WoW Fridays: George Bernard Shaw

Hello there, marshmallows! I’ve missed you !!

Truly, I have – it felt so strange not to be able to talk to you yesterday and find out what you thought of Veronica … or how your day was … or what you blogged about … or if you thought it would be a good idea for me to eat half a tub of Philadelphia chocolate cream cheese spread after dinner.

You’re right.

You’re right, you’re right, I know you’re right.

It wasn’t a good idea.

wonder woman panties

I really need to add these to my wardrobe.

No, it wasn’t a good idea; it was a coping mechanism. And an important one, at that! Things did not go well in Corporate World yesterday, my friends. As I said to a certain blogger when I got home, I felt like a hamster stuck on a wheel. A tiny, very cranky hamster stuck on a very large wheel.

Everything turned out to be copacetic in the end – it was nothing that putting on my big girl panties and putting in a little work after-hours couldn’t fix – but the point is … I missed you.

The entire episode got me thinking about what it is I do all day, and why I get so much enjoyment out of being here with you. And I’ve decided that it’s because the words I use in Corporate World aren’t mine. Not really. At work I repackage; I polish; I explain; I engage. I’m very good at driving hype and awareness of our various sales programs and I am, irony of ironies, very, very good at turning long technical documents into short teachable ones. Can you imagine? Me, getting paid to talk less?! The mind boggles.

Everything that I described above is satisfying, to be sure; I take great pride in knowing that other people are better equipped to do their jobs because of something I wrote. But I don’t get the thrill of conjuring sentences out of thin air the way I do here. There is, if you’ll pardon the blatantly obvious metaphor, no magic in writing at work.

So what do I do about it? That’s the question. Luckily, you’re a lot smarter than me, and you had the answer already waiting for me in the WoW submission box.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

I’m going to stop trying to find magic in places where it can’t exist and am going to start trying to create more of my own, instead. I haven’t figured out exactly how I’m going to do that yet, mind you, but I have some first steps in mind.

And knowing that you’ll be here to talk about them with me makes me that much more excited to take them !!!

Thanks to Fannie for the perfectly prescient submission. And thanks to all of you for listening today. Have a wonderful weekend!

love amb

28 thoughts on “WoW Fridays: George Bernard Shaw

  1. applause and standing ovation for this one 🙂 I think I will send my 11-year-old to you for amb camp as you’re tackling the problem instead of whining about it.

    How to create MORE magic with your words? (just had this thought: magic is not too many letters off from maffick–how ’bout that?) I have two thoughts, one short-term and one more long-term. ST: A certain guest post with two of your frequent commentors. LT: A new blogging business concept that is sure to make us (I mean the two hypothetical bloggers I’m hypothesizing about here) household names or at the very least rich and famous.

    Did that help?

    Hope today is better and I’m so sorry yesterday got you cranky. I’d be cranky, too, if I was stuck on a corporate wheel going nowhere fast. Maybe you should take over the company? You’d make a great boss. You’d set precedent for Marshmallow Mondays and the like. And folks could wear to pajama pants to work.

    • ” I think I will send my 11-year-old to you for amb camp as you’re tackling the problem instead of whining about it.”

      I happen to like whining about problems, Liz! And what’s the use of solving them if that means I can’t whine about them anymore. Hm?

      But Amb camp sounds like fun! (There’s a movie premise right there. Camp Amb!)

      Oh,hi, Amb!

      I love reading you write about tv shows, but I know that I’ll never see 85% of them. Sometimes the cognitive dissonance of that dominates and tells me, “Look, if you aren’t going to see it, don’t comment as if you were!”

      • Hey, diddy! Should we just talk amongst ourselves until amb shows up? Hope she slept well after her day yesterday.

        One of the reasons I enjoy amb’s tv (and movie) posts is that she can fill me in on what I haven’t seen. Saves me time 🙂

        Whine away, if that works for you. I just don’t like it in my kids as it makes them harder to live with. And if I send them to camp amb, I’ll have more of that elusive “me time” to watch amb’s recommends.

      • You know, I think I just said that for shock value. Of course you wouldn’t be Liz if you were a whiner!

        Yeah, I agree about Amb’s stuff! The extent of my pop cultural isolation is pretty severe, and now that you mentione it, Amb’s reportage fills me in on a huge number of shows and actors/actresses that I know absolutely nothing about. And a lot of those shows look good! (I’m just not set up to watch them, and if I got set up, it would be a lifestyle change that I might not welcome.)

        Anyway, it’s mainly fun to read just because of the way Amb writes.

        Here’s a question. Shouldn’t Amb be writing for arts and entertainment venues?

