Today Feb 17, 2018: Hello Sunshine

Today

Sat Feb 17, 2018

Hazy sunshine trying to break through this morning. I love winter, but I’m ready for it to be over so I can go outside without wearing eight layers of clothing.

Hello, Sunshine, indeed! It finally broke through!

 

Fri Feb 16, 2018

I could carry travel costumes for the entire crew of the von Trapp Family Singers in the bags under my eyes this morning. Long week. Happy Friday everyone!

 

Thu Feb 15, 2018

Me watching any Olympic event: WOW! That was amazing!! So great!

Commentator: Wow. What a devastating mistake for this athlete. That is not what you want to see, folks. No chance of a medal now.

Me: oh.

 

Wed Feb 14, 2018

I was walking to my car at the end of a busy, stressful day when I passed by a random person who was playing a beautiful classical song on the piano in the atrium. Thank you, random person, for reminding me to stop and take a deep breath.

 

Thu Feb 13, 2018

My life will henceforth be divided into the time before and after I realized the lyrics to the theme from St Elmo’s Fire are “all I need’s this pair of wheels” not “underneath this pair of wheels”, a turn of phrase I always found puzzling.

 

Mon Feb 12, 2018

Stationary bike. Only one mile in five minutes, but I didn’t want to do it at all, sooo victory!

 

Sun Feb 11, 2018

Morning grape juice in my fish glass.

 

Today Feb 10, 2018: New Year, Familiar Waffles

Today

Sat Feb 10, 2018

My lamp and today’s mug should have called each other last night to make sure they weren’t going to wear the same thing today. Target’s 2017 home decor color schemes were on point. Matchy-matchy.

 

Fri Feb 09, 2018

Snow! Part Deux: Bigger, Badder, Fluffier!

 

Thu Feb 08, 2018

That moment when you’re staring confusedly at the television wondering what kind of weird movie trailer this is and then realize it’s a fragrance commercial.

 

Wed Feb 07, 2018

Hypothesis: Stress noticeably dissipates from your body while listening to Henry Mancini’s Baby Elephant Walk.

Test Sample Size: 1

Results: Hypothesis Confirmed.

 

Tue Feb 06, 2018

Snow Pants: a haiku

Seven minute walk

Wind chill far below zero

Snow pants, I love you

 

Mon Feb 05, 2018

Snow!

 

Sat Feb 03, 2018

The only thing that sounded even remotely good for lunch. Eggos and peanut butter.

 

Thu Feb 01, 2018

Last night, about 90 minutes after I fell asleep, I woke up from a nightmare screaming in terror with no sound coming out of my mouth. I had to turn on the lights and the tv until I was ready to go back to sleep. When my alarm went off in the morning I was having a dream that I was in a giant warehouse in front of a speeding newspaper printing press with papers whizzing by. At the end of the press I watched as the pages magically bound themselves into a large, heavy, hardcover dictionary. I was so excited I picked it up, opened it, and stuck my head in to smell the new book smell of the warm pages. It was a wild night in my brain.

 

Sun Jan 28, 2018

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate late night ice cream snack.

 

Fri Jan 26, 2018

Nothing feels better for an exhaustion headache on a really cold day than when your body is bundled up nice and warm in a coat and you walk through a street corridor between two tall buildings and the jet stream of wind freezes your bare head like an ice pack. I mean maybe something feels better but that felt really good today after a long week.

 

Tue Jan 23, 2018

ME EVERY TIME #FiddlerOnTheRoof
COMES ON TV:

Hmm. I’m busy. I should switch this off.

Well. I’ll just watch long enough so I can sing Tradition.

Well. I’ll just watch until I can sing Matchmaker.

Well. I’ll just watch until I can sing If I Were A Rich Man.

Well…
#TCMParty

 

Mon Jan 22, 2018

I start re-reading this favorite childhood book during every blizzard.

 

Doing the dishes.

 

Sun Jan 21, 2018

The late night sky has a different hue when there is rain or snow in the air. When the house is dark and I see the sky through the slats in the blinds it’s almost pink. Precipitation Pink.

 

Sat Jan 20, 2018

A wave of nostalgia in the frozen foods section possessed me to buy a bag of tater tots today.

