Friday, November 06, 2009

On The Bright Side

A note about my update schedule:

I don't have ready access to a computer on the weekends. My long-suffering Lappy finally died about a year ago, and while I save up for a new one, I'm borrowing my first mate's. He goes out of town on business during the weekends, and, well, there you are. Originally, I was going to update this blog on weekdays only, but you know what? Screw that. I didn't take on this project intending to make it easy on myself. So I'll be updating from the library on Saturday and Sunday, and I'll be updating early (and possibly perfunctorily) on Fridays.

Anyway, on to your regularly scheduled blog post.

Today I thought that, since I spend a lot of time ranting and raving (I once had a bumper sticker on my car which said "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention," a philosophy I tend to take a little too seriously) it would be well worth the effort to spend some time on the things in my life that are great. This is easy to do this morning; my day off of work has given me time to enjoy all sorts of small luxuries. For instance, right now I have a pair of happy cats curled up in the places which they find most comfortable (Sophie is buried in a blanket and Ferdinand is stretched out in the sun with his belly up and his paws dangling.) I took my time over coffee with cinnamon and dipped into my super-secret emergencies-and-special-occasions stash of good chocolate that nobody knows about. (Er. Until now, I guess.) I did a few dishes and curled up with a book, and best of all, I get to lounge in one of Andy's button-down shirts and still have bedhead at 10 AM. Bliss.

Here are more things that are good about my life--
-- I have always had a wonderful relationship with my mother, and now that she's broadening her horizons and reevaluating her long-held beliefs and prejudices, we're only getting closer.

-- I've been in some tight financial spots this year, and my budget is still frugal, but every time I've seriously needed money, something has always happened so there was enough.

--I'm in gooey nerd love with a man who has promised not to have me committed, and we have exciting short- and long-term plans for our relationship.

-- Even when my jobs are frustrating, time-consuming, and far from what I want to be doing with my life, I still have a lot of fun with them. (I mean, come on. How often do you get to wear a robot costume or a squirrel hand puppet to work?)

-- This may sound egotistical, but I think I have a lot to work with. I'm smart, adaptable, creative, resourceful, and I can generally find some way to excel. And, despite being out of my preferred environment and away from my areas of strength, I haven't lost that touch.

All right, Figure Five Home Gamers, what is good about your lives? Let's celebrate some things!

Posted by Silent Five @ 8:13 AM

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mmm... Gooey nerd love.

I have a goodly chunk of that. I have the Nerd's dream girl to share it with. I have a business that justifies the time and energy that I spend on it, and that will give me that chance to provide a lot for myself and future family. I have a handful of good friends that like me bizarre and honest and unabashedly passionate.

Life isn't so bad, even when it drains me to the point where I can hardly think. I'm definitely looking forward to more from it, and the chance to share it with mah girl.

Posted by Blogger paxcogitum @ 10:09 PM #

I am well and truly thankful for employment, especially in today's world. My relationship with our mother is also improving dramatically, thanks to her broadening horizons (broadened to the point where Mom shouted a "woo!" when a man in a dress came up on the Columbia welcome video.)

I am thankful for the bright and exciting things looming on my horizon. I am thankful for an incredible playwright program at a college that likes me. I am thankful for spending days curled up with a good book. I am thankful to be starting a healthy relationship with someone I like very much. I am thankful to have a wonderful support system. I am thankful for good foods and better wines. I am thankful for being in a place where I can truly say I am happy in life.

I am also thankful that my sister has found someone I enjoy very much to become a big brother to me, a someone who is kind and bizarre and who I love just as much as my sister.

(If not more.)

(Just kidding.)

(No, really. I am kidding. No need to start ranting about how I'm dating Andy in effigy.)

Posted by Anonymous Emtarkanderundersgunderson @ 8:12 PM #
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gymnosophy [jim-NAH-so-fee]

n. Philosophical, amusing, or nonsensical insights realized when naked, as in the shower or in bed. (recent coinage: att. S. Galasso, 2010)

Victoria and Albert enjoyed a spot of postprandial concupiscence culminating in a night of gymnosophy and coffee and crumpets at dawn.

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