      • Good question! I would love to write for arts and entertainment venues. That would be a blast. I don’t suppose you have any connections, do you? 😉

      • Me. Connections to the entertainment world. Riiiiiggggghhhhhht.

        Liz’s plan sounds good. Also, why don’t you interview some actors, actresses, directors, etc., either when they come through your area, or long distance?

      • LOL! If by “long distance interview” you mean,

        “scream ‘Meryl I looooove you’ across the red carpet when she’s here for the Toronto Film Festival next month”

        then yes, I could totally do interviews 😉

      • agreed re: amb writing for arts and entertainment venues. She has a pretty thick resume if she pulls together all her movie, TV, and music pieces both here and @ BoFN.

        And note that I didn’t say I don’t whine. I said I don’t want my kids whining. Two different things 🙂

      • 😀 😀 😀
        Can I tell you how much I love that you all just chat amongst yourselves when I’m too crazed to answer comments during the day?!?!?!?!
        (Hint, it’s a lot).
        Ok – off to read and respond properly to everything now. Just had to get that out.

        😀 😀 😀

      • Hi, wdydfae!! How are things on your side of the world? So glad you came to chat!!

        And don’t worry about not seeing 85% of the shows I watch. Given the sheer volume of programs I follow, I’d say you could aim to not follow 90% and still be quite respectable.

        (I wish I could say it’s because Corporate World gives me a 50% discount on my tv services, but it’s not. It’s all me, baby).

      • Thank you! I’m so happy to be here!! *happy dance time TIMES A MILLION*

        My goodness, I loved your short and long term thoughts from this morning. You’re brilliant, Liz! Brilliant, I tell you! That second hypothetical hypothesis sounds especially awesome 😉

        Marshmallow Mondays cracked me the heck up. Forget waiting until I’m the head of the company – I’m instituting that one right now! Or next Monday, anyway. There will be talk of marshmallows. Stay tuned.

        PS: thank you for the lovely compliment about “camp amb”. Your girls are welcome to hang out with me anytime, as long as they’re warned that my cooking can’t live up to yours 🙂

  2. Oh man… I really feel like this is a post I could have written almost word-for-word a few months ago! I worked as a paralegal, writing immigration petition letters for foreign national employees of a big tech company, and I rocked at it. I was so good at BS-ing that I managed to get approvals for very difficult cases that the attorneys were sure would get denied. But while it was fun at first to come up with all the little turns-of-phrase that made the letters so persuasive, it just got so tiresome regurgitating words that weren’t really mine. I was lucky — my husband ended up getting an awesome job the week of our wedding, so I was able to look for a new job that wasn’t so emotionally exhausting. But I know you can do it, Amb! Create that magic!

    • Holy bananas Sam, I can’t tell you how encouraging this was to read! Just knowing that someone else out there on the inter-webs has gone through what I’m going through makes me feel better, and knowing it’s a (wannabe)author who loves words as much as I do – aka you! – is just the icing on the cake. Thank you !!!

    • Thank you Bon !!! But I don’t know about “more conversation” – I mean, how will we ever find anything to talk about?!? 😉 Hope you’re having a wonderful vacation xoox

  3. First of all, those Wonder Woman panties would be great for an Easter-ween basket. Second of all, you rock! Don’t forget that. Your creativity is what brings us back every day. 🙂

    Thanks for the shout out.

    • WW underwear in an Easter-ween basket? I. heart. Fannie! That’s going to be a crazy mental image to carry around, so thanks for that 😉

      And as long as I’m here, intercepting messages meant for you, amb, let me add that Tracy makes excellent points about 1) you rocking and 2) the allure of your creativity 🙂

  4. Amb, I can just see you writing the next “You’ve Got Mail”, but call it something like “Blog Coquetry “, write the story of you and Dave…. Hmmm, who should star in it?

  5. Amb, if you ever need anyone to talk to, you can reach me via my contact page. Just thought I’d throw that out there in case you get another craving for that Philadelphia chocolate cream cheese spread.

    As for the Wonder Woman panties–very cute 🙂 And the quote? Pretty good as well! I’m always in the mood for some good George Bernard Shaw quotes!

    • Thank you Jack! I really appreciate that. You seem like someone who’s been able to strike a real balance in your life between doing what you have to do and doing what you love to do, so having your advice and perspective would be great.

      Who isn’t in the mood for some good GBS quotes?! 🙂 Love that man’s stuff. Do you ever go to shows at the Shaw Festival?

      • Aww, thanks! I’m all open for helping!

        I have to admit, I’ve never been to the Shaw Festival. I’ve always wanted to see Romeo and Juliet at the Statford Festival, but I heard the last rendition of it was pretty atrocious. Apparently it was directed by Tim Carroll who did a great job with Peter Pan.

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