Having a Bad Day

on August 23, 2010 in Misc

I feel so guilty.

Last week I wrote only one measly entrance for this blog.  And today I’ve got…

Not a whole lot to tell you.


Oh, I’ve been doing some Layla stuff.  I’ve gotten rustier than I’d like to admit on my basic lock picking, so I practiced when I had time and I’m really going to devote myself to it this week.  I should also be working on French and Arabic, which I haven’t been.  But above all I should be pursuing big, dramatic, fun stuff just like Layla.

Truth to tell, last week I had a couple bad days emotionally and it ended with a super crappy, depressing day at work.  You know what I mean — when you go home afterwards feeling like a shark just bit your ass off and you don’t feel up to doing much of anything.  Except, maybe, getting the hell out of wherever you are.

On the bright side, it’s now Monday at lunchtime and I’m getting over myself.  More important, I know that you yourselves have been through your own rotten stinkers but now all is right with you and your world (I hope!).  Same here.  Very soon now I’ll once again be as bouncy and cheerful and obnoxiously active as a golden retriever with a yard full of Frisbees.  That’s when I promise to do something INTERESTING (finally!) for my next posting.

Have fun, y’all.

6 Responses to “Having a Bad Day”

  1. rickbuff says:

    I seem to have had a lot of those really no good, really bad, terribly rotten days lately. Life just seems so stressful. The older I get, the farther away that ideal of being settled into a peaceful, comfortable and simpler life seems to become. Isn’t life supposed to get easier? More rewarding and less challenging? Apparently NOT! I think we just have to keep the faith, in the words of Bon Jovi. Keep moving forward and try to notice the little pleasures and the little miracles in life, like when I recently saw a hummingbird – rare in the summer here in Denver – sipping at sunset out of a flower at the Botanic Gardens, literally 8″ from my hand. At the same time, a bright rainbow lit up the eastern sky. We’ve got to do all that we can to live a life that resembles the first few lyrics from B. Springsteen’s The Rising.

  2. Robert L. Read says:

    Helena, I’ve been following your blog consistently, but I don’t think that you ever posted about success in lock picking. Can you actually pick a lock? Any lock? And, can you pick a Master padlock?

    I don’t have any right to give you advice, but it seems like too much to me to try to learn French and Arabic at the same time. I would do 3 months on one and then 3 months on the other. Of course, I’ve read about 1 paragraph of Latin in the last 3 months, so I know how it goes.

  3. Helena says:

    Robert — You are so sharp! No, I haven’t talked about lock picking for a long time, and in all honesty I can’t yet pick a Master padlock. Instead I have one of those practice locks with the mechanical pins exposed so that I can see what I’m doing. I can pick it half the time. I’ve really got to step it up.

    And you’re right about languages. Two at the same time while working full time and doing a bunch of other stuff has proven to be way too much for me. On top of that, I’ve been trying to edit The Compass Master. In the coming couple months, I must concentrate on editing, which means both languages will temporarily fall by the wayside. Then I’ll return to them separately and follow your suggestion for 3 months on one followed by 3 on the other.

    P.S. I’m so impressed you can read Latin! That is one tough language.

  4. Helena says:

    Rickbuff — Any man who can quote Bruce Springsteen is very cool. I’m so sorry you’ve had rotten days. Sometimes it seems like the world is conspiring to make life tougher and more scary. Hope the hummingbirds and rainbows really help us both.

  5. Hart says:

    i love that you are ‘brushing up on your lock-picking’–cracks me up. Sorry you’ve had some down time–I think it happens to all now and then, but it doens’t make it any more enjoyable. Hope it picks up soon!

  6. Helena says:

    Hart – Thanks so much! I’m doing better already. Love the picks up pun.