You might recall from this morning, I was feeling all kinds of annoyed and I vowed to get my shit together. . .because REALLY DENI, your life is already pretty damned spectacular. . .and life’s too short to be a miserable bitch. . .unless it’s funny.
So here’s my plan for a new and improved attitude in the next few days:
1. Hem the straps on the new swim suit and take Mac to the community pool. It looks lovely, uncrowded early in the day, only costs $1.50, and neither of us have any open wounds so I think we’ll be fine.
2. Aggressively throw shit out. Yes, nothing makes me happier than getting rid of stuff. There are three bins in the basement. One of which I’ve already emptied this afternoon. I’d love to deal with the other two in the next couple days.
3. Give myself a pedicure. . .without feeling guilty about the time it takes.
4. Call my Mother. We text daily but I haven’t spoken to her in a month. Before the kid, we spoke almost every day.
5. Return my college roommate, Ryan’s phone call.
6. See a new bird. We saw Least Terns last night. . .and I’m hungry for more.
7. Clean the house
8. Spend some quiet time with my Husband plotting exactly what we’re going to do on our trip. We need birds damnit!
9. Write one email to someone I care about. Mail a letter to someone I care about.
10. Bake cookies and make chocolate covered peanut butter squares.
11. Move the kitchen cabinet shelves up a notch so the shelf lines up with the divisions in the glass-front panes. I’ve been annoyed by that for at least 3 years now.
12. Give my petunias some love.
13. Trim my hair – it hasn’t had any attention since last NOVEMBER!
14. Figure out how to child-proof the desk. Mac’s harder on our tax returns than an IRS auditor!
15. Take Mac back to the swings at the park. He loved that this morning.
16. Lavish the geriatric Molly Dog with attention. She deserves more from me and maybe some Frosty Paws.
17. Make something. . .specifically three new covers for a few of our couch toss pillows.
18. Purchase some gel medium. I have a project I want to try transferring photos to canvas.
19. Go to Church. It’s been so hot the past two weekends (and there’s not AC), Mac and I stayed home.
20. Start accepting curveballs. The kid is getting older. He’s switching it up on us all the time. He’s getting more teeth and already sleeping poorly. This trip I’m all jazzed about is just another thing we have to do. It’s not necessarily any better or any worse than staying at home. . .but my thinking will make it so. If the kid has a catastrophic meltdown in the car on this trip, so then we just stop. We find a playground, some great eats, a birding hot spot, or a hotel and we enjoy our time together. I need to embrace the adventure. After all, doesn’t that stupid poster say it’s the journey not the destination and Jesus will carry you if you are barefoot because you were drunk and lost your flip flops or something like that?
21. Champagne. Or sangria. For breakfast if necessary. . .and maybe a Pina Colada. . .for lunch.
22. Start plotting a home decor facelift. There are a few things I’d like switched up in this joint – nothing major. . .Just little things. Starting yet another list always gets me inspired and happy.
23. Have Chris help me make a summer soundtrack for Mac on our iPods/iPhones. He’s just started loving music and clapping and rhythms and noise. I think he should have a select playlist for each season.
24. Meditate. I’ve gotten away from this habit and I know it sounds wonky but I can tell a difference in my mood and the way I deal with challenges. You can call me CRAZY (and that’s wholly accurate), but a little mediation goes a long ways towards keeping me focused, flexible, and gracious.
25. In the spirit of setting attainable goals for this attitude adjustment, I can’t think of anything else but it seemed lame to not make the list 25 items long. . .SO. . .I’m just going to make myself smile. . .