Failure, cake, and psychopaths: It was a fun week

Well, I done did it again. I failed. This past week I got a pretty devastating rejection as a result of a piece I’d submitted months ago. I’d been holding onto hope since the winter. And now it’s over.

You can deal with failure in one of two ways: Let it pull you down into the depths of despair and wallow in your misery OR pull yourself up by your bootstraps and keep on keepin’ on. I, personally, choose to wallow. I’ve been wallowing for about 24 hours now. I’ll probably wallow for another couple days. It’s a super fun time for the whole family.

I am, however, taking a short break from wallowing to share a couple of things because, even if you feel like total shit, the work has got to get done and the blog posts have to be written. I wouldn’t exactly say I’m pulling myself up by my bootstraps, though. I’m more sliding into some flip flops very, very delicately.

So first thing–I made a birthday cake for my friend:

There were different shades of purple inside and a good time was had by all.

Second thing–I think I met a psychopath. Let me break it down: A couple of months ago I got a new car. I was very excited because after having driven a minivan for 8 years, I got myself an SUV. I was in the grocery store parking lot loading my bags into my trunk when this guy in the spot next to me started backing up his car. He rolled down his window and said, “That’s a beautiful car.”

“Thank you so much!” I said beaming. “I just got it!”

He said again how nice it was and drove away. I was feeling pretty darn good about our interaction and headed over to the spot where you return the grocery carts. On my way back to my car, I stopped dead in my tracks. There, on the passenger side door, was A SIX-INCH SCRATCH.

Now, I’d never noticed anything there before that very moment. All of a sudden I think, OMG! Did this guy just scratch my car and then make a point to tell me how beautiful it was?!? Or was that scratch already there?

I’ve been thinking about this for days. I mean, what kind of person would purposely ruin someone’s brand new car and then kind of rub it in?? Am I making this all up? Or is this guy a super villain? I just don’t know what to think. Please let me know what you think though and vote in my poll:

  1. LJ Conrad

    July 11th, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Okay so first of all, that is a beautiful cake. How did you learn how to do all that?

    Secondly, while it is a kind of misdirection I guess to say I like your car after damaging it, really all that has happened is this guy is now your number one suspect, which is pretty dumb of him if he did it. You know how in murder mysteries it was never the guy who loudly shouted ‘I’m going to kill you’ in front of ten witnesses the night before the murder? More likely the real supervillain used this as their perfect opportunity to inflict pain to your car while making you suspect an innocent friendly stranger,

    And thirdly, sorry to hear you are reeling from a rejection. Have you heard the technique about aiming for 100 rejections a year so that it takes the sting out of it, almost making it a challenge and increases your productivity at the same time? I keep meaning to adopt this philosophy but haven’t *quite* managed it yet…

  2. Meredith

    July 11th, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you! I took a couple of cake decorating classes but mostly I learned from YouTube. It’s amazing what you can pick up there. Re: the guy, hmmm, that’s an interesting theory and I wish I could get my hands on some surveillance footage to find the actual supervillian who was probably hiding and looking on, laughing with glee. Also, I think I’ve heard something about the 100 rejections thing. I wish I could embrace it more…

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