Sunday, 1st or last day of the Week? Neither. It’s TToT Day!

Good morning everyone and welcome to my humble abode, GirlieOnTheEdge. Seems I don’t quite have a handle on the time thing yet. Thankfully, both the Six Sentence Stories and Ten Things of Thankful blog hops allow for those who oversleep and such. Thank you and thank you Josie! she who is on vacation at….the beach.

Jealous I am of Ms. Two Shoes as the beach is like the air to me. I’ve been suffocating a long time but luckily I have some tanks filled with other, substitute like things, that keep me going 🙂 So, in no particular order of happening or priority, forward ho!

TToT  I am most thankful that I am not bedridden. I am thankful that I have acknowledged the wake up call and confident I will act upon it. As a clark, all things are of the future. Oh, we mean well and all and we can be quite spontaneous and in the moment but….there is a tendency to indulge a tad too much in the concept of our own mortality. See, being forever young, we often forget that there is an end date. An end date unknown. That unknown date must be remembered.

TToT  You ask about the bedridden? Friday, as I was putting on my jeans (thank goodness it was casual Friday at the office), the spring located in the lower lumbar region of my back (is there a lower lumbar region? or is it all the lumbar region?) broke, popped, and otherwise put me on my knees. Dammit! I’ll be late to work.

TToT  I’m thankful that yesterday was so beautiful. Was booked from morning to early afternoon. Hair appointment, lunch with a friend and former co-worker.

TToT  Speaking of hair. I’m pretty fortunate my hair stylist is a clark. Sometimes she’s chatty, sometimes I am and sometimes we’re both pretty quiet. Yesterday? Yesterday, we both had our secondary scottian aspects flailing about the salon. I guess I don’t have to tell you that my hair came out a little…different lol

TToT  Small, kind gestures from strangers. The gestures of which I speak occurred in the same location, in 2 consecutive weeks. I buy my fruits and vegetables from a Korean market not far from where I live. Most of the folks who patronize this particular market speak English as a second language or not at all. Korean and Spanish are their first languages. Why is this important? Because it’s a reminder that gestures transcend words, language. (damn, here’s another long assed thankful. did you grab a beverage? good) In both instances, I was standing in front of the apple bins having just taken a plastic bag off the roll so I could fill it with Fuji and Honey Crisp goodness. Well, the bag would not separate at the top! I tried rubbing it between my palms – nothing. I tried and tried, standing semi-patiently but knowing in retrospect my face was telling a different story. Totally oblivious to my surroundings, I looked up to see one of the store workers who had been across the aisle unloading a pallet of bananas, standing in front of me, hand outstretched, a plastic bag open and at the ready. No words except a smile and thank you from me. The following week, same damn thing in the same place only this time? I was well aware of frowning and may even have been muttering to myself lol. A few minutes earlier, I had noticed a couple and their son who I guessed to be about 20 shopping together. They were speaking Spanish.  It’s kind of a cramped market, not a lot of room in the aisles so I smiled and squeezed by them to get to the apples. Once again, oblivious to the world around me, focusing solely on getting a stupid plastic bag open so I could load it with said apples, I look up to see the young man. He’d come around from the other side of the bins. He stood there silently, smiling, holding an open plastic bag for me. I returned his smile and thanked him. Kindness. It doesn’t need translation.

TToT  That I’ve found a suitable spot to place my laptop to that I may type standing up. You who’ve had the back thing know – it’s either standing, walking or lying flat on the floor, however it takes to feel better. I’m typing tall today, people 😀

TToT  the Wakefield Doctrine.

TToT  While an oft cited thankful, I’m very thankful for the internet, for having a laptop, for having access to so much more of the world than I could ever imagine.

TToT  For you all.

TToT  This day. Another opportunity… my challenge. 

 

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Holy smokers! I have more time…. for a TToT

Yo people! It’s me, Girlie. It’s Sunday and I’m going to post a Ten Things of Thankful post. That’s right. I may be showing up days after opening day but hey, Josie leaves the door open for any stragglers who still want to join in. Thank you Josie!

Here’s the funny thing. And, a thankful that will show up on this list today. No wait. Am I getting ahead of myself? How shall I explain? Oh, never mind. Let’s start at the beginning. Feeling a bit long winded today. Perhaps, it is autosuggestion from the howling that is going on outside my window 😀

I used to write “morning words” and they were just that. Each and every day. Somewhere along, oh, months ago, I stopped. The practice turned into more or less a “weekend day, maybe both days words”. The reasons are varied. One of the less consequential (or not) reasons is that the file for those words remains on “the original laptop”. The laptop I often refer to as “lapbaby”. Sure, I can transfer everything over to my new laptop but somehow, I feel that a betrayal. And now, today, more than ever, I will not betray lapbaby by even thinking about transferring that file to the “other place”.

