Be Careful What You Wish For

It was Thursday at lunch and I made a wish. I didn’t wish for a book deal or that my girls would stop fighting or to get the day back at Hyatt Lost Pines that Blue Eyes and I lost when Sparkles got sick, which all would have been good wishes, but my needs were simple.

I wished for Friday off work.

So I could catch up at home. So I could relax just a little. So I could get a break from my job that didn’t ever slow down.

Then, when I got back to the office, I got laid off.

I was smiling a little, in the meeting with my boss and HR, and I’m sure they weren’t sure why. It was just kind of funny, that I got what I wished for, only different.

My plans for 2013 will change. For now, my only plans are for next week, when I will…

  • Spend one day doing nothing at all with any practical value.
  • See a few movies on the list I always make after the Golden Globes, but don’t usually have time to see.
  • Write for a whole day.
  • Spend time with a friend and her new baby.
  • Find a hiking buddy and take a long hike, the kind I can’t do with the kids.
  • Write for another whole day.
  • Take a nap.
  • Sit around the house.
  • Take another nap.

After next week, I’ll think more about it and get more serious. Hmmm, should I dare to make another wish?

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  1. Oh no! So sorry to hear about your job. I hope you do get to enjoy a bit of stress-free time before returning to business as usual. I look forward to reading what comes out of your whole day of writing!


    Carol Reply:

    Thanks! I’ll let you know. It will probably be for a story telling at the Cactus on Jan 23rd, or something for Listen To Your Mother. I have actually been writing for Listen To Your Mother since last year when I didn’t get accepted for Listen To Your Mother, but you can always write something better, right? I might have a book by the time the March 1 deadline comes around.


  2. Nicole B.

    Sounds like a great list, although I’m so sorry for the reason you made it :/ When one door closes, another opens?


    Carol Reply:

    The job wasn’t a perfect fit, but I liked to think they couldn’t live without me, right? It will be interesting to see what happens next.


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