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where hobbies, hijinks, and capers go bad = my childhood #3

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when i sent in yet another dollar

for yet another mail-in adventure 

i was very excited and waiting to play

with my 100 international dolls

expecting them to look like the dolls below

all in fancy and exotic dress

and ready for me to proudly display

 when they arrived

they were tiny, pink plastic, flat dolls without any outfits at all

and actually looked like the ones in the comic book ad

not sure why i had such big visions about them

but even then

that was how

i made my way through the world

always hopeful, expecting good things, and full of possibility.

 

“for me, a life without expectation results in a life with inspiration.”

-alanis morissette

eclipsed.

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for some reason

in anticipation of the upcoming solar eclipse 

i decided that it would be a great time

to make 120 ‘solar eclipse’ cookies.

the plan was to give them to 3 different groups of people

who i would see this weekend

the recipe looked quite easy

and fitting in with the spirit of the big day

the idea was to add the sun yellow and moon chocolate icings

to the perfect moon shapes

increasing the dark moon coverage on each one

showing all of the phases of the eclipse

during the process

 smoke and grease and sugar and cocoa and lemon

filled the kitchen

it took hours

the outcome was not quite as i expected

i’m not sure what exactly went wrong

but i am sure there were lots of things that did

the end result was best described by

steve carell while in character on ‘the office’ –

“it looks like it was put together by baby monkeys living on a farm.”


i’m going to embrace that and take it as a compliment 

i know that the eclipse makes lots of things go a bit off kilter

and i can’t wait to see how excited everyone is

to receive this very special gift from me. 

“there’s a victory in letting go of your expectations.”
-mike white

what a feeling!

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with great expectations

i went

to my favorite detroit theater

in the beautiful fisher building

to see the broadway adaptation

flashdance-musical

of 

one of my favorite

guilty pleasure movies

of the 80s

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back then

i had

the perm

the leg warmers

the ripped up sweatshirt

the dance moves

the music

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and

i couldn’t wait

to see

the

iconic scenes 

and

dancing

and

to hear

the

music

once more

but

somehow

the live show

turned out

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more like this

only worse

and it was

quickly apparent

that

my expectations

were

way too high

just like

my old perm.

both expectations and memories are more than mere images founded on previous experience.
– samuel alexander

image credits: paramount pictures, flashdance the musical, saturday night live,