Full Confessional Friday! 4/4/2014

Be it Venial or Mortal (there's no escaping Original), we've all got secrets -- light, dark, funny, sad -- worth bringing to light. The act of confession can be liberating, mollifying and entertaining. Contrition? Repentance? A shot of Tequila? That's your call, sister.  

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I"m at the beach on a girlfriend getaway... and I don't want to leave!!

April 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersusan

I need a retreat away from my husband and family. After this long long winter cooped up inside, I want out. Alone. I don't want to talk to anyone, feed anyone, wash anyone's clothes, teach anyone, or drive anyone to a worthwhile activity. I want to sleep until I wake up because I'm rested, eat leisurely meals, read a whole page of a book without being interrupted, and go see a movie with no blood, wrecked cars, or drug dealers.


Instead, we're all headed to a big city on the east coast for a week to sightsee. I'm good with getting out of the house, but it is no retreat alone.

I'm writing this from the closest thing I'm going to get to a retreat ever--ten minutes alone in the bathroom w my iPad. Good times!

April 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Anna - I completely understand. Best I can do is offer you this.....virtual hugs! And, the sweet possibility of your imagination. Take yourself away to your destination and see yourself doing just as you said.....and enjoy it, even if is only in your imagination.

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Carol

we have babies, twin girls who came on a stormy night last week. it has been a pleasure to watch as my children have become parents.
You got this, I keep thinking, you got this.
Knowing that you have their back if they need you, but stepping back and letting them parent- you got this, we are a safety net, carry on.

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermeredith@whynot

Overcast today, but it's the Spring Garden Show! The Weeds will be there - fern experts selling them cheap (yep, their last name really is Weeds). I'm going in seconds! I made a cake last night for a neighbor friend's birthday and she don't know it HA! One of my plants that last week looked like a pile of dead sticks has flowers, my kiln which seemed dead is fine and is firing (note: if you have wiring in a metal conduit going to the outlet, make sure all the screws along it are tight - crazy; they act as grounds and tightening one sent the voltage from 84 to 240). Now I'm off, to see plants and flowers and check the kiln and life is good. Happiness to you all ('specially you, Mrs. G).

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternaomi d

Oh, Meredith, what fun you have in store for you. My son and his wife had identical twin girls 7 years ago. I had two sons so was totally unprepared for little girls but they have been such a joy. Twice the trouble, twice the fun and oh, my, more than twice the love. Watching my son become a father has been a joy. Congratulations to all.

Love, support and hugs to all who need them and to all who are doing well.

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarthaMc

thanks Martha, they are not identical but I am sure will have a special sister relationship. And the kid becoming the Dad- I love it.

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermeredith@whynot

Hugs, Anna! Make them all take care of themselves. Find your own destinations in that east coast city, and tell them if they want to go with you they can, but you've got your own sightseeing agenda!

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Snow

Spring is finally here. No reports of snow in our forecast for the foreseeable future. That's a win in my book. Happy sunshine all.

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter1Les

Anna oh i hear you! right there with you. here's to stolen moments in whatever corner can be found, and may it sustain you until a true getaway!
Meredith ... how completely exciting! So glad. May the spoiling and watching commence, with little to no nail-biting needed :).
Naomi ... hope the kiln results are everything you hoped and more ... screw and voltage warning duly noted, scary!
I'm in dire need of a getaway myself, but none in sight ... just surrounded by family drama of soap-opera proportions, crappy finances, and a hubs who's never home thanks to work so we're limping along in the relationship department while living in different cities most of the time. It will eventually change, trying to stay patient.
xo to you all!

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbethany

It's been a long, snowy winter here and things at work are just plain crazy. This and other things have had me feeling quite down, so this weekend I went to a wildlife preserve on the Chesapekae Bay for a day. It was pretty cold and windy, but I did manage to find a cozy little spot in the dunes for a nap in the sun. Afterward, I hiked along the brambly shore and saw a magnificent bald eagle and his nest. My legs got sunburned and totally scratched up, but it puts me in a good mood when I think about how they got that way.

April 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter~annie

~annie, I am so happy for your day away!

Anna, I hear you loud and clear and truly validate your feelings as REAL. I know that someday YOUR time will come. I hope that it remains a light in the current darkness. Just keep chanting: "Women's Colony. Women's Colony."

The road trip I had been somewhat dreading has been very nice so far, with really only one issue. It helped that we had totally separate days on Monday. V8 juice is my friend and so is a beer around the campfire, but there is another thousand miles to go before we are home again. Think positive thoughts for me please!

Yesterday I had an interaction - virtual, thankfully, not in person - with an old nemesis of mine, a real bully. It was work-related, It wasn't even anything very important - one of my customers wanted a service her unit provides, so I referred him to her staff.

Turns out they aren't offering that service anymore, but why the hell does she expect me to be her gatekeeper? Let her turn down business, I'm not going to do it for her.

