning: as The Free Dictionary tells us, “marked by or showing lethargy, passivity, or blameworthy indifference,” “displaying no interest or animation,” “inactive, passive, or inert.” That’s kind of the way I’ve felt all week. There are things I know I want to do, and things I have to do, but I haven’t felt like doing anything.
Well, that’s not exactly true. I’ve been teaching myself how to use GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, a free alternative to Photoshop. I’ve been thinking about the graphics I use on my blog, most of which I’ve done using the Retype app. Retype does a nice job (in fact, I developed the Stream of Consciousness Saturday logo for last year using it), but it’s not especially flexible. There’s a YouTube user, tutor4u, who’s done some step-by-step tutorials on using GIMP, so I’ve been following along and made a few graphics already. Nothing I want to use here, but still… A couple of examples:
Artsy-fartsy I’m not, but I do think these are pretty nice.
Today is the first day I’ve felt like doing much visiting, so I’m catching up with everyone. You have been warned.
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