Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Spectrum

Friday brought with it a series of highs and lows.  When one has The Worst Cold In The Whole Wide World, one tends to be a little more prone to drama, I find.  Or maybe that's just me.  At any rate, I noticed that the human mind is capable of swinging to polar opposites rather quickly, even over the smallest of things.  For example:

You Are Happy When:

You leave school on Thursday knowing that you will not be returning to your classroom on Friday.  A movie has been left for the kids and the teaching assistants have been told to do what they have to do to make their lives easier.  

You Are Sad When:

You finally accept the fact that your cold is not going to let you free of its iron grip in time for you to teach Friday's Safety Procedures course without having to first secret fifty thousand tissues upon your person.  You will be the instructor with whom no one is going to want to practice bite release techniques.  

You Are Happy When:

The course you are teaching cruises along at warp speed and the final test is being administered at noon.  This means an early end to the day.

You Are Sad When:

Fifty thousand tissues are not enough to get you through a half-day of teaching.

You Are Happy When:

You leave the high school well before dismissal time. You don't mind the fact that you are scattering a trail of used tissues in your wake.  You are too focused on the fact that you will be home in time to enjoy a late lunch that does not involve eating with students who couldn't be trusted to dine in the cafeteria with their peers.

You Are Sad When:

You contemplate having to actually prepare that leisurely lunch at home.  You very much wish that you had remembered to bring along the Panera gift certificate that Mommy and Daddy Sheep sent you this week.

You Are Happy When:

You suddenly realize that you most certainly did put that gift card in your purse!  Free lunch!!  That is a whole lot of happy!

You Are Sad When:

You arrive at the place where you thought the restaurant was located and find naught but an abandoned building.  You are even sadder when you realize that you must now somehow navigate your way through the maze of roadways which encircle the shopping center to get back on the main road.

You Are Happy When:

You take a wrong turn and find yourself in the parking lot right in front of the restaurant you were seeking!  

From there, it was pretty much all Happy.  I was so happy that I was able to hold my head up high, show my bright red nose for all the world to see and announce that I would, by-God, like a bag of chips with my sandwich and that they could keep their foolish apple, thankyouverymuch!  I even tossed one of those gigantic cookies into the order and defy anyone to comment upon how a more responsible person might forgo such a high calorie treat.

I'm eating for two now.  The Worst Cold In The Whole Wide World is hungry, as well.  And it didn't want that apple any more than I did.

So here we are.  It is now the weekend, there is a sock-in-progress which has been very good to me and the "dishcloth" (with sleeves) seems more than happy to be set aside for the time being.  The Cold still rages, but I am simply using it as an excuse to nap so that all works out.  It is also something of a long weekend.  Nine days of weekend, if you want the truth.  It is officially February vacation and I am done with work-stuff!  

Even better, it is Chocolate Eve!  The second-most sacred day of the year!  The most sacred day is, of course, tomorrow when all that candy hits the clearance table.  I may not sleep a wink tonight for all the giddy anticipation!!!

Of course, some of you insist on naming today as the actual holiday.  I believe in tolerance and that it is our differences which make up the rich tapestry of the human condition.  I don't pretend to understand your strange ways, but I find them somewhat exotic.  In fact, one of my roommates is one who celebrates the 14th.  He's a big fan, actually.  

I can haz Valli-time Kizz?




trek said...

Lots of the happy!

Beth said...

Thank goodness you found Panera! I hate it when one has a taste for something then can't have it.

I like the new blog look. Yesterday I was going to check your blog but remembered it was Friday. You tricked me! :) I should have looked.

And happy Chocolate Eve! I have already consumed the chocolate bar given to me this morning at 9:30. It was gone by 10:00. :)

twinsetellen said...

Chocolate Eve? I am not sure if it is genius or evil genius, but I want to celebrate it, too.

Anonymous said...

I tell you, I was on pins and needles as I read the happy/sad part of the post. I am happy that you ended up happy!

Karen said...

Any holiday that involves chocolate is good.
Happy Valentines Day to AGK.

trek said...

By the way, I should have mentioned earlier that I like the new look. I was sort of half asleep on the couch (love the wireless and the new laptop) with a Neatnik on my lap...

April said...

Happy Valentine's Day, AGK!!!

*Mwaaaah from DeeDee*

(Hmm ... my verification word is "gaseses", are you trying to tell me something, Sheepie?)

mehitabel said...

Happy Chocolate Eve! And may you be healthy and un-booger-y enough tomorrow to go out and scour the stores for The Good Stuff. Remember, don't bother about the cheap-ass Imitation Chocolate Food Product; go for the good stuff. I will be standing on the doorstep at See's before they open in the morning!
What?? No See's? Think Godiva. Only without the high price.

Kath said...

Isn't the rule "feed a cold, starve a fever"? You may want to consider that tomorrow when you are shopping!

And yes, the AGK looks very kissable! But then I'd get hair on my lip gloss...

PICAdrienne said...

How can you resist that face! Oh, I would guess big sis can. Big sis's can be very resistent.

Mia said...

ohhhh come on now - that is just TOO CUTE!!!

Anonymous said...

Awww, look at that; the AGK is a big romantic kitty :-)

Bridget said...

Thank you so much! Now I have Valentine's Day AND Chocolate Day to celebrate, one right after the other - perfect.

AGK's face is so kissable! I hope all three of you have a nice long weekend, and that you'll feel better (or at least be able to cut down on tissue consumption).

Knitting Linguist said...

Happy is better than not-happy. I'm glad you found that Panera -- it was fated. Feel better! (BTW, like the new blog look :) )

crzjane said...

Hope you had lots of Chocolate on (and after) National Chocolate Day.