Did you ever have a headache, Readers?
Eloise does. I think it's a tension headache. I am going to try to tough it out and write this blog in spite of it. It should be an interesting read. Good luck.
I turned to Pinterest tonight to see what the world had pinned to represent headaches. Here is what I found:
Too bad I wasn't around in 1959. They could have used Eloise for this advertisement. Especially the nervous part.
Here's another nice representation of the throbbing:
Eloise likes rocks, so I like this one better:
I'm in need of a remedy. Let's see what Pinterest suggests:
Could someone run some essential oils over to the Lamp Post?
Or maybe do some acupressure on me. I suck at maps so I can't figure this out.
Crap. I'm out of Coke.
This is complete bull$h!t. I just tried it. Now my head is cold AND throbbing. Pin this to your "Epic Fail" board.
My chiropractors have taught me that treating the symptoms is pointless unless you investigate the root of the problem. I think I found it. Eloise has a few haters out there.
If you are like me, a working parent trying to do everything, you'll do what I do most often--push through it and try to think of something else. Think happy thoughts. That makes me think of all of YOU.
And just who are the YOU? My Readers. The hundreds of YOU who visit the Lamp Post every week. People who have admittedly start your Saturday mornings with a cup of coffee and a Lesson from the Lamp Post. YOU are people like me. Let me create somewhat of a profile for you. Eloise the Profiler. Let me be that tonight because I have a headache. It sounds much more glamorous than Eloise the Teacher.
YOU like nature
and notice the beauty of your environment.
(Those are ferns in my yard. That is how they look when they first bloom. I think they look like aliens).
YOU like funny or inspiring stories about children. The well at the Lamp Post never runs dry on those.
YOU may like to exercise and share my love of outdoor fitness.
Betcha YOU like music.
I sure do.
Do YOU like photography,
or at least find humor in a good photo bomb?
What about a good mystery? Do YOU like those?
Good. Help me solve this one.
Fionnula Flanagan is back!
This letter arrived at the Lamp Post on Wednesday. Inside was this poem:
To review, here are the clues I've collected over the past month, since I received this Random Act of Kindness in the mail on Good Friday, from an anonymous blog follower.
Eloise's thinks that Fionnula:
- Is female (Irish dame)
- Knows my family (referred to my sister as Karen, not Kenyan)
- Is a LOST fan (815 Oceanic Avenue/Fionnula)
- Has read The Noticer (Orange Beach, AL)
- Is intelligent (aren't all clever writers intelligent?)
- Number 217 is significant (see it behind the text of the letter; it was also on the lamp post from the card last week)
Many of my blog followers have sent me their guesses. My clever friend in South Carolina, Tracy Southern pointed out last week that when the numbers are flipped upside down they spell LIZ. Type the numbers 351073 on a calculator and you will see the name of someone you know.
Cousin Bonnie had the best guess of last week, and I think she's onto something. Bonnie wrote:
I love a good mystery! Perhaps the clue in the card is pointing you back to your own Lesson 217? Could Fionnula's identity be revealed in your own words or pictures somewhere in that particular blog? Just a thought--enjoy the weekend! ~B.
Now isn't that just so cool?!?!?! Fionnula's identity to be revealed within my own writing. The new letter suggests exactly that. If you look closely, the word LESSON in the letter is bold face.
Lesson 217 was my birthday blog. I've been back through it a dozen times and can't find the link. Maybe you can help me out, Readers. Look back to Lesson 217: I Was Here and see if you see something that I missed. You can't see the forest through the trees, you know. Also, the song I used for the photos was I Was Here by Lady Antebellum, which can be found on my youtube account. Check it out.
I bet a few of you will do just that. I'll be able to see it in my blog statistics. That is how I know Lesson 26: Horizontal Stripes Are Not Flattering is one of your favorites, and also why an obsessed Blake Shelton fan reads Lesson 127: Moon Me every day, several times a day.
I know you'll help me solve this mystery because I would do the same for YOU. YOU are just like me. That statement is making Eloise feel a little better, because I think People Are Awesome. That makes me awesome by default.
My headache is starting to ease up. See, my tried and true method always works. Busy yourself with something you love and eventually you forget about the pain.
If I'm honest with myself, I suppose my tension headache could have something to do with this new toy:
Even the donkey looks pissed about it.
This was Sam pretending to ride it before his baseball game on Wednesday. Even though Mother Eloise played Key Keeper and had the key in my pocket, Sam got lost in his own world of make believe. Look closely to see his left leg extended. I watched him strike several figure skater-esque type poses (one leg out, toe pointed; one handed) and I finally had to ask what he was doing. "Warming up for my tricks," said my six year old.
Throb, throb, throb goes the head.
My girls and I held hands and vowed to stay strong through this adventure.
My boys have a need for speed.
Here is the first one:
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Here is my pick for July:
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The hook on the top of the book cover reads One choice can transform you. You will meet Beatrice, the protagonist of the story, who is transformed by her fear. Fear will be the blog theme of July. It will make for some great, late night reading with the fireflies and the crickets.
Who are YOU, Readers? Who are the YOU who make up my 3.000 plus blog hits per month?
Each of YOU must be a little like me in some way or another.
I've attracted the people who are like me!
Enjoy some photos from this week set to Kelly Clarkson's new song, People Like Us.
Make the day a great one. I know you will, because that is what I plan on doing.
YOU sure did make for a great headache reliever. Thank you!