I posted a Six Sentence Story today. The link for that hop is still open and, while it opened last Wednesday night for opening day Thursday, I still posted. Better late than never, yeah? Consider my 1st TToT.

A certain thankful supreme today is the illusion of time. Being lost in…incorrect time. Found out only after the fact. So. Time is first, a concept? Or is that more properly, a construct? What is the advantage of knowing the correct time? In the practical world there are valid, useful reasons for knowing the correct time, the time by which everyone in your timezone adheres. But in the, shall we say magical realm, time is what we believe it is and so all else shall follow. Explanation to follow. Consider my 2nd TToT.

Electronics. Vexing at times. Frustrating. I posit that what at first appears as frustration can reveal itself as gift, given the proper frame of mind. I was able to find the path that led from frustration to gift. Consider my 3rd TToT.

Better grab a beverage or snack for this one. Going to be a long one lol
I am surely thankful for my new laptop. As an individual who historically has difficulty letting go of objects of sentimentality, I did not hesitate turning on lapbaby this morning. As I mentioned in my intro, lapbaby is accessed 1x, maybe 2x a weekend. Functionality has been spotty, hence the new ‘top. Yesterday morning, I noticed that lapbaby was showing the incorrect time. And so I made the adjustment. I thought it odd, but hey, no biggie. This morning, as I wrote morning words, I happened to notice that the date was incorrect. It was still showing yesterday’s date. I tried to make the adjustment. I was convinced I was completing the proper steps and yet it kept giving me an error message. I switched to fixing the time. Kinda the same thing. Aha! I told myself that I was being distracted unnecessarily and that it wasn’t important to fix these things right this very moment. I proceeded with the morning. Consider this my 4th TToT.

As I went about my morning, I would glance at the time and see that I must be working quicker than I thought as it was still early. I even prepared breakfast, the one I used to eat during the weekdays once upon a time. It was good. It was healthy. The sun was shining and I thought, alright…I’m going to the gym next! Consider that my 5th TToT (at that moment)

When oatmeal delight was finished, and I’d replied to a couple of texts, I decided to check the time and see how I was doing. Lots to do today and only so many hours in which to do it. Sure. Maybe there’s as much time as we need but for our own self-limitation. But no! I looked down at lapbaby and the time was showing….barely after 8. Damn. I’m cruising today. And I believed that. Consider my TToT #6.

I had decided yesterday, that beside posting a 6, I would also post at Josie’s TToT. I mean. Why not? I seemed to have gotten on a tiny roll-ette this morning so no use stemming that tide. But first, I thought I’d get ready to go to the gym (my next destination) and then before heading out see if I actually had a TToT in me. I gathered my stuff, glanced at the clock on the wall and….you saw this coming right ‘cuz I sure didn’t lol. I looked at the clock and instead of still being a little after 8:00 it was 10:10! I had forgotten that lapbaby’s time had been incorrect and that I had decided not to bother trying to fix it lest I get distracted away from my task, my enjoyment of writing this morning. Consider this TToT #7.

Like a hockey puck slamming into the side of my face, I reeled at the notion that I was happy in the illusion of time that didn’t exist, as I was able to proceed through it, enjoy what I was doing and not stress that I wouldn’t have enough of it. Time that is. What a gift I was given today. Consider TToT #8.

I usually state this in the number 10 spot but today, let’s switch it up a bit.
Consider my #9. I am grateful, I am thankful to wake up today. Why not? The sun returned, there is howling outside my window. I managed to write some words. I got lost in the morning and hey! wouldja look at that. It’s still only 8:20 am 🙂

Consider last, but never least, my TToT #10. The opportunity to venture out into the day regardless of the time, actual or otherwise. To engage, participate, share and be present.

Of Bass Amps and Marshalls? Maybe. For now it’s a TToT.

