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I honestly feel I have nothing to say.

Which is weird, because I just talked on the phone to a total stranger for nearly half an hour. And weird, because anyone who knows me would say that my not having anything to say is a thing of beauty and a joy forever unusual.

*sings softly* Hey ho, anybody listening? Hey ho, anybody here? Hey ho, anybody listening? ..........Anybody caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaare?

Heh. That was the part of the refrain from a gospel song I sang in Messengers when I was 17.

So, what the hell is the matter with me?

General malaise and lethargy?
Post-party let-down?
Allergic reaction to quiet clean house?
Low Comment Count Syndrome?
Mid-life crisis crossed with head-cold fog?
Seasonal Affective Disorder compounded by the Swedish-Winter Blahs?


However, I am VERY happy about the fact that "brain freeze" is among the new-for-2005 entries in the 11th Edition Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. It's about damn time.

This Made Me Happy, Too: A Few of the Internet's Favorite Things

Since I was a kid, I've made lists of my favorite things. They are carefully titled "My Favorite Things, Age (and then whatever age I was when I wrote them), and they are all tightly filled, single-spaced, hand-written, 2- or more-page lists of ALL my favorite things, by category. My favorite colors, birds, movies, foods, etc. I don't think I've done one since I was about 16 or so, but I was pretty regular for the years inbetween there. They crack me up now, although I was dead serious about them then. It was really important to me to chronicle the things I liked, for some reason. I never showed them to other people, they were just for me. My handwriting got progressively less round and curly each year, and my tastes actually stayed fairly stable. I didn't get wildly passionate about my favorites, and I rarely had just ONE favorite in any category. I spread the love around.

I think my idea of what a favorite things list is has changed a lot since I was 16. Oh, I could still do a list like those childhood lists (and they'd probably still look pretty similar, although I never would have expected that sushi would top the list for Favorite Foods one day), but my list of favorite things has a lot more to do nowadays with sensations, feelings, emotions, and serendipitous moments than with concrete choices between certain colors or movie stars or flowers (even though peachy-orange roses never go amiss).

My list of favorite things nowadays also includes things that my friends, my family, and my loved ones do that make me smile. Isn't it more interesting to say that one of my favorite things is an unexpected bouquet from my husband (which, ha! that WOULD be unexpected! :P heh) than to say that one of my favorite things is snapdragons?

My favorite things are both wider and narrower than they used to be. Finding a kindred spirit through the writing/art/photography she posts on her website every day, the fresh-baked-bread smell of my husband's skin, and the way my children's cheeks glow after a romp in the snow. Frozen chocolate chip cookies, a parking place near the door in a full parking lot, sleeping in and waking slowly on a Sunday morning.

Getting a joke in Swedish, an unexpected package in the mail with books or American candy in it, Karin sleeping through the night. The moment when Martin's incredibly contagious laughter bursts out in a bubble of joy, the first few moments of a backrub, the silent feeling of awe and satisfaction that comes over me when I close a really good book that I just finished for the first time. Realizing I DO have something to say after all.
mood: pensive
music: Sofia Karlsson—Mot Ljuset


Mid-life crisis? Nah, you're too young for that. Must be the allergies to a clean house. You could come clean here if you want. You'd be amazed at how dusty it gets this high up! And we picked a coffee table that is one of those DUST MAGNETS that they'd love to use to advertise Pledge!

Pre-mid-life crisis, then? :P

Low comment count? You must be kidding! Look here, missy, *I* have low comment counts. OK?!

LOL! It's all relative, isn't it?? :D

OH! And if you REALLY need something to write about, I tag you with the four-things meme. :-P

AAAAAAAAAAAAGH! I thought I was getting away with not doing it! :P

My diagnosis of your syndrome is Person Who Needs to be Crazy Busy At All Times Misses Her Busy Family.

Favorite things list would have to include the feeling of walking out of the workplace on a Friday afternoon, especially on those Fridays that one gets off a little earlier than usual.

Thanks, Doc. I suspect you hit the nail on the head :)

Love the list! Now I have "Favorite Things" in my head . . . "Rain drops on roses . . ." :-D

and whiskers on kittens!

i hope it wasn't the party that put you in this spot! i know hostessing can be a tough job, but you were so excellent at it. i find myself still drawing on the wonderful female energy that was created in your house that night. (did that sound dirty? because i didn't intend it to be!) it really charged my battery, like i've been away on vacation or something...

*smiles* No, I don't think so, honestly, except that I wish it could have lasted longer! I think it's actually a combination of all of the above, plus a healthy dose of PMS.

Another reason not to be worried if you don't feel you have anything to say is that you tend to say it so well anyway.
When is the family due home?
Hope your ear is better, BTW.

Thanks, it is, and MAN, am I happy about it. Earaches SUCK!

The famdamily is coming home late late on Saturday night :) Yay!

Getting ...... an unexpected package in the mail

I knew that Vegemite I sent to you would be one of your secret favourite things.

My diagnosis is that you are missing having pun with ozswede.

It's true. So true. Can't you koala me up and entertain me when I'm feeling down?

An alphabet of phun!

Aardvark a million miles to cheer you up. I'd badger you and I'd keep carping on the subject, until I have no ideers left. I'd have no egrets, however, as I ferret out more puns. If necessary, I'd even gopher broke. Some may say it's a harebrained attempt; but, iguana tell you, I'm no jackass -- and I kid you not. I'm not doing this for a lark (although maybe just a mite) So don't nag me. In fact, you otter try to parrot me. But don't quail from the challenge. After all, you don-t have to be a racoon-teur. So just salmon up some courage, before you take a tern for the worse. Don't be afraid of people saying to you, "unicorniest person I know." Stop crying and viper nose. Then say, "Wallaby a son-of-a-gun," and start singing, "Zip-a-dee doo-dah, xiphiidae* ay." Soon you'll be a yak-of-all-trades, and can put all of these animal puns in a book called "Who's Zoo."

*There's a little known animal that begins with the letter X. It's actually a Greek swordfish.

Re: An alphabet of phun!

Start spreading the moos! Ozswede uses up all the puns in ONE POST!

Re: An alphabet of phun!

Yeah, I thought it was pretty OZsome. Hope you at least smiled. And it did increase your comment cownt.

Re: An alphabet of phun!

It was OZactly what I needed to bring a smile to my face :)

Re: An alphabet of phun!

That's something I seem to OZcel in :)

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Don't have low comment count blues!

We may have the same name but boy we are different-- a clean quiet house is my xanadu! I hope you do enjoy some small part of it this week--- and sending you bright sunshine to get through the slog of winter!

Big hugs, bluepoppy

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Oh, I'm enjoying's just that it leaves me with not so much to DO. :/

Low Comment Count Syndrome is a lot more serious than people think.

Fortunately it's treatable with the right blend of drugs and therapy.

Damn! You had me there for a minute...

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