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Surprises just seem to happen
3/14/2008 3:32:33 PM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

That's the thing about surprises, they always pop up when they're least expected
Personally I love a nice surprise, don't mind coping with the occasional less pleasant one. As far as I'm concerned, life should never be overly predictable. If I knew what the day had in store for me when I open my eyes in the morning, I'm not sure I'd want to get out of bed. Spirit of adventure - that's my guiding force.

Take my hair, for instance. For years I shied away from hairdressers because, no matter how carefully I explained my wishes, I'd always come out with something totally different from the image in my head. Nowadays I saunter in, sit in the chair and give as little instruction as possible. Hairdressers are, first and foremost, artists. We often forget this and expect them to be manufacturers of a predetermined product. So, I sit there and we chat. I explain that I have no fixed views, other than that it should be easily maintained - anything needing more than a swift combing is out. The result is a surprise when I look in the mirror. Generally it's an agreeable one, occasionally I have to remind myself that hair grows and I won't look like this for too long. I had my hair cut last week. Never having met the stylist before, I wondered if he'd be okay with my policy. In fact, we had a chat, a laugh and he started washing and combing. I asked what he had in mind, just to be friendly, and he shrugged. "I'll just make it up as I go along," which is just what he did. The style he came up with is simple, easy to maintain and actually looks good when I get out of bed in the morning - quite handy when someone is knocking unexpectedly at the door.

Today was a particularly good day for surprises. In the morning the post arrived swathed in elastic bands - I'd mentioned to my postman that someone I know collects them. He always has a pocket full from the bundles of post in his bag. As he works through each bundle, the band holding it becomes redundant. I was finding little red bands on the footpaths around the area where his overfilled pockets had given up their treasure. They look like little earthworms and I was worried birds might accidentally swallow them and so asked if he'd mind pushing them through my door. He was delighted to oblige and I was delighted to receive.

The day went on fairly oddly - I won't burden you with every moment of it, but there was one lovely time when I took my son's bride to have her wedding dress fitted. She's a slim, girl - natural size zero, but with a little of the hour glass about her, and so even the smallest dress in the has to be adapted to nip in to her tiny waist. I'd offered to pay for the alteration, which we expected to be quite expensive, it being rather a lovely thing. As it turned out, it wasn't many pennies at all. Another nice surprise.

When I got home, an email was waiting for me from a contact I made recently during my quest for 100% chocolate bars. He had previously promised to get some for me and then had to retract the offer when supplies dried up. It turned out that he had found some after all and was ready to post them to me. Now, considering the fact that this man doesn't know me from Eve, I would expect him to request the money up front, but not a bit of it. He has put them in the post (no doubt the packet will arrive decorated with red bands) and requests that I pay him when I take delivery and am satisfied in all respects. What a lovely person. That was the third surprise and very happy it has made me.

Actually, there was another one, but I seem to forget what it was whenever I sit down to type. It was a nice one, though. More than that I cannot say.

I wonder what tomorrow has in store - no, if you are psychic, don't tell me.


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More Blogs by Susan M Phillips
• Interrogating Ali - an interview with percussionist Ali McMillan - Wednesday, September 21, 2011
• Change of continent? - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• Book Launched - Saturday, July 02, 2011
• Green Living, Sacred Life launch Sat. 2nd July Nuneaton, UK - Monday, June 27, 2011
• Correction to last blog - Monday, March 21, 2011
• Nearly there - Saturday, March 12, 2011
• Happy New Year - Wednesday, December 29, 2010
• Lost a castle, found a forest - Friday, April 09, 2010
• I found my category! - Thursday, April 08, 2010
• New category needed - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
• Raising money to help the homeless and vulnerably housed - Saturday, January 30, 2010
• Happy New Year - Thursday, December 31, 2009
• Making History - Wednesday, December 23, 2009
• Change of direction - Thursday, December 17, 2009
• French sojurn - Monday, September 21, 2009
• My poem is going into print - Wednesday, September 02, 2009
• new profile, new photo - Thursday, August 27, 2009
• From sprinting to spinning - Thursday, August 20, 2009
• Sprinting to stand still - Friday, August 14, 2009
• The tortuous route from idea to bookshelf - Wednesday, July 29, 2009
• Terror Scibes Rise Again - Saturday, March 07, 2009
• Happy new year - Thursday, January 01, 2009
• Chritsmas Blog - where's the dictionary? - Monday, December 22, 2008
• Off to Oxford Dance Camp - Thursday, July 31, 2008
• Friends and Gravy - Saturday, July 19, 2008
• Phew - Thursday, May 08, 2008
• missing but still alive - Thursday, April 17, 2008
• Poetry to Form - Sunday, April 13, 2008
• So much to tell, so little time - Sunday, March 30, 2008
• Why the Shrew Had to be Tamed - Monday, March 24, 2008
• Happy Easter William Shakespeare - Saturday, March 22, 2008
• Rock 'n Roll and Education - Wednesday, March 19, 2008
• About that titling experiment...and the other surprise - Saturday, March 15, 2008
•  Surprises just seem to happen - Friday, March 14, 2008  
• A day in the life of a domestic goddess - Sunday, March 09, 2008
• Blogless - Saturday, March 08, 2008
• Rose Tinted Billows - Tuesday, March 04, 2008
• Aaaaaaaah! - Monday, March 03, 2008
• And today is....... - Thursday, February 28, 2008
• Chocolate Liquor - Thursday, February 21, 2008
• Dogs more interesting than cats? - Wednesday, February 13, 2008
• Titling Experiment - Monday, February 11, 2008
• phhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhew - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• head shock - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• Prosody and page stats - Tuesday, February 05, 2008
• Warrior Camp Episode 2 - Tuesday, August 07, 2007
• Frogs, Fireside Shrews and Earth Toilets at Warior Camp - Sunday, June 10, 2007
• New Computer, clean slate - Saturday, December 30, 2006
• Forgot to mention - Tuesday, November 28, 2006
• I'm Back - Monday, November 27, 2006
• Seasons Greetings - Saturday, December 24, 2005
• Fame is as fame does... - Tuesday, August 02, 2005
• Fame ? - Friday, January 14, 2005
• Sue Phillips Invites..... - Sunday, August 15, 2004
• Brainless but well booted - Friday, January 23, 2004
• Highs and Lows - Tuesday, January 06, 2004
• The Christmas Question Many Parents Dread - Monday, December 22, 2003
• Building blogs - Coventry revisited - Wednesday, December 17, 2003
• Blogged Down - Saturday, December 13, 2003
• Smoke Blog - Sunday, December 07, 2003
• Blogging on - Tuesday, November 25, 2003
• Tangled Webs - Sunday, November 16, 2003
• Dream Scenes revisited - Sunday, November 09, 2003
• Fire works - Saturday, November 01, 2003


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