Friday night. Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge. Damn. Was too late so now, being Saturday morning, I’ll tell you about last night… after wandering around a bit in the ‘sphere, I plugged in the headset to listen to today’s vid. Nothing like music in the earbuds, close to the brain, totally inside yo head. (I mean it is Friday night) Of course, not all the time (buds in the ears, that is).  No, imo, music is more properly listened to through acceptable stereo equipment. Audiophiles, you know of what I speak 😀

Sometimes Autoplay at the Tube is totally awesome. Like now “next YouTube selection from Screaming Trees”. Yes. It’s one of those nights. Late (now 11:15 pm). End of a week. Challenging week or 2. My point: “just be glad it’s all over“. (heads up! another favorite and life marker band cued up. Next? Alice in Chains anyone? Yes, please).

…Ahem, shall we return to real time this Saturday morning? Alright. Time for some retrospectivating…..

Thursday marked the debut of Six Sentence Stories under the auspices of yours truly. (seems weird linking to myself. Can I do that? Should I do that? Will I look like a self aggrandizing jerk? Whoah! Where in sam hill did that come from? Yo, Girlie! Get a grip!)

I have new appreciation for our former hostess and guide zoe. Indeed, she tops the list ‘o Ten Things of Thankful. Josie? Here goes nothing…..

First TToT:  Zoe. For her tireless devotion bringing us the SSS every Thursday for so many years. For her confidence in me to take the conn. I won’t let you down!

Second TToT:  Josie of the 2 Shoes for her incredibly positive attitude. All of the time. For her support during the SSS transition.

Third TToT:  Everyone who participates in the Six Sentence Story bloghop whether you posted this week or not. To writers thinking about posting and then did, in spite of uncertainties 🙂  (hey! that’s you Viola Blue, glad you made it!) It is through all of you, by your example, that I will learn to write better. This week’s was an amazing collection of stories. Write on people. Write on.

Fourth TToT:  That Wednesday’s “illness” did not cause me grief the following day, which was my birthday and first day hosting the SSS. It was a pretty good day made even better by all the lovely birthday wishes and cards (thanks sis!).

Fifth TToT: I’m very thankful my phone has returned to sanity! Had about a week of the battery draining excessively fast. Seems to be more “normal” now, although it may be getting about time to get a new one.

Sixth TToT:   I am not displeased with myself (so, thankful I guess) that I’m adapting, albeit slowly, to my new laptop. All in good time, right? 😀

Seventh TToT:  No snow!

Eight TToT:  I am daily, thankful for my apparent good health, my memory (most of the time!), my job, my wonderful blue car that is, at times, a marvelous escape hatch.

Ninth TToT:  Hm. Had to think a little on this one. How to convey the thankful for getting better at “letting go“. I remind myself it is a process. Not to be mistaken for closure, it nonetheless is life altering.

Tenth TToT:  As always. Now. This moment. Today. There is no other day.

 



 

 

Yippee Ki Yay! It’s a Ten Things of Thankful!

I know! It’s Sunday! And I’m only now getting to writing a TToT let alone finish reading last week’s TToTs! (Dyanne?, Kerry? I can do this right? lol) I’ve always loved to read and now that we’ve got extra time on our hands (don’t burst my bubble, guys) it’ll be a piece of cake 🙂

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge. I need to pre-empt my “formal” thankfuls by saying how much I appreciate Zoe passing the honor of hosting the Six Sentence Bloghop to me (um, Zoe? We totally expect to be seeing more of you in the future 😀)  And thank you guys for being so enthusiastic to keep the hop going! I’m really excited. The SSS has been instrumental in getting me back to wanting to write again. And that circles round again to all of you 🙂

Alright! Lots of thankfuls to get to… where to begin, where to be….

  1. Daylight Savings Time!!!! What more need I say to that one folks. Love it!

2. New laptop. While I haven’t quite adapted to it yet, I will embrace the challenge of different. All I’ll say right now lol

3. Terminator 6. That’s right folks. I’m excited. Whether you liked all the movies in the series or not, if you loved the first one, how can you not embrace this next one 😀 Why should you? ‘Cuz they’re bringin’ back the original “band”  😀

4. This is one of those hypo grats turned grat. A week ago Friday, the storm that blew in to so many states causing damage and power outages, blew out my cpu at work. I’m still waiting for it to be fixed which means I’m still down the hall utilizing an “extra”, not quite updated computer. But hey, at least there’s one for me to use, right? During the week, I’ve had to use yet, other computers to complete certain work. Yesterday, I went into the office for a few hours. This time sitting at our law clerk’s desk so that I could do some processing and scanning. His programs, scanner were different than mine. Can’t say I’m an expert when it comes to Adobe and pdfs and the whole edit docs thing but when working with my programs at my (now broken) computer, well, easy peasy! Yesterday, did not initially go as planned as the scanner was different, the adobe program/reader was different. I can’t remember the last time I had to do a drag and drop! But yesterday, yesterday I was in that special place that allowed me to figure things out and do a whole bunch of stuff without, seemingly much effort. Cool.

