Monday, September 23, 2013

DISCOMBOBULATED....

Discombobulated:  to throw into a state of confusion; having ones composure disturbed
If I were asked to define my current state of mind, life, or anything else at the moment discombobulated would be my choice description.  
True story...

I recently went to buy some ink cartridge refills for my printer from a local office supply store.  The clerk pulled the ink, rang it up, and I was good to go.  The next day I discovered that one of the cartridges was wrong so I ran back to the store to exchange it.  On this particular morning I had a lot of events from strange to laughable unfold that left me slightly off kilter.  I arrive at the store to find a bored collage age clerk lounging on the register.  When he asked me if he could help me my brain went left and tongue went right and all that came out was an incoherent babble.  It took me a minute to string my words together and explain that I wanted to exchange to the cartridge.
(the start of an art journal)

The exchange was made and a request for my debit card to be swiped for the refund ensued and I was trying to swipe my store rewards card and it was just down hill from there.  Red faced I threw up my hands and exclaimed, "I have no idea why I am so discombobulated today!"  The clerk looks at me and says, "Dude!  Is that like really a word?  Like seriously?" to which I answer, "Totally, Google it."  He whips out his cell phone and asks me how to spell it, which I oblige.  He rattles off the definition to me and confirms that I used the word in the correct context.  Then he says,"I was thinking to myself,  Dude! this lady just made up the coolest word ever!  Do you mind if I use it?"  I reply, "Be my guest."  He made my day by thinking I was actually smart enough to come up with a cool word and I made his by increasing his vocabulary.
(the start of a new art journal)

The very worst part of being discombobulated is that I can't seem to pay attention long enough finish anything!  I just can't seem to find my footing and it is frustrating.   I keep starting and stopping things not quite settling into any one thing or seeing it through.  A little studio discombobulation, you may recognize some of these tidbits from previous posts, unfinished jewelry...
more unfinished jewelry...
even more unfinished jewelry...
oh and one more piece of unfinished jewelry (8 unfinished designs in total and a new sketch rattling around in my head)...
then there is that whole handmade fabric bead thing I am obsessed with lately, these just need to be wired and beaded...
hand painted canvas ready to turn into wearable cuffs...
my scrap jar is overflowing, more beads and backgrounds to be made...
a book to be finished and bound for the newest grand...
and as if that was not enough I have been dabbling in a little bit of metalsmithing...
My lofty goal this week is actually finish at least ONE thing pictured above!

I am starting to think I am my own problem, so many supplies, so many techniques, so many ideas, it is enough to leave one discombobulated!

Which thing above intrigues you enough that you would like to see it complete?

Blessings,
Sandy

15 comments:

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

Hi Sandy! My mom and dad used to use that word all the time, and I still sometimes use it myself. I have been feeling that way myself lately...too many things going...am putting my own blog to rest for awhile. I think I would like to see one of your jewelry projects completed. I myself bought Ice Resin two summers ago, and have yet to try it. What does that tell you?! Have a great evening! XO Sue

Vee said...

Oh this made me howl with laughter! I had a simple blood pressure check at the doctor's office a couple of weeks ago that went a lot like your encounter with the clerk. I was discombobulated that day. My appointment ended with the doctor very gently asking if I had ever thought of anti-anxiety medication. Sigh.

If I don't get some ink...expensive stuff that...I'm not going to be able to do any of my autumn/winter projects. I think I'm trying to decide if I need to get a new printer. There's usual some underlying unanswered problem to all my delays and stops and starts. And if one starts talking to herself, she's probably not going to stop!

Love you, my friend, thanks for being YOU.

Lorrie said...

Oh my. It's so nice to know that other people have days like this. Being pulled in too many directions will do that. I think I'm going to echo Sue's suggestion that you finish one of your jewelry projects.
When I'm discombobulated finishing one thing seems to settle me a little.
Take care, Sandy.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Welcome to MY world!! So nice to know I don't need to be lonely any more.

bobbie said...

You may be discombobulated (awesome story!), but all I see coming from your hands is joyful beauty.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.
That's all you HAVE to do ~

Big hugs coming your way ~

Lululiz said...

Thats it!!! Now I know whats wrong with me, lol, I am permanently discombobulated! Haven't heard that word in a long time, but it deserves to be spoken out loud much more often.
The art journal page looks wonderful, what a great start. Can't be all that discombobulated if you can produce a beautiful page like that.

Linda Primmer said...

We all have days like this. Don't feel alone. I have heard of this word many times over. Your blog is lovely. Coming over from Vees. I am your newest follower...Linda

maggiegracecreates said...

B R E A T H E

R E S T

S L O W D O W N

just take care my beautiful friend

Createology said...

Okay I use the word Discombobulated and it totally describes how I feel...Dude! Any one of your projects shown would be lovely to see finished...however I would vote for the little fabric book for your grandchild. They stay young for so little time. Happy to see you posting dear. Joyful Hugs Dear...

Diane ~ said...

I am often in a state of discombobulation but am so impressed that while being discombobulated you could spell it for the clerk!! Well done!

I just came across your wonderful blog while searching "Collage-Making" and I am delighted to have found you! I am now joyfully following you!!

Sue said...

Wonderful post, Sandy, from reading the previous comments, I think we all are experiencing some discombobulation, as for me I find myself in some great company. Any project completed would be beautiful.
. I bet that was the first time you were ever called 'Dude".~smile~
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Sue

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Don´t we all have those days - love the word and your post.
Hope you´re doing well Miss Sandy -Your new journal looks awesome.
xo Tina
catching up

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Hi Sandy, I understand the word and have experienced it as well. I can relate... anyway, I love love those sweet little books you're making. Can't wait to see them. Adorable. Blessings to you. ~ Abby

Caterina Giglio said...

well you set out with great intentions... and it can only come to lovely manifestation..

782ed10a-db4f-11e2-abe6-000bcdcb5194 said...

I just found you tonight through Pinterest - how have I missed you for so long! I thought I was the only one to have so many unfinished projects! Thank you for letting me know I am somewhat normal, what ever that is. Love your stuff! RosannaVan

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