62 Open Climb
$45 - 4" x 6" original acrylic painting on paper
I'm taking a few days to recover from a weekend away from home at my daughter's dance convention/competition. I can't say that I thrive with sleep deprivation, heart-pounding music, flashing lights, lots of time spent sitting in a chair, and hundreds of people in too-crowded of a space all at once. So today, in addition to the 2-hour school delay two days running after a week of school closings due to the blizzard, I'm taking a couple of days to recalibrate. I'm cleaning bathrooms and mopping floors (the house needs a bit of attention after my 30 in 30 project - ha!), watching some online class videos for art classes that are underway, and making quesadillas for the second night in a row for dinner because I'm really CRAVING them and they never disappoint. My son dropped what he was doing and ran over to give me a gigantic hug me when I announced that we'd be having quesadillas two nights in a row... like I was the best mom ever.
Having warm/hot food after eating food from a cooler for 2.5 days was a revelation! That Thai fried rice never tasted so delicious! It's not that I don't like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (fur dinners for the weekend) or my chickpea, artichoke hearts, and red pepper salad (it's my favorite - and also my lunches for the weekend). It's just nice to have some variety again. I also missed my morning breakfast green smoothies! They are such a great start to my day and keep me nourished and satisfied until lunch. My daughter asked me to buy Cheerios for her for breakfast (we haven't had cereal in the house in years and I haven't eaten Cheerios myself since I was a teenager). Since it was there I had a unexpected, last-minute doctors appointment before we were supposed to leave for Baltimore on Friday morning I thought it'd be easier to just eat the same thing as her so and I ate Cheerios as well (with some sliced bananas) and wouldn't you know it, I was hungry like an hour later!? Maybe next time I will pack some green smoothies to go! I'll have a chance to give that a try at the beginning of April and let you know how it goes.
Tonight is the parent's meeting for middle school orientation. For my baby. How did my youngest grow old enough to be going in to middle school? I'm going to ponder that some more today, make time to savor a cup of tea (rooibos chai or green tea - big decisions, I know), do some yoga, and find some inspirational reading to peruse from a bit each day... think Rumi, Rilke, and Emerson.
Project recalibration in effect. What's your favorite way to get re-centered again? If you have any favorite books or quotes to share that inspire you, please do.