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Mistress Marilyn's POV
No shit, Tempus Fugit!
Christmas Eve already ~ 
24th-Dec-2008 02:59 am
grin - tom hart : charliemc
Wow, it's 31 degrees. Balmy. We took a long walk today, because we needed to go to the pharmacy. Walking isn't that easy, but it's possible. We'll see how tomorrow (today) looks after a few more inches of snow. We're thinking of walking to get our traditional Chinese food dinner. It's no farther than the pharmacy.

Last night I had several instances of claustrophobia, the worst attacks I've had in years. I'd call them a little like panic attacks, although I kept them to myself. My chest felt heavy and I felt nauseous and anxious. Just knowing I can't easily leave the house makes me want to drive anywhere, even to work.

I'm so thankful for my sense of humor. What would life be without the ability to laugh at it? I notice how some people take everything so deadly serious, and I think it must make life very grim. Right now one of my favorite comedy movies is coming on cable: Barefoot in the Park with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. I've probably mentioned before that Mildred Natwick is just priceless in this movie; she's one of the great comedic actresses, underappreciated. She's in her early 50s in this movie, and you'd think she's a hundred, sleeping on a board, taking pills for everything. She's the anti-me, but she still rolls with the punches.

Charlie and I both got evil senses of humor from Dad. I guess they call it gallows humor. We've always had it, Sue too. Mom, however, never had much of a sense of humor at all. She was a typical Swede from Minnesota; she hardly got a joke, and she usually thought jokes were about her. She was suspicious of laughter. It really made her life a lot harder, especially living with the three of us (Charlie, Dad and me).

I have a couple friends who are waaay too serious, too. But how do you tell someone to just lighten up? You can't control the world around you; you can only control your reaction to it. And occasionally it's best to just laugh it off.

My sense of humor is getting me through this annoying time, when Christmas has basically been ruined by the ridiculous weather. We won't be able to have our normal celebration, just like thousands of others here in Portland. But there's no use in crying about it. Even if the lights go out and we're left to huddle around a fire, we might as well make the best of it.

So tonight we played games on the computer and ate nachos. Why not?

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24th-Dec-2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Here is to hoping you will be less pinned down, and feel more of the freedom ((hugs))

24th-Dec-2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Balmy? You need to get out your bathing suit :-)

Wow, you have a fire to huddle around. I love fireplaces. You see you're lucky to have one.
25th-Dec-2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Christmas nachos! Oh, I gotta make some this weekend. And I'm one of the lucky ones. I have a gas oven. Even when the electricity goes out I can cook by candlelight. :-)

It's been cold and wet here in California. And I've been spending most of my vacation at home. Not complaining, really, I'm finally getting to watch movies sitting on my shelf but haven't watched yet.

I hope you'll soon be able to get out and about more often.

I hope you and Charlie have a safe and happy Christmas!

25th-Dec-2008 05:36 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas to you and Charlie! Miss you guys and hope all is well.
25th-Dec-2008 08:52 am (UTC)
We're so damn lucky we can laugh at things the way we do! I feel like thanking Dad for fostering it -- though I think we'd have managed even so, between us. (grin)

I do feel sorry for people who take things so seriously (as you know).

I feel bad about your claustrophobia -- I hope it's better soon...

I adore "Barefoot in the Park" -- and LOVE Mildred Natwick's performance. She's great in everything, isn't she? (Yeah, her character is SO not us. But I still think she's amazing.) It sure shows you how things have changed. 50 just isn't that OLD anymore (thankfully).
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