Guest Post: PD, from Cricket Muse, on Grrs and Greats

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photo credit: Never trust an Ewok via photopin (license)

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Sometimes, happiness and sadness is a matter of mere inches.

GAD GRAPHICThey say that in sports. Joe Hawley plays center for the 6-10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He told me Sunday that football is a game of inches. An inch here or an inch there, he reasoned, and maybe they’d be like the 15-1 Carolina Panthers and not third-place Atlanta.

Today’s guest post is about a world of difference – in a matter of letters.

PD Webb writes the blog CricketMuse: : A Writer’s Journey as a Reader. She once had a story published in Highlights for Children, ya’ll. That’s cool stuff. She blogs about reading and writing and also about just writing.

She has this really cool concept she’s sharing today.

It’s about grripes and grreats. The difference between them, as in the NFL, is a matter of inches. They take place in that space between idealism and pessimism. In fact, Grace came up with one when I told her about this post.

(But I’ll have to ask her when I see her in the morning – I’ve blanked on it!)

Please give PD a warm CD welcome, and check out her blog, too.

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photo credit: next lesson: how to fix your fighter via photopin (license)

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Not that it’s a resolution, but I have come to the conclusion I have got to find a balance to my aggravating days and really great days. You know the routine:

“How’d your day go, dear?”

“Are you kidding? The stoplight skipped a cycle and I’m hanging out waiting for-ever, and when I finally get to the light it goes red again! That’s before I even got to work. I dropped my keys in a puddle, I forgot about a meeting, the boss came by for an unexpected chat and I was updating my blog, which was on my break, but his frown didn’t register that information…yada yada.”

It’s soooo easy to just grrumble.

Then again, I’m not very good at the PollyAnna side of life, where all is rose petals and never a thorn.

I’ve decided to balance a great for every grripe.

Here is my ongoing Grrs and Greats list:


GRR: food packages that require Herculean effort
to pull apart
GREAT: handy “tear here” bags that seal with a zip


GRR: forgetful servers on a tight lunch break
GREAT: a server who remembers I like lemon with my water

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photo credit: Lemon via photopin (license)


GRR: running into someone and drawing a blank as to name
GREAT: not only remembering the person’s name but remembering
pertinent details that obviously hit the mark


GRR: a book that has been on hold FoREveR, only to be a dud
GREAT: grabbing that last minute read while in the checkout line and it is FABulouS!

GRR: a DVD with only previews for the special features
GREAT:  an entire dedicated disc of special features WITH a bloopers reel

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photo credit: 100711 Day 21 organised via photopin (license)

GRR: forgetting to wash the sheets – again
GREAT: slipping into freshly laundered sheets after a really hard day

GRR: the store drop-listed a favorite brand
GREAT: it’s on the shelf again and on sale!

GRR: hanging out in waiting room limbo for more than a half hour
GREAT: wait time of ten minutes or at least new magazines

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photo credit: my power bill via photopin (license)

GRR: forgetting to pay a bill and getting punched with a hefty late fine
GREAT: getting a refund for overpayment, or a rebate, or a gift for being such a valued customer

GRR: the school district decides to close school and it’s important test day
GREAT:the school district decides to close school and it’s important test day [a matter of perspective]


GRR: someone with 30 items in the 15 or fewer line
GREAT: the person who says, “Go ahead, you’ve only got a couple of things.”

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photo credit: FORD Truck via photopin (license)

GRR: getting gas and up the street it’s going for 20 cents less a gallon
GREAT: a full tank prior to a gas hike

GRR: saving up and buying that F.i.B. only to find it on sale a week later
GREAT: finding that fabulous F.i.B. on clearance, saving mungo bucks

GRR: the long dark days of winter
GREAT: hmm, I’m still trying to find something really great about the long days of winter

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photo credit: Stock Photography – Canadian Money via photopin (license)

GRR: realizing you forgot to go to the ATM
GREAT: finding an unexpected $20 in forgotten pocket

GRR: gaining 2 pounds while sleeping
GREAT: losing 5 pounds even sneaking in an extra cookie

GRR: teller marketing calls in the evening
GREAT: an unexpected call from a loved one


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photo credit: IMG_8818 via photopin (license)

GRR: the timing belt needs replacing
GREAT: a surprise residual check for $500

GRR: three views on a post that took an hour to compose
GREAT: Freshly Pressed

GRR: having a talkative popcorn scrabbler directly seated behind you
GREAT: a matinee theater with a pick of seats

Balance is indeed important. And while I’m still working on figuring out how to embrace those tedious winter days, I’m hoping you have come up with a couple of GRRS and GREATS of your own.

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  1. ksbeth says:

    yes – i love the approach of balancing the two. someone it makes the heavy load lighter.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      ideally, there’ll always be a counter-balance, right beth?

  2. I absolutely love this and sometimes things are out of our control, but still sometimes it is really all about perspective.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Or there’s something to look forward to, Janine. At least we can hope.

  3. Great idea to balance things. Years ago, when I worked on ships, it seems like my life was full of complaining and griping. Most of the talk around me was the same. When I look back, life was pretty simple: get up, work, eat, work, sleep, work, do laundry, work, repeat. My commute was a flight of stairs. I didn’t have to shop for food or cook. Didn’t have a child or a husband to have to deal with. I honestly don’t know what I had to complain about (other than working for a psycho captain or two).

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Every life has its challenges, I suppose. And its advantages?

  4. kismaslife says:

    This a million times over! Love this… And yes I’m already listing my grr’s and great’s.

    Awesome post for the new year! Thank you PD for the brilliant post and Eli for the introduction!

    1. cricketmuse says:

      Thanks for stopping by to read the list.

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        I hope she’ll make a list of her own, PD. Brilliant idea.

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked it Tiffany – can’t wait to see your lists. You’d like PD’s page, too.

  5. stomperdad says:

    Great balance! As for the long nights of winter, there’s more time to star gaze at the wonderful heavens. Awesome idea. We should all find a balance of grrrs and grrreats.

    1. cricketmuse says:

      If the grey skies would clear I would!

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        Nothing worse than a celestial event – and cloud cover.(well, except for gluten-free pizza crust).

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      I think you should write a post on them, Eric.

  6. cricketmuse says:

    Thanks for the limelight, Eli!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks for shining in it, PD.

      1. cricketmuse says:

        Haha–better a shiny lime than a dazzling lemon?

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        add rum and coke and you could be either.

  7. You are so right, we need to find those GREATS that balance the GRRRR moments.
    Here’s the one you were struggling with: long dark winter days = earlier bed time. In theory. Haha.
    OK, next try: more days to look forward to spring! It’s called “Savor the wait”, I heard 😉
    Happy new year and many GREAT moments 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’ll settle for just a handful, Tamara!

  8. Rorybore says:

    I love that Robin Williams quote about the bad in life wakes us up to the good we were not paying attention to. It’s so true; days will be hard, life throws curves….. and just like a well worn blanket it all stitches together to make something beautiful that envelopes us.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Robin Williams said some brilliant things, Rore.

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