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Small Victories [Dec. 8th, 2011|11:08 am]
It must be in the air – I started this post last night, and then Dread Pyrate posted about small things. It’s so damn easy to forget! But so very, very important. And sometimes just a picture of a toad in a toy airplane is enough. Especially if you're as fond of toads as I am. (I'm not the only one who kept them as pets, am I?)

First though, I have to clear up something – many of you know, many don’t – the Captain and I, while still great friends, have split up. I know that a certain percentage of you will not believe that we’re both fine, and amicable. But you’re wrong. Luckily for me, I think I choose to have relationships with people who can maintain a friendship after the fire burns out. It takes skills on both sides and almost everyone I’ve shared my life with for any length of time seems to be able to make it work with me. You want proof? I have witnesses that will verify that for the neighborhood Thanksgiving I hosted, present at the table were my ex-boyfriend, my ex-husband, and the woman formerly known as my husband’s mistress. I will spend Christmas Eve with my parents, my brother’s family and my ex-boyfriend from college and his family. So there. It doesn't/can't always work out that way, but I've been very, very fortunate.

But I’ve had some locked posts recently and that’s led to some speculation that…nope, sorry, no drama here, it’s all work-related for the most part, and ranting and raving thereof. My job is really stressful this time of year and I blow off steam – but I like to keep that childish stuff just between people who know that I don’t mean anything by it. Ripping out livers, really, as if I would…well, there was that ONE guy. But none of it had anything to do with my relationship or complications related to that. Really. So, chill. Already there are dozens of posts I haven’t made because while they had nothing to do with us splitting up, I didn’t want to deal with the drama of someone misattributing the theme or lesson or whatever, in hindsight.

Now, back to regularly scheduled programming:

Never underestimate the power of small things. Wallowing in the funk of long days at work, short days of daylight, rain and damp and feeling completely overwhelmed by what I need to get done at work in the next two weeks…I bought a dozen red tulips and plopped them in a vase on the desk. They made me feel better instantly. And they bring a smile to every person who comes to my cube. And boy, can we use that here. Look, flowers that other people send you are lovely and special in their own right. But they’re a symbol of someone else’s feelings for you. Flowers YOU buy to cheer yourself up – THAT’S a symbol that you’ve had the strength to get off your ass and do something for yourself. That first and crucial step out of the self-pity wallow: you are in control of doing what needs to be done to make yourself feel better.

Of course, it’s easier to take that first step out when you’ve got a friend at your back. I am ridiculously averse to asking for help. It’s a huge family joke (hey, that’s my family: you have a crippling fear of something? Counseling, schmounseling, we’ll humiliate you out of it.) and many phone conversations with parents end with this little dance: “But, so, is everything okay?” “Yeah, sure, I’m fine, Dad.” “Are you sure?” “Yup. A-Okay.” “You’d tell me, wouldn’t you, if you needed anything…” “Sigh. Yes, Dad.” “Because I know you hate to ask…” “Auauauaggghhh! Iloveyoubothtalktoyounextweekgoodbye!”

But out of character, I reached out, got a virtual hug of support and a jumpstart. Which was just what I needed. It still amazes me: I have a lot of people in my life right now who will do that for me. Next life, I need to not wait so damn long to build that network. Cause it’s sort of nice. Although still damn scary to ask for help. Seriously, it’s all I can do to ask you to help set the table when you come over for dinner, much less scary interpersonal stuff. Anyway – buy yourself flowers and remember that you have friends.

My post on swimming did manage to shame my lungs, apparently. Yesterday they delivered a straight 400 yards, without flinching. I could have pushed it, but I wanted to show my appreciation, and took a stretch break before continuing. Now – tomorrow morning I get to see if that was a one-time stepping up to the bar, or actual progress. But still, I thought it would take a bit longer and had a fair amount of fear that after all of this time, what if I couldn’t push through?

An additional victory: I’ve finally managed to memorize my payroll login and password. Of course, they change next month. Some small victories are fleeting and brief. But treasure them anyway, because sometimes that’s enough.