So I noted that the customer had purchased the service in the past and had expressed an interest in it again. The Bully basically called me a liar on this, in a conversation cc'd to several other people. Excuse me, what about that was untrue?

Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed - my boss came in and said, "what's with XXX acting so snotty?" and I said, "Oh, I'm glad you said that - I thought it was just me."

So my boss and I crafted a response that ignored the outburst and moved on to the business at hand - which was the right thing to do.

But I'm pissed and I'm rankled by it. This woman is a bully. My anger disrupted my sleep last night.

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Snow

Aunt Snow wouldn't you have loved to tell her to go F herself? Or even to tell her to get over her superior, bully/bitch self and take a cold shower full of ice sickles. Or perhaps asked her if her problem was with you or the fact that she hadn't been laid in a decade? Or...well perhaps I should stop here.

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlbug

Oh, Aunt Snow, with your first paragraph I knew it had to be you. And how I wish this bully would be stopped in her tracks and shut down. If there is such a thing as karma, it will happen to her someday.

Sorry for that thing in your life, Aunt Snow. As Louie says, karma is immediate. People who behave badly are instant a**hº!@s. She's living it every day. You, Aunt Snow, are a joy. Every day.

Off to an estate sale of someone I don't know, who was a clay artist. Lots of books and tools I've heard. I'm not interested in the clothing - YSL, Manolo, Chanel, and more - though the scarves intrigue.

It's beautiful here. Hope everyone has a peaceful wonderful weekend.

One last thing. Clark's memorial concert was Wednesday night. Louie opened it with a song he and Clark wrote together. Here's a link - . Louie's tried to keep his image off the internet but this makes it kinda hard. Clark has one last collection of music coming out, country songs. It was a moving, astounding night, filled with talent and love.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternaomi d

So, this has been an absolutely craptacular couple of weeks. Just to keep possible family members from being able to say that I'm bitching on the web, I'm going anon, but you probably can all figure out who I am.

First, a fairly close relative was pregnant with twins, and had them 16 weeks early. Naturally, not good situation. One of my siblings tried to use the birth/illness/impending death of the babies as an opportunity to grandstand (via FB) about how "love and light and good wishes and luck do no good -- all that is neededd is Jesus to HEAL these babies. Because SATAN made this happen.) about his religion. This was in response to my posting that some dear loved ones of mine were suffering sadness, and that "love knows where to go," so please send light and peace and such to the ones hurting.
I had also had a friend's husband die the same day that the first baby died, leaving two 6 y.o. twin girls. So there was much sadz.
And my sibling decided, along with his friends, that they should actually NAME the mother of the early-born babies, and link their comments to her wall, and they did all of that "name it and claim it" crap where they say, "I name and claim HEALING for tthis baby, and I claim that jesus will SAVE this child, and "like" if you stand with me and Jesus. " And so on.
I about had a stroke with anger. My mom called and yelled at him, and he did eventually take down his post with their names and links on it, but I'm still pissed.
I wrote a letter to him, but didn't send it. I was too mad to make sense.
And then-- my husband, in his infinite wisdom -- decided to get a puppy. During the last 2 weeks fo the semester. When I had literally said many times tht I DO NOT WANT A PUPPY and I don't feel like I can handle the responsibility of a pup at all, not even part-time. I don't want it and I don't have any motivation to even try.
So of course, he got one. And now I don't know whether I should run off to join the circus, or what. I'm losing my everloving mind over here.

So. There ya go. Love you, derfs. Glad to see some other Confessions here.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteranon4

It's fuck a duck friday at work again this week.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda C in Seattle

I confess that I want to kick the entire government in the shins. I confess that I can't figure out who to have the bigger crush on--my boss or his wife. I confess that personal insecurity makes me passive-aggressively critical of other people. I confess to loving Star Trek more than any great literature I've recently read. I confess that menopause has (bizarrely) put my libido so far into overdrive that I now have complete sympathy with every horny teenaged boy I ever made fun of. I confess that for supper today, I ate peanut butter from the jar with my fingers.

I confess that I am powerless to control my addiction to "Castle" reruns.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My sister-of-the-heart died yesterday. We had been best friends for 53 years. She had been very ill for the last 3years. I miss her so. Whenever I had a catastrophe in my life she was the one who listened, who empathized, who talked me down. She was a beautiful, loving, generous person. We had planned to have fun in our old age because we had worked so hard. The hole in my heart is so large I can't imagine how I will mend it. She leaves behind a grieving husband, son and two granddaughters. And a best friend who will never be the same.

April 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlbug

Oh Albug, I am so sorry for your very deep loss. I have no comforting words, mostly bc I don't think there are any. Love and peace to you.

April 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertrash A lou

Sorry Albug. I have a few people I start to call, then remember they are not around. It's been long enough I talk with them anyway. They're my personal saints - I knew them; I don't know all those other people sanctified by religions. It's hard, initially. Best to you, Albug, hope others are nearby who understand and support you.

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternaomi d

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