Simple math


After the long weekend, I am back at work. Today is the start date of 3 new employees, which technically should increase my workload by 60%. However, as my mother pointed out, 60% of zero is still zero.

I spent yesterday with Meg and Josh recording my latest song, which you can now find on MySpace. They are becoming very dear friends to me, and spending hours upon hours with them leaves me feeling happy and filled as opposed to sapped. This is a big deal for me, since I thrive on silence, and generally don’t really like people (except you – I love you – kind of), and tend to spend most of my time curled up inside my hermit crab shell, and, unless my own personal Jim Halpert comes a callin’, can’t see myself ever sharing my abode with anyone. Duane says that I’m the most extroverted introvert he knows, and since I’m not shy, maybe that’s true. But at my core, there’s no percentage of extrovert. 60% of zero is still zero.

Meg and Josh have adamantly ordered that I not leave Nashville and move back to Seattle, which I threaten to do on a regular basis, especially since at one point this weekend, it was 40 degrees hotter here than in Seattle, and that is simply unacceptable. As I type, I am sitting in my marble throne room looking out the office window at my very executive, very high-society, very important person view of downtown Nashville, and the air is hazy and opaque and blindingly white with muggy heat. The current forecast is: “Broiling, with no end in sight.” I feel my soul, my hair, my frabjous cheer withering.

But Meg and Josh say I can’t leave. Never underestimate the power of making someone feel wanted, because when they say it, simply and directly, I believe them. There’s a life for me here, and not only am I searching for it, but I’m already living it. Adventure isn’t always exciting – a lot of the time, it’s just really hard and tedious and laborious. But then there are moments – little flashes – when it feels so worth it. And I’m not ready to close this chapter of the adventure. Not yet.

So, steady on. And I’m attempting to enjoy the journey, find the everyday gifts, and stay positive. They say there’s a chance of rain this weekend.

But 60% of zero is still zero.



  1. Greta on September 2, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    It is so tempting for me to want to describe the beautiful autumn-y day that we’re getting in Seattle today… And to talk about all the things that you could do (like, hang out with me, etc.) if you were back here, and to generally, all around REBUT Meg and Josh’s sly persuasion…

    But, the truth is, they’re right. You need to do what you need to do. And you need to stay where you are for as long as it takes to do that.

    But I do really miss you.

  2. Terry McNichols on September 2, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Love your new song.

  3. AnnieBlogs on September 2, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Don’t leave.

  4. | B e c k | on September 2, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Love the new song, Annie!
    First You Cry is still my favorite – mostly because it’s so true…

    Anyway, I’m glad you’re wanted in Nashville, Annie. People are more important than weather. Though you will be welcomed back here with open arms when the time is right!!!

  5. Tad on September 2, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Greta’s right. You are in the place you need to be. It was right that you went to Nashville.

    It sucks that Seattle isn’t where you’re supposed to be, but to not share you with the rest of the world would be selfish in the extreme.

    Come back to see us again soon.

  6. Paul on September 2, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Your new song is your best song. It is captivating, clever, and, as with any really good song, good story telling. The music itself is better than anything you’ve done, I think. I think it’s your most-likely-to-sell song. I think you’re brilliant, like your mother.I think you get better and better. I’m a novice and I really don’t count in Nashville, but, hell, Annie, you’re really good.

    Love, Dad

  7. Deborah Barnett on September 2, 2008 at 9:03 PM


    ok, please stay.

    I don’t really count in Nashville, either. But, hell, Annie… you ARE really good.

  8. Orderly Conduct on September 2, 2008 at 10:31 PM


    just stay.



  9. Grant on September 3, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    If it makes you feel any better, today in class when the professor was talking about what is expected of a graduate student in terms of writing/reading I wanted to move back to Nashville…but I’m sticking it out here in Seattle. I’m done in 3 years so then we can switch back then when you have songs cut and I am a therapist.

  10. Sally on September 5, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    “Adventure isn’t always exciting – a lot of the time, it’s just really hard and tedious and laborious.” So true, so very, very true. I think I learned that one in New Zealand. Where ever you go, it’s just life.

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