taking her doll all around the playground . . .
when i turned around for like 30 seconds and came back into the kitchen to find she had CLIMBED UP INTO HER HIGH CHAIR and — looking quite pleased with herself — was trying to buckle it. this nearly sent me into labor.
bits of joy
during my massage**, i started making a little ‘bits of joy’ list in my head, as described by laura vanderkam in her resolutions post [and i believe in her 168 hours book]. since a lot of my january goals have been about eliminating wasted time and negative energy . . . i feel like i need to find good things to FILL those little [often REALLY little] pockets. after all, breaks are not inherently a bad thing. i just don’t want to fill them all up with things that have been making me feel empty.
here are some ideas i came up with . . .
listen to a song
write a quick email to a friend
look at pictures/videos
attempt to meditate [i’m terrible at this, but maybe some day . . .]
plan out an upcoming weekend: make a few playdate inquiries or figure out a local destination to check out
peruse rottentomatoes or another similar website to start a list of ‘want to watch’ movies
browse the online sale ‘racks’ at baby gap or mini boden for baby clothes
draft a blog post
take a walk [or a drive] to get some tea [or coffee . . . or a snack. depending on mood!]
find a few recipes to try for the next week and make a shopping list
read: for pleasure, or about an interesting or controversial work-related topic
order a gift [even if it will be a little early] for a friend/relative’s upcoming birthday
i need more!! ideas?
* in retrospect it probably would have been doable but in other classes we’ve gone into water that’s too deep for me to stand easily in, and i know i would STRUGGLE in my current state trying to wrangle a. and myself. and feel ridiculous in the process.
** i never zone out during massages — i’m either going through to-do lists [ugh] or thinking nice happy flowing thoughts, often about the future [better!]