Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's A Doozy



My head is a bit all over the place tonight. I've got things on my mind, including, but not limited to: that little kid who keeps calling his mom "Linda" while arguing with her about a cupcake, my current, intense desire for a DQ hot fudge sundae, and the sad truth that I still think about Phillip Seymour Hoffman at least once a day. I miss knowing he's around in the world. I'm sad for his family. I'll miss all his future talent. But at least we still have Doubt. (Watch. It.)

And there's more.

Let me just start somewhere near the beginning, because even though I have the slippery suspicion that I could drag my current brain-train out into a solid three posts, none of us has the time for that. Dinner's already half cold, amiright??

First, the good news: I'm leaving for Dallas on Thursday to speak at Hope Spoken. I'm so legit excited. And honestly, that's weird for me. Honestly and truly, I haven't always had the "best experience ever" with conferences. It's not them, it's me. I usually wind up feeling a bit adrift about who I am and what I should be doing. I've often felt just outside the circle and a little angsty about life. I'm reminded that I'm cut from a wonky bolt of cloth. Etcetera.

But this feels different. I get to see so many of my people. I get to talk out loud, up on stage, and though I will surely want to puke for thirty minutes prior, and of course I might cry seven or eight times while I'm up there, I really like that sort of thing. It's like blogging, minus all the technology. It's my chip bag, that's all I'm saying. It's my salsa bowl. It's my thang.

Straight up, if I seem not quite right tonight, it's because at precisely 3pm today, whilst sitting in the pick-up line, I fell victim to repeated and severe stabbing pains in my left ear. Long story longer, a congenial after-hours-clinic doctor diagnosed me with "constant intermittent pain" caused by a "raging ear infection".

Incidentally, I found the fountain of youth tonight. Get your first known ear infection at the age of 37+. You'll feel positively infantile.

Don't worry though, I drowned my woes in hot-and-sour soup and garlic sauce that burned my face off.

But back to my death-fear of technology. I switched my blogger domain to a custom domain earlier today - the same exact custom domain I have owned and paid for for five straight years but have never used.

So, basically, gobbledygook blah blah blarneystone, I probably messed everything up. But hopefully not. But if you follow me through Blogger, you may need to find another way because I don't have a "follower" box anymore. And if you follow me through Bloglovin' or some other necessary technological fancy-pantsery, you might need to update the link. Or not. I'm so bad at this, guys. I don't even know what to tell you, other than: Please find a way! Let's make this work! We're so good together!

This might help. Since I already hated myself enough to spend twenty minutes of my life on the phone with online tech support, I went ahead and created a FPFG facebook page. I don't know why, okay? Does a girl always need a reason? Truth be told, Silas was on his way to Ohio since I'm leaving for Texas and he was so cute and pretty sad and I started to cry real tears of salted emotion on my couch over how complicated and beautiful it is to be his Mama and the best way to quell such tears is by replacing them with tears of honest-to-goodness frustration that comes with having a "job" that you are not "equipped" to "accomplish".

Basically, my ego is writing checks my body can't cash. Or something.

Do me a solid, and find me right here.

People are saying Facebook is mere inches away from burning down to a molten pile of ash, but you know me. I'll be the last one standing.

Forever Yours and Not Just Because I Can't Find My Way Out,
FPFG

33 comments:

  1. Sister, you are the best. Wish I was headed to Hope Spoken. I'd love to chat with you over a big bowl of salsa.

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  2. I made your bologna boats tonight!!! What an idea. We enjoyed them and will have them again. Safe travels.
    kristy

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    1. You are my soul sister for life.
      If there were ever a final, official litmus test, this would be it.
      (You passed!)
      :)

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  3. I love you. That's almost all.
    But.
    I'm gonna be in Dallas on FRIDAY- Sunday.
    Speaking at a Jennie Allen mini conference on how I love my 'hood.
    First time speaking out loud on my place and my crazy jacked up life. I'm gonna throw up AND cry the ugly cry for real.
    So maybe I'll see you at DFW.
    (a girl can hope, right??)

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    1. WHA??????
      Girl, that is so rad. So excited for you! I'm sorta speaking about the same thing. :)
      Unfortunately, the world hates us b/c I'm flying through Love Field or some nonsense like that.

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  4. Dallas will love you! Who wouldn't?! I'm so sorry about your ear infection!

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  5. If it makes you feel any better, you did pop up on my blogger dashboard! And didn't you get the memo? Moms can't get sick! Feel better! Off to check out your fb page!

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  6. I missed the bologna boats. Is it when you fry it and it curls up? I always cut mine like pinwheels. ;)

    That video. Oh.my.lanta.
    I get your updates on my sidebar, too, so I'll have to make sure it still works.

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    1. Thanks for the love, Lady R!
      You should hear Calvin and Ruby howl at that video. Makes me laugh just thinking about that kid.
      He's a more diplomatic Silas! :)

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  7. Oh, I just love you. I would totally hang with you at some lame conference and be awkward together. Have a great time in the Big D!

