Shit—Life—Happens

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“Shit happens” is a common phrase used to express the concept that unfortunate things in life are unavoidable. But rather than simply state, “life is full of unpredictable events,” it is more satisfying to utter this more vulgar phrase.

While I’m not clear on who coined the phrase, I do know it was first introduced to print by Connie Eble in 1983.

The 1994 movie Forrest Gump takes creative license in giving fictional character Forrest Gump all of the credit. In one scene, he runs into dog droppings while on a jog across country. When a man in the bumper sticker business points it out, Forrest replies, “It happens,” to which the man asks “What, shit?” and Forrest answers “Sometimes.” The very next shot shows a car slamming into another. And do you know what the bumper sticker says? “Shit Happens.”

Personally, I would never display such a vulgar phrase on my personal vehicle, but I would use it to summarize the theme of my birthday party weekend, which didn’t go according to plan.

For starters, when I walked into the gym on Thursday to go for a swim, staff informed me that the large pool was closed due to their being literal shit in the pool. Literally. Shit in the pool. Desperate for a workout, I lapped the kiddy pool about a hundred times. Needless to say, I did not get a good workout in before my party weekend.

Then on Friday, as my sister and I were packing for our 2-day mini-vacation, my dog has a seizure. After canceling our hotel reservations, we took the dog to the vet. She did not come home with us.

Not even an hour after I said goodbye to my dog, my nephew’s grandmother calls, saying he’s sick. Just in time for his birthday party.

Then the morning of, roughly an hour before Rylee’s big party, Walmart calls to inform us that they can’t make our cake because the image we requested infringes upon their “copyright policy.” Well, thanks for letting us know the day of, and heaven forbid he let one more cake slide. So we’re scrambling to get cupcakes before the party, because who the heck doesn’t offer cake at a party?

Let me remind you this little boy has had a hell of a year with his grandmother passing away and his many medical issues. All we wanted to do was throw him this awesome birthday party.

And did we accomplish it? Yes we did. Surprisingly enough.

For starters, we didn’t tell him the dog passed away. She’s “at the vets” until after school starts. We also distracted him with the decorations, which blew his mind, as well as a surprise visitor, a storm trooper from the emphasis 501st Legion. Needless to say he had a great time.

Oh, and by the way, the cupcakes were delicious.

Now that I’m thinking about it, the phrase “shit happens” doesn’t actually describe my weekend. I think the phrase “life happens” is more accurate. Don’t get me wrong, putting my dog down was total shit, but death and saying goodbye is just a part of life. Don’t I know it. Three months ago I said goodbye to my mom. And on Tuesday, my sister and I will say goodbye to our twenties and the remainder of our childhood.

Even though a lot of shit happened this week, my sister and I were still able to bring it together for Rylee. At least his birthday turned out to be a success. What else can you do when shit—life—happens?

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3 Months Later . . . This Blog Post is Waaaay Overdue

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Remember my last blog post where I promised to post quality blog posts? Neither do I. That was 3 months ago. I only know this because I went back and read my last blog post to see where the heck I left off before disappearing from the blogosphere.

Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

At the end of April my mother passed away from liver cancer. After two years of battling it out, she finally gave up the fight. Thankfully, her family was with her in her final moments, an experience I wouldn’t have passed up for anything.

But for the first time in my life, I found myself unable to push through. Work became hard. Life became hard. Forget writing and editing. Everything had to step aside for grief.

I recently saught out the help of a therapist to help me work though my grief. I’ve also returned hard and heavy to the gym, which has helped improve my mood and sense of motivation tremendously.

I am happy to return to the blogosphere. I forsee blogging being an excellent outlet for me right now and hope you will all just bear with me.

I’m looking forward to catching up on your posts as well. I’ve been away from the online writing community for far too long. I can’t wait to get back on schedule and interact again. I’ve missed you guys so much!

Before I go, a big thank you to everyone who reached out to me via WordPress and Twitter to offer their support and condolences. That meant a lot to me.

THANK YOU!!!!!

It could afford to be bigger . . . but you get the picture. Well, that’s all for now. See you all again on Friday!

I am Working on my Blog Post—Squirrel!

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I was working on my blog post when—squirrel!

Not a literal squirrel, actually, but a distraction nonetheless. In fact, make that a horde of squirrels. This was a crazy week.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog posts, which I promise will be full of content and pizzazz!

In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Doug from Disney/Pixar’s UP.

Have a great weekend!

Fellow Writers, Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In, and Try Everything

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I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
Til I reach the end and then I’ll start again
No I won’t leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail

That’s just the chorus of Shakira’s (or should I say Gazelle’s?) new hit single, “Try Everything” which is featured in latest Disney movie Zootopia. Listen to the rest of the song and tell me it doesn’t inspire you keep plugging away on that work in progress?

I hope you enjoyed the video. It’s the only song I’ve been listening to recently to help me get through my workout and those painful bouts of writer’s block.

Happy Hump Day!

 

You Know What Day It Is? Hump Day!

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Uh oh, guess what day it is! Guess. What. Day. It. Is. Aww, come on, I know you can hear me. C’mon … say it … say it!

It’s Hump Day! Whoot Whoot! Hump Daaaay!

As you can tell, I’m thoroughly excited we’ve made it to the middle of the week. Please let the downhill slope be relatively painless as we head into the ever-anticipated weekend!

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

How Star Wars The Force Awakens Should Have Ended

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It’s Monday, and thus begins another painful, life-sucking, and emotionally crippling week of work, work, and more work, To alleviate the pain, if only for a little bit, here’s a video to kick-start your week! How Star Wars The Force Awakens Should Have Ended:

Now get up, get out there, and kick ass! And if all else fails, use the force!

Happy Monday! (If such a thing exists).

 

Thank You For Being a Friend!

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My presentation is in less than 5 hours! Meanwhile, I’m scrambling to make last minute preparations which include finishing my PowerPoint! **Pulls hair out and screams**

I just want to pause a moment in the midst of preparations to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me recently and from the start. What success I have seen is all thanks to you!

So to all of my friends on WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter who have shared, supported, and cheered me on every step of the way:

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Words are not enough! Here’s a video that says it better:

 

Again, thank you! Have a wonderful rest of the week!