It’s been one of “those” weeks–the kind where I’ve been extremely exhausted, stumbling through my daily routine, trying to juggle a lot of things at once, dealing with a few unexpected (and somewhat unwanted) bumps along the way. I have been more tired this week than I have been in a long time, and I can only attribute it to vacation finally catching up to us and to my body finally putting the brakes on after I’ve been forcing it to go, go, go for so long.
Since about Sunday (when I realized how crazy this week was going to be), I have been focusing on today as being the “finish line”–the last day of true obligation before I could finally have a quiet weekend. I have been fantasizing about today, thinking how wonderful it will be to come home and put on fleece everything and not talk to a soul for 12 hours. I have been dreaming about cleaning out my closet and trying out some new recipes for an article I plan to write. I’ve been excited to participate in the Short Story Challenge 2013, which starts tonight. But most of all, I’ve been excited to not have to travel more than 5 miles to accomplish any of these things (it’s safe to say my 100+ mile-a-day commute is wearing on me a bit…).
Although I still have a lot of things keeping me motivated, I hate feeling like I’m rushing through life, just “getting by” until I can get to the things I want to do. Every day is a choice; every day is an opportunity to be happy and to do great things, and I try my best to keep that in mind, even on the days when it’s not as easy to remember, but sometimes that works best in theory. Continue reading →
I realize that I’ve been doing so much stuff in connection to the blog that I’ve actually been neglecting to WRITE in the blog. D’oh.
Apologies for the cliché, but I really hit the ground running in 2013. As I’ve noted earlier, I feel that, although good things did happen in that time, the past 2 years have been a bit stagnant for me and it was time to start really getting my shit together. My friends are half-amused, half baffled by my only-sort-of joking adoption of the now-passé adage of YOLO (or “You Only Live Once” for those of you not into silly Internet slang). But I appreciate the sentiment, and instead of using it to create silly internet memes or drink to excess, I’m using it as a light-hearted reminder that life is indeed short and there’s a lot of shit I still want to get done before my time is over.
Original image from: http://upstreamdownstream.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/image.jpg
Well, I can’t post much right now because I need to start my work day soon, but I wanted to share some exciting news for those of you who might not already know: xojane.com published one of my articles yesterday!! I am so beyond excited and thrilled for the opportunity and am completely blown away by the response I’ve received so far, both from people close to me and from people I’ve never met. It’s been so awesome to read all the responses and get so much feedback, although admittedly it’s a bit bittersweet (it sucks to know so many other people understand the pains of Alzheimer’s firsthand…).
But the experience has definitely reenergized me and I’m even more focused than before to get my writing out there and to keep finding avenues where I can promote my work. And I really hope I get the opportunity to work with xoJane.com again–what an awesome publication to write for! (The same day my article premiered, they posted a piece by one of my favorite comediennes, Lisa Lampanelli!!)
So… I’m stoked, and humbled, and grateful, and overwhelmed, and excited. 2013 is my year, damnit, and this is just the beginning.
This weekend we headed up to Bear Creek Mountain with a bunch of friends to try our hand at some night snow tubing.
This is what I thought snow tubing would be like:
This is actually what it was like the first time I went down the mountain:
This is what it was like after I worked up the courage to do it again:
All in all, it was a good time, albeit initially terrifying. But I’m glad we went, I’m glad I didn’t give up after the first go-round, and I’m grateful that the only major injuries incurred were to my boots and not my body (or Donnie’s body, being that he hit a tree after his first run down the mountain).
There’s a beautiful parable wrapped in all this about trying something even when it terrifies you, and trying again, even when the first time did not go as planned, but you all are smart people, so I won’t spell it out for you. (Beyond that, I’m too distracted looking at clips from Cool Runnings to say anything too terribly poetic…)
I owe y’all a proper blog post, but things have been busy–good, but busy. I’m feeling damn good today, enjoying this gray day in Jersey, listening to some Otis Redding and enjoying the post-election, pre-snow electricity that’s in the air. Even though I know not everyone can be happy after Election Day/night, I love seeing how fired up people get for the political process.
And after an emotional week of watching my beloved state and so many friends and fellow New Jerseyeans deal with the aftermath of Sandy, it’s nice to feel hopeful and happy today.
So, this one is for everyone–whether you’re still riding the high of last night’s election results, or if you need of a pick-me-up because your party didn’t come out ahead. Because apparently, Diane Sawyer was the true political hero last night*:
*These clips are actually from the 2008 election, but there’s a slew of them from last night popping up on YouTube as well. Ch-ch-check ‘em out.
My work BFF sent me the link to this said how fantastic it was. After I saw what it was, I started to reply back that it was ridiculous. And then after about a second of play time, I was completely mesmerized. These people now how to get down.
And so, I present to you your moment of Zen. Take a few minutes and revel in the human body’s ability to move like that, and the human mind’s ability to rationalize some of those fashion choices.
I have a growing list of songs I’ve recently become addicted to, but this one has been on the top for some time now. I’ve been wanting to hold off on posting it ’til closer to winter/Christmas/New Year’s because I think it’ll be the perfect complement to that time of year, but reasons to post the song sooner keep on popping up. Continue reading →
Today’s Moment of Zen is brought to you by Buzzfeed, because this was just too incredible not to share:
One of the most amazing print/article gaffes I’ve seen. I feel the pain of whoever wrote this, because I know how cringe-inducing it is to realize that something you wrote was printed with a huge, glaring error that went uncorrected, but you’d kind of think that Vogue would have fact checkers…
What’s the worst/best correction/mess up you’ve seen (or been responsible for?) Bonus points if you have links/photos to show these misprints in all their glory!