I’m aliiiiiiiive! (Note that I did not say perky, or energized, or feeling especially upbeat. But I am persistently alive, despite what my absence from Blogland has led some of you to believe.)
Here’s the scoop: Someone I love very much went to the emergency room this Monday at 6pm, and I was with her until they got her settled in a hospital room (at 5am). She’s still there, and she’ll be just fine – and I’m immensely thankful – but that’s just one of the things going on this week.
She’s usually the full-time caregiver for someone else who I love, and he’s needed errands run and car trips made (he doesn’t drive) and of course he’s wanted to visit her, so there are those ongoing logistics.
And you know our house is on the market and when it rains, it pours, so we’ve had two showings so far this week – and I’m immensely thankful – but when they come in the middle of the day with just two hours’ notice, they necessitate mad dashes from work to tidy the house and scoop up the dogs.
Did I mention that my department’s largest conference of the year happens next week?
Did I mention that I haven’t been sleeping because we’re still making last-minute improvements to the house?
Did I mention that – despite all this – I read something today that completely resonated with me? Tracy Fulks posted this on Facebook:
I have learned and EARNED the capability and empowerment to stand exactly where I am, and know that it is perfectly where I’m supposed to be. This allows for the ability to turn every fiber of my being into a grateful smile. Life is a roller coaster, sit up front and put your fucking hands in the air people.
When I read that, I was forced to take a deep breath and think, “Yep, this week is sheer madness… but I wouldn’t wish away any of the people, animals, careers, or dreams causing the complications.” And where does that leave me? Ideally situated to find beauty in the chaos. So, in that vein, I present something I’ve been saving up for y’all – the totally official, very real Unicorn Questing License. You’ll like this (from Lake Superior State University):
The late W.T. (Bill) Rabe, known for his clever PR stunts from his days as a Detroit-area publicist, created the Unicorn Hunters in 1971, shortly after he was hired as LSSU’s Director of Public Relations. Bill […] came up with the Hunters as a way of garnering more publicity for LSSU, which had just established itself as an independent school… The Unicorn Hunters made the news often for activities and events including: the annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness, burning a snowman on the first day of spring, World Sauntering Day, [and] the International Stone-Skipping Tournament held annually on Mackinac Island…
Business leaders might say Bill ‘leveraged’ (a word banished in 2001) the Unicorn Hunters in a big way. The group’s activities […] attracted the attention of news media everywhere. Bill once had an ABC News crew on campus to film students in their quest for unicorns.
Understand that being a Unicorn Hunter is not to be taken lightly! There is a very firm list of Hunting Regulations, including:
- Moon (unexplored areas only)
- Milky Way (SE Rim is closed odd years)
- All else
- BAG LIMITS. Only one Unicorn per month. A success ratio higher than this often results in a form of euphoria, which of course requires a mental truss. This is highly undesirable.
- APPROVED QUESTING DEVICES.Unicornsmay be taken with:
- Serious Intent
- Iambic Pentameter
- General levity
- Sweet talk
How are your weeks going, friends? Are you going to print and post your Unicorn Questing Licenses? Let me know.