The Almost Lollipop Tuesday

11 Oct

You knew it was coming right? The week when I would completely fail at doing anything new or exciting? The week where nothing was worthy of being logged in this, the 2011th year of Our Lord: the year Jackie wrote a blog post every day.

No? Didn’t see it coming?  Well it has.  Breathe heavily.  Hold yourself.  Try not to regret visiting this page today.

I don’t really have an excuse.  I could have planned better.  I could have laid out my last Lollipop Tuesdays of the year so that I’d know what I was doing each and every week.  But instead I ended up driving around the butt crack of the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio looking for an idea.

Usually when I procrastinate for Lollipop Tuesday, I’m in my own stomping grounds and can uncover an idea or two.  But last night I was out of my element.  I’d forgotten my wallet at home, had no money for tolls, and driving through a back woods area on my way back home, searching with Dave for some fantastic, free, adventurous idea.

Buggy rides were considered.

I also parked the car outside a house that had a large sign stating “Swans for Sale”, pondering the possibilities.  I envisioned setting one free somehow.  But then, I didn’t know the going price for swans these days.  Not to mention not having any idea what kind of place a swan might prefer to be as opposed to the back yard of some crazed nincompoop that preens it and buffs its eggs in hopes that some grandiose swan aficionado will wander in any day to claim it.

Really, try as I might I had no idea why one would buy a swan.  Come to think of it, I should have pretended to be one such aficionado and gone in the house interrogating the seller about his quality of inventory.

We also passed a paintball place, but even if I had money with me (which I hadn’t) I had a very broken, very bruised David fresh off a bicycling accident with me.  Not such a good idea I would think.  Unless I just gave him the gun and ran.  He could’ve shot the bejeezus out of me and we could spend these next few weeks in commiserating pain.

But instead I made it back to good ol’ Pennsylvania with neither wounds nor swans to aid me.  And though I considered wandering into town for hot wings I have to sign a waiver to eat or conquering a food contest at my local ice cream store or  walking through a cemetery at night, all of those things seemed pretty lame.  Let’s face it: I carved a pumpkin a few weeks ago.  I don’t think you’re going to buy a walk in the cemetery after that cake week.

So here’s the deal.  I have no Lollipop Tuesday, but I do have a revised schedule for future ones.   Revised as in it exists now where it formerly did not.  That’s quite a revision.  I have wonderful things in store.  Classes I had to look up, buy admission to on Groupon, and adventures I staked out.  They’re laid out and waiting for me to conquer one each week until the end of the year.  I’d take the time to recite them to you here, but then why would you ever come back?

So I failed.  Super failed.  I’m ashamed.  And I shall spend the remaining eleven Lollipop Tuesdays in the year highly aware of this, my moment of failure.

I’d like to make it up to you, so here’s a pile of kittens:


Happy Almost Lollipop Tuesday, folks. 


22 Responses to “The Almost Lollipop Tuesday”

  1. pegoleg October 11, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Hoping I can pick up the remains of my shattered Tuesday and move on. Not too sure I can.


    • Jackie October 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

      Do you have any idea how terrible I felt that this was the first comment?! HOW COULD YOU MAKE THIS THE FIRST COMMENT?!


      • pegoleg October 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

        Stop crying. There’s no crying in blogging!


        • Jackie October 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

          I feel like that’s inaccurate. Or I’m doing it wrong. Not sure which now.


  2. Renee Mason October 11, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    You’re always interesting and fun, whether you think so or not. Those swans would have been really cool though!


    • Jackie October 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

      Right? I could have made it a mascot for the site. And thanks for the compliment 🙂


  3. thesinglecell October 11, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I think wandering around the hinterlands of Cleveland qualifies as something daring and adventurous. Also the other day when you were sans underwear and Dave nearly bit it… that could count, too. But I think you should have sprung for a swan. I say “A” swan because the swan-sellers probably would have wanted to sell you a pair since swans mate for life and it’s sad to see just one swan floating around in some pond somewhere. So if you buy one, then clearly you’re up to no good and the swan-seller would have gone ape. Probably.


    • Jackie October 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

      Hinterlands = place in World of Warcraft = my mind is too distracted to read the rest of what you said.


  4. Tara October 11, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    You DID do a lollipop Tuesday!! You made a plan for further adventures to last the rest of the year. This was obviously something you did not previously do. So it’s not exciting, but it has results! Goooo Jackie!


    • Jackie October 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

      I really expected ya’ll to be harder on me. Really. You should all be throwing virtual vegetables.

      Thank you for the support 🙂


  5. Marylou October 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    you should have gone with me on the south side step trek; walking 2700 stairs is quite an accomplishment. unless you’ve already done that… 🙂


    • Jackie October 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      I saw that Groupon and felt sore at the thought of it. But yes, I should have.


  6. wordsweneversaid October 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    You just can’t go wrong with a pile of kittens.

    Jackie for the win!




    • Jackie October 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

      it’s a cheap trick, but a redemptive one.


  7. Lori L October 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Your redeemed due to cute kitties.


    • Jackie October 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

      pile of kittens for the win.


  8. Nonstepmom October 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    I aplaud your self control. I would have come home with a swan. (“….really, it’s been there all morning…..I dont know where it could’ve come from honey….”)


    • Jackie October 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

      I had lots of awesome plans for it. Don’t know how the cats would have reacted, but that’s really half the fun, isn’t it?


  9. Lian October 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    It’s not that bad, look at it this way: I bet you never drove around town all night with a “very broken, very bruised David” before without actually doing anything particularly useful! And I guess you’ve never made a lollipop thuesday schedule before either 😉


    • Jackie October 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

      haha no, no I haven’t done either, though both are pretty darn lame even when paired up 😉


  10. jaredblakedicroce October 16, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Lollipop challenge this Tuesday: Revise the lollipop Tuesday list!
    Jackie says, “Challenge Accepted”
    I say, “Mission Accomplished”


    • Jackie October 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      Well I appreciate your blessing. It goes a small way toward covering over my guilt and shame.


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