5. Roger (yes, that roger) over to the Secessionist Rag published a post. He, like myself in recent years, has wallowed now and then in the where do I find time and I’m not feeling all that creative anyway place. I’ve always enjoyed his writing whatever the topic as he has a style and ease we have dubbed “armchair easy”. Anyway, head on over and say hey! encourage him to write. Tell him Girlie sent you 🙂

6. Sinus medicine.

7. Epiphanies. Self-revelation. Cutting the blinders. Letting go. The point at which your body supercedes your brain and allows a feeling of….relinquishment. You fill in the blank. I’m feeling lighter this weekend.

8. Music. Music. Music. Movies. Movies. Movie. 🙂 🙂 🙂

9. The sounds of Spring even if the temperatures are not exactly Springlike.

10. This day. Opportunity. Challenge. Self-challenge. New beginnings.

Price of Progress. Cost of Development. It’s an SSS.

Hi everyone. Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge. It’s late Wednesday evening. I got caught up watching Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. A bit of silly fun to take the edge off a Monday kinda Wednesday. Was texting earlier this eveing with Zoe of Uncharted, our exiting, baton tossing hostess of this most excellent blog hop, Six Sentence Stories, and happened to mention to her how everyday so far this week, seemed like a Monday. She concurred 🙂 Raise your hand if you’ve been having that kind of a week too 😀

Anyway, didn’t think I’d have anything written in time to contribute to the Six Sentence Story hop but, despite the weirdness and Mondayedness lingering around since, well Monday, here I am.

Zoe’s rules are few. She asks that we use her cue word, in some form or fashion, tense or conjugation, in a story, poem, wip or musing that consists of 6 sentences. No more. No less.
So what do you think? Join us? Excellent! See you there 🙂 btw, cue word is “Crane“.

He had always been there, tall, strong, protection from whatever storm I might have been weathering.

From earliest childhood, my memories were as steadfast as the earth and rooted deeply in my love for him.

My friend, my protector. Even before the time came for me to leave the nest, I felt the pangs of inevitable, unavoidable, loss and separation.

Worried that he would not survive until the day of my return, I flew in the face of instinct and began my journey back to him.

Approaching from the east, soaring on wings of anticipation, I looked towards the far end of the town park, my heart lurching as I watched a huge metal crane lift the body of my friend, my protector, and place him unceremoniously on the flatbed of a logging truck.

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Hitchin’ a Ride to TToTville

What does Julie Andrews and Vanity Fare have in common? Eggs-actly. In my head only. You surprised? lol At least those of you who know me and are familiar with the Wakefield Doctrine? Go look up “clark” over to the Doctrine. Don’t know that it’s in the urban dictionary yet but it might be. Let me know will ya?

So here’s my deal. (hold up a sec while I mute the keys here…can’t have lapbaby hearing what I got to say….there….done) As I was saying, I ordered and received a new lap top yesterday. Finally, after thinking way too much about it for way too long, I committed. And, if you’d seen me last night, perhaps I should have been (committed) 😀 (Yo, Clark! The tonal was raising hell!)

See, I’ve not been my usual self in that I’ve not kept abreast of technological advances in oh, say, the last 10 years! Not my normal mo for sure but it became my normal mo. It became my routine and therefore gobbled up by the tonal. Try making inroads with that going on my friend. Sheesh. (“tonal”? concept referenced in Carlos Castenada’s first few books about Don Juan). And so I realized that at a certain age in life you either accept that you are a certain age and therefore excuse or otherwise give in to not doing certain things, or engaging in any number of activities. S’all relates to time, no? I suppose I should have studied Einstein’s theories? Would that help me this morning? mmm… Thinking not 🙂

I’m beginning to ramble now and that, my friends is a sure sign to reign it in and get to the point of all these words. It’s Saturday. That means, for me, get a Ten Things of Thankful post up and shared and start reading the other TToT posts offered in friendship and support and general all around let’s all have fun this weekendness. Thanks to Joes Two Shoes we can be linked pretty easily to each other and share each other’s thoughts and goings on for the week or so past. (Josie! I will write you for code so I can put everyone on my post too!)

Ready people? Let’s do this!!!

