Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Passing The Torch

Odd Mix has decided to take a break from blogging for awhile. In his absence, he's asked me to continue hosting the WWC. Not to be confused with the WWE or the WWF, which is wrestling. The only thing you'll find me wrestling is the lid off an ice cream container, and possibly my jeans when I'm done eating it.

The WWC, or "Weekly Words Challenge", is a photo meme. So it will require a camera of some sort... and fingers. Creativity is a plus, but experience is not required. Each Tuesday I will post two words. The following Tuesday, everyone will post the picture(s) they have taken to reflect their interpretation of the word(s). When your pictures are up on your blog, come here and comment so people can run over to ooh and ahh.

Those who choose not to participate will have their fingers sporked. Ok, I'm lying. But seriously folks, why wouldn't you want to? It's fun, it's free, AND it's good marketing... Odd Mix has also graciously given me the freedom to change the contest as I see fit. At first I juggled with the thought of strip-photography, but how would we know who's really playing?

My other idea was to start tallying points, one for each time someone posts pictures. When the person reaches seven points, they get to choose the next week's words. Eh, eh? We'll see where it goes. For now I'll leave Odd Mix's baby alone, lest he come back and tell me I'm not allowed to babysit anymore. Which would just be humiliating.

Next Week's Words Are:

Weekend Recap:
1. I am swamped at work this week. So the weekend recap is going to be kind of skimpy. I'll give you the abbreviated version instead.
2. I have been smoke-free for 1 week, 3 days, 20 hours, 27 minutes, and 54 seconds. I have not smoked 217 cigarettes and saved myself a whopping $40.58!
3. Friday Night Hoop and I went to an art walk. We spent the majority of the evening in silence. I was having a weak moment on the quitting front, which made me resent the fact that he still smokes. Hoop was too tired for my attitude, which made him resent the fact that I'm not smoking.
4. The night ended with a really long walk on the beach. Despite the fact that Hoop and I love each other very much, we've been dealing with an unbelievable amount of stress over the last year. Friday night we both reached our breaking point and discussed whether breaking up was the best solution.
5. Fortunately, we decided against it.
6. Saturday I went shopping with my Mom and when I came home I saw that Hoop had diligently hung pictures, fixed the dishwasher, did laundry, and attached the baseboards while I was gone.
7. How could I still be mad at him?
8. Sunday we went to a local state park to swim. Only, the lake turned out to be a dirty pond filled with snapping turtles. So I only waded in a little bit and made sure to flap my arms around a lot.
9. The spring fed creek was lovely though.
10. On the way back we stopped for sushi. Usually Hoop and I stick to what we know (and like), which is eel. But this time we decided to try some salmon, white fish, and raw squid.
11. The salmon was wonderful. The white fish was so-so. The squid- Well, I'll never know. Hoop took a bite and spit it right back out, which pretty much cured me from EVER wanting to try it.
12. I'll have mine fried from now on, please.

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At 11 September, 2007, Blogger Jay said...

I'm glad WWC is coming back. Hopefully a lot of people will play along.

I prefer all my fish cooked. I've tried sushi but it was a bad experience. I guess I should try again. Some day. Maybe. But, I do enjoy that rice moonshine though.

At 11 September, 2007, Blogger Newt said...

Idea......probably weird

Ok, I'm ready.............

This is going to be fun!

And I just don't eat fish. I'm sorta weird that way.

At 11 September, 2007, Blogger Jen said...

Most couples have those "breaking point moments." [I swear, for those of you who say that you've never had a moment or 2 like that with your love, I'm going to send Tink after you to spork your face off.]

I think it's ingrained in most relationships. They are vulnerable and need some care now and then. When something slips, it causes a great unbalance. It just takes some re-adjusting. Things will get back on track. It's the choices you make to get you where you want to be that matter.

Even married, the husband and I have had those moments (more than once, unfortunately), but the choice we've always made is to decide the tough times won't break it - "us" is worth more. And, thankfully so. Somehow, each of us re-evaluates what we're taking and giving.

In the end, it's what the 2 of you want. It will then be okay. As hard as these times are, it only makes you a normal couple.

Take a breath now and then. Plus, it's so much fresher now that you are smoke free! Good luck with that! As the "Townie" says in Waterboy: "You can do it."

At 11 September, 2007, Blogger Allison said...

I'm pumped about WWC. I've been wanting to do it since OddMix started it, but always used to forget until after the new photos were due (because I'm bright like that). Hopefully I can start participating.

Sigh. I know I'm supposed to congratulate you for quitting smoking. And of course, I do admire your strong will and determination. But you've always been kind of my "virtual smoke buddy." So like, if you ever want to cheat and then feel the need to confess, just tell me. I swear I won't tell anyone. :) [ducking and running from all the non-smokers out there]

At 11 September, 2007, Blogger Chelle Y. said...

I am going to start playing again too!

I am also so happy you did not break up! I would be so sad!

At 11 September, 2007, Blogger meno said...

try Tako (octopus) it's cooked
or Hamachi (my favorite)

Do not try uni (sea urchin) or squid (slimy)

With the stress you have had, you are really doing very well, even if it doesn't always feel that way.

At 11 September, 2007, Blogger Nettie said...

I don't much like fish but am willing to try as long as it's cooked. Count me in on the WWC. Stay strong girl! It won't be easy if Hoop is still smoking. You cand do this.


At 12 September, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing worse than bad squid going down is watching it get spit out again. I'm with you.

At 12 September, 2007, Blogger Scottsdale Girl said...

Guuuurl I wouldn't have put a TOE in that water! Although I did continue along the surf after seeing some guy catch a SHARK off the shore. It was a "nurse shark" but still A FARKING SHARK!

Apparently snapping turtles are more scarey to me.

