Last week, a few unexpected things popped up that felt urgent and important (as things do) and sort of derailed an otherwise steady week. Things I originally had planned for the week:
- Clothes shopping (again) because I really need to get some clothing that fits (see last year’s weight gain) and also I clean out my closet for donations like every other month but oops, forgot to get new stuff.
- Do a big spring clean of the house.
- Look into a list of fun things to do while family is visiting.
- Order some small rugs for around the house.
- Grocery store run + meal prep.
- Set up some new pages in my Bullet Journal.
- Stop avoiding shopping, obviously.
Of those things, I accomplished 0 items.
It happens. Or, doesn’t happen, as it were. I woke up toward the end of the week feeling very behind and out of sorts and wondering if I was capable of life at all, and then came across a Yoga with Adriene video that I felt was pretty timely:
Trying to stick with yoga (mostly) every day this year has really been like waking up to a supportive friend (who is also a stranger in a video) when I need it most. That (plus coffee) always gets me back on my feet. Onward we go…
Header photo from my desk. Art by Marc Johns.
I always think of this quote from Angela Chase (My So-Called Life) on Sunday nights:
There’s something about Sunday night that really makes you want to kill yourself.
(Yikes. Maybe I shouldn’t think about this quote at all, but I was thirteen when My So-Called Life aired, so I was powerless against it imprinting on me forever.)
There is more than a little teenage angst infused into that statement, but Sunday is also universally agreed-upon as one of the worst days of the week. Businesses open late and close early, you can’t buy certain things in some states and, after 6pm, it’s basically very early Monday morning.
But then I also think you just need to be prepared for the week. Take it easy these last few hours. Do some prep but make sure you have realistic expectations for your week and, more importantly, something, big or small, to look forward to. If you don’t ever have to go to a high school class ever again, bonus! Sunday is looking up.
I’m currently taking some time to relax tonight after getting a few things done– some writing, reading, and shopping, Now, I’m watching The West Wing on Netflix.
Have a great week, everyone.
PS: Sarah and I recorded a new episode of Hey, Bestie! today too. We got real about some life things and caught up with each other on 2018 goals and things we’ve been up to. Coming soon…
Photo credit: NYT Watching
- When you are sightseeing and come across a public restroom, use it. You never know when you will get another chance.
- When departing in an airplane, play “Love like a sunset, Part I” by Phoenix when your plane begins to taxi down the runway. That song always seems to mimic the momentum of taking off, and if it syncs up with lift-off, it feels like magic.
- Bring currency with you for tipping, even if they accept credit cards.
- If you’re not fluent in the native language, be ready with guides and translation apps, even you know some of language and the citizens generally know English. It’s just polite to not assume anything, and you’ll learn more.
- Take a nap if you feel like you need it. (Unless you are jet lagged, then see next point.)
- Never nap when adjusting to a new time zone. I know you are so sleepy but you WILL REGRET IT. Look alive and push through. You can do it!
- Only carry what you need. Only copies of Important documents should be on you, plus the cash or cards you need. It’s safer and traveling lighter feels better.
- Just check the bag. Fighting for overhead space is the gladiatorial fight of our modern age.
- Don’t overplan. You might be more tired on some days, discover an unexpected place you want to visit, or get a last minute recommendation from one of your Insta-followers. Have some flex time.
- Always take photos.
Some photos from my trip to the Northwest (Oregon & Vancouver, Canada) in September 2017:
Trees in a park in Eugene, Oregon.
Totems in the park in Vancouver
Biking in Vancouver.
View of the bridge from the bike trail in Vancouver.
Delicious breakfast in Vancouver.
View from a hill in Eugene, Oregon.
Sunset view from my hotel in Vancouver.
Inside the Public Market in Vancouver.
Famous burger at Stanich’s in Portland, Oregon.
Canada sign in Vancouver/
Public Market in Vancouver.
Vanilla Jill’s Ice Cream Shop in Eugene, Oregon.
View of Vancouver from the bike trail.
Breakfast Biscuit at Pine State Biscuits in Portland, Oregon.
Japanese Gardens in Portland, Oregon.
And from my Bestie trip to Connecticut in October 2017:
A delicious burger I had on my birthday.
Kent, Connecticut Town Hall.
Lauren Graham FaceTiming the crowd at the Gilmore Girls Festival.
Mark Twain’s house made of Legos.
Me and my best friend in Connecticut.
Mark Twain’s real house in Hartford, Connecticut.
A very attractive statue of Nathaniel Hale in Hartford Connecticut.
Me, in a giant chair at Club Getaway in Kent. CT.