Sunday, July 10, 2011

Into every life a little rain must fall but then you make lemonade or something...

We all have decisions we've made in our lives that upon looking back, we think about the medications we were taking that may or may not have been prescribed to us. Personally, I have a book. It's what most of you would call a journal; A hardbound, 200 page, lined, data repository of all the stuff I look back on and think to myself, "Was that when I was taking those big orange pills?"

If you know me at all, and I like to feel like we know each other pretty well, you realize that I'm not ONLY sweet, loving, kind, and thoughtful... I'm also modest. Where the hell was I going with this? 

I am optimistic. It's not so much that I see good things where others would only see the negative, au contraire, mon ami, I just tend to forget things. Much like oil floats on water (for some reason which scientifically escapes me at this moment), happy stuff floats over bad. So like okay, if bad things are watery and good things are oily (says a certain oil guy I know), then I'm on edge of a lake and there's been an oil spill and I only see the shimmery oil slick and.... (takes a yellow pill). 

I don't have time to dwell on the bad stuff for more than 20 minutes a day. I like to use those 20 minutes in 1 minute increments. So for those of you who think, "Well, she seems pretty bitchy to me!" I will caution you to do the math before you judge me. I am only bitchy and negative like 1.4% of the day (holy balls I think I did math and got it right. If I didn't just STFU because I don't need you bringing me down).

Below you will find a small sampling of my most stellar moments of overlooking the BS and finding the little rays of sunlight in my life. 

1. Pregnant out of wedlock- Have you met my daughter? Sure I made some mistakes with her, but she's like a beta program. I knew I'd have another kid eventually and we'd get it right... JUST KIDDING! She's beautiful, smart, sassy, infuriating, funny, irreverent at times, but all in all she's everything I love in a person. 

2. Married when I probably shouldn't have-  I got my son out of the deal! He's pretty much a male version of me as a child except far less concerned with the cleanliness of his socks, clothes, etc. He has survived being raised by me, which is in and of itself a feat worth a purple heart or a medal of some sort. He cracks me up. The boy has a heart of gold. 

3. Divorce- BWAHAHAHAHA  Moving right along.  I met Sue, and Lesley, and Chas because of this change in my life. Quoth the Sheen- WINNING!

4. Moved from Denver to Sioux Falls where I am currently planning to flee- Jill, Terra, Kristin, John, Angela, Deanna, Joe, Shannon, Barney- Sometimes you can't have your own family around so you create one. These are my peeps. 

Oh and I bought a house that sucks the money from my bank account like a swarm of blood thirsty mosquitoes on a Minnesota lake in the heat of July when you're already suffering from swass, swoob, and all the other colloquial terms for sweaty body parts. 

That my friends is the American dream, so yeah... I'm livin' it!

5. Fell in love and found out it's not love unless the other person confirms it- This is repetitive so I'm lumping it all into good old number five. Broken hearts suck, but a numb heart would suck worse. So, I got to travel and meet interesting people who to this day still make me smile (when I think of hedge clippers). Also, since love must be shared for it to truly be love... I have broken up with Magnum ice cream bars. Looking back, I see now that it was a one way street. Damn you ice cream! I thought what we had was special! 

These are just a few of the main ones. I'm not even talking about the time I stopped drinking for a solid 4 months. Or when I thought it would be a good idea to play really upbeat house music while jogging (I have a tendency to wanna dance which is not allowed on the treadmill).  Or when I thought I would look good with bangs (Revonet-March-2008). Or kissing that guy at the bar after one really shitty break up just because I thought he was Irish because he said he was but he was really just faking the accent and he turned out to be just a really average guy who was 23. He did not look like this: 

Life is too freaking short not to look back at things with a smile and be glad you made it to where you are right now. Bottoms up y'all! Raise a glass with a toast to waking up on this side of the soil to do it all over again! 


Fred Miller said...

Well, I'll be damned. Sioux Falls is like a second home town to me. I was a lease contractor with Midwest Coast Transport out on the northeast corner of town.

I love Falls Park. Got lots of inspiration down there. Must go back and kiss that ground.

Anonymous said...

My bad decisions all lead to good things too. Mostly, I learn not to do whatever it was again. Most recent lesson = when at a bar, buy your own damn drinks. Other recent lessons include, my parents did me no favors when they raised me to be a polite and obedient person. Also, if you tell your kids you're going to beat them with a stick a few too many times, they stop taking you seriously and start mocking you. The good result from that one is my list of bizarre threats has gotten longer and more creative.

Angie said...

Fred- I love Terrace Park! They've improved it a bit over the last few years and the gardens are as beautiful as ever. It's one of the only places I will miss when I leave.

Girl- Have you tried, "If you do not clean this up I will rip off your arms and beat you with the bloody stumps"? I find that one to be both visually and mentally stimulating.

I also like to threaten with my June Cleaver voice. It's a little scarier that screaming because you can see the insidious burning desire to destroy emanating from the eyes. :D

Linda Medrano said...

I'm really glad Fred sent us over here! You have "style" and I love it! We do make mistakes and sometimes the same ones over and over. But eventually, it all works out! Keep the faith, Baby!

Miss Sassy Pants said...

That's a wonderful and healthy perspective to have. Good for you =)

Angie said...

Sassy- Mwah! Thanks!

Linda- Thank you so much for coming over! I've added your site to my blogs and will be looking forward to seeing more of your writing! It's nice to have you!

pinkim said...

Hi There, I am here from Fred's place too...I must say I was a little Jealous for Tessa but I like your style so I am a follower now and I will be back...I like the way you write and I like your attitude. Looking forward to more. Pinkim from TrulySimplyPink I think I might be a little too pink for

Angie said...

Thank you Pinkim! Glad to have ya! I think Tessa knows I am harmless. LOL Added your pinkness to the list! Congrats on kicking BC's ass!

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