At 12 September, 2007, Blogger Chris Cactus said...

Congrats on the continued smoke freedom!

At 12 September, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome news on the smoking front. Good job, keep it up!
Also good news on the not breaking up thing.

I don't like any fish, cooked or raw and can't do sushi other than cucumber rolls.

At 12 September, 2007, Blogger Christy said...

High five to you for the non-smoking. That takes MUCHO determination, you RAWK!

At 12 September, 2007, Blogger Lefty said...

I've had my fingers sporked before. Not pleasant.

Congrats on being smoke free and on continuing to work hard with Hoop. Any good relationship needs a hell of a lot of effort, but it's worth it.

And, yes, I'm back.

At 12 September, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

I'm glad you guys talked through things!! I didn't realize Hoop was still smoking - good for you for holding out, even under such extreme conditions.

At 12 September, 2007, Blogger captain corky said...

Congrats on quitting smoking! It aint easy sister.

I love Salmon rolls and Salmon pieces. Try the Tuna next. Salmon and Tuna sushi are two of the greatest foods on Earth. I shit you not.

At 12 September, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We LOOOOOOVVVVEEE Sushi. And it's become one of the few vegan places we can all eat at. Imagine, vegan stuff there!

I'm glad you and Hoop talked it though. It's when couples start talking that they get in trouble.

Yay for the return of WWC! You'll make a good babysitter.

At 12 September, 2007, Blogger Arabella said...

Glad you decided to stick out the rough patch. I think those times make a relationship stronger.

If you like salmon, might I suggest yellowtail? Similar texture, also delicious, and usually served with delicate little shavings of scallion, which is a huge plus in my book.

At 13 September, 2007, Blogger fiwa said...

Tink - I am so proud of you for not smoking! I know it's hard. And I'm also very glad you and Hoop patched things up. Everybody has their ups and downs, and it has been a rough year for you guys. Here's to hoping things get better soon, and finding the joy where you can.

Keeping you in my thought!

At 13 September, 2007, Blogger fiwa said...

PS - yes - I am interested in new headers (as you mentioned in your comment the other day), got a good idea for me??

At 13 September, 2007, Blogger Coffespaz said...

Mmmm...sushi!! Glad the WWC is continuing on and I think you will definitely make Oddmix proud. I may actually start playing too. Whee.

So happy you and Hoop talked things out and decided to keep moving forward. Jen is right, every relationship has those moments. Sometimes they are huge, almost earth shattering moments. Sometimes they just sneak up on you as a collection of smaller moments. The beauty of a relationship, a true relationship, is that two people can communicate with each other and tackle such things together. Kudos to you both..and big hugs too!!

At 13 September, 2007, Blogger Kell said...

You're the perfect person to take up the WWC. I might even join in this time!

I'm glad you guys talked and decided you both were worth staying together for. Relationships are so much work, but if you're in a good one, it's worth it. And it's good to talk through those rough spells, it's terrible to let all the resentment, frustration and doubts just build to the point that something small sets you off. Hmmmmmmm. Wonder how I'd know that?

At 14 September, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys have had quite a year. What you've gone through together would and does send many married couples to divorce court. And now you're quitting smoking which I'm sure is enough to make you more than a little cranky.
Hang in there. I'm here if you need anything. And, if you want to take a mini break sometime, come on down to the Gulf coast. I'll show you a good time and probably also my boobs.

At 14 September, 2007, Blogger CRUSTY MOM-E said...

perfectly normal for couples..we all have to have our growth periods...teaches us how to navigate through our relationship later on in life.
Great job with the smoking!! or not smoking...its hard when people that you love still smoke and you're the only one not smoking...
what made you stop smoking in the first place?

At 18 September, 2007, Blogger Newt said...

Mine are up!

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

Okay....I think I'm in. I kept wondering about this WWC thing and when and where the words come from. I like that I have a week as usually I do not have "nearly" this much free[stolen] time on my hands. [I tend throw myself full throttle into anything "new" I discover/am given to obsess about for at least the first week or two]

I love the idea of shaking up my camera. It was getting board/lazy with all the "posed" pics of my kids.

As for the quitting smoking thing -- I salute you. I've never smoked but have heard, seen, and wrangled through the by-product of those whom are quitting. So, I empathize it is not easy. YOU CAN DO IT!!

So, WWC, 01-22-08: Pride, Circle -- Post on: 01-29-08. It's on the List.

At 26 February, 2008, Blogger ETK said...

Am I supposed to comment on this specific post? :)

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger Lu' said...

Stopped over from Jay's. I'm new to blogging around. So I've not played any of the games. I just may give this one a try. I like the visual you painted about the sushi experience. I've never had it myself.

At 02 December, 2008, Blogger Chatty said...

Hey Tink - I'm playing this week - it's fun to be back in the swing of things.
I love all your pictures (so what else is new) but really Tink - you have NO idea why Hoop is laughing at that first one? Really? ; ) I know I was laughing along with Hoop!
And your parrots are lovely - I have never seen them in flight. Wild parakeets I have seen in flight (yes, really!) but not parrots. I also love the little bird who told you...something.
WTF etsy was truly special this week - a two-headed duck-fawn? I'm with you - WHY? But I kind of like the cowboy sideburns. The box of rocks is another big "huh"?
Congratulations on the not smoking - and sorry the Hoop isn't joining you at this moment. You have indeed had a LOT of stress this past year, and I am SO GLAD you decided that being together is much better than being apart! Sometimes the aftermath of a wedding is almost as stressful as the lead-up. You'll muddle through and come out just fine, I know! But, it's good you had the talk. Cleared the air. It's a good thing to do on a regular basis, so resentments don't build up.
Now, if we can all just get through the rest of the holidays without pureeing our co-workers and loved ones...

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