Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Hip Haps of the Week

You guys know I like to copy Tami over at Teacher Goes Back to School as often as I can. I'm sure she does not mind because I'm sure she loves inspiring my lazy ass to write something down. So as usual, darling Tams, one million thanks to you.

You guys can check out her Saturday Senses post here.

Here's some of the stuff from my week.

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Tasting... spaghetti, eaten at the table with my daughter. I could not tell you the last time we ate together at the table and I could not believe she was willing to try spaghetti. It was the most beautiful, magical plate of spaghetti ever.

Hearing... the things that come up in conversation with my beautiful girl when we are at the table free of distractions from the TV or the phone or the computer. I already knew this, but hanging with her like that reminds me of how interesting and funny and smart and fabulous she is.

Smelling... someone pass by me at Target wearing cologne that so totally reminded me of someone, in a good way. I love the connection of smells to our memories.

Seeing... insanity in the news and being really super glad my daughter is still young enough that she doesn't have to see it. I'm all for keeping my kid innocent for as long as it is feasible, possible, and logical. She will spend way more of her life aware of really bad things than not. Also seeing the City of Boston and its residents and its law enforcement being amazing.

Feeling... mindful, for the first time in just about ever, thanks to a mindful eating group I joined this week. Meditating (with my kid, no less), has been... I don't know the word to describe it. Empowering?  Enlightening? Interesting? Completely different than anything I've ever experienced before? I'm just stoked to find I can do it. Sorta. But it's only been two days for ten minutes each time and one time was a lot easier from the other but that's why they say you PRACTICE meditation, right? I'm sure my friends who practice meditation like Tams and Mamasattva would agree. Oh yes. I'm going to need a bunch more practice.

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Wishing/hoping... for health and happiness for my kid. I mean, that's an always thing, but she's had a few things recently effect her mood and... well, I worry because she's wired like me. She's so sensitive and feels things so intensely and sometimes she needs to just RELAX. We're working on it.

What are you guys seeing feeling tasting smelling wishing doing this week? I'd love to know because I'm nosy like that and sharing is FUN!

Monday, April 1, 2013

I Feel Much Better Now

I really do. What a difference a couple of days makes. Also being on vacation for seven days starting today. Also hanging with my kid, just being lazy, starting the day cuddling in bed with the kitty. Also looking forward to a get-away in a few days with a couple of my best besties.

Also posts like this on Facebook:

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Sometimes your friends post stuff at exactly the right time you need to see it. One of the many things I like about Facebook.

Also there is hecka stuff that makes me laugh. Like my propensity for setting cups and glasses on the edges of tables or, apparently, counters. My brother was razzing me about this and my proclivity toward klutziness last night, and then this morning I set my coffee cup down, walk away to do something, then come back and immediately take a picture to send to him because it looks like this:

Also since I joined this century last week and upgraded my phone to one of those fancy phones the kids talk about nowadays with the touchscreen-nanigans and whatnot, I was able to lay in bed and watch a little bit of Gossip Girl. ON MY PHONE. And last night the kid and I were talking about something we wanted to look up (when the new episode of Kickin' It comes on, not a show she watches all the time but she wants to see the new "Spyfall" episode [which, by the way, comes on Disney XD tonight]), and I was like oh let me send myself a message to do that and then I went, HEY WAIT A MINUTE! I can actually look that up now on my fancy phone!

Also (and this goes with the thing about being on vacation) it's 10:13 a.m. and I'm still in my jammies. And my hair is a mess. And I don't care! We might actually be having a super lazy day. Except I need to exercise because I've been nothing but gluttonous of late (see last post about getting my heart broken). Or we might go the movies today. Or maybe tomorrow. We're just like, we can do whatever we wanna do. That's pretty awesome. I rarely get days off with my kid because I work weekends so just being with her (even if it's like right now, where she is watching Littlest Pet Shop videos on YouTube and pointing out funny parts to me while I write this) is outf$%kingstanding beyond belief.

I was talking to some friends this morning and I told them what bothered me, and this is what I was trying to express in my last post, I guess, is that I like being all stiff upper lip and laughing instead of crying and stuff like that. I like that being a part of me. But lately I have been feeling like this other version of me, stuck in a sad place from which I can't crawl out. I do not like it, not one little bit. I know we need to take our time and grieve what we need to grieve. We need to feel it, not squash the feelings or anything. So maybe that's where I've been a little bit, doing a little grieving. And I'm sure my hormones gave me a helping hand.

But today, I really seriously do feel much better. I didn't want to keep that UGH post as my last thing when I'm not feeling like that right now.

I hope none of you are feeling ugh and if you do, I hope that feeling passes hecka quickly.

Might I suggest to you a Littlest Pet Shop video on YouTube? Kayla says they are great. No, seriously, you'd rather poke yourself in the eye with a rusty nail as my friend Stephy Poo would say, than watch a Littlest Pet Shop video, so I'm kidding. But I DO recommend a bunch of hugs and some funny TV or talking to a funny friend. Those are three really good things.

What DO you guys do to pull yourself out of a funk? Or what do you think about? I can always use some tips!

And another one for you is exercise, though you probably already knew that. I'm about to get some endorphin magic right now.