Monday, September 27, 2010

I am addicted to Adam Lambert. There. I've admitted it. I've sort of been in denial as to the extent of my dependence on seeing or hearing anything related to him. I have been known to chase down the most fragmentary bit of gossip about him with great fervor. I spend hours surfing the web hoping to find just a crumb of some mention of him. I follow him on Twitter and positively delight in his often pithy and insightful tidbits of thought. I vote for his music videos on VH1 at the end of each day when I find I have nothing else I have to or wish to do.

Why should you care? Well, I write this as a sort of warning to those of you who have not yet succumbed to Adam's charm, wit and vocal ability to sing the bajeezus out of every song that flows from his vocal chords. But, I have managed to get ahead of myself. Perhaps, although this is an extremely remote possibility, you have no idea who Adam Lambert is. If this is the case, then I want to know what planet you have been on and whether or not there is intelligent life out there in space.

Adam Lambert is a singer. An extraordinary singer. A future legendary singer. An unforgettable singer. An energetic, talented, extreme, gorgeous, humble, intelligent, risk-taking singer. I could go on and on because his positive traits go on and on. But, above all, he is himself, without apology, and with great dignity and pride. And, that is the quality in him that I find so irresistible. He is unafraid to be a human being and he embraces life regardless of the imperfections it offers. I get the vibe that his tolerance and acceptance of diversity is sincere and heart-felt.

Anyway, if you haven't yet listened to him sing, you really should. There are many, many videos on YouTube that feature him. Just remember, all it takes is one small sample of the totally delicious Adam Lambert to develop an addiction.

Monday, August 23, 2010

What To Do? What To Do?

I have so much to do, I do not know where to begin. So, using what little wisdom I've managed to acquire over the years, I am going to avoid a confrontation with the disorder in my life. At least for now. I know I am supposed to prioritize, to do the most important things first, and to expect and to accept less than perfection. But, I am overwhelmed and find myself wishing that someone else would take over being me just for a little while.

Maybe you would like to trade places and live in my skin for awhile. It's not hard to be me, but it isn't exactly easy either. This is all you would have to do:

1. wake up at 7:00 a.m., 2. drink 3 cups of coffee with cream, 3.complain about how beastly hot it is, 4. go outside and admire my garden, 5. pet my dog and scratch the top of her head, 6. cuddle my cat, 7. make and drink a yogurt smoothie, 8. throw a load of laundry into the washing machine, 9.check Etsy listings and prepare outbound orders, 10. chain self to computer and edit existing Etsy listings or scan pictures and create new ones, 11. get ready for work (involves facing reality of reflection in mirror--never a surprise, always a disappointment) 12. go to work at a retail establishment, 13. lament to yourself how woefully underemployed you are, 14. deal with the public and all its types of people, and 15. do your best job without making your fellow employees look bad.

What do you think? Are you up for it? I am.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wednesday's Child is Full of Woe

Maybe you are familiar with an old traditional nursery rhyme that starts: Monday's child is fair of face..... The poem continues to assign characteristics for the children born on each of the various days. Well, I decided to end the in-utero experience mid-week on a Wednesday morning and, accordingly, I am "full of woe" if the little ditty is correct. (Some people who know me might agree that I am full of something, but they would say it was something other than woe.)
I try hard to be cheerful, but I must admit, I have a rather damp disposition. Even on a beautiful day such as it is today with sunshine spilling across the sidewalks and a boisterous breeze wrapping flags around their poles, I am more on the sullen side of life. Many acquaintances I've had over the years have expressed the opinion that I think too much. (I think that in the end a balance is struck--my seriousness and inclination to ponder cancel out those people in life who never think.)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Be It Ever So Humble.....

There's no place like home. Or, so some would say. My thoughts diverge from the maudlin notion of home being some sort of blessed refuge. This probably puts me smack dab in the midst of a very small and unpopular minority. But, I make no apologies. I can write only of that which I have experienced, and I've never known "home" to be a source of comfort.
I'm not even sure where my home is anymore. Is home where you live, or is it where you came from? Is it the space you occupy or is it the space that welcomes you?
I am most "at home" when I am in the forest. That's where I feel most confident and most alive. I lose all self-consciousness surrounded by the beauty of the trees. It's strange, but when I am in the woods I feel as though I am as ancient as the mossy earth and it seems that I have been alive forever. If I sit motionless in a shadowy glade I can practically decipher messages written by the wind. I can feel myself becoming one with nature, as though I have been absorbed into the humus beneath my feet. I feel as though I have found the place where I truly belong.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Happy Birthday, Robert

The day after tomorrow, April 28, is my oldest son's birthday. He will be 28. The approach of this day fills me with melancholy as it has for the past 12 years. You see, my son has informed me he wants no part of me in his life. It's a long story, but let me assure you that I am no monster and my only crime against Robert has been loving him unconditionally. I envy those among you who can bake a cake for your son or daughter and celebrate the anniversary of his or her birth. You don't know how lucky you are.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Last Peep

Sitting in front of me, resting comfortably in the snug confines of a lightweight cardboard carton partially shaded by clear cellophane, within easy reach of my quick and agile fingers, glittering in all its green sugary goodness, awaiting its certain demise is a marshmallow in roughly the shape of a chick, the last of my Easter Peeps.

