Monday, October 13, 2008

No one told you when to run/you missed the starting gun

I just reread A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave eggers and fell all over the floor again.Sometimes when you read a book or watch a movie does one sentence or moment stick in yr mind and flap like a flag? And bc I must be tuned into the world and have my pinkie on the pulse of the cool I see that Dave's awesome non profit Valencia store is selling these awesome pirate posters!

I loved the book, I think Eggers is a genius and really liked reading it again...but all I can think of all weekend is one of the sentences that got me...Beth and I take turns driving him to and fro, down the hill and up again and otherwise we lose weeks like buttons, like pencils.

Lose weeks like buttons, like pencils.
Oh I feel that. I feel that so much. This feeling never happened when I worked full time and ran round like a chicken with my head cut off. Shawn talked about how stay at home moms probably have more time to think. Even though I am working some from home, I do think I am thinking more. However, I am not always thinking those gorgeous thoughts that others are. I am reading how perfect the Autumn is all over the web and how crisp Fall days are orgamss and like some sort of methadone for summer. I am a bit cross that fall is here really as I think too much about another winter of owning two homes, not having a car, and how I never lost weight while it was warm and walking was an option.

Losing days and weeks nowadays almost feeds my frenzy.
I have so much to do.
How can I have just realized I have all of this to do?
To do for my life?
How did leaving my career bounce me to a place where time is like this?

I have not finished my novel (so typical) and all of the sudden I made a small company and just this week it seems like I am thinking about the future. I am thinking about how no matter how grumpy I may seem I am aware that life is here right now and you had better take a bite.

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Mike @ Hunter said...

Completely agree with the message of this post, I often feel the same even though my isn't nearly as hectic as yours sounds!

Also, I LOVE those pirate posters and must have them.

village mama said...

OHHHHH, how I wish we were real life neighbours. We have some many vices in common ;-)

karey m. said...

ages and ages ago, a friend told me i MUST read dave eggers...that he was HILARIOUS!

staggering genius and what is the what are NOT hilarious.

she meant david sedaris. eeps.

we need giant rewind and pause buttons some days, i think.

jodi said...

oh that is a great sentence. I'll have to get it...thanks for sharing

Jennifer, Playgroups Are No Place For Children said...

Ooh, I so get this. That is a great quote!

Lori said...

i love that book, and i completely identify with that sentence.


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