X = “X” Marks the Spot

An “X” marks this spot in the alphabet where I’ve tripped and fallen with my theme for this challenge.  It’s not because of a lack of effort.

I had an idea.

I was going to write a clever little piece about my life as an XX chromosome living in a household dominated by XY chromosomes.

Gilles & sons

1989 – Misha, Gilles, Jordan

As all women know,  the introduction of that strange little Y chromosome into the genetic mix creates an alien-being that baffles and frustrates the poor little XX …. but at the same time, the XY has enough endearing charm to ensure its continuing survival.

The problem is … the story refused to come together in spite of considerable gnashing of teeth and over-imbibing of bowls of ice cream for inspiration.  I finally realized this story just didn’t want to be told.

So I have nothing.  I hang my head in failure.

X marks the spot.

X

April A to Z Challenge 2015

Thank you for visiting today.  Please enjoy an XoXo Cupcake before you go.

xoxo cupcakes

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About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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49 Responses to X = “X” Marks the Spot

  1. jannatwrites says:

    Don’t you just hate it when a good idea refuses to be put into words? 🙂 I am also the only female in the house so I can relate to that!

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  2. You write such fun posts, even it seems when you don’t always mean to…as a not very competent Scrabble player I always hate this letter…followed closely by Z…must rush ahead and see what you’ve done with that little letter!

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  3. I think you made a good job of having nothing. I’d never have thought of xx and xy. Nice photo of the xy’s. All three look like butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths.

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  4. X is always the problem when constructing any alphabetised list. Honestly, who invented such a letter??

    Your idea was fantastic and had you written more, I would have a headache from nodding my head enthusiastically throughout my reading. So I think you said enough. Besides, we both know that being the XX in an XY household is enough of a challenge without constructing a lengthy, informative and witty post as well. (I also live with a male cat. Worse, a male ginger. I already had two of those of the human variety….)

    My brother’s dog is visiting us for six weeks. She’s a girl. I am in heaven. 😀

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    • joannesisco says:

      hahaha … my cat is a male too. Worse, he’s an alpha male living in a house with Gilles, who is also an alpha male.
      Seriously! I wish I had a dollar for every time I have to tell Gilles “… but he’s a cat”.

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  5. You always have such creative approaches to things. I love that idea of the XX/XY thing and I can definitely see that it would be so hard to write that up! But am glad you told us of your thought process anyway…….it still counts in my book!

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  6. X is a tough one. Is there an ice cream flavor that starts with X to console you? 🙂

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  7. Awww poor Joanne! I had a horrible time trying to come up with an X book review. Don’t think that you failed and hang your head. In fact, you did perfectly! Us followers can now bestow you with many X’s (hugs)!!! *HUGS* Love those cupcakes!

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  8. I beg to differ. This post isn’t nothing. I finally know the difference between XX and XY chromosomes. See I learned SOMEthing. That’s not nothing. 😀 😀 😀

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  9. Corina says:

    There’s always tomorrow…maybe it will come together for Y and you can still have an xY story!

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  10. hilarymb says:

    Hi Joanne – I suspect you might have set a trend for next year with your XX .. great fun … and I’m sure there’s loads of differences – still if ‘them three goes out’ you get some space?! Cheers Hilary

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    • joannesisco says:

      I was so excited when I came up with the xx-xy idea … x is such a hard letter to work with. Unfortunately at that point, my inspiration ran dry.
      Who knows? … maybe the story is still in me waiting for its day 🙂

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  11. Oh fear not Joanne, a valiant effort indeed! Who invented the letter X anyway?? It’s like, only good for a few words! Heh, go blame that guy!!

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  12. Sammy D. says:

    Oops wasn’t done!!! You did great – i still think it would be fun to do Z to A some year so the same hard letters don’t come at the tale end and Zap your spirit!!!

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  13. Sammy D. says:

    So … If the story didn’t come together, you niXXXed it, or you XXX’d it out, or you stuck by your beloved XY spouse because you didn’t want to become an eX !!!

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  14. You did just fine.

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  15. Lynn says:

    I wondered what you would do for X! Tough letter! You handled it beautifully my friend:)

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  16. Mrs. P says:

    Ha! I loved the way you approached this post! Sometimes great ideas run out of steam…and yet there was still enough humor to make it interesting. 😀

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  17. bulldog says:

    Who cares about the x… the cupcakes are the best…. I love cupcakes

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  18. Heyjude says:

    I reckon you have dealt with X very well. I like the idea of XX in a predominately XY environment. I fortunately had one daughter and three sons so we compensated by having 3 female cats and one male 😀

    My X last year was a little easier: https://smallbluegreenflowers.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/x-is-for-xanthosoma-roseum/

    Almost at the end Jo – you have done SO well and I have immensely enjoyed learning more about you and I hope that you will continue to drop in some interesting snippets of your past in your future posts 😉

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    • joannesisco says:

      Oh my Jude, you had a FULL household!! Your comment about your 4 cats made me realize even my cat is male!

      I wouldn’t exchange my 2 sons for anything … but I can’t help reflect on how my life – and theirs – might have been different with a daughter too 🙂

      One of your comments a while back was part of the inspiration for my theme this year. It felt a little uncomfortable at times, so thank you so much for both your inspiration and encouragement 🙂

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      • Heyjude says:

        You have done a great job; your posts have been interesting, informative, amusing, dramatic, historical, fun, thoughtful, light-hearted, self-deprecating and thought-provoking with just the right touch of insight into the real you. It may have been uncomfortable at times for you, but I think you kept the balance right. You have gone way UP in my esteem 😀

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  19. lovetotrav says:

    In a family of 4 girls and a female sheltie, I don’t have too much experience with that Y thing! You sparked my interest in what that might be like. And I agree X sucks as a prompt!

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    • joannesisco says:

      Gilles and I have often contemplated how different our lives might have been if we had had a girl. Watching my sister’s family grow with 2 of each, I can see how very different they are 🙂

      … yes, and X is in good company with Y and Z 😉

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  20. mickscogs says:

    That’s a fine effort. I can think of a few things, like xenon and xanthorrhea australis for instance, but I would bore people to sleep.

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