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Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I'm happy to say that the book's now flowing along nicely, although I'm not entirely sure how Leo is going to tackle his daughter yet. He's convinced that she, and her witch of a mother, are behind Sherry's sudden departure, and is trying to get to the bottom of things. But, typical of his sex, he's got it wrong. Although both daughter and ex-wife wanted Sherry out of Leo's life, he only has himself to blame for her leaving.

Somehow I have to get him to admit that she's gone because he was hurting her. After all, until he admits that, he's not going to do much of a job of getting her back, is he?

But not to worry. I have some marketing copy to write today, and the first of a series of articles about making money on eBay, so focusing on those will no doubt help loosen up the knots so that by the time I can get back to working on the book, Leo will be falling over himself to admit his faults. Even the ex wife's threats aren't going to stop him!

I'm all a jitter today because tomorrow I'm going to get a tattoo. I've never had one before and as I'm having it put on my ankle, people keep telling me it's going to "hammer me". It's just a tiny flower so surely it can't hurt that much? Oh well, if it does I'll just have to put up with it because there's no way I'm backing out half way through and spending the rest of my life with half a tattoo on my foot!

I say it's going to be a flower, but I'm also rather keen on the idea of having a little spider crawling on my ankle. And just because I've booked the flower doesn't mean I can't change my mind, does it?

Dilemma. Too many choices, too little time.

PS: Minx wrote a poem for me. Wasn't that nice of her? Just ignore the fact that she insulted me in the comments.

Posted by Sharon J on 10:38 AM   

Blogger Iona said...


I had a tiny red heart tattooed on my bottom when I was 19. Now I'm 35 and, well, wider, it looks like a baked bean.

Good luck-- looking forward to seeing it!

12:23 PM   

Anonymous Richard said...

Iona, I don't believe you. This means you will have to prove it at the next meeting.

12:47 PM   

Blogger Iona said...

If the champagne becomes a regular feature at meetings it can only be a matter of time, I fear...

1:04 PM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

I'd have slapped his face for even suggesting such a thing, Iona. And him a newly engaged man, too! Tsk. You just can't take 'em anywhere, can you?

2:26 PM   

Blogger Minx said...

I'm only rude to people I really like - so there!

4:16 PM   

Blogger Jeanne said...

Gosh, is it too late?!

Why permanently mark your body, Sharon? You can change your earrings, wear different jewelry, bleach your hair, and even change the shape of your body (most parts), but a tattoo is forever or just about. (I hear the cure is even more painful.)

Instead, why don't you take a digital photo of your ankle and photoshop on an image of the coveted spider/flower? We won't know the difference.

5:10 PM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Minx. I was rather hoping that was the case :-)

Jeanne. I really can't tell you what it is about a tattoo that draws me. I've wanted one for years (about 15 years) and have decided that if I still want one after all this time, I'm not likely to regret it by the time Spring comes around again. I do see your point in them being forever but, although I can't explain why, that's part of the allure. Call me weird - I won't mind.

5:44 PM   

Blogger Minx said...

As for the tat - go for it. I've had a small one on my shoulder (that I designed myself) for twenty odd years. Take a couple of painkillers before you go, it's not that bad, especially if it's small. A friend said before i had mine done "just picture yourself as a wrinkly, if the tat fits the picture do it".
If you have been thinking about it for that long then I would get it out of your system. Break out!!!!

8:35 PM   

Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

I don't get this anti-tattooism. If I had known what my face would look like when I got older I wouldn't have that either - if I knew how knackered I'd get I would n't have had my gorgeous garden - if I'd known he'd grow into a grumpy old git I might have thought twice about marrying and missed out on a 28 year adventure etc. etc. The best bits of my life have been the 'no going back' ones. You go for it Sharon - we only have today to be sure of. I think the pain bit is because its your ankle - soft tissue like bums and bellies hurt less - just a thought!

9:03 PM   

Blogger Karen Erickson said...

I wanted a tattoo a long time ago, came this close to getting one (went to the parlor, looked at the book, everything) but never got around to it. I think I was a little nervous too. Kinda wished I did it - I planned on it being small so it wouldn't have been a big deal...

Good luck on it Sharon! And glad the writing is progressing nicely!

9:58 PM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Painkillers??? Shit! They don't work very well on me (long story but most of my bowel's missing). Oh no... now I'm even more worried about the pain. Am I really going to go through with this?

Cherry. Interesting philosophy with much truth. I've always said you have to take chances in life - the safe route is generally far too boring. Ok, I may live to regret it, but I may also live to regret NOT having it done. There are a few things I've done in my life that I do regret, but mostly, even the things that seemed pretty dire at the time (like being homeless and living in a car with three kids and dog because we had nowhere to go and ... well, a few other things) but mostly I can look back and say that added to a rich life that I wouldn't have been without. Would I have felt that way if I'd chosen the safe route? I doubt it.

As for it being less painful on soft tissue, I've given that a lot of thought over the years. The thing is, I don't actually want a tattoo anywhere other than on my ankle so it's either that or nothing.

Karen. I haven't actually gone through with it yet, either. I've chosen my design (at least, I think I have), booked the appointment and paid my deposit. That doesn't mean my ankle will actually ever be adorned with a tattoo though! I'm telling you, this girl is nervous!!

8:42 AM   

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