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  • October 17th, 2008 | 10:51 AM
Friday 5, the random edition

1. It's my anniversary today. 9 years. Every day I wake up next to my very best friend in the whole world and I just can't believe my good fortune. He gave me the most beautiful long, gold earrings, hard to describe but absolutely gorgeous, from our favorite jewelry store in Santa Cruz, The Vault. He said I needed something that would stand out when I was on stage speaking as I would be doing more of that in the coming future.

2. Dell has finally agreed with DHL that DHL has lost my new computer. Never mind that DHL admitting this 4 days ago. Dell is shipping out a new computer in the next, oh, 2 weeks or so. Grrr.

3. I went to open the duet blinds in the kitchen nook. Only about 14 months old. They have one of those continuous loops. The loop broke. Now they don't go up and they don't go down. This would be on the patio door that we use ALL THE TIME to go out to barbecue, go out on the courtyard, etc. Called the guy who sold them/installed them and I think he is out of business. Sigh.

4. My daughter called last night and now I am turned inside out with fear and worry and not a damn thing I can do about it.

5. I am waiting on a query that has only been out for a week and I had forgotten how hard that waiting thing is.
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October 17th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Dell--Fingers crossed they ship SOON, and it gets there!

#4--I'm sorry. I hope it's okay.

Query waiting--process, process, process! And, yes, a miserable part. Fingers crossed. :)
October 20th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Dell is reshipping. Someday. Someday soon, I hope but I won't have the new computer to start the first day of my new life. Sigh.

Re #4. No. She is living outside. Scary.

Re the query - so how long is long enough to wait on an email query?
October 17th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!

Sorry about the lost computer--ugh! And the fear and worry. :-(

We have wide fake wood blinds in our front windows, which we've only had about 2 years, and yesterday I noticed one of them was broken off! A 4 or 5-inch long chunk from the end of one slat just snapped off, which I'm sure was the handiwork of my toddler. There is no easy way to fix it and we don't have the money to replace them, so now I basically have a hole in my blinds in the front window!

Good luck with the query!
October 20th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Ugh on the broken slat. I remember those days of childhood. My little ones broke off the tips of a bunch of my woven woods, 25 + years ago.
October 17th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!!
October 17th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary, good luck with the query, and WTH is up with that phone call??? (((HUGS)))
October 20th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
The phone call was, I don't know, she said because I make her feel better but I always feel worse because I don't give her money anymore and she is homeless and it is all just one big mess that I can't fix but I can't forget.
October 20th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
((((HUGS))) That has to be sooo hard. I'm sorry.
October 17th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary! Your husband sounds like a keeper, considerate and supportive and encouraging. (Like mine.)

Sending good vibes for your query. ~~~~~~~~~~
October 20th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, he is an absolute keeper. I am very lucky. And very spoiled. :-)
October 17th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary, Susan! Give my best to your hubby.
October 20th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I will.
October 17th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary, and good wishes on all the other tough stuff. Good thing you've got such a pal to see you through..
October 20th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I wouldn't make it through so many things without my best friend. He's my rock.
October 17th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary, and *hugs* for the stuff with your daughter, the computer, and the blinds, and crossed fingers for the query.
October 17th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary! Hope that computer arrives soon.
October 20th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Alas the computer is lost and has been reordered so the waiting starts anew. Sigh.
October 17th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary my friend.

About #4... there IS something you can do about it. You can know that you're doing the best you can but that you can't fix everything. That kind of "knowing" doesn't always bring comfort though, so I'm sending extra warm hugs your way {{{}}}.
October 20th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kim. It is sooooo hard. She is homeless. Sleeping outside. Eating once every other day, if she can. She says the shelters are full. Like I said...it is sooo hard.
October 17th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary! Hope you feel that love every time you wear those earrings -- and wear them often!

Hope that other stuff falls into line, while you focus on that great guy!
October 20th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, I will wear them often! He has the best taste in jewelry for me. And he is such a rock to lean on for everything else.
October 17th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary, hon! So sad about the comp, but at least you'll get a new one soon. Hope everything goes okay, especially with your daughter.
October 18th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
Happy anniversary! UPS lost the speakers for our last Dell, delivered them to the wrong house (in the completely wrong neighborhood). Dell sent new speakers, rather than tracking them down.
October 20th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Dell just doesn't seem to have their act together anymore, do they? Sigh. I wish I could be a Mac person but I don't think that's going to happen.
October 19th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary. My anniversary is also in October. Such a beautiful time of year for celebration.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

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