Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Today started out just fine.

I got a really good night’s sleep last night, and I woke up feeling better than I had the day before, with only a slight sinus headache. (Believe me, this was a huge improvement over the previous three days of sinus hell.)

I ate a yummy bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal and took a nice long hot shower.

I did my hair and it actually turned out really cute. (I am normally hair-styling challenged.)

I headed off to work, and the weather was bright and sunny and finally starting to feel more like summer again. (Note to Mother Nature: You do realize that summer doesn’t end until September 23rd, right? Just checking.)

I walked into my office building trying to think positively about how much I might be able to get done today on the Giant Massive Work Project that I have to have done by the end of next week.

Then, I got to my desk.

Immediately, my coworker informed me, “The network is down.”

Translation? We had basically no computers. And so I would not be able to work on the Giant Massive Project until our network came back up. Grrrrrrr…..

Okay, take a deep breath, Carla. I’m sure the network will be up soon.

Then, another coworker came by and reminded me that I was late for a 9 a.m. meeting that I totally forgot about.


The 9 a.m. meeting was followed by another spur-of-the-moment meeting, which ended up lasting almost until 11 a.m.

I got back to my desk, and miracle of miracles, the network was up!

But naturally, all the programs I needed were moving WAY too slowly for me to actually use them. Grrrrr….

I called our IT Department and was told to shut down and re-start my computer, which I did. Then I tried to sign on to our network, and it wouldn’t work. That damn hourglass just sat there on my screen, mocking me. Grrrr….

By this time, it was 1:00, and I had gotten nothing done on the Giant Massive Project.

So what did I do? I went to lunch.

I put on disco music on my MP-3 player (disco music is usually good for what ails me) and went for a very fast walk around the neighborhood.

Once I calmed down a bit, I tried to think about all the things I’m grateful for in my life. Like my wonderful husband who makes me laugh every day, and my fantastic friends that I can always count on. And my loving family…and my Daddy-o!

Yes, I am so very grateful that my Daddy-o is doing so well these days, and recuperating very quickly from a heart attack and open-heart surgery. I can hardly believe that it’s been only two weeks, and already, he’s up and about and has even been walking up and down stairs! Thank God, Thank God.

And so, as I began counting my blessings and enjoying the Village People, my frustrations melted away, and I was left feeling very lucky and blessed.

And when I got back to my desk, the network was working perfectly.

I guess taking a break and listening to disco music helped me remember to count my blessings and not sweat the small stuff so much.

Yes, disco truly saved the day--as it always does.


MaryRuth said...

I'm happy to hear both you and your dad are feeling better.
Check out anything by "Los Amigos Invisibles" if you want some great disco music.

jp said...

You already discussed all the good that came out the ordeal with your dad, and now you can add this to your list: Weeks like that one make days like this feel like absolutely nothing. Well done.

Fantastic Forrest said...

I am so glad about your Dad!

I wanted to give you a little disco gift. So I searched all over youtube.

Here's something fun I discovered. (Get it? Disco-vered?) Ha ha ha.

Buck said...

I wish I could have been there to style your hair for you.

Anita said...

I'm so glad to hear your dad is doing so well, great news!
Disco.......well sure it makes you feel good..........I'm old it worked in the 70's too!

Mom said...

Counting blessings always works a miracle in my attitude, but I just might skip the disco music.

rosemary said...

See, if you had a disco ball over you desk, this might not have happened...the lights would have distracted you and all that energy would have made the network work.

rosemary said... glad your dad is quickly on the mend.

Lisa said...

Well, a little change of perspective can be a very good thing. I'm glad your dad is recovering well!

sageweb said...

Glad your dad is doing well. And that Disco hasnt died.

Buck cracked me up!

Random Thinker said...

Glad that The Village People were able cure what ailed you. I, too am hair styling challenged. I've learned to accept it but mypoor daughter had to suffer for my shortcomings too.

Sling said...

I think it's fantastic that your Pops is coming back strong!
You just can't keep a good man down.

Lorraine said...

You are the dancing queen.