Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine Spies In My Cereal

Let me be totally honest here. I was not having a great day yesterday. In fact, the last few weeks have been oddly similar. I usually don't let things get to me to the point of being "depressed" - I wade through, cry, rail, cyber cuss, pick up my hemline and move on. Sad or happy I usually make some noise ( bottled up feelings are heart attacks in the making) and have little trouble expressing my emotions. Knowing when to do that is something I'm still working on. People don't generally have to drag my opinions out of me (grin). However, I would do better - at times - exercising more prudence than pounce. The people who know me best let me rant for a few hours and then say "Next page, Mims. Are you through?"

A chink in the crown? Likely. But an honest flaw I recognize.
As you know, my New Year did not start off with a bang. My home was burglarized/vandalized/trampled through the day after Christmas. I'm still, quite honestly, recovering from that and have spent a lot of time (and money) improving security and changing my habits, only to discover last week that a few more things are missing that I hadn't noticed before - a necklace from my parents that meant a lot to me and some other things. Anyway, when that happened, a friend said "I guess you feel violated all over again." I realized he was right. I did.
Cleaning started.


Just made me feel better to clean, clean, clean.
So I checked that off and got over it as much as I could and royally hurt my back in the quest for a squeaky clean castle. I spent a lot of time in bed this week (it's some better now thank you very much)..... but not before I dropped my hairdryer in the toilet in typical pencil skirt fashion, nearly locked myself out of the castle with nothing but my jammies on taking pictures of the camilla bush (see?) and hung up on my mother twice (accidentally!) which started a whole unnecessary scenario with her.

She called late last night again.

"Look outside," she said. "It's snowing."

That was her apology. I know it well. And I needed a bit of magic, so I did.

Just as I was saying "I'll go look now!" like a twelve-year-old-kid-who-wants-school-to-cancel, the phone cord tangled and I hung up on her. Again.

She did not call back. I can only assume she thinks I fell and hit my head in the massive mounds of snow we got last night. For all she knows I'm still there.

Not. It was just a "dusting" as we call it here in the south.

Back to my recent world....The lovely Dust Diary fairies flew in this week and pirated some very personal blog posts. What a lovely bunch of cyber crap they are (said the Queen). And I thought, "Well, I guess I feel violated all over again." Not a pity party statement, just a fact; but I detest feeling this way. I have had a lot on my plate. And now my real world and my virtual world have a bruise on the door. One without the other is bad enough, but both? I think I'm due for a little vacation and a sunnier disposition.

The camillas need it.

So, I sat down last night to open my Valentine Box from the top of my blog to cheer myself up. I'd waited all week since this post. And guess what??!!!

The box had disappeared.

Stolen too?

No box.

No Valentines.

No surprise.

No Valentines (I said that, didn't I....)

So what did pencil skirt strong sturdy Queen of the imaginary Kingdom of The Blogosphere do?

She cried.


That was the last straw. Do you ever just have those days (and weeks) when you think "If ONE MORE THING happens I'm going to scream? You get over the biggies, stay thankful for your blessings, line up your priorities, keep saying your prayers, lean on your friends, earn your wisdom wings and then wham! day something as silly as a disappearing cyber box crumples you into a willowy mess.

The voice of my friend.... So I guess you feel violated all over again... ringing in my ears.

After a few minutes of getting my crown wet, I started laughing. Get a clue Queenie.... I was sitting up in bed crying over lost Valentines. Imagine! There are hungry people in the world and I'm crying over a stupid Valentine. Imagine! I don't have to worry about what I'm going to eat today and I'm crying over a missing Valentine's box. Ridiculous! The United States is about to shoot down a spy satellite that could fall in my cereal and I'm crying over a black hole on the internet with fluffy red hearts. Ridiculous!

So I stopped.

And laughed some more.

And knew I'd write about it. It was such a bloggable moment.

And then today, in true weird cyber fashion as of late, the box abracadrabra'd back onto the page. I blinked and it was gone. I blinked and it returned. And to think I cried over spilled hearts. Wouldn't be the first time.

Several of you left a Valentine for me today - some anonymously which only heightened the mystery (but in a good way!) and I appreciate it. So, here I sit writing a post about emptying the little mysterious red and blue box stapled to the cyber bulletin board. Here goes. Aren't you excited? I haven't been this anxious since the third grade. And why, pray tell, is this so important to me? Oh Lord. Here I go again......because just is.

Don't you want to know what's in the box?

Well, I'm not telling.

But it made me smile.

Thank you, my friends. You are all awesome.
May your Valentine mailbox always be full of reappearing wishes.
I think I'll go find some people to send one to.

And call my mother.

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Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

ahhh camillas, they are lovely mimi dear! happy valentine's day honey, i hope things get better soon, don't they come in threes? and haven't you had your three now??? good, then you are done! as an empress i declare it so!

smiles, bee

Roger said...

Happy Valentines Mimi! things will be looking up soon.

cooper said...

Happy Belated Valentine's Day. My electricity finally went on and after reading this I feel bad for being so out of sorts over that little issue.

