So here is an update. I abruptly decided to slow down my life. If you know me in real life, you can just stop your laughing now. It’s true. I think should have tried this in February, but how challenging would that have been? I always liked the idea of the book “Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much”. I never read it though. If you do too much, are you really going to sit down and read a book about meditation?
Slowing down takes a lot of effort, surprisingly. It seems like it would take more effort to move quickly and be busy, but when that is what you are used to, the change is the hard part. Thinking about how I am spending my time is a new thing for me – I usually have it all written down on the calendar.
I am not Twittering. My Facebook account is all but left for dead. I kind of thought I was back on track blogging, but I sat down last week, like I always do, and checked LL Bean’s Thursday Morning Markdowns. Then, instead of writing, I just got up and went on with my day.
I am reading (19 Minutes was the last book I finished, but I also ploughed through The Hundred Secret Senses – both wonderful), and watching movies, and talking to my husband. We went on a date this past Friday at Scooter’s Bistro. It was the weirdest place ever, an amazing menu, with the ambience of a sports bar, and a punk rock waitress. I had the Adriatic Platter, and it was a delicious mountain of meat that would have made Homer Simpson proud. From there we strolled down to a Czechoslovakian grocery store and chatted with the owner for a while. Did you know there were 4000 Czechoslovakians in Grand Rapids? Neither did we. Then we went to see Step Brotherswhich is not for everyone – but I thought it was hilarious. As a warning, I also thought “Dude, Where’s My Car” was really funny so that should provide an orientation for what I look for in a movie.
Saturday we went to a Whitecaps game. This is one thing I think you should do, if you haven’t already. We didn’t go to the fireworks over the Fourth of July because we live 10 minutes from downtown but it would have taken us 2 hours to get home with the traffic. Saturday night games have fireworks and the kids LOVED them. It’s no Griffins game, but they do have a lot of music and entertainment. If you have yet to see your friends dance to “Walk the Dinosaur” with their 4 year old on their back, you’re going to want to make sure you do. It’s the best.
I am playing with my kids, and getting ready for a visit from our friends which I am RIDICULOUSLY excited about. I am also trying to be better about returning phone calls (a notoriously bad habit of mine) but we can’t change everything at once now, can we? 🙂