Maybe you’ve noticed that my last few posts have been sprinkled with a bit of self-awareness. I’m not sure where this clarity came from; well, maybe I do.
Just maybe, gaining control of this anxiety-thing has quieted my mind enough to allow me the pleasure of experiencing peace and quiet for the first time in over a year. I’m not at 100% by any stretch of the imagination, but hopefully these last few posts are allowing you to get a sense of the changes that are taking place within me.
If you happened to be up reading blogs at 4:30 on Monday morning, you may have noticed that my blog theme had been stripped bare – as in, barely working. It took me hours to rebuild it and is still a bit wonky, but it’s slowly getting back to where it should be. The scary thing is, I have no idea what happened so I have no way of knowing how to prevent it from happening again. Sigh. There is only thing missing: all of my lovely and meaningful blog awards. They vanished during the meltdown. I feel like the winner of Miss Blogosphere whose been stripped of her crown! Hopefully, I’ll be able to retrieve the awards, as well as the details of who gave them to me and when, but for now I just have to remind myself that Vanessa Williams made quite the comeback, and so shall I! LOL
I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that I haven’t yet gone on my first bike ride. My husband has been working around the clock on mandatory overtime since Kayaking-Saturday almost two weeks ago. The heat index here in the Midwest has been truly unbearable anyway. A trip across the parking lot from my car to the grocery store has been intolerable, so learning how to ride a bike with a heat index of 110 degrees isn’t currently on my list of high demands. I haven’t even walked the dogs; it’s just too hot. Of course, they don’t understand that. They just think I’m being lazy.
So, what does a girl do when she’s too unmotivated to move? Netflix to the rescue! I had a movie arrive that I didn’t remember putting on my queue called ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’. Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover movies) was excellent. I really enjoyed this movie. It was funny, endearing, and I related to the storyline (for those of you who have seen it – no, not because it was set in a mental ward.) LOL I recommend it highly, especially if you like Focus Feature films.
Speaking of my kayaking-Saturday, within that post I’d mentioned I had committed to three new experiences. I shared two of them with you: the first was obviously kayaking; second was learning to ride a bike. But I never told you what the third one was.
After we returned from paddling around at the park, we stopped at a garden center that I’d always wanted to visit. It’s the kind of store that beckons you to come inside, with it’s row of colorful outdoor chairs sitting at attention just outside.
This store had the most unique outdoor accessories I’d ever seen, and the owners were super nice to talk to (again, reinforcing my talking to strangers behavior). While walking around, I noticed near the front window were rows upon rows of fairy gardens. I’d never seen a fairy garden before. Think small. There were different outdoor containers filled with potting soil and live plants including moss, hen and chicks, bonsai trees. The fun part was looking at all of the tiny accessories decorating these miniature gardens: a watering can slightly bigger than a thimble, a gazebo no higher than 5 inches, and fairy houses that fit in the palm of your hand. Above them was a sign that read, ‘Ask About our Fairy Garden Classes!’ I did just that. I signed up for one, too! Again, this was totally something that I would never before have considered doing on my own. Technically, I could use this experience as one of my comfort zone challenges, but truthfully, I don’t consider it a challenge at all. I’m really looking forward to it! Progress, baby! Progress!
Class is on Friday morning. Pictures to come. In the meantime, if you go here you can see a very elaborate fairy garden design. Do NOT expect mine to look anything like this.
Have a great Wednesday, everyone – and as always, thank you for all of your comments the last few days. I haven’t been able to reply to each of you because of my blog fiasco but wanted you to know how much your comments mean to me.