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Things Fall Apart To Come Together

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To fall apart. To come together.

Maybe that’s what the Lion King meant in the song “Circle of Life.” Have I mentioned how much I love cartoons?

Anyway.

Surely you’ve had one of those days where you thought nothing worked. Well, Dear Readers, I’ve had two in a row. I’m bleary from hearing no and we don’t want and you can’t have and that won’t interest anybody.

But I’ll tell you something about Life.

If we just power through that stuff like we didn’t hear it in the first place, sometimes, in the waning hours of two days full of shit……..

Life knits itself back together.

At least, my life did.

I can’t speak for Team USA.

Will you watch the World Cup, now that Team USA is eliminated? (I’m asking American readers, because of course, everyone else will keep watching.)

Or, like Jim at Ginger Fight Back, do you think it’s time for some new sports? (Read his hilarious “Pity England – Crap at Everything” post here.)

I’ve mated the World Cup with Disney. If I could just work Frozen in, this post might break the internet. Maybe link whoredom will make Jim’s new sporting list…….

 

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  1. Of course I will keep watching. Currently team Costa Rica. Not sure where I will go if that doesn’t work out. Tim Howard was spectacular wasn’t he? That game could have easily ended 5-0 in regulation time.

    July 2, 2014
    • I’m a very down-low soccer fanatic. Have been for much of my life. I’m up against a deadline, so I haven’t been able to watch much of the World Cup. I went out last night and caught some of the game with MTM and Nico. It’s always gut-wrenching to see opportunities not converted by your team. Yes, Howard saved them from a rout. I just wanted to scream when a couple of those extra time shots didn’t go in. I think it’s great that Costa Rica is still in it.

      July 2, 2014
  2. Don’t worry…. There’s always next time! The Belgian PM betted Obama some Belgian beer. I guess Obama was keen to buy some beer for the Belgian PM!

    July 2, 2014
    • Maybe O thought the Belgian PM would share……..

      July 2, 2014
      • Nah… He’s a stingy fella, I’m sure!

        July 2, 2014
  3. I’m so glad that two days of “no’s” turned around for you, whatever that means. In regard to soccer, I haven’t watched any of it, but was always rooting for the US…much like I treat the state’s baseball team.

    July 2, 2014
    • I’m not sure they have big picture, but I’m choosing to focus on the good things instead. Plenty of good things in there.

      July 2, 2014
  4. Glad the nos were short-lived and that the yeses are back in the picture. I’ll have to check out Jim’s post. As to soccer, it was over before it started. Ha, actually I have watched a couple of games but I think I’m done. 🙂

    July 2, 2014
    • We’ll see. I think I got a couple of big yeses by the end of yesterday. Won’t be sure for a week or two. I never realized how hard it would be to be required to put myself out there all the time. I used to only go for things I knew I could get a yes on. With writing, I can’t do that.

      July 2, 2014
  5. We’ll still watch up here on the Cutoff.
    Kiddies are coming down from MN. I’ll have to put on the Lion King, Katy’s favorite film. She even hat a prairie dog for a pet (long story) and name it Timone. 🙂

    July 2, 2014
  6. Although I truly dislike soccer, I was rooting for the US…I didn’t watch but I rooted:)

    July 2, 2014
  7. Of course, the philosopher would say, “those two days of nos allow you to appreciate one day of yes.” Yoda be I.

    July 2, 2014
    • I’m now to the place where one instance of yes can somewhat temper several days of no. 🙂

      July 2, 2014
  8. Yes, I’ll keep watching the World Cup. I’m invested in it now. As for too much “no” & not enough “yes” – a friend years ago told me: Life Balances. No truer words, I have found. Doesn’t make the “no” any easier, but it makes it manageable. Which is good.

    July 2, 2014
    • I keep telling myself that, Ally, though my balance is like a cork-screw roller coaster right now.

      July 2, 2014
  9. Of course I will keep watching! Even though my two teams failed to perform – first England, and then the USA. Tim Howard, or goal keeper, was amazing, but the rest of the team looked a bit, um, tired. Still proud of them though.

    “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.”

    July 2, 2014
    • Who do you think will win?

      July 2, 2014
      • Ah, the eternal question! I predict the four final teams will be Brazil, Germany, Argentina, and Netherlands. I am hoping for an all South American final of Brazil vs Argentina – with Brazil taking it all. Third place would go to Germany with Netherlands coming in forth.

        That is my prediction, but it is really wide open at this point. All are really good teams.

        July 2, 2014
  10. tarakianwarrior #

    I love Tangled it’s mine and Carrington’s favorite. Although it’s not a “cartoon” Nanny McPhee is also a favorite of ours. We first watched it cuddled up on the couch together. I believe she was round 19 years old at the time. One of my all time favorite memories…but then again, I have a lot of lovely memories.

    You are so correct you know. It’s also the way we appreciate things. Sometimes we (people in general) have a way of not appreciating things unless we’ve tasted the bitter before the sweet.

    I’ll be watching as much of the World Cup as I can although this weekend is out since we’ll be at the cabin (no television reception, no cell service….). I love soccer. I’m sure it helps that Carrington played it since she was in 3rd grade so I understand soccer. Only a few sports I don’t like – golf, basketball (unless Carrington is playing – she played four sports in junior high and high school), and baseball. I don’t mind baseball if it’s live.

    I just may do my ride by myself this weekend, although it’s supposed to be in the 100’s so maybe not….otherwise…we’re doing it in the Fall.

    Don’t take no for an answer. You’ve proved the naysayers wrong before and you will prove them wrong again. 🙂 Looking forward to your next adventure.

    July 2, 2014
    • Somebody called me a bulldog a couple of weeks ago. It’s what I’ve got to be, like it or not. Sometimes, it gets to me, but only sometimes.

