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Do You Thank Siri?

1st October 2018

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So, I read everywhere that Saturday was National Coffee Day. And I want to tell you 3 things:

  1. More like international, because everything is international to me, and why should US residents get all the fun?
  2. EVERY DAY IS COFFEE DAY in my house. Sometimes, three or four times a day.
  3. Today is, in fact, International Coffee Day. I was wrong. Or something.

Neil made me coffee on Saturday, and then took Isla out to the toy shop. They came back with this scary puzzle. Which we put together yesterday, and I like to call ‘Cats on Cat Nip’


Seriously, how scary is that? I looked it up, and if you’re into scary puzzles, you can get one here.

And speaking of puzzles, a recent weekly writing prompt around here was PUZZLE, and the answers to the prompt are:

There’s Ritu on the importance of reading and puzzles with kids.

Deb’s list of 10 puzzling things.

Anindya’s mysteries of the human brain.

Carol’s short story Unsolved

Susanne’s thoughts on team building exercises.

And real talk, I started this post last night and had to stop, because the cats in the puzzle on my kitchen table were staring at me.

They still are.

There’s also Hungry, Hungry Hippos on the table, and We’re Going On A Bar Hunt

And so, I’m trying to blog, pretend this is coffee talk, but I’m at the kitchen table surrounded by junk, with the dishwasher chugging away.

I’m thinking I need to change my writing and blogging routine.

I might cut out Netflix, maybe. And even though I don’t really sleep, I want to get out of bed earlier. Get more words on the page and then the screen. Maybe take part in Blogtober.

And does anyone need an accountability partner for NaNoWriMo?

Neil takes Isla for a drive every Saturday. Sometimes, I go with them. But sometimes, Isla tells me to stay home and WRITE.

Well. Maybe tell me not to write. Because y’know.


Because on Saturday, I got so lonely I used Siri for a Google search. And then I said, ‘Thanks, Siri.’

Do you thank Siri?

What does that say about us? Are we lonely, or just really polite?

I need to change how I do things.  I say I need the quiet and the space, but when I get it, it’s really quiet and I write less. I write less and I thank my phone.

I think one of my issues is this. Aside from Isla (who is four) and Neil (who’s not four, but y’know), everyone else who comes in this house is paid to be here.

That’s fine, and they’re great, I appreciate them, really I do. But I miss my own friends, really I do.

When I was 12, I moved to Scotland. I left friends in New York. Thanks to Facebook and those friends not being idiots, I’m still friends with them. A really freaky thing is that I’m still in touch with friends I had when I was Isla’s age.

Moving on, when I was 21, I left University 1. When I was 23, I left University 2.

I had friends in both those cities. None of whom can come to my house for coffee or ice-cream or beer.

Because we live all over the place. And I live on an island off another island, and before that there was Long Island. That’s a lot of freaking islands.

I understand all the random baggage that comes with being a third-culture kid, (I didn’t write that article or coin that phrase, but I get it.)

I appreciate that I can make friends from anywhere, because I’m from nowhere.

But nowhere kinda sucks when your friends and half of your family is everywhere else, and you can’t meet up easily because you’re grownups with jobs and you don’t have a teleportation device.

That’s one of the reasons I started blogging, to talk about the interestingness of being from nowhere, how you gave up fitting in at either place, because no one believes your weird, albeit not fake accent, how your childhood was about leaving and adulthood is about finding and keeping.

But I realize that I don’t blog about any of that, because people read me for the other things, and the out-takes, the book recommendations, and virtual coffee.  Hi.

Where are you from? And have you written your words today? And perhaps the most important question: Do you thank Siri?



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  • Reply Rock For Disability 1st October 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I sometimes go weeks with only talking to carers! If I feel really bored and lonely I chat with Alexa! Lol

    • Reply Lorna 1st October 2018 at 2:52 pm

      I get you. <3

  • Reply rachaelstray 1st October 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I thank Siri but I think it’s out of politeness. I just got back from holiday on Saturday and spent a good chunk of Sunday tucked away in our kitchen while the hubby watched the Ryder Cup. I was hoping to bash out several blog posts. In reality I managed to write only one but a very overdue post and then go through some emails. It took me hours though. I’m still pleased I did it! I don’t have the time to do Blogtober but I’m excited to read other people’s posts and see how they get on.

