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Foolishness and Fabulous Mail

pkg3.jpg Who’s the big April fool?

Today that would be me.

I fell for a ridiculous April Fool’s joke. In my defense I was operating on less than four hours of sleep and looking for an out. You see, my training for next month’s big 25K isn’t going so well. Illness sidelined me for a few weeks last month and now I’m way off my training schedule and dragging my rear.

So when a message arrived in my inbox early this morning while I was rushing to proofread next Sunday’s craft column. I opened it and gasped. The e-mail stated the big race I’d hoped to run again this year was canceled because the locals didn’t want to deal with the influx of traffic. Even though it sounded like ridiculous reason to cancel, I did not question the truth of the message. I wasn’t disappointed. I was relieved.

Skepticism didn’t even register. I was too tired to think critically and sadly read right over the lame rationale.

Right away I thought of the sign in front of the church that my friend mentioned passing on her way to my house the other day. “If you can’t decide, circumstances will choose for you.” (Or something to that effect.) I immediately forwarded the e-mail to my husband at work. “Circumstances just took care of themselves” was my subject line. My message went on to express my shock and relief over the so-called cancellation of the big race because I don’t feel ready. I also encouraged Jeff to make sure the sports department at the newspaper where we work was on top of this unfortunate development.

Jeff’s response was calm and swift as usual.

“Check the date,” he responded via e-mail.

“Huh? What?” I said aloud, sitting alone at our kitchen table in my PJs.

I read the race cancellation message again and finally realized I had just fell for one of the lamest April Fools gags ever. I wanted to kick myself and the guy who sent the e-mail. Son of a stitch.

So that’s the genius way I started my day. After that I was kind of bracing for what would happen next.

The good news is that I don’t think I fell for any other pranks, at least none that I’m aware of. On the way back from Abby’s pre-school parent/teacher conference I checked the ol’ P.O. Box and found an envelope containing the smartly wrapped package at the top of this post from Laura Buzard, owner of Laura Bee Designs in Seattle. (CraftSanity episode 39)

Check out what was inside:

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Laura printed my sister, Julie’s, awesome photo of Amelia photographing my quilt and stitched in onto a lovely mini-wallet. I LOVE it, Laura! Thank you! After showing showing it off to my family, I stuffed it with a stack of CraftSanity business cards.

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Now I just have to sort out this whole 25K situation…

Comments

Comment from Emily
Time: April 2, 2008, 7:03 pm

Oh, poor you! I would love for some big thing like a giant race to be cancelled if I were in your (running) shoes! My daughter put blue food coloring in the milk yesterday before leaving for school. It was a great, benign April Fools gag, and our family got a bang out of it!

Love the little wallet! Laura Bee products look fabulous; one day I’ll stop by the shop! Lucky you!

Comment from Troy (DDH Running)
Time: April 3, 2008, 4:43 am

LOL….. A friend emailed me this link and I have not laughed this hard in a few weeks.. Thanks…

Oh, don’t feel to bad, I got two others with it too.

So I guess you’re still in for the race.

Comment from Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Time: April 3, 2008, 6:56 am

Hey, Troy, I mean, Mark, I’ll be sure to thank your friend next time I see her. Just a warning, you might want to be moving a little fast next time I see you because the April Fool in me still kinda wants to kick you! If I would have had more than a few hours of sleep, I never would have fell for this… at least I really hope not. But you got me, so enjoy it. Paybacks are hell, buddy. : )

Comment from Troy (DDH Running)
Time: April 7, 2008, 12:08 pm

yeah you keep telling yourself that…. ;-)~

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