      Ugh. Riding in the 100s. I know you can do it, but dang. I hope you’ll post photos when you do.

      July 2, 2014
  11. It sounds like you’ve just received some great news! Can’t wait until you can share it with us. (And so happy for you!)

    p.s. Yes, all World Cup, all the time in my house.

    July 2, 2014
    • Any yes is great news these days. My publicist and I are working on several tour appearances. Most of it she handles, but with some groups, the only way they’ll consider the pitch is if it comes from me. We spent part of yesterday going back and forth on where we’re at with no and yes, and I did a chunk of pitches myself. I don’t even want to know how many times she hears no. I don’t write about this stuff, because I think writing about writing is so boring.

      July 2, 2014
      • I think writing about writing is fascinating. I would love to hear more about the nuts and bolts of getting your book to market and the ongoing struggle to get it publicized, distributed and purchased. Looking forward to having that conversation in person when we’re together. 🙂

        July 2, 2014
      • Speaking of that, we’ve got to get it scheduled. I’ll shoot you an email.

        July 2, 2014
      • Sounds great!

        July 2, 2014
  12. I’m sorry you’ve been subjected to nos. That’s really hard. I’m glad life knit back together. I’ll be glad to hear your good news! As for World Cup, I would watch regardless of Team USA’s participation.

    July 2, 2014
    • Writers who can’t take a lot of no need to find something else to do. Writing is ninety-something percent being able to shrug off no and refuse to quit until one hears yes enough to make a living.

      July 2, 2014
  13. Many thanks Andra – It was a great match last night – the best of the tournament – your boys did you proud – learning to live with magnficent defeat is the true test of a footie fan. Belgium are my dark horses by the way.

    July 2, 2014
    • I can’t disagree with you, Jim. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them win it. MTM thinks it’ll be Germany.

      July 2, 2014
      • You can tell that soccer is growing in the States – David Beckham is trying to get a franchise off the ground in Florida – Miami I think. The grea tthing for me is watching every damn match with friends in every corner of the globe furiously texting stupid observations to eachother – just brilliant. MTM is right about those damn Germans as well!

        July 2, 2014
  14. Sorry to hear you’re having some rough days. Sometimes that “circle of life” thing is reassuring. Sometimes it can’t get here soon enough. 🙂

    July 2, 2014
  15. Carlos Ovalle #

    Where I was born I was taught that I was an American, that is Central American instead of North or South, but that all of us were Americans. So the U.S. didn’t make but other Americans are still in the running. I’ll be watching as time permits and I will watch even if it’s only European teams left, because it’s an exciting sport, nationalism be damned.
    End of rant.

    July 2, 2014
    • I really enjoy watching soccer played by people at the top of the game. Real athleticism, that.

      July 3, 2014
  16. It’s good to hear you’ve received a few positive responses to balance the no’s, Andra. I’m seconding Nancy’s comment – reading about the process of getting your books published and promoted is something I always enjoy. 🙂

    July 2, 2014
    • I’ll put together a post about that for next week, Lisa. It can be so involved, though. I know most of my friends are sick of hearing about it. 🙂

      July 3, 2014
  17. Jen #

    So bizarre, synchronistic. I was just writing about this yesterday (not on the blog, in my creative writing thesis project). I read an email I get delivered into my inbox and this was the very topic, how things DO fall apart and how we humans are programmed to automatically reorganize… As long as we allow ourselves to first acknowledge the falling apart part

    I hope you quickly reorganize

    July 2, 2014
  18. You have a winning combinaton, there. The resident 6-yr-old knows ALL the words to the Frozen songs.

    July 2, 2014
    • I’ve never heard a Frozen song, Col…………. I’ve seen videos all over the place, but I’ve not clicked one and watched.

      July 3, 2014
      • You should watch ‘Let it go’.

        July 3, 2014
  19. Glad the day righted itself, Andra. Sometimes, the cloud clears, and it is truly wonderful when it does.

    July 2, 2014
  20. I caught the extra time in the USA vs Belgium game and felt really sorry for your boys. They were throwing everything at them towards the end. Tim Howard made 16 saves, a new record for a keeper in a World Cup game. He does that every week for Everton over here.

    I shall always watch the World Cup because it is the greatest show on Earth. I just hope that I’ll be watching Scotland there again one day.

    July 2, 2014
    • Here’s to that. 🙂

      They had two or three close ones they just couldn’t convert.

      July 3, 2014
  21. i’m like you, i don’t give up easily and somehow things generally tend to work themselves out. as for the world cup, i’m still watching, you never know what will happen, as we’ve seen already –

    July 2, 2014
  22. Kevin Bowling #

    No, I didn’t watch it before. I’ll wait for real football.

    July 2, 2014
  23. Never take no for an answer (unless it’s what you were angling for in the first place). 🙂

    My eldest played soccer in high school — didn’t understand it then; don’t understand it now either. I have never been one to care much about sports in general — have spent the past two days with my nose buried in books! See my FB page…..

    July 2, 2014
    • Always love to hear people are reading, Karen. 🙂

      My parochial school was too small to have a football team, but we had a kick-butt soccer team. I grew up watching and cheering for soccer before there was such a thing as a soccer mom. Our school even won the national championship in our league one season. I was there, and I’ll never forget what that felt like. Closest I’ll ever get to the World Cup, I suspect. 🙂

      July 3, 2014
  24. I have enjoyed some aspects of the World Cup. I’ve even listened on the radio–shock! I don’t know why this has interested me, but I actually think that fellow-bloggers (and yes, not American) have inspired more curiosity. And reading between the lines on your “fall apart come together” I hope you’re only listening to voices that support. Stick your fingers in your ears and sing loudly when negativity comes your way. 🙂

    July 5, 2014

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