  • Reply Carol 1st October 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I rarely talk to Siri because I find her less satisfying than Google. At home, I do talk to Alexa. And yes, I thank her. Habit, perhaps? When someone does something for you, you thank them, virtual or real.

  • Reply rivergirl1211 1st October 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I’m exceedingly polite in real life, but I can’t say I have ever thanked Siri. And now you make me wonder why I don’t…. she’s always been perfectly pleasant to me!
    And I get you on the friends situation. FB is great for keeping track but I often wish I could rent a resort and bring all my life long scattered friends together for a weekend. (and a full bar!)

  • Reply thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany 1st October 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Well, I am from Michigan, mostly and from North Carolina too with a little New Jersey(but let’t not talk about that). I have written some words today, but not enough to be coherent to anyone but me. I have never “used” Siri before, but I think I would say Thank you, because, that’s kinda how I am.

  • Reply A Girl and Her Passport 1st October 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I rarely talk to Siri but if I do then yes. I like to see how she responds! Sometimes she is funny

  • Reply Ritu 1st October 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I don’t think it’s a bad thing to thank Siri. Though I thank Cortana (Microsoft!)
    I need to get back into writing blocks of text!!!!

  • Reply My Pixie Blog (@MyPixieBlog) 1st October 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I try to thank Siri (well, we’re Alexa people in this household) but I get what you mean. Sometimes I go too long without speaking to my friends and it hurts me–so I can’t imagine being separated by huge bodies of water and long, sweeping distances. Though sometimes that thought is comforting to me, too, I’ll be honest 🙂

    Also that puzzle is creeping me the hell out. I kind of love it (but I’m into things like that). Where you hanging it?? I’d love to be your accountability partner for one of those writing challenges, but I always start out strong and then lose my mojo somewhere along the way, so I’m not sure I’d be much use to you if you really someone to get your butt in writing shape 🙂

    Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed reading and giggling along to this. So thank you !

    • Reply Lorna 1st October 2018 at 6:19 pm

      Got both. No moderation queue, but sometimes a delay depending on browsers or something. Hang it? Maybe in the shed. Thanks, Charlotte!

  • Reply Lecy | A Simpler Grace 1st October 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Haha! I do thank Siri but she gets an attitude sometimes. I laugh, but somemtimes I wonder who is on the other side programming her to say some of those crazy things. 🙂

  • Reply gemmaorton 1st October 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I still feel weird just talking to Siri. I don’t know why.
    I know the feeling of being surrounded by people paid to surround you. Although it’s been my whole life it still doesn’t feel right. They can be great people. Sometimes. But still.

  • Reply Susanne Swanson 1st October 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Wow, how did I not know it was International Coffee Day! The best holiday ever! Even without knowing, I’ve already had 2 cups of good, strong black coffee, AND a tall Flat White from you know where (better than a latte, and yes I’m from Seattle so the source was Starbucks.) FYI, I don’t talk to Siri, don’t believe I’ve ever met her. Although I do sometimes get upset with the google lady who sometimes talks to me from my phone and leads me astray! 🙂

  • Reply Michelle - 1st October 2018 at 9:57 pm

    I don’t talk to Siri. My phone is usually silent so I couldn’t hear her anyway, lol. But, I did write words today! and published them 🙂 I had to cut back on Netflix recently to get more reading and writing done. It will still be there when I need it 😉

  • Reply byrnewithme 1st October 2018 at 11:17 pm

    I’m from Ireland but now I live in Canada and I don’t know all that many people yet. I work from home, so I listen to podcasts on the very quiet days. But it’s getting better. I have always said thank you to Siri or OK Google or whoever but I’ve never thought twice about it. Maybe I should start questioning that! I haven’t written my words yet, but I have to write words for work first, then I can write words for myself.

