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.i. cinderella complex

On my way into work today, my shoe came off as I was going up the outside cement steps to my building, which would be annoying anytime, but was made particularly wretched because (1) it was raining, (2) my forward momentum was unstoppable and so I stomped right down on the dirty concrete with my knee-highed foot, and (3) there were two people hot on my heels who saw it happen.

I am familiar with embarrassing moments like this one, and the truth is that most of the time other people are pretty cool about it. If you face up to your embarrassment with a rueful smile, like, "Not a foot in a puddle AGAIN!" then people are usually all "Ha ha! It happens to the best of us!"

Sadly, the people behind me were the kind who, in moments like this, respond with blank looks that say, "Wow. Lame explosion. So glad I'm nothing like her!"

And so that kind of stunk. And then. AND THEN. I made it worse by waving my hand in a dramatic way and announcing, "Don't worry, I've got it!" before hopping down a step to put my shoe back on. Why? Why did I say that? Did I expect one of them to snatch up my two-year-old Target brown flat and place it on my foot? DID I? Some small part of me must have!

.ii. tetanus tales

While I was at Target yesterday buying Enchanted on DVD (I tried to resist but lasted only one day), my brother called my cell phone. He told me this story that started with a night out at a bar and ended with him tripping over a bike rack while running across his yard, and was followed up by asking me when he'd last gotten a tetanus shot. I informed him that I do not carry his medical records on my person, and so he would be best off calling his doctor.

Tonight he called to check in at home and I ended up on the phone with him. He told me he'd found out that he was up do date on his tetanus shot, and I said, "Oh, so you talked to the doctor?"

My mother's ears, honed by her protective instincts, picked up this statement from across the room. "What? Is Jimmy okay? Is something wrong?"

"Is it okay if I tell her?" I asked him, because I had been under strict orders not to tell her the day before because he knew she would freak out.

"Yeah, go ahead," my brother said at the same time my mother said, "TELL ME WHAT?"

"Jimmy tripped over a bike rack and cut up his leg, and he called me yesterday to find out if he was up to date on his tetanus."

My mother said, "Well, I have no idea if he is!"

And then I said (and I feel kind of bad about this after the fact), "Well, he's been feeling kind of weird, like, when he bites into something, sometimes he can't open his mouth back up."

"Tell her I've been having muscle spasms," Jimmy piped in over the phone.

"And he's been having muscle spasms," I said.

"Oh my God!" my mother said.

"What's that, Jim?" I said into the phone, "And you've got a fever?"

"He needs to go to a doctor! Is there on call down there in Texas? He needs to go to on call!"

And then I told her that we were kidding, and she almost threw the meatloaf she was mixing together right at my head.

.iii. scout status

The last time I updated I think I was all in a tizzy over my little cat Scout. I am happy to report that she's doing better, though not fully recovered. We're giving her pain medication and her leg seems to be getting better by the day. So that's good!

Date: 2008-03-21 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sinsense.livejournal.com
I just said to my friend, "[livejournal.com profile] fearlesstemp is one of those people who I think to myself, 'if the world goes ass-up, she's on the top ten list of people to save. like, she justifies humanity.'" I read her your story about you and Jimmy to her, and we cracked up like losers.

Anyway: awesome.

Date: 2008-03-22 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fearlesstemp.livejournal.com
Buddy! What a compliment! I have to say, you may want to redo your list, since I offer no practical real-life skills to help rebuild humanity; I am embarrassingly reliant on Target to survive.

Anyway: You are the one who is awesome. :)

Date: 2008-03-22 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sinsense.livejournal.com
Whatever, we will raid Target together. I think that would be my ideal apocalypse, actually, raiding Target and telling each other stories about how we tripped over a pile of rubble and spilled our pilfered diet coke all over ourselves.

Anyway! I managed to ensnare [livejournal.com profile] whatifoundthere into Psych, and now she too is trying to pressure me into writing a story. Hah!

Date: 2008-03-22 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fearlesstemp.livejournal.com
1. Dude, I would TOTALLY sign up for that post-apocalyptic existence! I think I might like it better than my pre-apocalyptic existence!

2. That's so funny, I spent last night converting a friend to Psych! Sadly she does not see the Gus/Shawn (I KNOW!), but she really liked the show.

3. OMG, now that I know I'm not alone in pressuring you to write a Psych story, I might have to turn it up a notch! Come on, you + Psychfic= MEANT TO BE!

Date: 2008-03-22 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sinsense.livejournal.com
With regards to 2: what the heck? I am so confused. It is CANON. CANON. But I will allow such tomfoolery, I suppose, as long as she likes the show.

I have been drifting into other projects lately, in addition to bandslash, so I think it might happen! Like the other night, I wrote a CSI:NY story completely out of the blue. Very exciting times. I think I'm just such a fan of the show that I worry that I would get it wrong and be peeved with myself.

Date: 2008-03-23 05:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pink-aster.livejournal.com
Yesterday, I was talking to my friend Patti and she was telling me about some woman she knows who buys oodles of designer clothes by designers Patti's never heard of. So, Patti says, "If they don't have it at Target, I don't know what it is..." and I said, "If it isn't Merona, I don't understand the word."

Date: 2008-03-22 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whatifoundthere.livejournal.com
Hello! [livejournal.com profile] sinsense says you are excellent and that I ought to add you. I obey [livejournal.com profile] sinsense in all things, so here I am!

Date: 2008-03-22 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fearlesstemp.livejournal.com
Obeying [livejournal.com profile] sinsenseis a good rule to live by! Nice to meet you - I just added you back. :)

Date: 2008-03-23 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pink-aster.livejournal.com
Aw @ shoe coming off.

LMAO! @ prank on your mom.

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