I do not recall paying this much attention to the other 9 Peeps that crowded this box. They found their way to my mouth without too much effort on my part and with no resistance on theirs. (I should hate to be as mindless and as lacking in self-direction as a Peep.) I'm quite sure I did, in fact, ingest these petite confectionery delights. No one else in the household has developed a taste for them; that is to say that their palates have not evolved to a point that allows them to appreciate the abundance of sweetness and gooiness that is the essence of a Peep.

Dear reader, please tell me what occasion would merit the ceremonious consumption of this, my final Peep? I cannot find it in my heart to put it out of existence in one greedy gulp just because it would taste so yummy. Give me a reason.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Writer's Block from Hades

Sometimes I think I really should do something to jazz up the appearance of this blog. I've been meandering through the blogosphere and have happened upon some very spiffy layouts and graphics. When I encounter such pages I feel somehow inferior because all I put out there into cyberspace are printed words. Dear reader, I hope you can be satisfied with just these black squiggles and sticks and loop-de-loops scattered across a field of plainer-than-plain white. I'd like to think that I don't need all the fancy graphics to keep your attention. I need to believe that my words are what compel you to read and, perhaps, to return to this blog.
I agonize over what I should write every time I want to create a new post. It is so difficult to write for an audience I do not know. The truth is that I love to write and it's always been an effortless activity for me. That's why I am so confounded now. I have the will and the ability to write and yet I sit and stare at this expansive white screen not knowing how the space should be filled. My thoughts are jumbled up like a log jam in my brain.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Just Another Manic Monday

Whenever the sun fails to perform its prescribed duty of shining my psychological balance is tipped towards the gloomy. As the sun is hiding today, shirking its responsibility, I am fighting a feeling of what can only be described as "blah". I find myself contemplating ways to improve my mood. Writing always makes me feel better, therefore I am blogging.
I am at work right now. You might wonder how I have time to pen this while at my job. Well, the truth is, I am a clerk at a retail store that gets virtually no business. In my five-hour shift, I am lucky if I have a total of ten customers. It gets mighty boring. I'm not complaining. I know that there are plenty of people out there who would give anything to have a job to go to, boring or not. I usually bring my knitting or crocheting with me, but, today I couldn't place my hands upon it without having to search and I didn't want the frustration of trying to locate it in this black hole of a house I live in.
Things disappear in my house. Not just socks in the washing machine either. Big things. Clothes drying racks. Laundry hampers. Crock pots. Artificial Christmas trees. I have no explanation for these lost objects. I must be too good at finding novel storage spaces for them (a useless skill, by the way, if one can't remember where one has placed the items.)
I'm making progress on cleaning my house. I've decided that the first step HAS to be emptying it. With our roomy van jam-packed with donations gleaned from my home-sweet-mess, we made four trips to the local thrift store. I'm not sure how many bags and boxes of "STUFF" that we removed from the house, but it was a lot. I started with a new roll of garbage bags and now that same roll is feeling pathetically thin.
Well, it's time to wait on a customer. More later.....

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Search Continues.......

Something in my life is missing. Some quality or element-- I'm not sure what it is. That's to say, I don't know if it's something I once had, but lost, let's say optimism, or if it's something I have never known or experienced, i.e., cheerfulness. And it's really hard to look for something when you don't even know what it is you're looking for. I don't even have a general sense of what it is or could be. But something is definitely missing. I think it might be associated to matters of the heart.
Yes, I know. This is a lot of blather. Unabashed rot, to be brutally honest. And why would you even care that my soul has atrophied and continues to shrivel daily as its cravings go unfulfilled? My stories of personal angst mean but little to you and I am sure they convey at least a slight twinge of whining. So, I apologize for my sniveling neurotic musings as I question what it is I am trying to locate and secure.
Maybe you're perfectly content with your life. I hope that you are. I mean that with all sincerity. It's awful to spend every day searching for an undefined something that you think will make you feel more significant than the grayest of all gray clouds.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What I Need is A 12-Step Program for Hoarders

