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My One True Life by wayward heart
July 2004
1Lights Out // Weird Little Man
2Will this ever end? // One Brief Shining Moment
4Does This Really Need a Title??
5These Feets Were Made For Walkin'
6Quote Du Jour // Almost Done
7Movie Survey // DONE!!!
8Ready To Go
17Surprises // Just When I Thought It Couldn't Get Weirder.....
18And the Survey Says: // Still the Kool-Aid Mom
19Quote Du Jour // Just Monday
20Too Many Messes
21Just Bitching
22More Bitching
23Peace and Quiet
24Holding On // Playlist for a Breakdown
25Putting Myself Back Together (for now)
27Straddle Your Noodles // Highlight
28Normal's Not Good Enough Any More // WAH!!!
29Every Now And Then It Boils Over
30Seeing the Counselor // Conversation
31A Little Prayer // Cue Gloria Gaynor

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And the Survey Says: // Still the Kool-Aid Mom
July 18, 2004

Have you ever:

Donated blood?

Been on a diet?
Many many times.

Talked your way out of a speeding ticket?
Didn't so much talk my way out of it as just look remorseful and close to tears.

Eaten fried pickles?

Lied to your dh?

Failed a class?
I came very very close to failing 9th grade algebra. But despite not understanding a thing, i got a 97 on the state Regents exam. Thereby getting an "A" for the marking period, and passing the course! I was also the only person probably in the history of the junior high school to consistently get "D"'s in Band.

Been to Europe?
Yes. Just once so far...Paris, this past March.

Read a book in one night?
Oh sure. More than once. Getting harder to do the older i get, though.

Tee-Pee'd a house?
Nope. Took me awhile to figure out what "tee-pee'd" even meant!

Opened someone else's mail?
Yes. Last year, i opened my f-i-l's mail. He was in the hospital.

Mowed the lawn?
Not since i was a kid. Horrible job. Hated it.

Danced in a recital?
Me? Dance?? Not hardly. i look like the hippos in "Fantasia"

Eaten a whole pizza?
Not recently, thank goodness.

Played hooky?
Sure. But now i call them "Mental Health Days"

Gotten straight A's?
Yup. More than once. What can i say.....i really liked school. Graduated Magna Cum Laude from college.

Swam with dolphins?
No. But that would be pretty neat.

Had braces?
No. I'm blessed with good teeth.

Gone on a blind date?

Been locked out of the house?
Locked myself out once by accident. Had to use the neighbor's phone to call H at work to come home and let us (Barsky and me) in.

Marched in a parade?
Yes, when i was in the Girl Scouts. I even got to be the flag bearer for the troup in the town's Memorial Day parade.

Been stuck in an elevator?

Broken a bone?

Been to a circus?
Yes. Twice. Once to the Shrine Circus with my then-boyfriend. And once to Ringling Bros with Mom. She was SO proud of herself for finding Madison Square Garden (which is directly upstairs from the LIRR station...we never even left the building!)

Gone white-water rafting?
You've GOT to be kidding!

Not that i know of.

Wished you had chosen a different career?
At times. Sometimes i wish i had pursued teaching in public schools. Other times i wish i'd specialized in reading ed, or become a librarian.

Been on a hayride?
My favorite hayride experience was when i was a volunteer at a 19th century village restoration. I worked as a 'barmaid' (i was 14 or 15). They had a working farm there, and the guys needed help pitching hay. There were 3 of us girls helping...our job was to stand in the wagon, and push the hay up towards the front of the wagon as the guys pitched it in. Afterwards, we rode through the town on the pile of hay. I itched for days, but it was SO much fun!!

Avoided doing something because of a superstition?
Not that i can think of.

Have you ever been on the radio?
Yes. Back in High School, i had my own radio show on the high school's station. It was called "Serendipity", and i read poetry for 15 mins.

Danced under the stars?
i'm sure i have, but can't recall a specific incident.

Only once. And not alone.

Bought a CD just for 1 song?
Yes. Usually regretted it, too.

Performed a solo?
Believe it or not, yes. And i can't sing worth a damn. Our high school did "Carnival" in summer stock one year, and i was the voice of two of the puppets. I was offstage, and no one saw me, but i did have a brief solo.

Learned how to play chess?
Nope. Never have. Not interested.