 

Mon Jan 15, 2018

I bought this shirt 4 years ago, having never seen the movie, fully confident I would one day make myself legit. Tonight is that night. I am nothing if not perpetually 35 years late to the party! #ReturnOfTheJedi #MovieMonday

 

Sun Jan 14, 2018

I somehow took 24 photos of my pasta, because I didn’t realize my finger was holding down a button as I held my phone. An hour later Google Photos presented me with a stylized animation of said pasta sitting perfectly still on my plate.

Thank goodness for technology.

 

Sat Jan 13, 2018

Accurate depiction of my face while watching the end of #CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind for the first time tonight. Riveting! Beautiful score too. #DVRtheater #TCMParty

 

Thu Jan 11, 2018

Finally got to have some vacation day fun this afternoon! Now I need a nap. And pizza. Not necessarily in that order.

 

Sat Jan 06, 2018

A: Two.
Q: How many days was I into my New Year’s goal of doing my extremely simple exercise routine every day before I pulled my hamstring?

And to be honest…I may have technically tweaked it getting out of bed after a nap after exercising.

#NewYearNewYou

 

Fri Jan 05, 2018

Week one after the holidays and there still seems to be glitter everywhere. I don’t think I was even involved in anything glitter related this year and it’s still everywhere. Wait. See Jan 01 post…2018 Glitter Glasses. Mystery solved.

 

Tue Jan 02, 2018

Sunset.

 

Mon Jan 01, 2018

Who Wore It Better This New Year’s Eve: Glasses Edition! Me with my 2018 Glitter Glasses over my prescription eyewear or the PBS Nerd logo on my t-shirt?

Reset

Essays, Today

Surprise! It’s me. I’m still here. What’s 14 months between friends, right? I’m sure we’ll pick right back up, like no time has passed, as all good friends do. Look, let’s just lay all our cards on the table here, 2017 was a roller coaster of a year where most days I felt like I was barely keeping my head above water, if I may mix three metaphors in one sentence.

When I get bombarded with too many stimuli, my body and mind enter into a state I’m terming: Internal Processing Survival Mode. My brain shifts into thinking overdrive, my energy gets funneled into only the things that need to be done by the end of the current day, and I require a lot more time alone to recover from being out in the world than I usually do. (And to be clear, the usual amount of time alone I need to recover my energy is already inordinate. All my fellow introverts, say HEY!)

If 2017 was wearing a t-shirt, it would just say “STIMULI” in big bold red letters.* This meant for me, a year of nearly continual Internal Processing Survival Mode, which left precious little brain power for writing.

As 2018 rolled around, though, something in me started to shift. My world has not slowed down. I can’t explain it other than to say, my inner self said, “It’s time to get back in there.” So, here I am.

But, I needed a reset. I redesigned my blog and I have a different plan going forward. I’ve archived all of my essays from 2013-2016 to another site. They can still be found by clicking the “Essay Archive” link in the menu, but I wanted a fresh start on Maybe You Can Relate.

I’m working on a longer form writing project that I’ve wanted to do for several years, but it’s a long-term project that I will be working on behind the scenes. I didn’t want to not publish anything else while I am working on it, but I wanted to be realistic about the fact that I don’t have enough mental and physical bandwidth or time to write essays here every week while also working on my other project.

Instead, I started a journal-esque category on my blog I’m calling “Today: Daily randomness. Published weekly.” In an effort to get my mind used to thinking like a writer again, looking for stories in daily life, I will try to come up with one small thing to record every day. I didn’t want to actually post them every day though, hence the “Published weekly.” part. It might be a photo, or a thought or fact from my day, or just a nonsensical bit of humor from my brain. If it has hashtags in it, it’s probably something I posted on social media as well.

I started recording things for MYCR/Today on January 1st, so the first post contains entries from then until today.

The understanding and community I feel between the people I interact with in this world, in person and online, by glimpsing into their daily lives and thoughts, and letting them glimpse into mine, is something I truly treasure. So, to all of you who have taken the time to follow my rambling over the years, thank you. You are appreciated and thought of more than you know.

Here’s to 2018, everybody!

*Behind The Scenes Writer’s Commentary: My writer’s brain is rusty. I really was hoping for a better joke there. However, I so enjoy the idea of the year 2017 wearing a t-shirt, that I left the line as is. Bad editing? Yes. But this is just my personal blog. I’m not trying for a Pulitzer here.