Embracing the imperfection

If there is anything I’m tired of hearing myself say, it’s “Sorry I haven’t called/texted/remembered your birthday/been a decent friend, I’ve just been really busy.” Which is unfortunate, since it has become my personal mantra the last few months. I find myself constantly looking forward to “next week” like a beacon of hope, as though all I need to do is get through to the next few days and then I’ll have time to get organized/make a meal plan/return phone calls/write blog posts/look like I have my shit together. I have been waiting on this magical “next week” is since last fall, and it has stood me up like a bad date.

This video may have come at the perfect time, and made me realize that instead of resisting the constant, unending flow of life, perhaps it’s time I started to embrace it. I may never be the person who keeps her kitchen spotlessly clean at all times, or has all her meals planned out weeks in advance with a corresponding grocery list, and I am almost certainly going to be late with a few more birthday gifts. But maybe it’s in the pursuit of this unattainable goals that I can find my best self, even if it is less than perfect. And that may be just fine after all.

The Eye of the Tiger

I’m not even gonna try to hide the fact that I’m a Katy Perry fan.  That being said, I never thought her music would move me to tears. I mean, her songs are great when you’re driving around town and the sun is out and you just want to sing along to something, but they aren’t what I would call, “deep.” Until I saw this:

Ms. Perry, I don’t care what you’ve done in the past, or what you ever do in the future. You’ll forever have a soft spot in my heart for making this video possible.

Your Mountain is Waiting

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

It really shouldn’t surprise me that Burning Man pairs with Dr. Seuss so perfectly, since it’s probably the closest representation to the wild world of the books that we will ever see in real life. This particular poem is one of my childhood favorites that means more to me every year I grow older, and I relish seeing it come to life in such a beautiful and bizarre setting. I think the Dr. would be proud.

Meet Zach Sobiech

This video is probably going to make you cry. In fact, if you watch the whole thing and don’t cry you probably need see a therapist about why you bottle up your emotions. The point is, don’t watch this if you have anything else you need to get done today, such as work, making dinner or changing clothes. You’ve been warned.

Now, watch this video. Then go give your family and friends great big hugs. xoxo

Happy Thursday

I’m not sure why this quote became the posting of choice after the tragic Boston Marathon bombings. I’m not even 100% sure that Fred Rogers actually said this, but I love it nonetheless. In times of tragedy that cannot be explained, it is nice to find comfort where you can, and if there is at all a silver lining to the bombings, it is witnessing that the number helpers on the scene far outweighed the evildoers.

These flowers:

Are outside my window. As much as I love them, I’m more excited to see the green leaves poking through the buds. It means that the lush, green summer is coming, and winter is far behind.

If you haven’t listened to the episode of This American Life called, “Trends with Benefits,” you should. In fact, you NEED to listen to this. I thought their investigation of why the amount of people on disability insurance is rapidly rising would basically boil down to people cheating the system, but I was wrong. Instead, this story changed the way I view our country’s entire economy. This is worth an hour of your life. Promise.

This book:

I couldn’t put it down. If you’re looking for a captivating story to suck you in, get this one.

This commercial:

It either made me teary eyed or I’m lying.

Thanks for reading. xoxo

I haven’t freaked out yet, so I win

Nothing much to report really, except of course that my kitchen is in pieces and we still have boxes of stuff lying around and it’s cold outside and Chase has just left for a month to go work on a film. But hey – I have wine, cable TV and fuzzy socks so life is good. And I have this video, which is worth getting up for in the morning. And by “getting up,” I mean that it is worth rolling over in bed and watching on my iPhone to at least start the day off right. And by “right,” I mean with a smile on my face and not giving in to the anxiety that is forever threatening to bubble up. It’s the little victories that count.

Laundry Song

Don’t get me wrong – I love our new washer/dryer. The fact that they are located inside my house where I can change out laundry in my underwear and socks brings a joy I haven’t felt since my wedding day. But this is the actual song that plays every time I take clothes out of the dryer. After about the second chorus even the kids from “It’s A Small World After All” are like, “Dude, knock it off already.”

All I Want For Christmas

This isn’t a real post. But sometimes I just have to devote some of my internet space to videos like these. Because children’s musical instruments continue to make the world a better place:

Because I will never tire of singing and dancing military men:

Because some things are so weirdly wonderful you just have to share them:

Because sometimes I just feel like dancing:

And because some movie moments are too special not to be enjoyed over and over again:

Here’s hoping everyone’s holiday seasons are magical and bright! xoxoxoxo

Why would you put them next to interstates?

Sometimes, when you’ve been packing and calling utility companies and stressing and drinking lots of wine and eating cheese for breakfast, you have to just take a minute to pause and be thankful for what you have. Like common sense and intelligence that is superior to a chipmunk, which is more than this lady can claim.

Happy Post-Thanksgiving

I’ve missed you all these past few days! Did you miss me? Here’s a run-down of what’s been happening:

2 days before Thanksgiving: My friends and I opt to stay in and watch a movie as opposed to going out. Mainly because we fear our sexiness would cause a riot at the bar.

1 day before Thanksgiving: Prep for the big day. Sweet potato casserole and classic stuffing that I found here. My only note on the stuffing: double the amount of eggs and broth. It was a touch dry, but otherwise perfect.

Thanksgiving Day: this is actually what it takes to get the turkey from the oven to the counter. I’m sure there are S.W.A.T. team maneuvers that are less intense and involve less yelling.

Another Thanksgiving Day moment. I shall call it, “What I’m thankful for.”

1 day after Thanksgiving: Leftover stuffing + poached egg = the perfect breakfast.

Weekend after Thanksgiving: I do anything to avoid packing, including playing video games I had forgotten about since middle school.*

Today: I’m about to hit the “Publish” button, and then it’s back to the packing grind. Siiiiigggggghhhhhhh….

*I totally know that if you duck Mario down right there you can go get a whistle to a far away land. Like a boss.