15 January 2010

14 Jan 2010: high Highs and low Lows

I'm kinda pleased to have made it through yesterday without getting physically hurt....
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I've thought a little about trying to stay in between the lines just to avoid the low lows. It's too boring in there and you'll miss so many of the high highs in the process is my theory.
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Yesterday began before the prior day had ended, I s'pose. Just had some extra adrenaline in the corpus as I neared the end of a novel that I started to re-read over the weekend. The fictional story of David Copperfield is fairly amazing - so I'll count that as a high.
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It was late, and wasn't sleepy so I kinda tossed my availability out on the net and so began a great mixture of chats, DMs, skype-ing and email exchanges that pretty ran the range of emotions and stuff shared. I was reading reports from Haiti in between and had already agreed to help in a little phone bank effort that had been hastily put together at church. Thanks for all o y'all keeping me going until almost 5 in the morning - most of it was extremely enjoyable :-). An hour later I was up again...low.
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[Burying my nose in that novel partially came from my stunted ability to communicate my thoughts and actions effectively since about 1-01-2010. Sometimes one just has to stay out of the flow, you know? Started another novel this morning for the same reason.]
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I consider the time to read and the availability of great reads to be a luxury and am constantly thankful for that. Sometimes, though, the reading doesn't work. So I turn back to music again. Fortunately, music always works - not quite sure what I'd do if it didn't.
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But back to yesterday.... The event at church taking calls from parishioners who were responding to an email appeal was nothing short of the most generous set of gestures I'd ever witnessed firsthand. Mostly it was the older, wealthier people in the church who were responding, but I also talked with a 10 year old boy who called to give the money that he'd received as a Christmas gift. All totaled - I talked with 50+ people and wrote down pledges of $42,105 + 500,000 airline miles from the grandmother of a friend of mine. Highest of highs... that is still warming me as I recount the conversations.
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Had to visit a relative after that as a follow-on call wherein I was told that what I probably needed "was a good ass-whipping". Really? Hadn't experienced that in recent memory and to hear those words coming from her mouth rates as a low low, for sure.... Now, obviously, she was upset with a decision that I was making, but to jump to the need for physical harm coming from the lips of someone who loves me...gives me considerable pause. She couldn't mean that, no..., but she never apologizes nor does she take back what she's said :-(
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Had a small car accident - someone decided to ram into the back of my mom's Suburban (again) at a stop light - how on Earth could you not see it?!! They lost the battle and dad says that we won't even be taking it to the shop. The other driver didn't have insurance (so he's mad at me?). All it did was scratch our bumper, but it crushed the other car's front end. Dad had to ask me if the light was red or green - duh...red...low.
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The firewood stacking and the exercise was good except I almost lost some fingers when the axe missed it's mark once and bounced. Gotta be more careful. Coulda been extremely low.
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Got a crazy "wish you were here" email and photo from Italy. Grrrr...low.
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Was home alone for a while and greeted a neighbor who thought to bring us some cookies she baked in thanks for the pecans we gave her family at Christmas. Told her I made them! Jeebus - she stole a kiss as I was looking at her cookies! Hi!
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Was reminded throughout the day that ambiguity of words reigns supreme on the internet. Too many lows to count as I explained that I'm not a meanie and choose not to try and be sarcastic when txting - unless it's obvious!!! Mix of highs and lows.
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And then there's you....

6 comments:

  1. I doubt very highly that you would ever do anything that could warrant an ass whipping!

    Keep your chin up--you know all your blogger buddies think you're awesome!

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  2. Haha - it's hard to say how a good ass-whipping would affect me...

    Thanks for your consistent support!!

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  3. Thanks for checking out my blog! It was nice to see some words of thanks from someone I don't even know! I'll check back soon!

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  4. how could i have forgotten it is your thing to disappear.. there you have it then

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  5. Hi Knitter -

    Your blog is healthy and vibrant! I'll be back, and thanks for visiting mine and commenting!

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  6. Anon -

    I'm kinda starting to appreciate your comments, too. You disappeared first, I think. You're there..., but not really - if you kno what I mean :-)

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