Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Erika tagged me.  I'll play along, even if I don't sound very scholarly.

Here are the rules:

1 - Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (Just grab one, no cheating!)
2 - Find Page 123.
3 - Find the first 5 sentences.
4 - Post the next 3 sentences.
5 - Tag 5 people, who will post theirs in the comment section.

From "Building a Shed" by Joseph Truini:
"Hand the first truss to your helper on top of the wall, then hustle inside the shed and grab the long rear rafter of the first truss.  Help your partner set the truss on top of both the front and rear walls, making sure it's directly over the first wall stud.  Working at the front wall, align the outside edge of the plywood gusset plate on the truss with the outside edge of the wall's top plate."

I like that it includes these words: hustle, partner, stud and align.

And, we decided to wait on rebuilding a shed 'til after deployment.  Besides that "deployment" begins in, like, 3 days, being shed-less might be a critical step towards figuring out how to live a less-is-more life.  I'm better at accumulating creative possibilities in big plastic tubs, though, so that'll be a challenge.

I'm also trying to focus on savoring these last days before separation, rather than just being sad, angry or anxious.  Wish me luck.


RevErikaG said...

Thanks for playing, Molly.
Lots of love and luck to you and Matt!

Marian said...

Hi Molly,

Being sad, angry and anxious is part of it, I'm afraid.

While being positve is good, please don't ignore or suppress how you feel (which will actually make it worse).

Here is a little trick that may help. It has helped me. When you feel those emotions, meditate on this: You are not alone in this pain. Your pain is a shared pain... shared by many, many people. Not just shared by all the people who love Matt, but by everyone who has ever had to be away from loved ones under circumstances like these. You need not carry the emotions all by yourself, but you can know that you are carrying them along with so many people. And hopefully knowing this will help them to feel less heavy.

I hold you and Matt in my prayers especially in this difficult time.

Orangeblossoms said...

Holding a corner of your net here, Molly.....

feminist_mom said...

molly, let us know how you are doing after matt leaves..... i can babysit the potter's wheel if you are doing the shed later.... how is the fence coming?...

and we send our love, pain, anger and prayers to calm down, as we all share it together.. let us know if you need help .. hair cut time for dad too..... love, mom