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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

I'm back, now with 76% less paint under my fingernails

I tumbled out of bed yesterday, sore and disoriented. Then it all came rushing back to me and my first thought was: GO! Go, dear child, and work, for you are running out of time.

(There has been a lot of self-admonishment going down, from dawn to midnight along the lines of: faster, keep going, focus.)

After spilling a bucket of tears Wednesday and laughing at the crazy amount of work ahead, I woke up at about 4 am to a monster thunderstorm. We don't get many of those here in the Pacific Northwest and it rained with a fury, and I was awake. Pumped with adrenaline. Greg came down around 5, for work and muttered 'manic' at me when he kissed me goodbye while I was dangling from a chair, removing light fixtures while watching the Twilight Zone.

It seemed appropriate enough.

But we made it. We pulled in resources, farmed the kids out and pushed our way through, fueled on coffee during the day and a stiff drink at night.

My Mom came and landscaped our front yard. She's a wonder.

My Dad came and helped Greg take a load of the packed boxes and furniture to a storage unit, among other things. He's a wonder.

And my sister? The shopper? She agreed to be our Girl Saturday, with a list in hand and eye for a bargain. She hit the town. She's a wonder.

When the time drew close and we were within an hour of our Realtor returning with his camera, we raced around sweeping, putting everything away while I hollered for my kids to get their gear for swimming lessons.

I sped away, past the lake I will surely miss when this time here comes to pass and I was amazed how much we accomplished in 5 short days.

I surprised myself. I did more than I thought possible.

I couldn't help but wonder just what else could be in store, if I applied this will and this sort of determination my writing, to my friendships, to my family.

I watched Zack float, in his big blue goggles and Lexi dive, and melted into the grass, easing into the place where good things still lie ahead.
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Thank you, family. Thank you, honey. Thank you, kids. Thank you, readers with your kind words and prayers and good vibes.

I am so grateful.

11 comments:

Kimberly said...

You are amazing. I don't think I've ever worked with that kind of determination and I'm now wondering what would happent if I did. Good luck with what lies ahead!

lapoflux said...

Sounds like you deserve a break. Fingers crossed that the house sells quickly. Glad you have such a great support network!

flutter said...

You deserve all of them.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

You're definitely an inspiration for me to tackle all those things that have become invisible to me over the years. Congrats!

K. said...

I'm so glad that things came together for you. What a loving and amazing family you have! I hope that it's all smooth sailing for you from here, you deserve it. (And I don't say that lightly.)

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

You. Go. Girl.

XOXOXOXO

Beck said...

It sounds like you guys have been so BUSY! I hope that things relax and you can exhale now.

JCK said...

What an inspiring post! If we could all power through on all of those things you mention...

Kelly said...

So wonderful to have a circle of loved ones ready to help!

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Um, you are the wonder, friend.

Shall we go do fun things this weekend?

Jennifer H said...

I can't remember the last time I had to push through that kind of work. You're an inspiration!

Now go get a manicure. You've earned it. :-)