Sunday, March 22, 2009

Some of the best laid plans

Woody Allen has this great quote (well, he has a lot of great quotes and also his books are so much better than his movies and a lot of people don't know that except I do want to see Vicky Cristina Barcelona if only for the Scarlett Johansson/Penelope Cruz make-out scene) and anyway the quote is this:
"If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans." He also said "Why are our days numbered and not, say, lettered?" but that's not really relevant to my point.

You know how in job interviews they sometimes ask Where do you see yourself five years from now? Just once I'd like to have the balls to answer truthfully: I have a hard time seeing where I'll be five days from now. Because I should know better than to write things down on my calendar(s), in pen anyway, until after they've occured. That is the number one way to jinx myself, such is the power of my pen to paper.

We were supposed to go bowling last night. Until Brian's truck took a dump and he spent two days working on it only to find out it's going to cost another five hundred dollars or so before it's fixed and I don't know about you, but we don't have five hundred lying around the house anywhere. Well, I shouldn't assume - you may very well have five hundred lying around somewhere, but I can assure you we do not. This might take a few days. He was gone from 7:30 yesterday morning until 9:30 last night working on it and all we did when he got home was eat bacon, watch part of a fishing documentary (still impatiently waiting for Deadliest Catch to begin) and went to bed at 10:30.

I was supposed to leave for Florida on Tuesday. Then things at work started happening so that this coming week looks a little like a guided tour through hell, the aforementioned truck took all our money and it started making a lot more sense for me to go the following week instead. And although I don't want to be cynical about it, I hesitate to get too excited until I actually wake up one morning next week, look around, and realize I'm at Sister's house. I really want to be at Sister's house.

Treat yourself as if you were already pregnant, the nurse said over two weeks ago. Okay, that's easy enough, I guess. Until I peed on a stick that turned very rude and said NO when all I asked of it was for it to say YES. I'm sorry, but NO doesn't follow along with the plans I was excitedly, if tentatively, making. In my head, not on my calendar(s) of course, because even I'm not that stupid.

"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." John Lennon said that one. So, I guess that's what's going on right now. Life sounds much better than in the interim, limbo, or purgatory. It's just life. Which is still better than the alternative.


Anonymous said...

I don't wanna see Penelope Cruz making out with anyone. ::shivers::

I have actually answered that "Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?" interview question quite honestly before. I mean, I'm there looking for a job, they've got to know my career isn't exactly where I "saw" myself the last time someone asked me that, yanno?

Our stupid vehicles are related and I'm so sorry that means your trip might have to be postponed a week. :(

Kim said...

I think that's a horrible interview job interview question, but that's probably because I've never been able to predict (correctly) where I'll be in five years, so I just feel twitchy when someone asks me that.
At least you have a nice pretty Ford - I hate Dodge! You haven't mentioned anything, so I'm hoping that means your truck has been behaving itself lately!

Julie said...

Kim - I got my beta results back from my blood test yesterday at RMA and they are positive with an HCG count of 418! I'm going back tomorrow morning for a second test to see if my levels are multiplying properly. I'm a little bit shocked, as I was expecting nothing so as to not be disappointed. I'm hoping you get positive news soon, too. Do you have to go for a scheduled blood test, or does your clinic do things differently? I am so thinking of you and keeping all my fingers and toes crossed!

Kim said...

Julie - OMG, congratulations! I wish I could report good news back to you, but I got my period on top of the negative test, so it's back to the drawing board for me. It's okay, I haven't given up hope. I'm so happy for you though!

Shari said...

I think the best is yet to come for you guys. It's all about timing and we aren't totally in charge of that.

Like I was disappointed that you were coming to Orlando when I was going out of town, now you are rescheduled and I will get to see you. It's all working out...kinda like a Vonnegut novel. Ya just never know what will happen.

Today it's raining and I have a million things to do before leaving Thurs. and all I want to do is curl up and watch a movie...and Vicki Christina Barcelona just came in Netflix. Coincidence...I think not.

LL Cool Joe said...

I'm sorry your plans haven't worked out as you wished Kim, but I strongly believe they will.

That question about the 5 years from now...the only thing I want to be in 5 years time is alive, I have no idea about the rest, and there sure as hell isn't any point in trying to plan anything anyway.

Kim said...

Shari - You're right, but I think seeing you in person will make me actually believe everything is going to work out; the thought of getting to talk to you and see you is making me all squealy. The trip down there is sorely needed for some fresh perspective.

Joe - I agree; that's about how far I've ever been able to narrow it down; I definitely want to be alive. Other than that, I have no idea.

Anonymous said...

So, so sorry it didn't work out this time, Kim. :(

As for the question- it sucks to get that question on an interview! I never know what they're looking for- either they want you to say you're really ambitious and want to be doing their job, or they want you to say you have no ambition at all and will happily stay in the role you've applied for for ever. :)

Julie said...

Kim - I'm so sorry. I had really hoped you would get a positive, too. I will continue to check in on your blog and see how things are coming along. Hugs to you!

Kim said...

Suzy and Julie - Thanks so much for your thoughts. I'm not doing so great right now, but I know it'll get better eventually.

LL Cool Joe said...

Oh Kim just incase you are wondering, and you probably are not, but Bloggers is playing up for me and although it says on your blog I haven't posted for 6 days, it's lying! Not sure what that's all about.

Kim said...

What the? Weird; thanks for telling me.