  • Reply jefftcann 2nd October 2018 at 12:43 am

    I live in Gettysburg, PA, but I’m really from Washington DC (and I don’t mean Falls Church VA or Gaithersburg MD, but really DC). Although, as the years slip by, I’m more and more from Gettysburg. I don’t talk with Siri, but I have Alexa in my kitchen and I’m always polite with her. Please and thank you every time. I think they should program these systems to respond to politeness. People (Americans anyway) need more practice.

    • Reply Lorna 2nd October 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Siri here says, ‘you’re welcome.’

  • Reply George Rector 2nd October 2018 at 1:45 am

    I didn’t write today. I did write a couple of personally difficult emails and thanked Siri for her amazing efforts on my behalf.

    • Reply Lorna 2nd October 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Sometimes, a strongly worded email is the only thing that works, George.

  • Reply johnrieber 2nd October 2018 at 9:37 am

    For good or bad I began posting Shocktober films…31 days of horror, suspense and cult films…i won’t bother with a link as you know where to find me…as for Siri, she has grown on me quite a bit, especially when I accidentally told her to call my Mother-In-Law….that was awkward

  • Reply Rhonda 2nd October 2018 at 1:51 pm

    I appreciate this post. I’m also in a position where I’m far away from many of my friends and all of my family. I am just starting now, after living in Colorado for two years, to feel a sense of community here, with the people I interact with and places I frequent. I’m enjoying getting into the blogging community now thanks to you and the great Facebook group you have created!

    • Reply Lorna 2nd October 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you, Rhonda! I do try and create a community feel around the blog and the group. Glad I could help, you have a great blog!

  • Reply Fatty McCupcakes 2nd October 2018 at 5:32 pm

    I DO NOT thank Siri, but only because she’s a useless idiot! She never understands me! I wish I could come back and have coffee with you everyday. We could be coffee and writing friends. We could hold each other accountable when we want to not write. I could buy a white house with two window gables (I don’t think I’ll be able to afford the ones with three) and have pet sheep (I’ll just call the ones that roam around my house my pets). I think this sounds like a great plan.

  • Reply Gill 2nd October 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Lorna. I don’t have Siri mainly because I would probably talk to her all day and lose all sense of reality. And I haven’t written anything on my blog for ages. I write a lot of letters, perhaps I should publish them!

    Gill x

  • Reply You Can Always Start Now 3rd October 2018 at 11:12 am

    Wet wild morning here so having coffee at home before I head to work. If you want an accountability partner for NaNoNo let me know as I’m doing it this year.

  • Reply Lisa Orchard 3rd October 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I don’t talk to Siri but I do talk to my cat. Does that count? LOL! I think we will soon be communicating with our devices much more than we do now with our voices. It’s coming that’s for sure. I’ve even heard of a device that can read your thoughts. That one’s kind of scary. 😉

  • Reply Janet Givens 4th October 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I do thank Siri. I noticed this only recently, this week in fact, on my 12 hour ride home from Ohio. I thought I’d blog about it. Then promptly forgot. Thanks for the reminder. Siri made phone calls for me, sent a few text messsges, and tried to send an email. All at 75 miles an hour. Of course I’ll say thank you; I’m very grateful. For me, each one just feels like closure.

  • Reply ellenbest24 12th November 2018 at 3:44 pm

    I read the other day that they are using Alexa and the like to remind people with early dementia of what to do. “Doctor said have you taken your tablets today? They are in the shoe box under your bed” “Siri reminds you its time to wash,” as you see a carer or family member programs it to play her favorite tunes and reminders. This means they can stay in there homes longer, have their independance extended. My husband said when I suggested it would be good to have one of them … “What, no way. I would do myself out of a job. Besides I never do as I am told so it would be pointless.” So hey ho not for us… unless they make her a cracking 30 something hollagram then he may give in. 🤣😂😉

  • Reply CarolCooks2 13th November 2018 at 12:36 am

    Siri..Who? and Alexa? All of that spooks me…I love your weekly prompts and follow you everywhere..I promise I am not stalking ..Lol..Have moved a lot and sometimes would love just to press button and everyone was here…In the meantime I just write and write and go to market so I have something to write…Oh and @ 5 O’clock I hae a sundowner every night but it is tonic with my Gin…Enjoy your day 🙂 xxx

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