A Summary of Life Lately, in Action Verbs
Copying: This blogging format from nearly every blog I’ve read within the past month. I like it, and wish I knew who to credit the idea to.
Taking: My first official snow day today. I have schlepped in every other snowy day this season and sat around for hours with nothing to do. I’m not getting paid to organize my desk drawers, so today I will either stay in and bake cupcakes or go out and eat pancakes.
Reminiscing About: The first time I saw snow. I was 11 and went skiing with my family in Nevada. I got third degree burns and horrible blisters on my face because I didn’t believe you could get sunburned if it was cold outside.
Missing: My niece, who turned 9 last weekend. When I told her I was sorry for missing another birthday party she said: “Well, you live in New York and I live in Texas. Duh.” Hello, sassy tween years!
Watching: A million documentaries and old Cheers reruns on NetFlix since our TV hit the skids a few weeks ago. I blame this whole “mercury in retrograde” phenomenon for me missing the Winter Olympics.
Appreciating: The three young men I overheard on the subway yesterday, whose Valentine’s plans include walking around the city giving single roses to single mothers. Chivalry is not dead!
Dreaming: About sidewalks not completely covered in ice, cars not trapped under a brick of snow, and sun. Bright, beautiful, shoulder-burning sun. And little umbrellas in a cocktail.
Marveling: At the women wearing heels and short skirts for NY Fashion Week this past week. I leave the house wrapped up like the little brother in “A Christmas Story” every morning. I have no idea how those girls dress like that without losing toes or consciousness.
Sneezing: My brains out. Can’t kick this cold. Must eat more of this soup (make your own cold-kickin’ broth by simmering an organic chicken with a million cloves of garlic, a stupid amount of ginger and tons of cracked black peppercorns, then add in chewy udon noodles, cilantro, chives and the shredded chicken).
Listening: To Ronnie Milsap radio on repeat. Because it never disappoints and I have the same taste in music as my 86-year-old Texan grandfather.
Feeling: A little squishy. Some of my healthy habits have gone off the rails lately.
Switching: From $7 Lavazza coffee to $2 Cafe Caribe. Can barely tell a difference. Fellow cheapskates take note.
Researching: Post-graduate training programs, seminars and workshops to strengthen my work skillz. And I’m dragging all my therapist buddies down with me. Post-graduate posse in effect.
Loving: The tiny white Christmas tree I purposely left in my windowsill to keep my winter spirits from wilting. I will be doing this every year, post-holiday. It really helps.
Considering: Waking up Vinny so we can go play in the snowstorm.
Re-considering: Tomorrow’s V-Day. My dream gift is flowers. His is sleep.
What verbs are defining your life right now?