Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Easy Button

It's gray, cold, and raining.

My motivation is hovering somewhere near zero.

You know you've hit the bottom of the barrel when you're too lazy to take something off the
P.I.T.S. list. If I were hungry right now, I'd be begging someone to feed me. It's a damn good thing I don't have to use the bathroom. So please, enjoy some random things that took absolutely no effort to write.

1. Thanks to the wonderful and talented
Mike Y, Pickled Beef now has an icon attached to it! To see it, save this site in your favorites. A little "Tink" should show up next to the URL.
2. I spent the whole afternoon calling insurance agencies, two of which never picked up. One hung up on me. Another promised to call back, and didn't. The last one will be faxing me an estimate by tomorrow. "Are we there yet?!"
3. There is no 3. This list just looked naked without it.

Dream Replay: As Hoop and I were folding clothes, I reached across to grab a shirt and accidentally shook a ring loose from its folds. It bounced off the table and landed on the floor between us. I glanced at it and then back at Hoop. He ignored the situation entirely, too engrossed in the shirt he was folding. Suddenly, anger flared up inside my head. "I'm not going to accept that unless he asks me properly!" I thought. So I disregarded it, for what felt like hours, until the curiosity built up. As I reached down to snatch the ring from the floor, I realized what it really was... A rubber ring from the inside of a scuba mask. Huh.

Around The Water Cooler:
(On phone)
Account Rep: Hi, Ms. Erbell?
Tink: That's correct.
Account Rep: I'm calling you for price information on the Kawhoes.
Tink: Price information on what?
Account Rep: Kawhoes.
Tink: Uh... We don't have a product by that name.
Account Rep: Yes you do. I'm looking at it right now.
Tink: Could you spell that for me?
Account Rep: C.H.A.O.S.
Tink: *Slaps forehead*



At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

You know that I find "Around the Water Cooler" especially amusing today. :)

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Foo said...

At least Hoop now knows what not to do. (You are still reading, aren't you Brother Hoop?)

WV: "gdaooey" g-da-ooey!

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Mignon said...

That was a dream, right? Because that shit could totally happen up in here. My first non-proposal proposal from Jim came in the car, on the way home from a friend's wedding. He said, "We should do that." And I was supposed to, what gush and squeal and then give him road head? Uh-uh.

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger mamalujo1 said...

Here's my dream interpretation: You're getting to the point of "fish or cut bait" with the proposal thing, but you are afraid that Hoop won't go there. Have you just sat down with him and talked about the idea of marriage? If not, why not?

I knew I was going to ask my wife to marry me about two weeks into our relationship, but didn't do so until a year later. She says she would have said yes about that quickly as well. She also tells me now that if I hadn't asked by Christmas (which would have come in about six weeks) she was going to hit me over the head with a calendar. But neither one of us had ever brought it up, as much as we were in love (and were telling each other constantly) and open to each other. I was waiting, and waiting, and then waiting some more, and so, apparently, was she.

Are you afraid of what talking about it might mean, or cause? Should you be? Honestly, I don't know what your answers could be to those questions, but I think you need to ask them of yourself.

I will shut the fuck up now.

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Tink said...

Chris: I thought you'd get a chuckle.

Foo: Actually, he hasn't been able to read here for about two/three months. But all that will change once we move. I'm hoping for a guest post.

Mignon: Just a dream... Perhaps even a warning? :P

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Jay said...

See the water cooler thing is why I could never be allowed to deal with customers. I would have laughed at him and called him a moron. Then I would have gotten fired.

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Tink said...

Jay: I ate the laughter down until I was OFF the phone. But it was very very hard. ;)

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger mamalujo1 said...

Maybe the dream should have had an 800 pound gorilla in it instead.

"Hey Hoop, we talk about kids, the house, turning 80; what do you think about marriage?"

I will shut the fuck up AGAIN.

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Tink said...

