Even though it is 28 degrees Fahrenheit here this morning, it is still the first day of Spring and I couldn't be happier. I love spring.
That said, though, life continues to wreak a wellspring
of HAVOC on my wee bonny head.
Yesterday, just when everything felt absolutely wonderful -- I was having a great
St. Joseph's Day, feeling so happy about Huckleberry and her soon-to-be incredibly adorable little kittens. I was also feeling unencumbered; I knew I didn't have to do anything today but homework, which is a nice feeling. Then a friend and I are going to go see the Lawrence Ferlinghetti documentary
late in the day today and I'm really excited about seeing that film and
having someone to go see it with. And even though my royalty check still
has not arrived and it is taking every ounce of self-control I can muster to not think really mean & evil thoughts about that publisher who keeps assuring me they are looking into it, I was still feeling very upbeat overall and encouraged about everything in life...
Until I went to the bank to deposit a check around 5 PM and discovered that Time Warner Cable had wreaked absolute havoc on my bank account. They accidentally took out their money for my cable bill one week early, causing me to be stupefyingly overdrawn, with checks bouncing everywhere and overdraft fees springing up like I don't know what!
It was unbelievable; the sudden chaos. Then I spent an hour and a half on the phone with Time Warner Cable, while trying to feed the cats and make & eat my own dinner at the same time, and get ready for a writing student who was coming over at 7 o'clock.
I had to speak to nine
different people within Time Warner, all of whom assured me there was absolutely nothing they could do about reimbursing me until early next week. I finally spoke to my own bank and they told me the same thing -- that it would be at least Monday before a merchant credit could show up in my account. They did remove all the overdraft fees, but this means any money I have in that account is frozen, and until Monday I have to drive 20 minutes out of my way to use my indescribably inconvenient other
bank if I want to utilize anything that resembles money
No, it's not the end of the world, but it is unbelievably annoying. They made the mistake in an instant
, but reimbursing me for their mistake takes several days
. It's my
money and I can't touch it!
It's sort of like: It's not the end of the world when a cat has kittens, but I rescued three abandoned kittens in order to keep any more unwanted cats from coming into the world, only to immediately create six more
And to add to the stress-heap, someone I really trusted and bent over backwards for, stole
something from me and lied about it.
ME (flabbergasted): "Really?
That's where we're going?"
THE WORLD: "I guess so."
And other really personal family relationship-stuff is going on in various areas of my world that I can't even begin to blog about...
Life seems incredibly out of my control these days, you know?
And yet... it's Spring. I've got daffodils on the verge of blooming all over my yard. I've got tulips and hyacinths and lilies pushing up in the gardens to bloom next in line. And I have a future that's so bright, I gotta wear shades, gang. And soon, the lower level of my house will be filled with adorable kittens skittering around for a couple months. Plus, Easter is coming and, next to Christmas, Easter is my favorite holiday. I so love Easter. And Monday night, I got an email from someone I love, followed by emails yesterday from several other people I love in a different way. People just sending me links to stuff because it made them think of me. I love that. My writing partner in New York sent me about 3 dozen links to animated TV shows on YouTube that he loves so that I can watch them and laugh at them when I am feeling overwhelmed with stress. Even my ex-husband sent me an iTune yesterday, saying, "You're the only one I know who would appreciate how cool this is" -- stuff like that, stuff that just makes stupid things like money and Time Warner Cable and banks seem a lot less interesting.
I guess it's that St. Francis of Assisi "aura of poverty" still alive and kicking in my world. Yes, money is important. Yes, I need money, I always need more money than I have these days, and I always have more money coming in that never seems to arrive, but meanwhile, life is glorious, gang. Life is incredible. Life is springing up everywhere and being joyful all over the place in its simplicity.
I am so happy it's Spring.
Have a good one, gang, wherever you are today and whatever you wind up doing!! Thanks for visiting.