I sincerely hope thing get better for you soon.

Peace and happy flowers and hearts to you.

BillyWarhol said...

I was Laffin at da Hikin' yer Hemline! then ya hit us with some o the Crappy Poop - thass always a Drag* Glad yer Strong enuf to move on + often that ain't EZ*

1 thing ya said - sometimes all U can do is Laff say Why Me Lord? Suck it Up + get back in the Race - Skinned Knees due to said Pencil Skirt being Hiked to High!!

;PPP xoxo

Happy VDay Mimi!!


Mimi Lenox said...

OK. That settles it. I'm re-reading this and depressing MYSELF!! Enough of this. Tomorrow I'm writing something so incredibly silly you'll think you landed in a cartoon. I do think I need to laugh.....and laugh....and laugh.....



TopChamp said...

Phew - glad it brightened up. I was worried til the end (don't like people being sad). HAPPY valentines day Mimi!!

Patti said...

Happy Day After Valentine's Day, Mimi!
I didn't know about leaving a Valentine in that box...I didn't understand.
I definitely would have left one for you. Sigh...
I can't keep up with things!

Linda said...

Happy Day After Valentine's Day!!!

Sometimes it just takes the smallest thing to push us over that limit where we can't help ourselves and the tears begin to fall and yes, it's usually something insignificant and silly but once we do cry, we usually feel

a) better
b) silly
c) refreshed
d) all of the above!

A dam can only hold so much back before it has to let a little over the side or risk bursting.

Daisy said...

Hooray! I am glad the missing Valentines came back. Maybe they were playing a funny joke on you!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Yes honey you need to post a cartoon for us. You have had a streak of bad luck and now you need to change that. Love you sweetie. I'm off to the boat but will be back Sunday to read your happy post. Have a great weekend. :)

Carver said...

Dear Mimi,

I'm glad your day brightened up and you could laugh. Laughter is my salvation. As a matter of fact I've often joked about how the family that laughs together stays together (my variation on the prays together one). That's been a constant with me and my daughter and was also true growing up, we could always eventually find our way to laughter. Take care, carver

Akelamalu said...

Hope your Valentines Day was wonderful - just like you honey!x

Mimi Lenox said...

Topchamp - Brightened. Yes. Definitely brightened.

Linda - It did feel like a dam bursting. Yes! But I feel better now.

Daisy - Funny jokes in cyberspace are not funny. The Valentines were really lovely and I appreciated all of them!

Sandee - You always make me feel better with your smiling beautiful face. Thank you! Working on that cartoon. I have some serious shopping planned this weekend and dinner with a friend. Should be an interesting night.

Carver - If I couldn't laugh life would be awful. I laugh at the silliest things. Usually myself. It's a curse. (grin)

Akelamalu - Thank you, my friend. It was wonderful. My week has been "interesting".....well....except for dropping the hairdryer in the know....ha!

Misty Dawn said...

Mimi, I must apologize - I've had one of those weeks too - in fact, I spent two days (OK, really it was three) crying (as soon as I would stop, I would start again). SO, I didn't do much blog visiting and I completely missed your Valentines box. I'm so ashamed. I love you and your blog though - just so you know.

Patti said...

My turn to shed a tear. Was it something I said?

Bond said...


Mimi Lenox said...

Patti - Crying? Why?? And then I realized I'd not answered your comment before. It was just a mistake. Of course you didn't say something, silly....what would I do without your royal succintness (is that a word?) I look forward to your comments everyday and keeping up with the New England ala Ralph and Patti. Thanks for the Valentine wishes.

In fact, Bee, Roger, Cooper and Billy didn't have their comments properly answered either. I usually do better than that. What am I thinking these days?

Mimi Lenox said...

Misty- I totally understand. My life's been crazy lately! Take care. Sometimes ya just gotta cry.

Bond - It did! It did!

Travis said...

Don't be depressed! Your post had a happy ending!

Happy belated Valentine's Day my dear!

Mimi Lenox said...

Travis - Can't fool you can I? Ten times better tonight. Went skirt shopping today, had dinner out and shoe shopping tomorrow. I needed to get out of the castle....

Sanni said...

You deserve ((((HUGS)))) and *kisses* every day, oh Queen =)

Happy SUNday!

Miss Welby said...

you seem to be a bit unlucky recently. now it can only get better!

my previous blog was ENTIRELY stolen by someone unknown, and I had to set up a new one from scratch :(

Deana said...

I hate you were crying! and accidently or not it is never good to hang up on mom. I know mine would somehow make it personal.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

Ohhh shucks! I do not know if that last comment went through ... darn blogger. If it did good, if it did not, it was funny and kind and uplifting .... :) Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!! I hate when that happens.

I wish Mimi pencil skirt a fantastic week. One with no snow, theft, saddness, or temporarily lost "things".


Speedcat Hollydale said...

I guess the first comment is gone forever ... (sigh)

Patti said...

all is forgiven, my queen..
I am just so self-centered

I hope you got some good skirts and shoes


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