Category Archives: happy

chicken pancakes for the soul

Since my last post was such a thorough downer, I thought I’d go for something quick and uplifting (also because my to-do list for today had “blog” on it and I’m trying desperately to check everything off).  My friend sent me this video today, which I thought was the perfect antidote to Monday.

Afterward I popped over to the website – soulpancake.com.  I haven’t had a chance to really dig in much yet, but it seems like a fun site.  I particularly like that they have “activities” for you to do.  Although my younger self would never have believed it, the adult me enjoys completing as assignment.

There was one in particular called “Tweeting to the oldies” where you write a Tweet describing your grandparents.  Here was mine:

“The most wonderful flabby arms and the softest most wrinkliest skin. I miss her so much, 25 years later.”

Writing it actually made me tear up at my desk.

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slowly coming back to life

For the past month or so, I’ve been up to my ears in work, diets, exercise, and other non-fun things. I’m going to be honest, my job isn’t normally all that stressful, and most of the time I’m not very busy. Which means usually I’ve got enough free time during the day to keep up with all my Bloglines entries. (p.s. If you’re not using Bloglines, I really recommend it – I like it so much more than Google Reader).

However, last month someone on my team quit, and I’ve had to pick up the slack until her replacement starts. Hence I’ve been working later and don’t seem to have an extra five minutes during the day to peek at my beloved blogs. Added to this, I’ve been trying to diet and exercise, which is incredibly time consuming in itself, so even after-work time isn’t fun anymore. For the past month or so, I’ve felt so downtrodden. I don’t cook any good meals, I haven’t had time to write in my blog or my personal journal, my poor craft room has been completely ignored, and I’m lucky if I can read a book in bed for ten minutes before I conk out. (I also realize I’m a giant baby, and most people are much busier than this their whole lives)

Then I actually had a leisurely weekend, and I feel soooo much better. I spent some time with Greg, did some cleaning, hemmed and hung some new curtains. I decided that strict diets are not the thing for me at the moment, and I’m better off just eating light and getting out for brisk evening walks than choking down bland chicken. And most importantly, I started catching up on blog reading. It’s funny, because I feel so dead and closed off when I’m not keeping up with them. As soon as I start skimming through all of those beautiful photos and crafty ideas, I start to feel alive again. My creative pulse starts beating, and I practically get butterflies in my stomach. I can’t WAIT to get home and try this or that, I remember how nice it is to have a tidy house with no dishes in the sink, and I feel like making a nice tasty meal isn’t just a chore, it’s an exercise in beauty and meditation.

I still have several thousand more entries to get through before I’m caught up, but already I’m feeling unburdened and excited about life again! And I realize that maybe no matter how busy I am at work, I need to carve out a few minutes to look at some pretty things, for my sanity’s sake.