Yeah, I know monks live without stuff, but if you know my writing at all, I am somewhat facetious so please do not take every word I write, seriously! YES, I do write some serious stuff, but my main goal is to make people LAUGH LAUGH AND LAUGH, be inspired and not take themselves so seriously!!!
As I age, I crave the simpler life. I yearn for slow walks through antique stores filled with cobwebs, spending hours getting lost in a book, in my pjs, not worrying whether the popcorn I am eating is filled with genetically modified aliens or “Did I eat enough fiber today???” Life today moves fast and the newest fad is bitching about people using their smartphones to much VIA THEIR SMARTPHONES!!! ‘ The irony of weepy-creepy-music filled videos of people looking down at their smartphones while a tree bristles in the wind, LINKED FROM FROM A SMART PHONE, TO A SMART PHONE PLATFORM makes me kind of Lewis Black cranky because just thinking about it is like those horrendous math problems we had to solve in high school math. It hurts my head. I GET IT AND I ABSOLUTELY AGREE, WE (I!) need to disconnect MORE, but send the message BY DISCONNECTING YOURSELF and setting the example, not making these crazy-long-weepy-creepy videos/pictographs, of people using their phones and chastising people for LIVING IN THE MODERN WORLD!
Ok, I got off on a little tangent, I was going to make that whole paragraph above a separate blog, but tangents are kind of my thing. A College friend always told me “I just love your stream of consciousness thinking Laurie” . The paragraph is important because I do and did have a bit of phone problem. I like to write. I like to create. Word Press is on my phone. Therefore I am trying to find a balance and this blog, helps me put things in perspective and writing is my therapy.
Here are 10 things I need:
1) Antiques. Pictured above is my Grandmothers Aunts Baby Daddy’s Victorian Sofa (Okay, maybe not the baby daddy part..) Her furntiure, these antiques, hold a lot of great memories. In fact, I’m pretty sure I was Linda Carter or some force of nature on said sofa, catapulting off with my magical-super-hero-powers while she yelled “STOP JUMPING OFF THE FURNITURE!”
2) Laughter. I simply could not survive this earth without a sense of humor. Anytime I have gone through an entire day and have not laughed means a day where I need to sit down and figure out what the hell is wrong with me. When I was anorexic and living with my sister, a quote that jolted me into seeking recovery was “One of the saddest things about this whole eating disorder thing is you have completely lost your awesome sense of humor.”
3) My Family. Nuclear and extended. Crazy and Sane. Messy and Miraculous. Through my 42 years, I have lost a brother, mother, grandmother, uncle and more. Loss sucks and it happens. I get that. I just hope that it happens a bit more naturally is all and that I preserve the memories better than I have in the past.
4) My Friends. I used to think I didn’t need people. And I’ll admit, when things get blue for me, I want to isolate and shut out the world but the truth is, we all need friends, even if it’s just one. We need people, and whether you are spiritual or not, scientifically we absolutely can’t live without them for very long.
5) Wrinkle Shield. I can’t live with out the wrinkle shield on the dryer. Ironing is like brushing my teeth with mayonnaise and dirt. And I’m not one of those people who is all on top of laundry in the dryer so Thank You Jesus for helping the inventor create the wrinkle shield button.
6) or the dryer and washer. Although, in trying to be simpler, I yearn for a clothes line again, but we live in a subdivision and they would have a coronary-bi-pass-genetically-modified -alien-filled-heart-palpitation if I put a clothes line up in my back yard.
7) Coffee. It’s not even about the caffeine (ok maybe a little). In essence, it’s a quintessential part of my morning ritual. The smell is like honeysuckle in the spring, pine needles in the winter, or the Lavender Lysol-Bleach combo smell during vomit-virus season. It’s COMFORTING and I like it.
8) Yes. The dishwasher. When my second was 2 months old, ours broke and I told my husband, “Oh I can handle this, I used to hand wash dishes all the time growing up!” Two teeny tiny baby bottles later, I was Googling coupons for all the local appliance stores saying it could be my Christmas, mothers day, birthday, double Christmas present, but I could not live without a dishwasher.
9) Thunderstorms on a hot afternoon. This is like xanax to me. No I don’t use xanax (anymore). Seriously, I don’t know if it brings me back to #1, playing Wonder Woman inside because we could not be out side because of the Thunderstorm. The darker the clouds the better. No, tornadoes freak me out, but a good old fashioned non threatening Thunderstorm is like a nap in a hammock for me.
10) My Faith. I am not RELIGIOUS.\, but I do have a faith in a higher power. I used to think I need to have a fancy, gilded, bourgeois, fearful relationship with God, that’s the antithesis of spirituality (for me). I pray everyday as much as I can, just like I am talking to you, and yes I even swear sometimes. (obviously I don’t like take His name in vain or anything. when I ‘m praying that is.)