Thursday, December 14, 2006

shamelesly seeking comments


This morning Iris asked me, “Why is that bird lonely?” I thought she was reading a lot into its faraway facial expression until I realized what she really meant was, why is that bird alone? Why is there only one?

So I set about trying to explain to her the difference between alone and lonely, including the puzzling fact that it is possible to feel lonely when you’re not alone. A feeling I must admit I've been well-acquainted with lately. Sorry, I really mean to keep it chipper here in aonekoland, but this happens to me every year around the holidays. I guess, despite my last post about making peace with the holiday season, there are still some things about it that get me down – things that are harder to pin down, harder to remedy.

So I have a small favor to ask. If you’re reading this, and especially if you’re a regular of any kind, would you leave a comment telling me one thing about yourself? (Or more – I mean, if you want to spill your whole life story, knock yourself out! no pressure to sum yourself up in one little factoid! – but one is all I ask.) I would be pleased to meet you. In return, I will tell you as many things about myself as comments I receive. If that's not incentive, I don't know what is!

I'll leave you with another picture from the archives since I never seem to be home anymore during the light of day, fleeting as it is. Oh, I'm sure that is not contributing at all to this little malaise. But the solstice is only a week away!


PS Hi Dad! Hi Kat! Hi Ronica and Amy! I know you’re out there!

11 Comments:

Anonymous kirsten said...

Hi!
I know what you mean about comments - they rule! Let's see, something about me...I have a phobia of orca whales and my favorite color is purple.
You're not alone out here in bloggerland - I enjoy your blog and I'm sure that there are lots of others who do, too.

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Your request is simple enough but man alive it's hard to think of something interesting (or even uninteresting) about myself to tell you. The first things that sprang to mind are that I didn't have my first kiss until I was 17 and I have a scar on my right shin from walking into a barbed wire fence (a long story that involved spinning off the road in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming, getting my little pickup truck out of a muddy quagmire by myself in the middle of the night during a freezing rain storm, and having my shoes sucked right off my feet...good times, good times).

1:01 AM  
Blogger tracy said...

hey. i try and check what you are up to daily. i think of your front porch often! something about me. . . i grudgingly admit to listening to bad (i mean really really bad) christmas music on the radio while driving this time of year. npr all other 11 months. but something happens in december . . .

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Sarah (also with an h!) said...

for this post I'll delurk! I've been reading for a while although I cannot remember how I found your blog! Some things about me: I love fat stripes, not skinny ones. I don't believe in astrology, but my Chinese astrology profile is scary accurate, down to my favorite color (robin's egg blue). I love miniature food, fake food, and especially miniature fake food.

1:15 AM  
Blogger meg said...

hi angelique!
here are some tasty tidbits...
i can dance an irish jig...i hate asparagus...i can't whistle...i know the lyrics to all songs (much to my family's dismay)...i'm an extroverted introvert (pretty shy until you get to know me, then pretty loud and abnoxious)...i can't do math in my head...i sent you a little happy in the mail the other day...
xoxo
meg

6:48 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Hello..
I read your blog quite regularly, and have been for a couple of months now. I could tell you a couple of things about myself - I live in Moncton New Brunswick, which is in eastern Canada, I'm 26 and live with my partner. We are a mixed race/ religious background couple which is quite rare around this french Canadian community. Aside from both being Canadian he has Pakistani roots and I have Irish ones. We bought a house together last year and its our first Christmas there! Decorating is a bit of a puzzle for me this Christmas due to our backgrounds, so I love looking to blogs for inspiration. We just want to have fun with it. Thanks for being an ongoing inspiration for me!

8:25 AM  
Anonymous erin said...

Good morning Angelique!
I like this. Ok - I am blind in my left eye and have been since birth. But I can still drive and ski and sew and all things people born with depth perception do. I never thought about it much growing up, but now I am amazed that my parents didn't limit me. I prefer caramel to chocolate and love anything raspberry. I like lime-y cocktails: margarita, vodka gimlet, but can't do the mojito - mint gives me a headache.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous amy h said...

I'm out here, but I've commented before, so I'm no one new. :) Something about myself? ...Hrm. I was once completely obsessed with college basketball, which may not seem an odd thing, but if you know me, it is. I'm a quiet, creative, completely uncoordinated gal, and basketball just doesn't fit.

And I like to be alone, but not lonely.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Bettsi said...

Hello Angelique! I am not de-lurking, but I am very happy to comment! I'm so sorry to hear that the holidays are hard for you. I think, truly, that they are hard for everyone, but in varying degrees. Now, I've been trying to think of something to tell you about me that isn't a complete yawn! Here's something that I'm ashamed of: I am 43 years old and still can't seem to keep from overdrawing my checking account!

2:04 PM  
Anonymous marielle said...

Hi! Delurking because I understand the love of comments. But something interesting about myself? Hmmm. I'm absolutely obsessed with shoes, but only own about 15 or so pairs. So I guess the interesting part is that I'm full of contradictions...

3:14 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Hello there! I'm a flickr contact, and finally decided to pop over and read the stories behind the pictures : ) I'm especially excited to read stories of your adventures with Iris; my daughter just turned one, and it's fun to get a peek at what lies ahead. Something about me...um...one of my New Year's resolutions is to listen to music on headphones more often. (You can hear so much more that way!)

1:45 AM  

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