January 10, 2010

3 Drive By Bloggings

1) It is the very last day to leave a comment and be entered in the drawing to win one of two copies of Roses... The entry is below. January is another month like JUNE where I resolved to have a book give-away every week. SO. Even if that HATEFUL number generator bruises your pure pink heart with his cruel and random ways, you can crawl back to Tara and puke up a radish and wave your fist at him and remind him that tomorrow is another day.

2) The only New Year’s resolution I managed to make in a TIMELY fashion was to make AT LEAST THREE MORE later and actually stick with them. So, I am going to resolve things. Resolutely. With a firm chin and a spine so rigid that I if I owned a BURN, WITCH, BURN T-shirt I could qualify as a Puritan. I have combed the comments and am stealing and adapting my favorites.

a) WIN the 5FP challenge. This is a gimme, and a cheaty because I did notthink of it as a New Years resolution when I made it in October. But clearly it IS one. And counts. One down.

b) From Dianna, I am stealing the resolution to accept compliments gracefully, with a THANKS or a HOW KIND OF YOU TO SAY instead of my usual toe scrubbing disbelief that leads to protestations of truth-telling and the fervent reiteration of the compliment that made me all shifty-eyed and diffident in the first place. This means my husband should resolve to tell me I am smart and talented and gorgeous and delightful and even tempered and charming and super, ALL THE TIME NOW, every minute, sometimes with bouquets of daisies or French Chocolates or expensive bath salts, so I can PRACTICE accepting compliments. *angelic smile*

c) From MANY people I amalgamated and stole the idea of becoming a more Whole Assed Person. Right now, I do most of the things I do in a half-assed way. Some days I am pleased to manage quarter-assed-ness. I want to do everything I do fervently and completely and well, and that means: Saying NO to things I do not have time or the talent set to go Whole Ass at. Throwing myself---whole ass first---into the things I say yes to. Not being lazy. Not procrastinating.

My friend Julie has the same resolution, but she put it a different way. Her pre-schooler, Max, is in the towel-cape-wearing, flapping around the house saving the universe stage. He likes to put on his underpants OUTSIDE His jeans, because Superman and Batman both do it, so it must be cool.

The other day she was trying to make him take off his outside underwear before they left for Target. He balked, and she said, “Think of all the people you have seen at the Target. Not a one of them has ever been wearing their underwear outside their pants. Wouldn’t they look silly if they did?” And he said, “Of course they would, Mommy. But this is because they are just regular people, is why. I AM A SUPER HERO.”

Well, duh.

She did make him take them off, but when they got home, not only did she let him put them back on, but she put on a pair and rallied her two older children to put a pair of THEIR underpants on over their pants. Then they all galloped around the house saving the earth. This is HER year to be whole assed, too, even it means putting her underpants on over her jeans. That’s how I want to live, too.

3) If you noticed All The Cool Chicas on Facebook posting COLORS to their updates, it was part of a fast spreading and rather clever breast cancer awareness meme. My FAVORITE response came from my friend Chuck (Who was my counselor at Wiregrass Christian Youth Camp MANY MANY moons ago):

(ahem) — For the record, only as of 12:16pm EST Friday have I learned that these color lists signify bra color in breast cancer awareness. Yesterday I figured they were just some random "ooh, let's all name a color" fad, so I casually posted "magenta" above. Now slightly more enlightened, I, uhhh, hereby withdraw that entry.

Replace it with mauve.

Posted by joshilyn at January 10, 2010 9:29 AM

I find it hysterical that this comic showed up the same week as the Facebook meme - do please pass it on to Chuck! http://www.applegeeks.com/lite/index.php?aglitecomic=2010-01-08

Posted by: Beth R at January 10, 2010 10:33 AM

May I just say that I think your friend Julie rocks! Lurve the underpants thing! Super heroes unite!

I think you've chosen wisely on your resolutions. Obviously you are wise and beautiful, much to be admired and looked up to!

Posted by: Fran at January 10, 2010 12:50 PM

That underpants story may have made my day ;)

Posted by: Heather at January 10, 2010 1:03 PM

Dear Fran,

Thank you. How kind of you to say.


Posted by: Joshilyn at January 10, 2010 1:25 PM

I too love the underpants story. And my husband Ray responded to the bra meme by saying, "Fleshcolored, and I think it's on backwards." He's funny. Also, isn't it just like a guy to say fleshcolored, not nude, which I believe most women would say.

Posted by: Eleanor at January 10, 2010 3:30 PM


I have just discovered you after reading "gods in Alabama" AMAZING BOOK! Great characters, suspenseful plot, etc. Can't wait to read Roses.

You and your friends at 5 plates have kept me thoroughly entertained through 3 days of an energy-sapping cold. Thank you! Makes dragging myself out of bed to work on Monday even more challenging, ug.

Chuck sounds like a guy who knows how to party.

Posted by: Julie at January 10, 2010 7:55 PM

Can you start a whole-assed challenge? At present, I need that more than the fitness one.

As for the FB meme, this is what a friend of mine posted for her status: URGENT! FACEBOOK VIRUS ALERT. An email recently went out to women asking them to post the color of their BRA. THIS IS A VIRUS. To fix it, you must remove your bra, then go to Settings> Enable Webcam> Record Movie>. Please repost to your status message.....ჱܓ*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•☆.。.•*✿ (thanks, Sue :)


Posted by: hope101 at January 11, 2010 6:24 PM

I LOVE Chuck and Julie!!! And you look pretty Joshilyn!

Posted by: GrandeMocha at January 12, 2010 3:21 PM