Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Happiness in the Midst of ARGH!

Today was a craptastorific day.   I am sick of walking into my house after dropping Zack off at school only to discover the entire living space is covered in drop cloths, dry wall dust STILL flying, paint going up, fixtures coming down -- I ... AGH!  These past two weeks have tried my Type A++ personality and finally broken it.



Broken it, bolted it back together, sanded it, slapped a coat of paint on it, and hung it on the wall.  But still.


Right now I'm hiding in my bedroom with my laptop, something I NEVER do.  And I am sick to tears of hearing myself moan and whine about this so I am going to list all the good things that have happened this week.



1.  Zack saw the profile photo of my 19-year old self on Facebook, the cute, skinny Lori, and pronounced that he liked the current version FAR better.  (And, "what was UP with the hair, mom?")



me on my way to Korea
2.  We will be welcoming a new cat to our home next week, an enormous orange and white long hair from the humane society named Vernon.  I didn't name him.  He came with that name.  We don't know WHY he's named Vernon.  I think of Vernon as my cantankerous elderly uncle who hunts squirrels.  But Vernon currently weighs 19 pounds so I don't imagine many cats (or squirrels!) will make fun of Vernon's name!


3.  Part of my escaping the mayhem has included reading in bed.  And last night Zack climbed in bed with me and decided his book of choice would be, of all things, the North American Bird Field Guide.  As in, what bird watchers would look at to find birds.  So for the next hour, he entertained me with tidbits about the Red Winged Blackbird, or, our favorite, the Burrowing Owl.


4.  And finally, I am SO looking forward to meeting my dearest friend Cindy for dinner on Friday night.   I'm hoping to coax her into Korean food, which I sorely miss from my years of living in South Korea.  I knew I'd lived there a long time when the smell of kimchee made my mouth water (in a good way!). 

Bibimbap, my favorite Korean comfort food, and what I'll be having this weekend.  Looks scary, doesn't it?  But actually, it's all vegetables (except for the egg, which will get cooked when I stir it because the pot is HOT HOT HOT.  Those brown things are a type of fern and I don't care for them so I pick them out -- but they're not an animal or a fish!  Veggie all the way!

So there we have it.  Four good things to get me out of this mood.  Zack prefers Fluffy Mommy, we're adopting a cat, my seven-year old likes to read books with me, and I get to visit with an awesome friend over yummy food.  I think that's enough to make anyone happy!


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.

34 comments:

  1. Cats, owls, squirrels, kiddo love and things with tentacles on a plate. Screw the little disaster, you are blessed!
    x

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  2. Ewwwww, Korean food! Run awayyyyyyyy!

    BTW, you are awful darn cute now, and you were awful darn cute then!

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  3. Yes, your dinner looks scary!I do not think I could eat at the same table as you, I hope Cindy has a strong stomach!

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  4. Damn girl, you just made me hungry! We went for Korean food for Mother's Day dinner at a restaurant in Falls Church! I want me some bulgogi! Tell Zack that I've seen quite a few redwinged blackbirds in our backyard. They are a little shy ... you have to be very quiet and sneak around or they fly off!

    Hang in there, Lori, this can't last forever ... and one day soon you'll be sitting in your new space with a cup of tea thinking, "This was all worth it!"

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  5. I love how a craptastorific day can turn brightly around into a beautiFULL day with so many blessings! I especially enjoyed how open you were with the good, the bad and the ugly. Great post :)

    And my 18 pound cat is named Fatso Skinny. No one bothers him, so I'm sure Vernon will do just fine. Vernon's a rescue and rescues always feel loved, no matter the name!!

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  6. I think you've picked four GREAT things! The picture of the burrowing owl reminds me so much of the The Legend of the Guardians (the Guardians of Ga'hoole) movie we saw a week or so ago - great animation!

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  7. I'd have to agree...that food does look scary, not so sure I could get excited about eating something that looked like that? Hang in there, it will be well worth the frustration!

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  8. A new cat, fluffy mommy love, a girls' night out, and a son who likes reference materials -- it all sounds good to me. :-)

    (Funny thing about Zack and the book. Ellie does the same thing too, only with history books.)

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  9. I absolutely love Bihbimbop..I know that isn't spelled right! OMG that looks so freakin' wonderful..I haven't found a Korean restaurant in Frederick...can you tell?

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  10. Uhmmmm not so sure of those brown squiggly things...they may be vegetables but they look very similar to something that loves living in dirt.

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  11. So lucky to have a beady friend so close. I will settle for living vicariously through you. Kimchee and all. (Can you get a burger there?) ;-)
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  12. Wow! The Korean food looks very interesting. I've never tried it. I hope you have a good weekend. BTW, I like your hair!