[User Picture]From: russell_moore
2011-12-08 05:01 pm (UTC)

Some small victories are fleeting and brief. But treasure them anyway, because sometimes that’s enough.


that is so easy to lose sight of when thinking of big clouds of things happening in one's life, some roiling threateningly on your horizon

and I have hugs for you anytime, virtual and real
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2011-12-08 05:14 pm (UTC)
Oh Sweetie, endings are still a little melancholy. I was great friends with my first ex until his current wife put the kabash on that. Partially because his family made no bones about that while I was a heathen and going straight to hell [love my Catholics] at least I was a POLITE heathen and they preferred me.


Of course you must promise to be gentle when/if you let pyllgrum that you're on the unattached side. Or make certain I have the portable defibrillator handy. He'd probably dive at your feet then you'll have to help me get him back up again.

No not that way. Well....... can I hold the camera?

edited cuz I lost some words

Edited at 2011-12-08 05:15 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dawntreader90
2011-12-08 05:16 pm (UTC)
well, i'm sorry things didn't turn out the way you anticipated going in. i wish you both well.

good luck moving on and finding happier days. i (obviously) truly did not know.

i love that you bought yourself flowers. may your life be full of victories. :)
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[User Picture]From: dansr
2011-12-08 06:55 pm (UTC)
Small victories are so important.

I haven't seen y'all since VARF, so I am very out of the loop. I just want to wish you both all the best.

When I have the funds, I will buy myself flowers. It always makes me feel good.

Love and Hugs to you, m'Dear.
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[User Picture]From: fountaingirl
2011-12-08 08:12 pm (UTC)
Man, you are AMAZING with exes. I need to take a page from your book. Of course, I think you have the good sense and taste to choose reasonable and kind people to start with which is a big help.

Let us know when you want to hang out again, our place or yours, or if you need could maybe use anything not that you need it and you're perfectly capable to manage on your own of course....
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[User Picture]From: silvrwillow
2011-12-08 08:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, daffodils can be hard to find around this time of year. I like buying myself hyacinths in the spring. My favorite flower... :) *see, smiling already*
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[User Picture]From: armitige3
2011-12-09 03:28 pm (UTC)


Sorry to hear about you and the Captain. I'm glad it's amicable, though. For what it's worth, I'm with you; I'm still friends with all of my exes. We can be civil adults, even friends. It's just that the relationship part didn't work well.

We still need to get together and hang.
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[User Picture]From: bittibuddha
2011-12-09 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'm cordially inviting myself over for a drink. :)
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[User Picture]From: sweetpea86
2011-12-09 09:21 pm (UTC)
Nope, didn't know, but then I'm so far out of the loop I'm in a corner.

(I'd draw a diagram, buy I ain't that fancy.)

AnyHways, if there ever was a woman to personify the phrase of "shouldering on", tis you, m'dear.

That being said, shall I put you on the list for karaoke? I promise to look directly into your eyes when I sing a ballad.

ps: you'll have to watch my purse if you come. IT IS THE WAY OF IT.

pps: My best to The Captain, too, lest anyone bring up any bullshit about "sides."

edited for a typo

Edited at 2011-12-09 09:23 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pyratelady
2011-12-10 04:29 am (UTC)
Oh sides, schmides. Everybody knows I love her more than Capt. Moone.
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[User Picture]From: pyratelady
2011-12-10 04:28 am (UTC)
Tulips are so much more cheery than roses.

I hope you don't think your current status means you can weasel out of Pyrate Camp duty next fall. (I'd cry and stamp my feet and nobody needs to see that.) Seriously, we'd miss you* so please don't be a stranger.

* Plus, let's be honest, the camp would burn down and then sink into the swamp.
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2011-12-10 07:56 pm (UTC)
Are you kidding me? You guys are like family to me.

(Albeit family that makes me appreciate my actual family, even more....ahem.)

The plan is still for me to be there, as I'm completely incapable of just relaxing and enjoying myself.
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