SoCS: A Trail of Instructions

It’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Linda Hill is asking bloggers to do this: “Write instructions for anything you know how to do. As detailed or as rambling as you’d like.”


Write instructions for something I know?


I’ve spent a few hours this week writing instructions for a Human Resources manual. I’ve spent a larger number of hours on this beast since the beginning of the year, assisting colleagues around the state who operate in the same position. It’s what we know because our job demands that we know.

However, that’s not what I’m going to share on a Saturday morning. Frankly, I’m not that excited about writing instructions other than the most simplistic.

Such as…

How to Eat Chocolate

  1. Buy your favorite chocolate from the grocery store.
  2. Take the chocolate home.
  3. Unwrap the chocolate.
  4. Take as many bites of the chocolate as you are willing.
  5. When the chocolate is gone, go back to the grocery store and follow Steps 1-4.


How to Sleep

  1. Put your pajamas on.
  2. Go to bed, laying in whatever prone position feels good.
  3. If the cat wakes you up at 5:00 on a Saturday morning for a feeding, do as it begs and go back to bed.

I know how to do these things. Easy and laid back.

That’s how it should be – not the kind of instructions that require a calculator and a pot of coffee.

Then again…

I do have one more set of non-simplistic instructions with photos. You don’t have to add or subtract or think too hard, just enjoy the journey.

Biking with a Friend

  1. Make sure the weather forecast does not include rain or snow on the day you plan to bike.
  2. Pack up biking necessities – Helmet, extra clothes, water bottles, suntan lotion, bug wipes, plenty of healthy munchies for fuel.
  3. Get up early, get dressed, eat a good breakfast and don’t let the door slap you on the backside on your way out.
  4. Check tire pressure on bike tires. Fill if low.
  5. Load up the bikes and the gear.
  6. Drive to your favorite biking location.
  7. Unload the bikes and gear.
  8. Go to the restroom, if available. It might be a long ride.
  9. Hit the trail and enjoy.
  10. Stop to admire the scenery and take lots of photos.
  11. Stop to eat muchies and drink water.
  12. Stop again to use the restroom.
  13. If it’s an all-day ride, stop for lunch and coffee/tea.
  14. Use the restroom.
  15. Back on the trail, keep going.
  16. Stop several more times to view the pretties and take photos of a four-point buck along the trail.
  17. It’s getting really hot, so drink more water.
  18. Where’s the restroom?
  19. Finish biking the trail, end up at the car.
  20. There’s the restroom.
  21. Load up the bikes and gear.
  22. Turn on the A/C, drink more water.
  23. Stop on the way home to test some beer.
  24. Arrive home, unload the bikes and gear.
  25. Take a shower, you stink.
  26. Bask in the glow of a wonderful day with a wonderful friend on a wonderful trail for the entire week.
  27. Share a few of the many photos on your blog.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.

Just go with the flow.

Like a babbling brook, ambling stream or running river. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. This week’s prompt is “leaves.”  Use it as a word, or find a word with “strain”in it. As always, use any way you’d like.

44 responses to SoCS: A Trail of Instructions

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ha! That’s a very good plan, Judy. Be sure to follow the instruction about going back to the store to buy more. 🙂

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I love these instructions, Mary. On days that I can’t bike or walk, I’ll follow the set for chocolate. MuMu jumped up on me at 3:00am – “please scratch me…nobody ever scratches me” – you’re right, do it and go back to sleep.

    I hope the weekend gives you opportunities to follow all of these.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yeah, I had to get up and feed the kids at 5:00 this morning, then go back to bed, which is typical on the weekend. I hope those instructions help other pet owners. Doing my civic duty.

      Not sure I’ll get on the bike, although right now, at 6:30 am, it would be perfect. No wind and still tolerable temps. We’re set to have some hot days ahead…

  2. dweezer19 says:

    OMG I love your photos! That deer sculpture on the water is breathtaking. Have a beautiful weekend. You have the right formula!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you! I love the deer sculpture. It wasn’t on the trail two years ago when we were there, so it came as a nice surprise. Have a wonderful weekend, Cheryl. Hope you are having perfect weather to be outside.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Simple. Turn around and go back to the store. Or take a friend with you next time who is able to safeguard the chocolate until you get home.

      Then again…is it really a problem if you eat it on the way home?

  3. joey says:

    I am so glad you went biking, not just because yay you, but also because I get to enjoy your marvelous pictures! How pretty! 😀

  4. JoAnna says:

    I had to laugh at the rest room instructions. Those get more frequent on every trip of every kind. Loved the interesting trail art!

  5. loisajay says:

    Those are such professional instructions on eating chocolate. Obviously, you are a pro. 😀 This was a fun post, Mary. The moose in the water, the artwork, the lunch place…what a great place to ride.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s a wonderful place to ride, Lois. Much like I’m a pro at eating chocolate, the city planners were pros at creating this trail.

  6. Joanne Sisco says:

    #25 made me laugh out loud. Yes, when we can smell ourselves, it’s a good sign that a shower is highly desirable 😆

    I admit I pee outdoors. In my travels either hiking or cycling, finding a washroom isn’t always easy.

    Any outing that involves a deer (or bunny) sighting is an excellent one! However, I’ve never seen a deer – or moose – with a rack.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Even worse is how I smell after sweaty yoga. Yuck!

      Oh, I have had to use the woods for a bathroom plenty of times, but I prefer not. Our trail gave us a number of opportunities to flush.

      You have not ever seen a deer with a rack? With all of the hiking, biking and kayaking that you do? I saw a deer with an even bigger rack a few years ago, walking on the trail near work…in the city! I was a bit afraid for him because he was headed toward a busy road, but he made it across and into the woods.

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        I’m not a big fan of the woods either … snakes, spiders, poison ivy, mosquitoes …
        There’s a heightened sense of vulnerability when your pants are down 😕

        No, I’ve NEVER seen a deer with a rack. Incredible as it sounds. And I really would like to!!

      • bikerchick57 says:

        You might have to come to Wisconsin and bike or hike the trails here. That’s where I’ve seen the bucks!

  7. Shelley says:

    I totally want to go biking with you-you know where the bathrooms are and how important it is to know stuff like that. And where to find a beer to quench the thirst and add to the need to know where the bathrooms are. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      LOL! Restrooms are always important to someone like me, who has teeny tiny tanks. You can bike with me any time Shelley. Maybe the Chippewa Trail after I research the pit stop areas. 😉

      • Shelley says:

        LOL! I have TBS (tiny bladder syndrome – self-made term!) YAY – I might have some tips on where to go for pit stops as well as more beer! 😉

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