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All by myself

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I’m sitting in a hotel room in San Antonio, Texas. I drove out to see my husband do a show with the artist he works for… a rare chance for me to catch a show! It was a short visit… I had to work during the day and then missed two turns on the way, so I was way later than I hoped to be. Then he had to bolt out quick, bound for Biloxi, Mississippi for a show the next day.

But, that’s okay! We’re both good with it, and it was just nice to spend a couple hours together. Every few minutes together matter!

Here I sit, though, by myself in a hotel room. It doesn’t phase me any more, but I can still remember the first time I stayed at a hotel alone. It wigged me out a bit!! It was all on me to get up and get out on time. It was all on me to load the truck and find my way  back. Complete strangers were sleeping maybe 20 yards away from me in the next room, and somehow it felt weird to know that.

That was then. This is now.

Now I find it fun. I enjoy time alone, actually! I’m alone a lot when my husband is on the road, but this is different. This is… a mini-one-night-vacation.

Sometimes, I use the time to get a LOT of work done. Sometimes, I use it just to decompress and turn the brain off entirely. Oddly, I’m doing both tonight. The room is a suite for a change, and I’m chilling on the couch. I settled in to read other’s blogs, not feeling like writing. Then suddenly felt compelled to write. On nights like this, I go with the flow. Whatever I want to do, I do.

It’s a total treat… and I’m enjoying every single second.

Drama royalty

I’ve discovered that in life there are people who simply thrive on drama and dragging others into it with them. It drives me, personally, crazy.

Oh I do think a little drama keeps life from being stagnate, and it doesn’t necessarily have to mean a bad thing. Sometimes you have to go through a little drama to get to a really wonderful and positive outcome. I mean, how many relationships get stronger due to weathering some crazy event (or crazy person!)?

Look at reality TV (or any TV show, for that matter), what keeps audience’s attention is the drama and how it will unfold. Once you boot all the drama off the show and out of the story, it gets a bit boring.

That being said, a little drama is okay.

What gets on my nerves is when someone is nothing but drama. You can’t have any sort of conversation with that person without it featuring some sort of crazy drama. They truly seem happiest when there’s something negative going on in their life or someone else’s life. And that TOTALLY baffles me!

Is it a bid for attention? Does it make them feel important? I truly wonder…

How do you deal with these drama queens or drama kings (because, seriously, men can be just as dramatic as any woman!)?

 

Domestically, Me

Something amazing happened in the last few days.

We went to the grocery store, and I got all the laundry done.

This should NOT be shocking, but it is. I’ve been running so much lately that I’ve both just not had time to get the stuff done, and I’ve just not had the interest.

Groceries… well. I usually enjoy grocery shopping, but fighting people at the store just left me going, “I don’t wanna!” So we ended up eating out a lot. And I started to get creative with breakfast when we were out of bread, milk and eggs. (Did you know you can make a pretty yummy apple crunch thing with Cheerios, butter, cinnamon and chopped apple? Yup. You can. I know. I made it for breakfast one day out of desperation. Take THAT Chopped.)

My husband wanted to go to the store. I didn’t. But finally we had a day we could go, and I had run out of excuses to avoid it. So we went. And I am now glad to say that I can make numerous meals right here at home! And that… that makes the grocery store run worth it.

As for laundry… ugh. I don’t hate doing laundry, but my washer and dryer are in the basement. Its good in that it makes me climb those stairs and get some exercise. Its bad because I just don’t do so good with it. I forget there’s a load running when I DO do the laundry. Otherwise, its like… I just… no.

So as a result of my lack of interest and lack of time, I’d get a load washed here or there. Usually when there was some item my husband or I am looking to wear. However, this weekend… the pile of laundry was ridiculously overflowing the hamper, and I was out of clean jeans and had worn the same bra three days in a row. (Yes, I admit it. I did.) We were at a dire level.

Last night, seven loads — SEVEN LOADS — went through the washer and dryer. Clothes were folded or hung up. And they were all actually put away in their proper places. This too is huge, as we have a bad habit of leaving clothes in a basket and picking through it through the week. But not this time. Nooo… this time we conquered the laundry and we won.

We even did all the dishes and put those away, too.

I used to be on top of these tasks, and maybe this is the first step to getting back on top of them all. And maybe… maybe I need to enjoy this brief moment of order in my home life before chaos of Christmas completely takes over.