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Saturday, April 04, 2009

The 46th Circle Time: The Show and Tell Weekly Thread

Show and Tell is wasted on elementary schoolers. Join several dozen bloggers weekly to show off an item, tell a story, and get the attention of the class. In other words, this is Show and Tell 2.0. Everyone is welcome to join, even if you have never posted before and just found out about Show and Tell for the first time today. So yank out a photo of the worst bridesmaid's dress you ever wore and tell us the story; show off the homemade soup you cooked last night; or tell us all about the scarf you made for your first knitting project. Details on how to participate are located at the bottom of this post.

Let's begin.

Perhaps you know you have been blogging too much if you start to think of everything in terms of computers.

My brain, in my old age, bears a striking resemblance to Norton Anti-Virus. First and foremost, I had to pay a great deal of money to obtain said virus protection. It also came with an installation plan that stretched over a long period of time (but was held in 50 minute segments). Now installed, it blocks worm intrusion attempts with surprising accuracy. And, also, like my copy of Norton Anti-Virus, it crashes my emotional hard drive every time it blocks a virus.

Are you still with me?

I am going soon to a place I associate with needing to install said emotional virus protection on a week where I have been doing a tremendous amount of virus blocking. Viruses, of course, are simply thoughts of the viral variety, with the intention of controlling or demeaning another person's machine (sorry if I'm making this more difficult than it needs to be on a Saturday night).

I find myself figuratively holding up my hands and deflecting the words. It's not that it doesn't affect me emotionally; I still find myself thinking about each situation long after the other person has probably forgotten their words. I'm not great with compartmentalization, I tend to carry all thoughts with me at all times and on a particularly bad day of virus blocking, I may drive with a cacophony of ideas bouncing around in my brain.

At the same time, I'm excited to return to this space that I associate with the installation of the emotional anti-virus software. It's not where it was actually installed, but it was the place where I finally put my foot down and said that I needed to gather some new software. A computer becomes infected without the right protection programs; it doesn't run as well, can even be compromised if the right virus takes hold. And a person too cannot live without a strong operating system, one that has reasonable defense mechanisms in place. You don't want to keep out everything; just the destructive stuff that serves no purpose other than to infect the system.

Until you get the full story, you can guess where I am going in the next few weeks. Here are three pictures taken about 8 miles apart. I think it was autumn. To help you narrow it down, the place is either in North America or Europe.

What are you showing today?

Click here or scroll down to the bottom of this post if this is your first time joining along (hint: link to the permalink for the post, not the main url for your blog and use your blog's name, not your name). The list is open from now until late Tuesday night and a new one is posted every week.

Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:

1. Bottoms Off
2. Baby, Borneo or Bust. . .
3. infertility rocks!
4. Delenn
5. Parenthood for Me
6. Life After Infertility & Loss
7. Bloorb
8. beebles
9. Conceive This!
10. Life Induces Thoughts, mostly random
11. Infertility Podcast & Blog
12. Wise Guy
13. The Angry IF
14. Dragondreamer's Lair
15. luna
16. I Want To Be A Mommy
17. In Due Time
18. Raggedy Ann
19. Building Heavenly Bridges
20. Bear and Comedian
21. A Little Hope
22. Bubeaner
23. The Infertile Sushi- loving Princess
24. Becoming Whole
25. Emma - Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Pampers
26. Tubeless in Seattle
27. Henry Street
28. May the Road Rise
29. My So- Called Life
30. Our Emotional Journey
31. Cyster A.C.T.
32. The Steadfast Warrior
33. Baby Smiling In Back Seat
34. Plan B(aby)

Want to bring something to Show and Tell?
  • If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Saturday night (or earlier in the week or on Monday if you can't do the weekend), hopefully including a picture if possible, and telling us about your item. It can be anything--a photo from a trip, a picture of the dress you bought this week, a random image from an old yearbook showing a person you miss. It doesn't need to contain a picture if you can't get a picture--you can simply tell a story about a single item. The list opens every Saturday night and closes on Tuesday night.
  • You must mention Show and Tell and include a link back to this post in your post so people can find the rest of the class. This spreads new readership around through the list. This is now required.
  • Label your post "Show and Tell" each week and then come back here and add the permalink for the post via the Mr. Linky feature (not your blog's main url--use the permalink for your specific Show and Tell post).
  • Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week. And everyone loves a good "ooooh" and "aaaah" and to be queen (or king) of the playground for five minutes so leave them a comment if you can.
  • Did you post a link and now it's missing?: I reserve the right to delete any links that are not leading to a Show and Tell post or are the blogging equivalent of a spitball.


Megan said...

The house looks very picturesque with the peeling paint...

Queenie. . . said...

That is SO intriguing! I can't wait to hear the rest of the story. And good luck to you. It sounds like you may be headed into some emotional turbulence.

Anonymous said...

North America...Europe...well that at least narrows the contitents down some! I'm hooked into hearing more, too.


JuliaS said...

Hmmmm - that looks like some of the places I've seen in New England . . .

So pretty.

chicklet said...

I really thought you were going back to the clinic, but then the pictures messed me up, unless those pictures are of places you went during your 2ww after the last time you were at the clinic?

Beautiful Mess said...

That picture is so beautiful! I hope you enjoy your trip, but more importantly I hope you get what you need there.

'Murgdan' said...

Clueless as to the location...but very pretty. Totally with you on the antivirus thinking however...totally with you on the emotional harddrive breakdown as well.

Kristin said...

I haven't got a clue but can't wait for the rest of the story.

luna said...

looks new england-y?

love that bottom pic of you.

Coffeegrljapan said...

Vermont! Vermont! You're going to Vermont! Or New Hampshire (they're sort of the same in my mind....)

Baby Smiling In Back Seat said...

I recuse myself from the guessing because you already told me where you're going. But I think I would have gotten the region right if I'd guessed just from the pictures.

Have you tried rebooting? That usually works for computers.

Except, I'm not sure what the human version of rebooting would be. Going away for a few days? Induced coma? Rebirth ceremony? All-matzo cleanse?

Raggedy Ann said...

Not Europe! At least not a Mediterranean country. Nope! I'm inclined to North America. Canada, perhaps? Now I'm curious!

Alana said...

Looks lovely. Can't wait to get the full scoop. :)

Bea said...

I want to hear the rest of this one...


Cara said...

Ok - reading on Sunday morning after two glasses of wine last night, so I readily admit that my brain is a bit scrambled...I'll wait for the rest of the story.

Oh - and sorry about the name. I didn't read until after I posted( I know -bad backwards blogger) - I've got it for next time!

sunflowerchilde said...

I have no idea, but my guess would be somewhere in New England. I'm 99% positive that it's not California, anyway! We don't really get beautiful fall colors like that, unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

I love the 2nd photo particularly. I'm also very curious. I hope your anti-virus software keeps working for you.

Anonymous said...

Such pretty picture's Defiantly the USA to my mind .. looks like new England ..

will have to wait with the rest for the next part of the story

Take care this week :)

Beth Kyle said...

the last picture reminds me of a place in Ontario that I have visited often

The Steadfast Warrior said...

I'm seconding the Ontario guess. It looks very simliar to places I have been and lived. But it could also be one of the North Eastern States.

Hmmm, you do always mangage to keep us on our toes. said...

I would never be able to guess the place!

But it looks beautiful and I am sure you will share the rest of the story with us!

Jamie said...

I love your posts! It's like a show and a tell AND a mystery all rolled into one!

Beautiful pictures . . . can't wait to hear the rest of the story.