Saturday, January 27, 2007

And the reason you haven't posted is... ?

dis·com·bob·u·late [dis-kuhm-bob-yuh-leyt]
–verb (used with object), -lat·ed, -lat·ing.
to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate

It's been a week of discombobulation. I like the way that word sounds, probably because I don't really pronounce it right. I say "bob-uh-late" instead of bob-yuh-leyt... it should be the name for some effervescent drink. I'll have a bobulate with a twist of lime, please. When I'm discombobulated everything goes flat. Everything.

We have two sisters away traveling, one has been gone for a week. Another two were attending a workshop downtown for two days. Another sister collapsed during mass on Wednesday and was sent to the hospital, which meant another sister was gone with her the whole day. We don't have that many able-bodied sisters left when circumstances start picking us off. So we do the best we can and the rest falls through the cracks. Oh... and our clothes dryer quit heating on laundry day, and nothing would get dry. Weeks where everything seems to go wrong, or the little details all mush together and the safety net falls apart, are overwhelming. I'm flattened out. Cardboard.

I'm not doing much on my to-do list that requires any kind of deep thought. I'm addressing envelopes. I'm writing a whiney blog, not some profound treatise on the Gospel. (Not that my thoughts are all that profound... I realize that.) But I can't do much else. I'll catch you later.


cgssis said...

First, let me say that I'm sorry to hear that your week was so bad. We all know what happens when too many co-workers are out/away. We just have to wait till things settle down and get better. And how is the sister who went to hospital? I hope it was nothing too serious.
Second, your opening got me to thinking. If discombobulate is to confuse or upset, does combobulate mean explain or sooth? Is, or was, there a word called combobulate??

Pat said...

Around here we call what you're experiencing Murphy's Law of Clumps.