Mamalujo: LMAO! If you "shut up" I will be very lonely. Maybe I should paint Hoop a sign... In glow in the dark paint surrounded by neons. Yeah...

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Betty said...

Methinks Hoop needs to come up with a ring pretty soon, even if it's only a "friendship" ring, and then you could show your family and friends that you are engaged to be engaged.

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Lucia said...

Girl, you can be funny even when you gots no energy!

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Mike Y said...

I'm really sorry to hear you're still dealing with insurance issues. I wish I could help, but I'm not sure how. I've been with Statefarm since I was 16. It's just easy to get new things with them now. Have you tried Liberty Mutual or USAA?

The water cooler incident is pretty funny. Was your caller from Jacksonville? It sounds like a redneck drawl. I'm pretty familiar with the accents there. I still have a bit of mine ;)

And I don't really know what to tell you about the marriage thing, except be patient and don't rush. Maybe I'm full of it, but I don't think most guys really start coming into themselves till their 30s. I already had a career as an executive by 26, but I was very immature in so many other ways. I don't think most of this started getting worked out till a couple years back, around 35-ish or so.

Obviously every guy is different. But if your guy is still figuring out what he's going to do, he should have some extra room to do so. I made the mistake of trying to do too much too soon and certain people paid the price for it. Had I just slowed things down and moved at my own pace, perhaps the outcome would have been notably different. It's hard to know for sure.

One thing is that it sounds like you two have something really special. Enjoy it to the fullest and enjoy it for what it is. It may go all the way or it may not. But you'll make the most of it and you won't have regrets.

Just my 2 cents.

Good luck with the insurance.

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Paula Neal Mooney said...

Glad to see you're still blogging, Tink. You were the first person to leave a comment on my blog way back in 2005, positively eons ago in blogging terms. I guess it's 'bout high time I returned the favor!


At 17 January, 2007, Blogger meno said...

The Mister never proposed to me, we just started talking about getting married and decided together to go ahead and do it.
But i'm practical like that.

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Newt said...

Water cooler - *snort* *giggle* *Cackle out loud*

I have a feeling when Hoop finally pops the question everyone who reads this blog will be in tears, curl their toes, and have a cigarette when we are done reading. Cause he's gonna do it in some way that is just spectacular and incredibly romantic.

I wouldn't worry to much - it'll happen. He has got to know how supremely lucky he is to have you. And he's no idiot, he knows he has to hold on to you with all his might.

At 17 January, 2007, Blogger Alien said...

He'll ask. It could very well be that he's waiting until you're settled into your new home together and things have settled down a bit, ya know? He'll ask. You'll say yes. And then we'll all giggle and get drunk in your honor. :)


At 17 January, 2007, Anonymous wordgirl said...

When he asks you for real...that ring won't bounce. I promise.

At 18 January, 2007, Blogger EE said...

Man....that Mike can be wordy?! Can't he though?! *snort* ;)

Anyways. That SUCKS about the insurance company situation. I had to jump through hoops to get our house financed for various reasons. It sucked ass and was so, soooo frustrating. I feel for ya babe. I'm sorry....*hugs*

At 18 January, 2007, Anonymous Ch3ll3 said... had me going there with the ring thing. Man, oh, man.

Well, all I can say is that NOTHING about my proposal (from B, obviously) was as I had always imagined it would be. That said, it was PERFECT 'cause it was from him. I mean, no matter how it's done, how cool is it when your best friend asks you to spend your lives together?

At 18 January, 2007, Anonymous mamatulip said...

Mrs. Erbell. Very tricky...I get it. ;)

And I think that when Hoop does pop the question, he'll put all of the other question poppers to shame...

At 19 January, 2007, Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

It worked! The icon - how cute!!

The dream. Hmmmmm, def weird. I am not a good interpreter of dreams though. You either want to walk down the aisle or go scuba diving. Or maybe just fold more clothes??

At 26 January, 2007, Blogger mrspao said...

Hmm stumbling over kawhoes.... doesn't have the same ring (scuba or other sort)...


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