Play me for a fool!

Is that how that idiom goes?

I’ve spent a lot of time in the past month or so realizing all of my errs (see Mision Cumplida for reference) with common idioms.  I am now spending every day second guessing myself, and actually asking people, “did I say that right?”

Wait.  What’s that you say?  What is an idiom?  Oh, well excuse me… I thought I was the only one that had to look it up!

1. an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements, as kick the bucket or hang one’s head.

2. a language, dialect, or style of speaking peculiar to a people.

Probably the funniest one as of late was my blunder in the above referenced Mision Cumplida post about my surgery. I wrote, “Aren’t they supposed to air on the side of caution…”. I actually didn’t know that it was “err” not “air”. It’s like airing your laundry. I have always aired on the side of caution. No sense in erring at all, so why would I want to err on the side of caution. It made sense to me.

Another one that seemed to make sense to me is “play it by ear.” It wasn’t until late teens, early twenties that I discovered it wasn’t “play it by year.” My parents used this term A LOT. Can we get ice cream? Let’s just play it by year. Ok… Can we go to Nana’s house this weekend? I don’t know yet, let’s just play it by year. Ok…

Again, like my previous err… I wasn’t just blindly using idioms incorrectly, I actually thought my version made complete sense. Haven’t you heard of playing it day by day? Well I applied that to this one and played it year by year. Of course that makes sense!

As I’ve aged, my listening skills may have improved ever so slightly, which could be cause for all of these corrections. When I was little, my brother and I would jam out with my mom to an assortment of music from an assortment of decades. All of these songs had lyrics that were way over my head, so it’s probably a good thing that I made up my own. I’m sure my mom put some of the errs in my head when it came to these lyrics. For example, when the Dire Straits said, “Money for nothin’ and your CHIPS for free.” Why would anyone get “CHICKS for free?” Of course these rich people getting money for nothin’ are also getting their Pringles for free.

Through these jam session with Ma, I somehow absorbed all of the lyrics to “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel. Most people know this song and can sing along here and there. I know ALL of the words… or so I thought. In college I watched a powerpoint that someone timed with photos of each lyric. I had no idea what I had been singing all those years, nor do I still even know what many of those events and people that he’s singing about are. Even after that powerpoint I just sang along with the words that sounded right. Then the karaoke phase started (It hasn’t ended, just waned) and I now have most of the words under control. And man was I glad to find out that the trouble was in the Suez and not in our sewers!

I’d like to think that my naivety across the years has been in my favor but maybe I’m just not as smart as I thought I was. So to be constructive I am dotting my t’s and crossing my i’s every time I use an idiom to be sure I don’t sound like an idiot!

(did anyone catch that?)

#3 – I’m changing jobs… and then some!

This is 1 of 2 topics that I haven’t written about from my initial list of potential blog topics. The other one is “There are only 2, maybe 3 people that REALLY know me, and even fewer that GET me… maybe it’s time to get ME out there”. That one is really what this whole blog is about – Me. I don’t know if it will shed some light on anyone, and I certainly don’t know if it allows anyone to get to know me better. But it has certainly showcased parts of my personality that only a few see regularly. So I’m not going to write about #11 since it’s continuously covered.

But, since it’s been so long since I last posted, I figured I might as well finish up the list before I attempt to be witty in another random area of my life.

This title is a bit misleading – but I was trying to stick to the original list of topics. What it should really say is “I changed jobs… like 7 months ago!” Back in October I found myself in a place where I could go no further. My former employer and I had completed our mission, a mission that had been in the works for more than 5 years. With this beyond us, it left a lot of volunteer board members burnt out and ready to move on. It left me burnt out and ready to move on. And the organization itself was burnt out and ready to hand over the reins. The time came for me to officially leave my post as Executive Director, a very bittersweet moment for us all.

Immediately following my departure, I joined the company who was inheriting the majority of my former company’s assets – namely the annual dragon boat races in Downtown Tampa. I went from the sole employee to 1 of 5.

And that’s it… I’ve been there ever since. The End.

Well that’s part of it… the 7 months since I made the corporate switch has been chock full of transition and change. I was riding a wave when I finished up the World Championships back in August. I felt like I was on top of the world and that I could accomplish anything. I had people complimenting me left and right and encouraging me to “do more with my life” (More than dragon boating? What more could there be…). I even went on a few interviews to explore my options in my new found glory. The options didn’t come despite my feelings of being a “shoe-in” more than once. Occasionally another opportunity would present itself to me, but never one that was the right fit. I was left feeling a bit let down by the 6 1/2 years of hard work I put in to what I thought was leaving me with a radiant resume, ready for anything. I was enjoying my new position, and still am, but felt like I could be and needed to be more than what I was doing.

Then I read a book.

While the book itself was just ok, full of typos and grammar mistakes, I was able to extract some really important messages from it. The most important of which I asked my husband to agree to “live by” with me… “I am exactly where I am supposed to be”. I and we are trying our darn-tootin-est to remember that motto and really live by it. I also picked up some guidance about the universe and I am starting to work on asking the universe to help me and my family achieve our goals.

When I think about my job, and I apply “I am exactly where I am supposed to be”, I can compare my position to putty – filling in gaps on my resume. That is the importance of what I am doing. I am also taking advantage of the people around me by learning from them, both the good and the bad.

When I think about our home, and ask the universe for some help making the decision to put it on the market, we are rewarded with an immediate (cash) offer once the decision is made.

Is this the right time to insert the phrase – if you are given lemons, make lemonade? Nah… I am not settling for what I’m given, I am creating my plan and asking for it to come true. Now you want to know what the plan is right? And you thought I would just give it to you… how else do I ensure you come back to my blog occasionally?

Cliff hanger…