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Friday, November 4, 2011

"Secret" - Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark




"Hey," he said, predictably from the other end.

"Hey," I replied.

"What are you doing?" he asked.

"Therapy," I answered. Through the distance between us, I sensed his nervousness. He was silent, unsure how to respond to his wife, who'd just confessed to a mid-day, self-induced, therapy session. Was this a sensitivity test? A trap? A breakdown? A threat?

"What?" he asked, trying to buy more time to secure the right response.

"Therapy," I repeated. Then, because I'm a nice wife who never (by never, I mean, always) does secret, hypothetical, manipulative, emotional tests on her husband, I let him off the hook with a
simple explanation.

The past week has not been my favorite. (Although, Halloween definitely was.) One sore ankle. An unwelcoming smell of crap on my lawn. Spending $300 on running shoes. And $100 on a pair of super FLAT shoes. One sore ankle. The sound of a BB gun repeatedly going off in my house. One sore ankle. A dog puking like a sorority girl. Chapped lips. A treadmill that calls my name in the night. A broken ice maker. Not enough laundry. And one very, sore ankle.

So Peanut at school, a dog that was shut in the bathroom and work that could wait an hour or two. I had alone time. Put my phone on silent. Time alone with my grump/slumpy self.

I cranked up Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (don‘t judge), unloaded my fridge onto my counter, tied up my apron and got to work. With all the angst of my unsettled soul, I mashed bananas, scooped cocoa, marinated chicken breasts, squeezed lemons, beat eggs, mixed in cinnamon, roasted peppers, sprinkled salt, sliced sweet potatoes, whipped butter and zested lemons. I made a mess. I teared up [without any onions present]. And spilled. And grated my finger. And broke a sweat.

Sigh.

That felt good. Not 20 miles good. But. Really good.

I bought yet another pair of running shoes. The dog stopped puking. I bought some chapstick. My ice maker has been resurrected in the nick of [winter] time. My lawn is starting to sprout little green blades in among all the smelly crap. I’m pretty sure my grumpy ankle actually smiled a little at me a little after my swim. And my husband, still scared for his life, offered to rub my ankle [until it feels better].

What a guy.

He definitely passed the "What-To-Do-When-You're-Wife-Has-A-Mental-Breakdown-From-A-Bung-Ankle" test.

Maybe next week when he calls, and asks what I'm up to, I'll test him again with the old "I'm having a breakdown because my NordicTrack sucks and I need a new Woodway Treadmill..."

22 comments:

Mandi Runs said...

OMD rocks! They are Ked's favorite.

Sorry about the FREAKIN ankle. I hate ankles, I tweaked my a little... but I am not acknowledging it yet. Just "resting" cause I'm lazy.

Thursday will be a nice break, we will talk about how awesome we are! Keep your chin up!! ;-)

BigHappyFamily said...

Feel better, EMZ. And, although I want nothing but the best for you, it's nice to know even superwoman has a bad day, or a bum ankle, or chapped lips.
Take a rest, and a swim, and have another cooking frenzy, grab the remote and watch NYC on Sunday. I am sure you'll be 100% by Monday.

Christina said...

OMD is da bomb! Listening to it RIGHT now.

Hope your ankle fix itself soon. Sorry you are bummed/grumpy but hey, before you know it, you will be back to your superwoman self!! :)

Chin. Up.

Evolving Through Running said...

Bad days are made for good husbands. A bit of wisdom I try to heed myself as often as possible. Hopefully the rest of your day took a turn for the better. Tomorrow the sun will rise...

No judgement here for some OMD. 'Dreaming' is featured prominently on my 'Throwback Training Tunes' mix. Good music is good music, regardless of the source.

Laura said...

glad things are looking 'up' and the ankle is feeling better... seems there must have been a fool moon or something!

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

Great choice! that is totally my therapy. I feel ya. Hope the ankles feels better soon. I'd take the sore ankle for you if i could.
:)

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Carrie said...

Glad you found a therapeutic outlet - however nontraditional. Get better quick.

Laurie said...

There is no limit to your awesomeness. Hope your ankle stays in check and you enjoy your newest running shoes. :)

Di Tri-ing said...

It's amazing what a day of cooking will do for your soul. Hope you feel better soon!

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

I really hope you feel better soon. You define awesomness!!!!! YOu are amazing!!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I hope this weekend is getting better for you

Jamoosh said...

OMD - integral part of the 80's and a John Hughes film or two (Pretty In Pink).

OMD rocks the Casbah!

Lauren and Tom said...

Just found your blog and love it! We all needs all sorts of therapy at times :)

Fruit Fly said...

Darn ankle! Fix it!!!

I suppose the chap stick isn't for the puking dog? I mean the dog's lips might be a little dry from all the puking. Go check. And if you apply the stick to the dog ... pictures!

Johann said...

I'm a huge OMD fan/geek! Hope you are feeling better already!

Molly said...

I have an OMD tape that I've had for TWENTY ONE years. I still listen to it in my Jeep, the only place I have a tape deck.

Did I just type Tape Deck?

hope you're feeling better : )

RunCupcake said...

Awwwww :-( I hope your ankle's better soon. Flat shoes suck, I've sucked it up and started wearing them more but I no likey.

Cooking therapy is def a sweet idea though, as long as you didn't eat it all in one sitting?

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