It's that time again for me to list out a few things that are awesome in life right now. This whole being off social media thing has been tricky in a lot of ways (more on this in my next post), but one thing it has helped me with is staying focused on what's going on here in the now. And often times when I feel myself getting a little bit down, it helps to remember what has been good and joyous and funny and quirky in life.
So here it goes...
-Twinkly lights- Recently we experienced the outer bands of Tropical Storm Hermine. It was definitely not too bad at all, just several days with some good solid storming, so we were stuck in the house for a while. I'll be honest...this is actually not much different from how we usually spend our days, which might indicate that I need to get our butts out of the house more often...but on the plus side, I suppose, I definitely did not feel too put out. It was a significant degree darker in our house because of all the gloominess, so what better thing to do than turn on some twinkly lights and build a fort? I love twinkly lights. They make me feel so cozy and magical. And Evie liked them too...for about 10 minutes.
-Loose leaf tea- It took me over a month, but I finally decided what to buy with my birthday money. Everything I could possibly need to make a decent cup of tea. Loose leaf tea. A tea brewer. And a tea mug. I've been thinking lately that I need to find some refreshing ways to treat myself more often. I think I tend to overlook the importance of taking time to be truly refreshed...I tend to kind of plunk along and just get through it, but you know, life goes by much more sweetly when you stop to smell the roses. Or brew a cup of tea. I just love the whole process of watching the steamy hot water soak up all of the color and flavor from the leaves. I love pouring the tea into my special new mug. And of course I love sipping it slowly and enjoying the unique blend of flavors. Granted, I sometimes am left with cold tea before I'm anywhere near finishing because of a couple lovely little ladies keeping me on my toes in the morning. But I'll take what I can get. If you're looking to get into tea, I loved this blog post all about tea by This Little Wandering.
-Evie learning new words- This has been one of the most hilarious aspects of living with a toddler. She now knows how to say "right there," which she pronounces "wight dur," and says when she wants you to sit next to her or when she wants you to put something somewhere. For example, when she wants her milk cup "wight dur" on the table in front of her. Or if she wants me to sit 'wight dur" by her on the couch. This phrase is often accompanied by some exuberant index finger pointing at the location where she wants whatever it is to go. Another humorous, though slightly scandalous, development is her trying out the words "fork" and "frog", which somehow sound exactly the same when she says them, and at the same time, do not sound like either word at all. In fact, they both actually sound quite a bit like another four letter word that starts with "f"....if you know what I mean. What makes this even more humorous (or mortifying) is that she has also begun using "me" to refer to herself. So when she wants something it usually goes like this: "Water? Me?" or "Blankie? Me?" You can imagine what it sounds like when she is asking for a fork.
-Watercolor pens- These are pretty snazzy. I got them to use with my adult coloring books. They look like markers but really they are more like brushes that come with watercolors inside of them. The tips are plastic bristle, but very fine, so you can achieve nice detail. Or in my case, color within teeny lines. Plus the colors are vibrant and rich and so fun to use. This was another one of my efforts at pursuing refreshment. Treat Yo Self.
-Going to the library with both of my children and surviving- Major victory is basically what needs to be said here. I still (stillllllll) have this fear of leaving the house with both children by myself. This fear often trumps other desires I might have, such as staying sane or having fresh food in the house. But this time, my fear was outdone by the knowledge that the very books I wanted were available at the library. So off we went, the ladies and me, to peruse among the narrow shelving aisles wielding a double stroller. A little complicated, but it went great! There was minimal fussing from Evie, and Nora just sat there contentedly. The best strategy I could come up with, while considering all worst case scenarios, was to keep Evie strapped into the stroller so she couldn't run away or fight me and throw a fit when it was time to leave. I felt bad afterward that I didn't let her get down to explore and play in the kid's section, but I wasn't quite ready for that. I'm working up to it. All in all, though, I felt pretty proud of all of us. What books were worth venturing out into the great unknown, you might be wondering? On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson (a book on my 2016 reading list) and Demelza, book two of the Poldark series by Winston Graham, which is also an incredibly awesome tv show on PBS. Aaaand season two premiers September 25th!! I can't even wait.
-And finally, this little Nora face:
What's on your list of awesome?? Leave a comment, I'd love to know!!
**I'm not sure who actually said the awesome quote from the beginning of this post, but I discovered it when I was browsing through these awesome letter boards by LetterFolk.**