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Slaying Monsters

23 Mar

I’ve been slaying monsters recently. 

Monster

Slaying monsters is a term I came up with to describe the act of dealing with those tasks I’ve been putting off that have grown into looming clouds of dread. Some of these things are actually difficult, but often times, they’re just kind of unpleasant, or they involve making a phone call I don’t want to, or some other ickiness.  Usually, they really aren’t so bad once I dive in and do them, but I put them off until they become epic and I feel down and crappy every time I think of them. This time it’s been getting tax stuff ready for the accountant, finalizing some reservations for my other job that involved walking in the cold, and that I was afraid we might have lost (we didn’t), and getting certain bills paid.

Slaying monsters is a very liberating and uplifting experience. After feeling depressed and hemmed in for weeks, I finally get a head of steam and motivation up and get a bunch of things done, and then suddenly, I just feel light and free. It’s such a weight off.

I hate March anyway, and I usually end up in this situation about this time every year. It’s crappy and depressing outside, and it seems like a lot of the harder, more frustrating things in life tend to happen now. (Yes, taxes, I’m looking at you).

Fortunately, as I get older, it’s easier to remember how that works and I’m usually able to pull myself out of a slump and slay the monsters a lot sooner and easier than I used to.


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Ironically, I have also been breeding monsters for the past few days.  I discovered a great free game app, called Monster Story, and I’m just HOOKED. You have an island and you buy a couple eggs to raise your first monsters, grow them up, and then you can start breeding new ones. (Once you buy a “breeding garden”, of course).  I have four monsters I’m raising right now (none are fully grown yet), and I’m waiting for one egg to hatch. It’s got nine hours and forty-six minutes left. I know it’s silly, but I can play it on my phone while I’m waiting in lines or whatever, and it’s fun, and the monsters are SO CUTE!!  Pictures don’t really do them justice, because they play around in their habitats and some of them do pretty funny things…but LOOK!

Monster Story

Spring Bucket List

1 Mar

Bucket List

I’ll grant you this is a really short bucket list, but I expect (hope) this spring will be pretty busy with the basement project. I want to keep this attitude alive though, and try to take some time to have a few little luxuries and possibly learn something.

  • Try this recipe for Baked Lemon-Caper Fish on Greens that I saw on Home Sweet Sarah a while back. I’ve had something similar before, and I adore kale. Plus the ease of it might make for some healthier dinners in the midst of all this chaos during the construction phase of the project.
  • In the healthier dinner vein, I’d like to find and try at least two new crock pot meals. Preferably ones that will leave enough leftovers for some healthier lunches too. We’ve been making far too much use of the take-out menus at the shop, and it’s showing on the scale and in how I feel.
  • Paint my nails like a real girl, even if they’re just gonna get chewed to hell working on the basement anyway.
  • Find this move: What a Way to Go (1964) that Mandi just reviewed on Making Nice in the Midwest. This thing is totally up my alley, and I just about swooned when I saw the screen caps. (The movie is so visually stunning, I don’t even care if there’s a plot.) Not only does it star Shirley MacLaine, which is really all I needed, but also Paul Newman, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, and Robert Cummings. Dean Martin, people….
Shirley MacLaine

Photo from Righteous Film

  • Give elderflower cocktails a try – particularly the champagne ones. Glitter Guide has a delicious sounding one here: Pop, Clink, Fizz. Plus I’ve pinned quite a few others. This bucket item might be a little tricky since the only elderflower anything I’ve seen so far is St. Germain, and that’s pretty damn pricey. (“No, seriously, honey, I NEEED this for my blogging…”).
  • Get in at least one visit to the cabin, and sip a beer on the dock in the evening.

Cabin

  • Finish watching the entire run of Desperate Housewives on Netflix

All told, I think it’s a respectable list, and I’m pleased with it. It’s got a bit of practicality that will fit in with the project work and enough luxury to help keep me sane. (And I get bonus points if I drink elderflower-champagne cocktails while watching What a Way to Go.)

National Margarita Day!

22 Feb

margarita

I heard on the radio this morning that this is National Margarita Day!

I don’t really know if this is true, but if it’s Friday and your day looks like this:

snowy street

Then I’m all about celebrating with margaritas. (Truth be told, I don’t actually need a snowy day, or even a national one to celebrate with margaritas, but sometimes it’s nice to have back up.)

It also seemed like kind of an auspicious day to be kicking off my blog. The whole point of this is to embrace more chances to have fun and to remind myself to be present in the moment. I’m going through a massive change phase right now – two teenagers about to leave the nest, just getting started on a really cool new urban apartment to live in, and the process of cleaning up and selling our old farmhouse.

When this is all said and done, I’m looking forward to more of a margarita lifestyle, but I need to remember grab onto it now, rather than just marking time until we get where I want to be, and I’ve adjusted to the new status quo.

So get out there and order yourself a margarita! (Original, and on the rocks please, with salt.)

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