Anticipation, Expectation, Exploration...

The moment before something is often the best part, don't you think? Me, I'm a big fan of the build up to stuff. The shopping and chopping and cooking before a good meal. The table full of gifts, all covered in shiny paper and loving jottings, waiting to be unwrapped. The moment when you're onstage, and the band have started, and the audience is ready, and you're about to sing. That split second before a kiss, when everything just seems to stop...and hang...and slow...and then....

I'm good at anticipation.

Despite being by nature quite hotheaded and impetuous, I am good at waiting.

Sometimes.

I think this is because I like the lead up to things. I love having a glass of wine and blasting music and getting all glammed up for a ball or a formal. I love researching and reading and planning before a trip or a holiday. And since childhood I have preferred Christmas Eve to Christmas Day. Christmas Eve even smells good.

Tonight, however, I'm a little antsy. I'm a little muddled. And I just want to get a certain thing sorted. Soon.

Love,
Cxx

PS In typical Claire style, I've found time to write this...but not to pack for my journey south tomorrow... that part of the buildup I've never been good at!
PPS How cool is Google Reader?
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25 comments:

  1. Anticipation sucks. This makes me sound like a spoiled brat, but if I want it, I want it now. I don't want to wait. Waiting is for suckers.

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  2. If Google Reader were a person I would marry him/her (I'm not picky!)

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  3. I have yet to meet Google Reader but I will have to find out how cool it really is. My problems is that I don't stop and enjoy the moment or event. I am always wondering how much time is left or something to that effect instead of savoring it.

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  4. I am so not patient. I want xmas to be xmas eve! hope you have a great trip. thanks for checking my blog out!

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  5. You know I giggle with this post, LOL
    I kind of or better said I am very energetic and yes I can kind of anticipate and get overexcited to the point of making myself tired, too, LOL
    Although, With time I have been trying to stop and enjoy the smell of the roses but no denying of what I said before.
    Very lovely post!
    Have a great trip!

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  6. Ahhh... if we can't enjoy the journey, the destination is a let down, I think.

    But I have to admit... when there is something I have to have, have to do... I just want to get on to it.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog... Cheers to love!

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  7. I know exactly what you mean and love anticipation as well. It makes you all tingly! haha

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  8. I like your philosophy Claire. Anticipation is half of the enjoyment. Like kids building a tree house. In fact in this case building it is the most fun. Thanks for your comment on my site too. - Dave

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  9. Anticipation is nice, but I usually hype up whatever is going to happen so much... it winds up being less-than-stellar. :-(

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  10. I love a good build up but sometimes that turns out to be better than the actual event - ya know what I mean?


    Thanks for stopping by yesterday - hope to see you around soon.

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  11. My husband calls me Iggy for Instant Gratification Gyrrlll.... only when I'm in that kind of mood. Your patience for anticipation intrigues me. I like the sound of this build up. I just hate disappointment, LOL. It's gotta have a great payoff. The dinner analogy really works for me.

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  12. Ah, you've captured it perfectly, that suspense, build up, the lingering right before.
    Yummy.

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  13. Oooh the mystery. I'm not so much anxious as sometimes the best times are the ones not planned.

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  14. It's great that you enjoy anticipation - may as well get good mileage from the fun things in life! :-)

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  15. i'm all about the actual event. the only thing i like about build ups are countdowns. i wanna know when it's coming to the second!!

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  16. anticipation rocks and google reader rocks my world : )

    have fun!! xo

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  17. I have no clue what google reader is. Apparently I'm so out of it.

    Hope your moment is as fun as the anticipation leading up to it!

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  18. Hi claire, haven't been here for awhile...look how popular you are! Yay for you...you write from your heart, and I'm glad so many people are getting a chance to know you.

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  19. Wonderful post...
    I love the build up to things too. Once you reach the moment you have been waiting for, it's just a moment, and that moment goes by so quick! It's much more fun to linger in the many long moments of anticipation.
    :)

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  20. I agree. Christmas eve, is far better then Christmas. After all the presents are opened and your waiting for the dinner it's depressing. I usually fall back to sleep, under the tree hugging my favorite gift.
    If your like me you wont sleep the night before the trip. I hope it an awesome one!

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  21. The best part is usually the preparation - at least for me - because the possibilities are still endless and mostly good in your mind. Enjoy the trip.

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  22. Yeah, I'm the kind of guy who will realize I haven't packed yet on the morning when I'm about to leave. It goes something like this.

    "Got you bags with you?"

    "Oh, yeah! I gotta pack! Hold it a minute, alright?"

    Thanks for visiting!

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  23. i think i need to learn to enjoy the anticipation a little more....

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  24. I do enjoy anticipation! Like the day after Christmas always seems like a let down because all the fun is over.
    Enjoy your trip!

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  25. I love Christmas Eve too!!

    Pack, Schmack! Just toss in some pants, a bra, some socks and tshirts...pack your passport in your hip pocket, a scarf (in case)and depending on your destination, your swimsuit...get out your credit card and you're ready to go.

    :)

    Have fun!
    xx
    pinks

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