Monday, May 11, 2009

magic beads indeed

a few more hours have passed since my airport lounge post. a lot has happened. i've been on two flights. i've spent an hour fuming about how backwards it is that you have to collect your bag in oslo (even tho' it's checked through to the remote wilds of norway), go through customs (which means OUT into the world), and then go upstairs and wait in line to recheck it (while meanwhile the precious minutes between your flights are ticking swiftly away).  i would seriously not have made it without the gold counter and the fast track security--and there must be a lot of people who have to do that who aren't gold and i wonder if they make it--i was sure my bag would never make it, hence the fuming. but the bag did make it, and so did i, so the fuming was for nothing...and now back to your regularly scheduled blog post...i've also rented a car, taken a ferry from the little island the airport is on, over to another little island (picturesque and GORGEOUS) where i found my hotel after a very long search (suffice it to say it wasn't where the rental car guy said it was...and i was rather disturbed by the fact that my clever phone showed the blue dot that was me to be out in the water when i was definitely not out in the water). now i've realized it's well after 10 p.m. and still light out, which in turn made me realize this is the furthest north i've been in my life. i haven't had any dinner and it's too late on a monday night to get any and i think my car might be illegally parked. but honestly, you can't stay mad at norway, even if that customs thing is stupid, it's just so beautiful.

and despite all of that, i have felt the most amazing opening of my mind. it's like my experience today cleared out some blockage that i didn't even know was there. on the plane, i scribbled out seven pages of blog ideas in my little blog notebook and another 4 of thoughts for the articles i'm working on at the moment. the ideas are flowing, the writing is flowing (not that you can tell that from this), it's like a light came on in some blocked, remote part of my brain that i had forgotten even existed and it's just so cool!

being a bit superstitious, i actually credit how this day has gone (the good bits) to the fact that i was wearing the cool grey beads molly sent me today--two strands of them. they gave me some kind of strength, like a talisman. they felt smooth and cool around my neck, like good medicine. and they looked spectacular. thank you molly, they are definitely magic beads. :-)

i promise all those ideas will be more in evidence tomorrow, just wanted to capture some of the manic monday feeling it's given me this evening...

16 comments:

Amanda said...

so, so jealous of your being in Norway. One of these days, I will travel to those remote places!

Just Jules said...

You do know that this just proves your ordinary life is fabulous. No matter how frustrating the backward system is - it is something most people will never experience. It is not where you came from girl ;)

Can't wait for the ideas to meld into another brilliant post

Sweet plane wings sheering off dreams

Extranjera said...

Pretend like the beads are the only thing that arrived.
Now hold that thought.
Yup.
Sangoma is here.
Norwegian blue dot means you won't drown in Zambia (And in not one of the lakes on the map - also important).
And that your true home just might be on this side of the globe...
(honestly too drunk to process, really!)
Ugh, Man. bwana.
i'll get back to you.

Mrs.Rotty said...

nice!!! customs is really frustrating. its not fun, i don't like it, i ALWAYS feel anxious even though i know i did nothing wrong. i just don't like it.

but yay for norway. that sounds amazing.

Laelah said...

At least someone's having a good day today. :)

Laelah

marathoner81 said...

Wow and all I managed to do in the last couple of hours is read a few blogs, make a pita and pour a glass on wine. Congrats on your productivity!

Starlene said...

I need to experience some of that blockage clearing! Send some quick!

But seriously...happy to hear it. It's a precious and coveted phenomena these days when it suddenly begins to flow effortlessly.

I took a photo for you today. It'll be on my blog tomorrow or Wednesday (whenever I get to it).

BTW, I'm Norwegian (a little bit). I'm wondering what the food is like?

Snap said...

There is something about surviving something you were dreading that enlivens all the senses. You are now in sensory overdrive. Enjoy every minute. :D

The Fragrant Muse said...

Okay, I've got to see those beads. And Molly, can we all have magic beads please?

Hit 40 said...

Fabulous the you filled out ideas in your notebook. I have a pile of ideas. I have realized to let some go... Not all are that interesting. It's tough. I will write one and play with it. Then realize... just let it go.

I run my ideas past my poor student teacher. He is awesome. We are having such fun together. I will miss him. We are both having a great experience learning from each other.

I am glad that you made it to your hotel. I hope it had snacks!!! I look forward to tomorrows post.

Char said...

beautiful - sorry about the hassle to get to the beautiful place, but it sounds like its worth it.

Kamana said...

you make me wanna go there (if i could avoid the airport madness.)

Pattern and Perspective said...

I loathe airport madness. I also don't like long flights or long layovers so I always fly the shortest route no matter what. I can't stand being around an aiport for more than about 1/2 hour. Feeling your pain...seriously. Been through it one to many times.

Extranjera said...

Commenting when inebriated.
What exactly was I thinking (and was this even a comment meant for your post, i wonder)
Oh well.

kristina said...

I wish this post came with photos of the little norwegian island :-D
I'm glad you feel good!

Molly said...

Hey, catching up ... so glad you're feeling the beads. They are magic, and this just proves their power is not diminished by travelling through multiple countries and time-zones ...
I always have a great day when I'm wearing mine, so glad they're working for you.

And, no kidding, my VW word is 'jetichic' ~ a chic jetsetter chick ~ which is undoubtably what you are!