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  8. Months ago I saw your post about the Hope Spoken conference, clicked over, thought it looked great and bought a ticket -- not realizing it had actually sold out and they had just posted another few tickets and I got one in that short window before they sold out.....anyway, long explanation to say I am also very excited to be going to Dallas this weekend and look forward to meeting you!

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  9. I have a phablet. Phone and tablet in one because my son took back his computer and my daughter her tablet. Ive whined about cold and snow I watched Beach Living on HGTV. Id love a conference for a road trip but id stay in the camper so i dont have to socialize with strangers. Sigh to be me.

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  10. Bless. You're so fabulous. You've paid for it for the past 5 years but haven't used it? Did you just like the potential of having it? I'm really excited for you, way to do things that are hard! Also - I really liked your use of quotes in this post. Almost like having a sarcasm font. :) Enjoy your trip!

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    1. YOU are fab.
      Yes, I bought it back when I had 200 followers, because I was so afraid someone else would steal my "tres important" domain from under my nose. Ha! So silly.
      But, I mean, it turns out I'm glad I bought it. And it feels even better now that I'm actually using it!
      Have an "awesome" "day"!

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  11. Congrats on all the tech stuff. People will find you - we must have our FPFG wit and wisdom :)

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  12. I can't figure any tech stuff out. None of it. And I don't want to even know what it costs to hire someone to do all the tech stuff. So my blog and me live in a cross between purgatory and never never land. Ha! Enjoy your trip. Would love to hear you speak. I'm totally awkward too. But I made your tomato soup Monday night ... would that go well with bologna boats?

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  13. I'm happy to say that you were first in line in my bloglovin' email!!!! Yipppeee!! I would have panicked if I couldn't have found you, but then again, once I hopped over to facebook all would be right with the world! You are so perfectly you, I know you'll rock that audience -there's no WAY that you couldn't!!! Maybe one day I'll get to one of those fancy pants conferences, but probably not, so I'll just pretend <3 Safe travels friend, you're in my prayers <3

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    1. What a relief!
      Sometimes the universe works in our favor. :)

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  14. I wish I lived closer to Dallas cause I would be there front and center and hope for a chocolate croissant and coffee at some point over the weekend! Oh well.... one day! Praying your ear infection improves dramatically before you fly.

    May the Spirit move you to where your faith (as you stand on stage) is without borders.......

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  15. You still showed up in my feedly reader, so that's a good sign! Congrats on the move and the conference!

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  16. You came up just fine in my list of blogs I follow through GFC, so I think you're good on that front. Not sure why your follow box got up and skipped town though. I'm on blogger and have my own domain and I still have the GFC box on the sidebar, so it's possible to still have it. I thought it was just the Wordpress and typepad blogs that couldn't have it. Anywho, hope your ear infection clears up, 'cause you don't need that while you're flying!

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    1. Well, I took it off because it mapped weird, for some reason. So it started me over with 0 followers and I decided to just skip that nonsense. :) But for the longest time that was the only way I knew how to keep track of blogs ( I know!!!) so I hope I'm not tripping anyone up. *shakes fist at technology

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  17. I love you and I will find you (meant in the most non-creepy way possible!) Oh to be able to HEAR your speak your words... praying for a great time at Hope Spoken!

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  18. Sugar - check with your doctor before getting on that plane with an ear infection! I once flew with an ear infection, having no idea that you're not supposed to and blew out my eardrum. I'm sure that doesn't happen very often, but it was a very painful experience. I hope that you are better and that it doesn't bother you. You don't want to be sad and miserable when you get to Dallas!

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    1. Thanks for the warning! I actually saw a doc last night and am on meds and on the mend. I was worried about precisely what you mentioned.

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  19. I have just a wee, baby blog, but I'm aspiring to be as inspiring as you are one day! Thanks for being so faithful in your writing for all these years!

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  20. I think that all of us feel on the outside and like misfits at conferences which is why I have avoided them for 20 years. Short, dumpy me always pictures cute women like you as always fitting in. It is freeing to me to know that it does not matter how we look, we are all the same.

    Adult ear infections are the WORST! If you have basil essential oil you can put it on the knobby bones on the skull behind the ear. It will help the ear to drain rather quickly.

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  21. A friend of mine (http://beehavenacres.blogspot.com/) suggested I check out your Blog. Boy am I glad I did! You are so much fun to read and follow. Thank you for being you and sharing you with the world!!!
    Meri http://lifeafteryouadoptafosterchild.blogspot.com/

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  22. Your posts make me feel normal. In a sort of way that we are all a little odd and just trying to live and laugh and love well in Christ. Thank you.

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  23. Shannan, can I just say that of all the speakers at Hope Spoken you were like my soul sister!? Seriously, if you're wonky I guess I must be too cuz you seemed super normal to me. Haha! I want to come over and immerse myself in your world, hear all your stories and get to know your people but until a time that such a wish can be granted I'll just creep obsessively through your history of blog posts. ;) Love you!

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  24. you're hilarious.
    got off FB almost 2 years ago. best decision ever.
    but you go girl…you be the last one standing. :)

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