Walking away is not an option... dialogue must prevail.

"A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with."
- Kenneth A. Wells

"I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace."
- Helen Keller

Monday, June 16, 2008

What I did last weekend... (the tame version)

A lot of stuff has been happening in my little circle of friends lately and although some of it is good, there's too much of a disturbance in the force.

First the good stuff:

1- Happy Birthday to The Man with The Big Leather Couch! Enjoy your day. I know it would be far more special if Matt was there, but you know as well as I do that we always carry our children with us no matter where we go and what we do.
In your honor and in keeping with your weekend birthday extravaganza, have a little tuneage...

2- I met my friend Jo this weekend. YAY!!! My Honey (who was so sweet letting the girls gab and catch up and picked up the tab for it) and I drove into Toronto and picked her up in front of Union Station. We went to dinner and although the wait for our food had us wondering if they were actually hatching and raising the chicken for Honey's dinner, we had a lovely time. We then headed for the Beaches area of Toronto for a lovely walk on the boardwalk and some easy conversation. The weather was fantastic and no, I didn't stick my toes in the sand (I know Songbird... WTF! *giggle*).

3- And yeah.. I was home for the weekend. Bliss. Before meeting Jo, we took a romantic walk along the water on the western part of the boardwalk. There was a Paddle Festival (I can see you perking up there Vince, but no, not that kind of paddle *snicker*), the colours were amazing and all manner of people were milling about.

Now for the not-so-good stuff:

1-I wasn't around enough to help my friend, and that sucks. I kept getting cut off on the train, who knew cell phone reception sucks when you're zipping about on the rails.

2-I found out when I got home late last night that my friend Julie's father-in-law is having major health issues. *keeping fingers and toes crossed*

3-And my friend Travis is in a funk, which I can't fix, but would like to.

4- Oh... and I had to leave the bliss of my Honey's arms to come back to the daily grind as it exists now.

For Turnbaby... I love you my friend.

"Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow."

- Dorothy Thompson

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. "
- Theodore Roosevelt, From a speech given in Paris at the Sorbonne in 1910


Desert Songbird said...

Dammit woman! Tame? It was so tame as to be less than mild! No toes in the sand, indeed. Hmpf. Unbelievable.

Great quotations at the end. I think the most courageous person is one who is able to admit fear, takes the risk despite the fear, and comes out the other side victorious in the attempt if not the result.

Anndi said...

LOL I thought of you, almost put them in there and changed my mind. Hehehe!

Yup, mild.. I decided to leave the peep toes and delicate underthings out of this one.

Leighann said...

I hope you can get a grip on the not-so-good stuff and turn it around.

Keep both eyes on the good stuff, it sounds wonderful!


Akelamalu said...

Good and not so good stuff seem to go hand in hand don't they? Try not to worry too much about the not so good it'll come right in the end. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

So will a video be popping up on the internet of the less tame stuff?

I hope your friend gets well soon.

Anndi said...

Leighann: Trying to focus on the good stuff does help dealing with the not so good. And the good? It was amazing.


Akelamalu: I expect it's the delicate balance of the universe.

Charles: ok, that made me laugh out loud. Video? What video... I don't know what you're talking about ;)
Thank you, I hope all my friends can sort things out soon.

Travis said...

Things will be sorted in due time. Thanks for the offer to help...it is appreciated.

Bond said...

Thanks for the shout and the tuneage and you are right..he is not next to me but he is in my heart and called early yesterday for Father's Day and early today for my birthday

I would also like to wave a magic wand and solve our friends problems...unfortunately, I lost the wand somewhere (gee did I ever have it, or was that a paddle???)

buffalodickdy said...

Your good stuff outweighed the bad- I hope it always will for you... Check out my Sunday post about my Fri. 13th- next time that date comes up, I'm not getting out of bed!

Lu' said...

That had to be tough, wanting to be there for someone and being cut off like that. Glad you had bliss and friendship too.

Sparky Duck said...

Romantic is good

Useless not so much.

Though sweaty details would be fun

Talisman said...

Even with the bad stuff it sounds like your weekend was pretty good. :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, very tame but that's ok.. As long as your ok that's what matters.. Umm, will there be an un-cut version to follow... {WS}

Ok, seriously though, it is hard when people you care about are going through hard times. It's hard to see someone you feel for, in pain..

but things do get better... Even though sometimes it seems they never will...
Hugs 'N' Luv to you..

CrystalChick said...

Great music, nice pictures, cool quotes!

Hope you'll be back in Honey's arms again real soon!

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Good tune. Hope all goes the way want. I'll cross everything...

Turnbaby said...

My imagination is filling in gaps it shouldn't be *giggling*

I love you too Angelbaby--LOVE the quotes!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Good and bad usually even out in the long run. Or, as one wit said: "One day you is the windshield and the next you is the bug."

Anonymous said...

Great great great great great BLUES!!! Allmans, right?? I'm ashamed that i don't know for sure but it sounds like Gregg singing anyway..it's a song I know Johnny Winter does (and does so well).

Sounds like you had a full weekend to me...love the quotes.

Jeff B said...

Hope all is all right in your little corner of the planet now.

Angell said...

SOB! I'm so sorry I missed you guys. *wahhhhhh*

But I'm glad you enjoyed Toronto. It's one of my most favouritest places in da whole wide world!