These snowflake earrings were most appropriate for today. Knowing that the windchills were in the negative digits, I asked my dad, before I left the house, if it was “cold, very cold, or brutally cold.” He misled me by saying that it was just “very cold” since “the wind isn’t blowing very strongly.” I have no idea what outdoors he experienced, but I have a sneaking suspicion it was a different one from me. It was beyond brutally cold; it was deathly cold. My heart literally stopped for a few seconds at the shock of it.
The bitch who opens the gym was late. Yes, I realize it is very obnoxious of me to call her that, but I’m sorry, anyone who makes me stand outside in the abovementioned conditions for over fifteen minutes deserves that! Especially if I’m not doing it to her face, because, of course, I’m too polite for that. Anyway. I did get to finally work out, which was definitely a relief. And then I went to buy leggings, because I only have two pairs with a fit I like, and one of them is red. I like black. So I went to this store that had a bunch of leggings, “One size fits all.” Would someone please explain to me exactly how that is possible?! Either way, I didn’t have that much of a selection, because I like a wider waistband, and they didn’t have many of those. Add that to the fact that whoever makes these leggings doesn’t seem to take into account the fact that some people aren’t two feet tall, and my choice was practically nonexistent! I ended up with these.
Aren’t they, like, stirrup leggings?! Well, whatever.
Beyond my frozen self, it was a pretty uneventful day. It’s Sunday:
I also attempted to semi-clean my room so that I should have somewhere to put down a suitcase when I pack next week. I say this every time I go away, but: I hate packing. I wish my suitcase would just miraculously pack itself! And I have to take along a whole sh!tload of food, too, which is always fun. NOT.
On the topic of fun… a few weeks ago, I mentioned that my brother and sister-in-law were going out of town for a few days, and that some of my nephews might be moving in for the duration. My brother is leaving tomorrow, so I asked my mom when the kids were coming, and she told me that they aren’t moving in after all, because my sister-in-law’s nieces would be staying with them in my brother’s house instead. While I felt a bit relieved to hear that, I also felt guilty that I felt relieved… I swear, I am like the worst aunt ever. Sigh.
Moving on, I said I would have to provide some more hiding places in my aquarium, which meant adding some bits of decor. This particular piece doesn’t do much to add hiding places, but I couldn’t resist it:
It’s a heart! (Well… it looks like a heart to me, anyway. Please tell me I’m not crazy and that you see it too?!) In other aggravating aquarium news, my remaining silver dollar has a fungal infection. That’s easier to treat than swim bladder disease — I’ve saved fish with fungal infections before — but after all, a common cold can become pneumonia, etc. etc. etc. I don’t think I should be entrusted with any life right now!!
In scavenging through my kitchen cabinets (this always proves an interesting activity, given my mom’s tendency to pile new purchases in front of the old), I came across a bag of Lundberg Countrywild rice. Heavens only knows how long it’s been there… but if I won’t eat it, nobody will, because oh my goodness, it’s not white and processed! It’s Sunday, I have the time to let it cook, so why not?
“Stir-fried” with soy sauce, Lightlife chick’n strips, and stir fry vegetables… I believe it was a combination of broccoli, carrots, sugar snap peas, green beans, celery, red peppers, and water chestnuts. Let’s not even mention the sodium content of this, ‘kay? (Hey… it was low sodium soy sauce! ;))
Since nothing of note happened today (not that I’m complaining about that, exactly!), I’m going to insert something totally random. (Hey, Tra!) When I was in college, I took art therapy. (As a student, not as a patient.) My professor — who, if you ask me, had no business being in the profession, if her “analysis” of my work was any indication of her general expertise — had us create our own “works of art” so that we could see the analysis in action, or something. I took both Art Therapy I and II (hey, I had a lot of electives to fill!), so I have quite the collection! Not that I’m artistic or anything — far from it — but I think it’s quite funny… she had us write a little explanation on the back of each piece, and it was always so interesting to see how reality differed from others’ perceptions. Anyway, since there’s nothing of note to post…
(For those who care: I don’t know if you can see it in this picture, but there is a stick figure couple near the bottom left of the page. I was mad at my parents when I did this. :p)
The best part of this (for me, anyway; I don’t know about the rest of you! ;)) is that for the next long while, whenever I am “stuck” for a post, I can bombard the blog with pseudo-art! *cue evil cackle*
Now’s the point where I complain that I don’t want to go back to work tomorrow… and I truly don’t. But one more week until my vacation… whoo! As an aside — I happened to mention to my therapist that I always try to book a hotel with a gym, to assuage my guilt / anxiety, but rarely do I end up using it… it’s like, I don’t go on vacation to spend all my time in a gym, you know? She said that’s a very healthy point of view. I must say, that is the first time anyone has ever equated me with the words “healthy” and “point of view”!!
I also go back to school later this month. Not going to think about that now, not going to think about it…
Have a glorious Monday!! Try not to freeze…