Thursday, 19 May 2011

This is Fear and I am Afraid

I don't republish posts very often
but today it seemed appropriate.


Ms. Eurolush is coming to London - what could be nicer than meeting her?
MrsM emails her and tentatively suggests it.

Ms. Eurolush:
I appreciate you offering to take time from your weekend to meet up. I know how much you value your quiet time away from work. You are a busy girl!... Of course, I've already prematurely bragged several times to Mary and Eleanor about the possibility. A lot is at stake here!

MrsM ponders this. She has met Ali and Kristina without incident. She has spent a whole day with Val, Tracey and Monica. She has met Tracey from Australia. She has even met blog husbands. They have all been completely normal, delightful people.

Ms. Eurolush:
Have I scared you with the idea of bringing what amounts to nearly my entire extended family along? Are you regretting your proposal? Are you rubbing your temples at this very minute, sighing out loud and rocking back and forth? I do have that effect on people, you know

How did Ms. Eurolush know?
Is she psychic?
MrsM emails back and tries to manage expectations.
"I am normal - I hope you won't be disappointed"

Ms. Eurolush:
If anyone should FEAR meeting up, it is I. Little do you know how mousy and quiet I am. I stutter when I speak and am terribly wall-eyed. (This means while one eye looks your way, the other wanders off to monitor those around me.) I snort quite often. I have a strange habit of unconsciously twirling a single piece of my hair over and over and over--until it stands perfectly rigid on the top of my head, like some sort of hair-antennae. I should probably also mention the fidgeting. What else? The inappropriate and ill-timed giggle fits? How easily I am distracted by pigeons and gravel? That I carry a smoking pipe clenched between my teeth at all times? That I wear a monocle? That when I do speak my voice is a deep baritone? That every sentence I utter begins with, "In my humble opinion..."

MrsM considers her options.
She is committed to this expedition.
She discusses it with MrM.
"Do you think you will be safe?" he says
"I think she is just enthusiastic" says MrsM doubtfully

Ms. Eurolush:
Of course, I plan to be furiously taking notes the whole time we're together...detailed descriptions of you and your many unconscious habits and tics. Hope that doesn't distract you. I may also be making rough sketches of you in my sketch book. Just plan on sitting very still while we chat. I am meticulous with my doodling.

MrsM has an idea.
She can take MissM.
Nobody messes with MissM.

Ms. Eurolush:
We are extremely flexible with our schedule. If something doesn't work for you...we can always meet somewhere a different time...for dinner...lunch...breakfast...snacktime...teatime. All of them. Maybe we'll just all show up at your door instead. That would make this whole thing so much easier, don't you think? You wouldn't mind seven house guests at the last minute, would you?

MrsM decides what to wear.
It will be cold.
She plans to wear something warm.

Ms. Eurolush:
I plan to wear a red coat. But I may have a change of mind and wear a black coat, instead. As you can see, I'm unpredictable. It will be a mystery. Who knows what color coat I shall wear?

MrsM goes out to the late night chemist for some tranquilisers

Ms. Eurolush:
I'm shy, too! What will we do? I foresee lots of awkward pauses...nervous laughter...profuse sweating...and painfully little eye-contact.

Perhaps a "dance-off" would lesson the tension??


Bring your best moves...'cause it's on!!!

today is the Big Day.
If I don't return please send out a search party.

Original Post

Thank you for the laughter, Ms. Eurolush.
Wishing you a safe journey to your new home
and wonderful times there with your family.
Come back and visit soon...
I am keeping a mushroomed shaped space
on my sofa just for you.


  1. I remember laughing out loud at this post the first time round...

    One day - this MUST happen - we need to plan an international blog meet - somewhere central like ..well actually nowhere is central to Australia - but somewhere.. and we will catch up with Eurolush and honour Sarah ...

    I nominate Northern Spring 2013..

  2. At the risk of forcing the matter I state now that come Northern Spring 2013 I have full intention of gate-crashing. I shall bring West Country delicacies to inveigle my way in.

    Have a fabulous day Mrs M and Eurolush en famille.

  3. She sounds perfectly normal and absolutely delightful!
    Which makes me wonder what you think of me... I obviously don't fit into the "completely normal, delightful" category of other blogging friends you've met???
    Sounds like you had a great time.

  4. Oooh I got so excited there thinking Eurolush was coming back this way! But then I realized it was a re-post. Sigh. I'm missing her already. Perhaps this is a good excuse for a trip to California?!

    K x

  5. Ha, I was reading this thinking to myself but surely they met before? I'm sure I remember. (Yes, I'm slow).

    I'm glad to hear you had another fun filled visit with the divine Ms E.

    As for Northern Spring 2013, how I would love to come.

  6. Oh, Alice, you're an absolute doll.

    It was my divine luck that you mustered up the courage to meet me! You made our time in England all the more special with your generosity and thoughtfulness. For that, I will always be thankful.

  7. i would love to join a blog meet that included this wonderful blogging bunch. And i hope MsE begins a new blog, in her new home.

  8. I read this post before I went off to work and smiled all day (to myself)......... so beautifully observant and skillfully written.... LOVED it.

  9. Oh and Ahhh..what a wonderful post and aren't you both so fortunate to have each other!

  10. See, what are the chances that you would have ever met if not for blogging.
    Thank you, this was lovely.

  11. I'm glad we are all alike in our trepidation.

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  13. Roiling with envy! What a wonderful post.


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