06 February 2008

Swallowing my recommended daily allowance of irony

Two days left before we leave for El Paso, and I'm pulling long hours, trying to finish up a mountain of work and make trip preparations. I hit the ground running this morning—shot off bleary-eyed to the track almost late for my walking date, and now I'm home again, about to put my nose again to the grindstone. Bran cereal, rice milk, banana. Rob filled my yellow sunshine kettle with water and made us both some herb tea. "What flavor do you want?" he asked. (I have an herb tea collection that could knock your Birks off. Yogi Tea is my favorite brand.) Agony. Some days little decisions like this are torturous. "I don't know! Eeny meeny miny mo?"

A little later when it was time for our morning study, Rob brought in two cups of Stress Relief—how appropriate. One of the fun things about Yogi Tea is that each tea bag comes with a fortune dangling from its string. Rob's steaming mug warmly reminded him that "Love is where compassion prevails and kindness rules." And what did my cup of Stress Relief say to me?

"Keep up."

That's supposed to relieve my stress?

13 comments:

Am'n2deep said...

I was just in the midst of trying to sort through some feelings I'm struggling to resolve, by writing a post. I had just written about falling behind in my efforts to offer compassion and love, and trying to decide if I've gotten out of balance and off track. I decided to take a break from my writing.

"Oh look, Geo has posted! Yay! Let's see what she has to write today."
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It seems you have just answered my question. Yes, talk about irony!

Lucky Red Hen said...

Good luck with all your preparations! Have fun, you're beautiful, and mucho hugs to you both!!!

Smooches xxOOxOX

Lois said...

Good luck on your trip! Congratulations on your award. Don't forget us "little people" when you get back. We love you!

Geo said...

AM'N. I'd be interested to know which part of our fortunes du jour gave you your answer! Do tell!

LUCKY. Thanks, I needed that! xoxo

LOIS. Thanks, my friend. Believe me, nobody could feel littler than we two right now. Jangling nerves, Imposter Syndrome, blah blah blah. Total country mice. We love you too. *squeak!*

SusieQ said...

Have a great time!

Am'n2deep said...

"Love is where compassion prevails and kindness rules", because being told to "keep up" doesn't truly inspire but love does.

Have fun on your trip!

compulsive writer said...

Got anything in your collection for insomnia?

Best wishes and have fun in El Paso!

Katrina said...

That is too good. I wonder who comes up with those things.

Jamie said...

There is no need to feel like country mice in El Paso...maybe Speedy Gonzales...anyway, delightful post. It kinda reminded me of Sister Dew telling the story of GBH's letter to the mission president who got flooded: something like "yeah, too bad...now start bailing yourself out!" A lot like "keep up!" I am excited for you guys and hope you have a wonderful trip to Someplace Sunny and enjoy every moment of recognition. You two artists are most deserving! I have never met anyone (or two) so focused on a goal and who actually accomplished it without debt and WITH sacrifice. Yay you!

Rynell said...

Now that made me laugh.

Good old irony.

wendy said...

Keep up--Ha!

You will, you will!

Geo said...

Thanks and loves to you all, ladies!

AzĂșcar said...

My sister loves Yogi Tea. As a devoted user of Pompadour brand, maybe I'll have to try a new sip!