1   I’m thankful for Zoe over at Uncharted for hosting the Six Sentence Story bloghop for lo these…how many years?? Do I want to know? lol

2   For waking up this morning.

3   Not only for waking up, but waking up to sunshine and significantly calmer winds. The DC Metro area was kinda a mess yesterday as was many other regions. Watch out Northeast today!

4   That we had power yesterday at work. (naah, would rather have gone home!).

5   Hypo-grat right here, numero 5:  last night, while working a little ot (along with about 6 othere people) we had 2 power surges. Guess whose computer fried? Yuppers. So, in a way, if I don’t go into work this weekend for lack of a computer, it won’t be the end of the world because….drumroll please….

6   New laptop.

7   Future thankful:  that I complete the set up of said new laptop, today.

8   the Wakefield Doctrine.

9   the ease with which this post was written today. (could it be the extra caffeine?? 3 mugs ‘o the juice and we good to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

10 Jesus Jones for titling a song “Right here, Right Now” because sometimes the little ear/mind worms that won’t leave us alone can push us along, lead us to living in the right here, right now. In the present. And practically speaking, is there any other place you’d rather be? (no, really guys, think about it. the possibility is in the now, not the then, not the maybe could be. reach out, eyes closed. surprise your self)



When being late to the party is not rude!

Hello! Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge. Thanks for waiting up! I realize I’m late for the party but I felt compelled to not let the weekend expire without publishing a Ten Things of Thankful! Mostly because I had a post partially ready for last week’s Ten Things of Thankful and then let it languish outside a roadside cafe somewhere in a distant desert.
(I recently discovered it had made off with an unpublished 6 Sentence Story from several weeks back.)

Josie Two Shoes. She is a writer and our weekly Hostess/Co-odinator of this extraordinary bloghop. Thanks to her, we have a wonderful opportunity to share in the thankful and sometimes not so thankful aspects, events and musings going on in our lives. OK, seems the big hand is…well it’s pointing to a number that says: “get the lead out Girlie!”

First up let’s enter: Movies! And directors and screenwriters, and, well, you get the gist. It occurred to me as I watched part of Hope Floats later this afternoon (never have watched it start to finish) that movies are wonderful for all sorts of reasons – escape, emotional catharis, emotional indulgence, entertainment.

Second runner up: Headphones. Sometimes, ya just need to hear music up close and personal.

Third place: (from the AWOL TToT) I took a walk at lunch on Valentine’s Day. The temperature had gone from the 30’s and low 40’s the day before to a rather balmy 71. While windy with only partial sun, it still felt glorious. I decided, instead of driving to the Post Office to drop my mail, I’d walk. That required crossing Chain Bridge Road. A busy, main road. Don’t know why but I’ve never liked waiting at crosswalks, waiting for the machine to tell me it’s OK to walk.  As I stood there thinking of my sometimes reticence at using crosswalks, a memory blasted into my brain totally out of the blue. Or not, as the irony was not lost on me, it being Valentine’s Day 🙂  I thought to myself – stop being a baby, I’ve walked across the Champs-Élysées! That made me smile. Me, walking in Paris. Thankful for the remembrance of that memory 🙂

FourthThat same evening (the 14th), as I turned off the car engine, having arrived where I live, I heard the geese. For as long as I remember, whenever I hear the honking of geese, I stop. And wait. And look. And watch. It’s a thing. I can’t not do it lol. Anyway, a very low flying group passed overhead. I watched for as long as I could until they were beyond the trees, listening to them sing and talk to each other, giving directions. Then a second, smaller group followed in the most perfectly formed V I have ever scene and it was silent! So silent, I could hear the swoosh sound of the flapping of their wings. The sound of flight. Awesome.

Fifth place: OK, keeping with the geese thing. A couple of days later, getting in from work around the usual time, I spotted 2 geese (where was everybody else?!) flying overhead except they were flying backwards. No not like that lol. They were flying in the opposite direction as the 2 groups flying only a couple of days prior. Did they forget someone? 😀

6th and closing in: The Director’s Chair on El Rey network. Watching Robert Rodriguez interview Guillermo del Toro. Cool.

7th TToT: Robert Rodriguez.

Eighth Thankful: Knowing that this year, 2018, is a year that will prove full of forward motion.

9th Inning:  Finally. I’ve managed to figure out what laptop to order. One last look tomorrow (promise!) and then it’s time (ooh, better whisper so lapbaby doesn’t hear) to place my order.

Tenth: Today. I made it through the day. So far, so good 🙂