This is a continuation of my last post, the topic of which was my apparent lack of housekeeping skills. I know I am not alone in having a disordered home environment. My mom's house and my sisters' houses confirm this. I could probably make a case that I am genetically predisposed to having every surface covered with random papers, need-to-be-read magazines and mail, half-finished projects and such, but if my motivation and need was great enough, I would clean my house. Right?
Well, it isn't quite that simple. Take today. I cleaned my house. Or, I should say, I worked at cleaning my house. It's not a job that can be finished in one day. I managed to clean one of the three bathrooms. Yes. It is a big house. And big houses, unfortunately, have space for lots of things. What's more, I seem to have an obsession with "things".
I love acquiring the cast-offs of society, and have been known to dumpster dive should the treasure at the bottom be especially enticing. Auctions are my weakness and I drag home all sorts of stuff that is currently useless to me, but who knows, maybe someday I, or someone else, will need it. And things seem to find a way to my doorstep. No kidding. Some morning I will wake up and find a big box of goodies someone has charitably given to me.
Why am I telling you this. Well, I'm about to make a sort of admission that I think I need to make. I am a hoarding slob. Don't get me wrong. I am a really nice person. I am just impaired by this awful need to save, rescue and stockpile things. It's reached the point that the amount of stuff has exceeded my ability to manage it.
I am going to get this under control and I will keep you posted on my progress. I welcome any hints in slaying the monster that is responsible for my messy house.

Monday, February 15, 2010

I Am Not the Queen of Clean

I must confess: my house is a mess.
From bottom to top, the mess never stops.
I try very hard to be tidy and neat,
but, the dust bunnies tumble across my feet.
My clutter is controlled by baskets and bins,
so, I'm not quite sure where the chaos begins.
I admit: I have too many things--
knick-knacks, doo-dads, thing-a-ma-jigs,
things bought on impulse, things bought on sale,
things dragged home from curbside, things delivered by mail,
things that are tiny, things that are not.
How do I get myself out of this spot?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Bad Case of Gardener's Itch

Frigid air, be gone. Snowbanks, get thee hence. Forecasts of icy precipitation, be now and forevermore disallowed. Just go away, winter, and take your slippery roads, high heating bills, and sidewalks to be shoveled with you. I have had enough of you.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Frustrations of Being a Retail Clerk

This is an impassioned plea from someone who works in retail sales: Do not mess up my clothing racks and displays!!! I beg you. I am the one who gets to untangle all the bra straps after the rack has been pawed through and left in disarray. That sweater that someone carelessly lets fall to the sales floor? You guessed. I am the one who gets to bend over for the 7000th time and pick it up and rehang it. The fitting rooms don't clean themselves, in case you've ever wondered. Someone, in this case, I am that one, gets to turn all the inside-out clothing right side out and return them to their respective homes. After a customer rummages through a stack of tee-shirts marked size "large" hoping to find one marked size "extra small", someone gets to refold the crumpled garments. You guessed it. I am the lucky someone. I'm not complaining. I'm just saying......

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

When Popcorn Replaces Passion

People tell me I am unpredictable, but, if there is one constant in my life it is my nightly bowl of popcorn. I munch, even now as I clatter away at the keyboard. I'm zany crazy about the stuff. Denied my daily indulgence of it, I become, not quite dejected, but a bit off kilter. Not sociopath wacko or Texas Chain Saw Massacre homicidal. But, I feel unfulfilled, somehow.

I'm not yet addicted (at least, I don't think so) to the buttery little puffs that soften to a satisfying mass between my back molars. I mean, there are plenty of times when my horoscope just doesn't hold the promise of popcorn. As astrological fate would have it, there are times when it's just not convenient to be hauling around your hot air popper. (Someone should design a collapsible model!)

I've learned to tuck a few bags of the microwaveable variety into my overnight bag when I travel. This doesn't mean I have a popcorn abuse problem, it just means I am old enough to know how to get my needs met. There is nothing worse than discovering (at 2 AM while clad in your PJs) that all the vending machines in the entire motel are out of Orville's.

Lest you should think I am injuring my health with my inordinate consumption of a snack food, let me reassure you that no butter is involved in my luscious little habit. A bit of olive oil drizzled with a certain amount of abandon and a sprinkle of salt substitute tossed upon the heaping mound are enough to please my taste buds. And no food cops have to issue a warrant for my arrest.

A day without popcorn is like a day without __________. You fill in the blank.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

There Goes Another Piece of Me

Okay. I've gone and entered into the blogosphere. It seems sort of strange and scary to express and record my thoughts like this--not knowing IF anyone will read this and IF someone does, not knowing WHO that someone might be. I feel very self-conscious, as well. I'm probably not writing very clearly. (My brain has been pushed beyond its processing capabilities trying to master certain computer concepts.) If I am making grammatical errors, please be kind and let me make them in my comfortable state of ignorance. Normally, I would care about my personal lapses in literacy, but, tonight, I am just too tired. Maybe you know the feeling. Pure exhaustion. Total depletion of energy. Someone could yell, "FIRE", and I would say, "Yeah. Okay. Whatever." For this reason, I shall terminate this brief foray into cyber communication and enter into a state of sleep. Good night. It's been nice meeting you, stranger.