Day 1656: Holding on

I’m holding on to many things as we pack up to move, including

  • my sense of humor,
  • things I find valuable,
  • my job,
  • creatures I love,
  • my thoughts,
  • my feelings,
  • my sanity, and
  • my iPhone, so I can be put on hold and also take pictures of my holdings.























Before I started writing today’s blog post, I got a little ferklempt at the end of this excerpt from last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Show (which is holding on here at YouTube):


As always, I’m holding on to gratitude for all those who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — for you, who keep me holding on.



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27 thoughts on “Day 1656: Holding on

  1. 1656 (2), wow, that day went quick, seemed like only 2 hours, lots of memoribilia, so interesting, so hard to part ways. Loved that line, “one of my tear drops could flood the world”. I wrote a similar one years ago. “how many rivers of tears must we cry before all our deepest wells run dry”

    • A client said that, years ago. I held on to it because I thought it was so poignant and poetic. Thanks for the interesting and lovely comment.

  2. So very many memory triggers here. Happy Moving, Ann. And how I miss Jon Stewart !

  3. …pssst – the cat is out of the bag!

  4. I don’t know where to begin, which is a lot like the process of moving itself, which can be intimidating when you don’t know where to begin. It can be overwhelming because there’s so much to work with, so much to think about. I think about how much fun Jimmy Kimmel and Jon Stewart have together, and how much fun that young man’s Bar Mitzvah must have been. And I think about a story Craig Ferguson told on his first show: Jimmy Kimmel sent him a bouquet of flowers with a note that said “Welcome to Hell.” Now, though, it seems like the time to think about the interview with Mel Brooks in Poking A Dead Frog in which he says, “Someone once said you never finish anything, you just abandon it.”

  5. That breathe poster is great

  6. Excellent post in the midst of your whirlwind day. Breathe and know you are getting things done and soon you can sit back and laugh. May all your boxes feel like half the weight they are!

  7. Ann, I don’t know how you manage blogging every day while moving. You are my hero! So many quotes and pics just so touched me as I slowly scrolled through. Hold on to whatever it takes to get you in one piece into your new dwelling place. Peace!! 🌹🌼🌹

  8. Maureen

    Hang on! Why would somebody poke a dead frog? I have been wondering that all day, since reading your post for the first time this morning. I was using Wifi at the time, which was slow, and most of the photos only partially loaded, displaying curious partial comments and images. The poke a frog photo loaded fully, however, but I wasn’t sure what you were hoping I’d take from it. Please share!

    I’m glad that you are hanging onto your sanity, your sense of humour and your cat clock.

    • See Christopher’s comment, above, for more about that book. We’re holding on to it because it has so many great interviews with amazing comedy writers.

  9. Ann, I adored you before this post. But you, AND Jackie Chan? You are at a whole new level. 🙂

  10. I think Oscar’s eye chart is very funny! Ah, the boxes! Hang in, it’ll be done soon.

  11. I’m sure you’ll get a grip 🙂

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  13. Hang on to the good stuff and keep smiling Ann 💕

  14. The best thing about this beautiful holding-on stuff, Ann, is that the thought behind each piece rides forever with you in that special heart of yours as you move to the new house by the ocean. It’s what makes you, you!

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