Lost your luggage on a trip?
Thankfully, no. I've lost my mind a few times, but never my luggage.

Demanded a raise?

Hit an animal on accident while driving?
Thank god, no. I'd be devastated if i did.

Stayed at a bed and breakfast?
Yes, twice (at the same one). In our college town. Very nice.

Been thrown a surprise party?
Yes. Twice. For my 17th birthday by my high school friends, and by Lois for my 19th.

Saved someone's life?

Been in a play?
Several times in high school. i was in "Come Blow Your Horn", "Carnival", and "Solid Gold Cadillac" (i had the lead in that one)

Had a hole in one?
Nope, not even in miniature golf. *sob*

Climbed a mountain?
No. But i remember sliding DOWN one in VT when i was 10 years old.

Run out of gas while driving?
Thank goodness NO!

Served on a jury?
No. Got close to sit in the jury box, but was excused.

Met a professional athlete?

Been seasick?

Been to Graceland?

Watched a movie more than 10 times?
Yup. "Wizard of Oz", "Field of Dreams" "My Foolish Heart" "Adventures of Robin Hood" "The Sea Hawk" "captain Blood" "Singin' in the Rain" and probably lots more i can't think of right now.

Taken a stress test?
No. Life is enough.

Water skied?
Uh. No.

Been to New York City?
Well, duh...yeah....i grew up on Long Island. My grandmother used to take me into the city to Radio City Music Hall every time the show changed. And Dad loved theater as well, so we went to Broadway. Hard to grow up on LI and not go to NYC.
Plus, i lived in Brooklyn for 5 years in the early '80's. Technically that IS the city...but most people mean Manhattan when they refer to New York City. It's a nice place to visit...but i hated living there.

Seen a ghost?
Nope. Don't believe in 'em.

Still the Kool-Aid Mom

I got over to Karen's this morning, and she told me i needed to call my Mom. I gave her the "signal" (2 rings), and she phoned back. Mom and Karen had talked last night, and Mom was worried cause i hadn't talked to her yesterday.

After i talked to Mom, Karen and i went out to breakfast. Over our eggs and toast (and my coffee), i told her the latest developments from last night. She was surprised, to say the least.

We went to Big Lots after breakfast, and i found the perfect little marble-topped table with curved metal legs (in a deep bronze-brown) for the front stoop. It was only $20. And then, i found a sundial, also for $20!! They only had one of the tables, and only one of the sundials, so i was sure they'd been waiting just for me!

The sundial matches the color of the new lamppost, and fits the diameter of the circle exactly. Couldn't be better.

I also found Jiffy Pop popcorn! Haven't seen it in years. Didn't think it was still around, but i bought two packages of it. I'm not a huge popcorn fan, but Jiffy Pop used to be H's "specialty" (ie: the only thing he could cook). Back when we were dating, he'd make it for us. I thought it would be a nice little gesture to buy it. he seemed to like it anyway.

He liked the sundial, too. He was a bit less enthusiastic about the table, but that's OK.

I got the sundial all set up, and tried to call Karen to tell her to look out her window. But her phone was busy.

So, i decided to call Mom and tell her about my purchases. HER phone was busy, too. Guess why?

They were on the phone to each other for about a half hour, and by the time i got through to Mom, Karen had already told her about my purchases at Big Lots!!

I complained to Mom about not having been able to get through, and knowing that she'd been talking to Karen, and her reply was: "Well, I have 2 new daughters now, so you'll just have to share!"

"I DON'T WANNA SHARE MY MOMMY!!!!!", i wailed to her.

Later in the afternoon, H and i went to WalMart, and then to lunch at Denny's. The service was dreadful. I get the feeling the high school aged waitress we had must've been fairly new. The people at the next booth complained to the manager that their orders were wrong, they didn't get things they'd ordered, etc.

We asked several times for water, and she finally brought ONE glass, not two. She just seemed very harried, although the restaurant wasn't busy.

Anyway, when we got home, i found a message on the machine from Lois. So i called her back. When she hadn't been able to reach me, SHE'D phoned MOM instead! (and asked me not to tell Mom that she'd been Lois' second choice), so by the time i called Lois, she'd already been filled in on all the latest...including the sundial and the marriage counselor!

Sheesh....!! Is this what it's like to have sisters?? (i love it!!)

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