Thursday, September 9, 2010


If you haven't been paying attention (smack to the forehead), the letter writing has begun. If you want to play along with this one, click here for the curriculum. I am still working on cleaning out my mental house. Chris would call it cleaning out the chicken coop. For those of you new to that analogy, she says that when you have a lot of personal crap that needs cleaning up, it is like cleaning a chicken coop. It is crusted over before you start working on it, so it doesn't smell that bad. However, as soon as you pull out your scraper and start digging that top layer off, it begins to reek. And that is when you have to make the call. Do I stay and clean this place out, even though it smells so bad I think I might vomit? Or do I cut and run and not look back?

Of course, that chicken coop is your life. And there really is no cutting and running. All you can do is play duck and avoid with your issues. Usually that just creates MORE issues. I call it cleaning house, because that mental picture is easier for me. Your mental house is only so big. Each time something bad happens, it in in our nature to shut the door to that room, lock it, and vow never to return. You do that enough times and you might be left pacing the foyer, because that is all the space you have left. So... that means opening a door, picking through what's there, really looking at it, pitching the trash, cleaning off the usable stuff, and understanding the lesson that took place in that room. This life is all about teachers and lessons. That is it. We signed up for a lesson and we got a teacher. The teacher may have been really hard. (understatement) But it is pointless to remain angry with a teacher when we signed up for the class. The fact that we don't remember signing up for the class is irrelevant. We learned. Now, we let go. And we have one more room we can breathe in.

So, the letters, for me, are going to be a bit like that whenever possible. I am still cleaning house, swimming in the deep end of the pool, cleaning the chicken coop. Whatever way you say it, the truth remains the same. However, here's the thing about the letters. You can participate and swim in the shallow end if that feels more comfortable for you. I love this whole blogging thing. There really are no rules. It's your blog, and you can write what you want.


It is that day again. What day is that you ask? How can you have forgotten? Drum roll please. It is HERE'S TO YOU THURSDAY, of course! The very best day of the blogging week. It is the precursor to the best day of the work week.

I notice that I actually have some newbies for this event. How exciting! Well, here is what is going down. This is a weekly event. The best (or worst) part is that I am not going to explain why I chose "whatever" footage for each of you. If, you watch your footage and are scratching your head at the end, well that means I didn't do a very good job. However, all is not lost. You can email me at and ask me what I was thinking when I chose that particular piece of footage off of youtube and connected it to you. And then I will tell you. Then I will start sending up prayers that I haven't offended the crap out of whoever is on the receiving end of that Because, honestly, I will tell you right now... I admire all of you enormously so I really hope that doesn't happen.

Also, this is not an exclusive venture by any means. I hope that you will take the time to watch ALL of the footage because I don't pick bad footage:-) I also hope that you might check out the blog of the person I dedicated the footage to because they are pretty darn awesome. If you haven't figured this out yet... I pick the footage based on something that you've written or something that I've gleaned from your personality. Think on that for a while... If you are having trouble watching the entire video (meaning it is being cut off on one side), click on it a couple of times and it will take you straight over to youtube. If you click on the four squares at the bottom corner of the video, it will enlarge it to fill your screen. The escape key will bring it back to normal size. The back arrow will bring you back to my page. Of course, you will have to deal with this all over again: Lastly, don't forget to turn off my music player at the bottom of the page. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Now, let's get this PARTY STARTED!!!!

This one is for everyone:

This one is for Liza at Middle Passages:

This one is for Mitzi at Southern Style:

This one is for Kim at Saving My Life:

This one is for Phoenix at Res Ipsa Loquitur:

This one is for Red Shoe's Chronicles:

This one is for Nicole at Destination Unknown:

This one is for Misery at LEFTOVERS from ILLUMINATION:

This one is for Chris at A Deliberate Life:


  1. Yes, I was anti-climatic last week...though the reason ended up being anti-climactic! Good catch Robin!

  2. whoa...that episode when Meredith's mother suddenly regains the memory (is that even the word? regains?) - I cry every single time I watch it and I must say they're big on re-airing Grey's Anatomy in Polish FoxLife. So. Well. Need I tell you that you're briliant? Also, even though that's without relation to anything, I think I've started really liking Vampire Diaries (for one reason. The reason's named Damon). Too bad it's not in Polish tv. Thanks for the video of course

  3. @Liza ~ We kinda sorta talked about this already. I should have kept my yap shut and just let you get the *bang* on Thursday.

    @Misery ~ I think you know why I picked that footage for you. Of course, if you continued watching Grey's past season 3 you would get to see Meredith work through her issues with her parents. It is the source of so much of her pain and inability to trust people. As far as the Vampire Diaries go, I have always liked it. It took a while for me to be sure, but I watched the whole season. Damon is definitely the best character on that show. I have showcased him several times in various youtube footage. He was one of my fictional crushes in the post GET YOUR SEXY ON. I am giving you the link to the vid I posted, but it is a spoiler since it is from the last show of the season. So, watch at your own risk.

  4. So many good shows that I miss...Joan of Arcadia, Buffy, and Grey's (can't wait for the season premiere. I have a lot of cleaning to do to. I've been dealing with a miscarriage and have been struggling with my desire to do anything , including blogging. My poor blog is on repeats (as you saw earlier). At least the pieces are so old, no one has ever read them.

  5. Yay!!! Another kick-ass Buffy video! I need all that I can get right now, girl :)

  6. My analogy is to carefully pack all my baggage into tiny boxes, tie them with pretty little ribbons, and file them away on shelves in my brain. Then, if an issue comes up again, it's as though someone pulled on the ribbon and peered into the box ... or they tore the lid of and tossed the contents around ....

  7. I got to admit that Eminem song Is good, and the images in the video are all in Detroit. They bring it even closer to home.

  8. love that song, It should be an anthem for everyone who ever climbed out of a crap hole. Thanks Robin.

  9. Thanks Robin, I wish I could say that I'm exactly where Patty is in this song. I imagine it will come in time....I'm still thinking about all the good things that will be left behind...and at the same time I still feel very angry. Lots of stuff. No, I haven't been doing much blog reading. I'm sorry. I haven't much to give as comments right now so the other part of me rationalizes it would be better not to read right now if I have nothing good to say...and it will kill me not to comment. So, I figure once things die down here in a bit, I'll be back to my more normal self again...hopefully. (sigh) Thanks for thinking about me friend. It always cheers me up or makes me cry when you tag me in this and I am appreciative of ANY stress relieving emotion I can feel at the moment. Thanks so much Robin. :)

    Oh, and word verification for this one is "retrize". In a sentence: I shall retrize to post this comment now. :oP

  10. Hi there, Robin... you always seem to be so right on in the selection of videos and songs that you select. i have very much been in a 'Dreams' frame of mind lately...
    Thank you for selecting this for me... and thinking of me... I trust all is well for you...



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