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  13. An eyebrow is involuntarily raising over the brown stuff and the raw egg in the middle. My cousin lives in Seoul right now and is loving the food and people I would sit next to either of you at the same Korean table, but I don't think I'm brave enough to try that. Yet.

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  14. you are wonderful. inside and out. :) i hope your next two days of this week are great!

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  15. Ah, what a great way to get beyond the mess of construction. Love the reading in bead of the bird field guide! And as for cats, well I am ambivalent but I'll be bringing my mums home in a couple of months. But the best of all of bringing home your new kitty is all of the kiddy love you'll get out of it! Kimchee, I love kimchee and Korean food, especially bulgogi. Yum!

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  16. I like your list. Congrats on Vernon. I am thrilled a cat has found his forever home. The food looks quite good. I have a Chinese-Indonesian friend and a friend from Nigeria and I encourage them to cook whenever I can. Sorry about the construction -- we lived in our house remodel/addition and it took 2 years (my husband is an architect so the process was slow going). IT WAS HELL but when it is finally through -- ahhhh.....

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  17. Oooh, those squiggly things don't look like vegetables. Darling pic of you in your youth! Korea huh? Wow. good for you. Hang in there girl. Good luck with the new kitty! Riki

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  18. Oh I didn't realize you were bringing home Vernon! I just knew he would be your next family member the first time you talked about him. :-)
    Hmmm....about dinner...can we negotiate? :-) Just kidding, I know how much you've been looking forward to your favorite meal! Hope things start looking up...you'll get to relax once you're finally looking over your booth all set up and in its glory!

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  19. What is with all the raised eyebrows about the food? I have never had Korean food, but would be game to try it immediately.
    I think there are lots of meals in the Western world that could raise many eyebrows - just depends on your point of view.
    Lucky Vernon - hope you will share some pics of the big boy.

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  20. I loved your post, Lori. So much positive thinking - and it hits me: You´re so rich. And you always find something positive in your life and you even share it with us. Thank you for that!!!!!!

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  21. Sometimes this is exactly what I have to do when life overwhelms me, count my blessings! I hope you have a wonderful time with Cindy. I am jealous as I would love to spend an evening with the two of you!!

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  22. Good for you! Always when we think we are at the point of no return something is there to make us put it all back into perspective.

    Personally I would be making color copies of that burrowing owl and placing it all through the house..the workers will think your crazy but there is something hysterical about how mad it looks..perhaps they will work faster.

    Angie

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  23. Chin up Lori! It will all be worth it in the end. Food looks amazing! I am a big fan of south east asian food in general - yum! I'm jealous that you guys get to meet up together - I don't have and beady friends near to me. Hope Cindy, Zack and Venron continue to cheer you up :-)

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  24. Way to go Zach! Mom will never forget that moment! That alone would boost me! Good for you and your NEW friend Vernon and take your time as with any other friendship (he's a lucky kitty)
    Soon your house will be yours again and you are doing great!

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  25. Love, love, love bibimbop! (sp).

    The only place around here that had good bibimbop has gone out of business. Bah.

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  26. I always look forward to how, no matter what your contending with in the remodel, you find the happiness in it all.

    P.S. Isn't funny when the kids come across the "before we were mom" photos:)

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  27. It always cheers me up when I hear of someone adopting an adult cat.

    I having been missing having a really large male cat, not that I don't love my 2 little girls. But still, I love really big male cats!

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  28. I love asian food. One of my favs - yours looks delicious. And fingers crossed that your home invasion soon will be over:-)

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  29. Oooooh, I'll go with you for Korean food anytime.... but I love just about any kind of asian cuisine. Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Japanese.... I AM THERE.

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  30. I love burrowing owls!

    Oh, and I'm glad to know the brown stuff is a fern because...well...that's not what I thought it was from the picture LOL!

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  31. Ugh. I really feel for you, Lori. My home is my refuge and if I am not comfortable there or if I am imposed upon, I become darn near psychotic.

    I love the pictures and the way you forced yourself to focus on good things. Hang in there!

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  32. Oh you look very cute in your AF uniform. I too am painting and doing house repairs so I know how you feel. Congrats on the new Kitty. Mine was already named June too and I left it that way so as not to further traumatize her. I too had a cat that weighed 19 pounds and he lived a couple of months shy of 20 years old.

    PussDaddy

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  33. Oh you look very cute in your AF uniform. I too am painting and doing house repairs so I know how you feel. Congrats on the new Kitty. Mine was already named June too and I left it that way so as not to further traumatize her. I too had a cat that weighed 19 pounds and he lived a couple of months shy of 20 years old.

    PussDaddy

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  34. As a former military intl officer who LOVED my time in Korea, I soooo relate! I miss the food most of all, but luckily my Agima taught me to make some of it. I miss the great bi bim bap too, with that rock bowl that is lava hot! I met my husband in Seoul, we long to go back for a trip down memory lane!

    Com sa ham nida!

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