Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sometimes, a girl just gotta have a cookie (and a husband who up and vacuums)

When the moooon is in the seventh house, and Jupiterrrr alignnns with Mars, then peeeeaaccce will guide the plaa-aanet, and GMR’rrrr will vacuum the house . . . this is the dawning of the age . . . SCREEEECH! . . . wait . . . hold on . . . back up . . .

GMR Vacuumed The Little Log House. Without Me Asking. And it wasn’t just a down the middle vacuum—it was a move the furniture vacuum. It was a vacuum the window sills while at it vacuum.

Wow! Well, let me tell you – I marched right on over to GMR and said, “for that big boy, you get …. You get… A pat on the back and thanks!” What? Why you naughty things, what did you think I was going to say *teehee*

I have been super-duper busy, my friends. So busy, I have had trouble sleeping, and my stomach was in knots, and I was exhausting myself trying to get everything done. This weekend, I have mostly unplugged—although I’ll blogwalk tomorrow morning to see you all as I usually do. And, I sat out on my porch with a glass of wine with Diana Krall and other Jazz faves filtering through the open window. I ate salmon. I took a walk in the cove. Drove into Asheville on Friday. It all felt so “normal” – so like it was before my life went crazy—but I will not complain, for some of this craziness is my dreams being realized. But, the little breaks are going to be what I’ll need to do so I don’t burn out and crash.

What do you do to “center” yourself? To stop the madness of life? And if you haven’t slowed down lately, maybe this first weekend of spring is the time to do it!

Since I have grown out, a little, my boy-short hair, and it is over my ears now and a bit longer, I am now again getting the, “Hey! You look just like . . . Sally Field!” Yup, folks, ever since 6th grade when people said, "You look like the flying nun!" (They also said I was Charlie Brown's girlfriend because I always had a stomachache and was awkward...haw!) I have been told I look like Sally Field – that is, until I cut my hair off really short. So for 8-10 years, with my super short hair, never heard that. Now once again, with a tad longer hair, I am Sally Field. *laugh* Huhn.

Today was so beautiful and the weather so nice, we were able to open our doors and windows and let in the fresh mountain air – ahhhh!

Now, I am in the mood for cookies. I get in this mood every so often and sometimes I deny it. Today, I am not denying myself a cookie or two or maybe even three.

Now, carry on with your previously scheduled weekend. And tell me – what will you have this weekend that you usually deny yourself? And if not, maybe this weekend is the weekend to have it!

If you've not gone by to say hello to our beautiful friend Gumbo Writer Angie Ledbetter - please do. See post below. She is one of the Good Ones, The Beautiful Ones . . . a treasure on this earth.


Analisa said...

For me to get centered and relaxed it can be several things.
1. Do a crossword puzzle or start one.
2. Pray
3. Play a game of Free Cell on the comp.
4. Listen to some 70s music and sing along

What did I do this weekend. I gave into my urge for some cheesecake. I had two slices today. OH MY. It was sooooooooo good.

Ok I have an idea for the contest, but you will need GMR. Ok ready? You dress in his clothes and on camera read the two paragraphs. Only you lip sync to his voice. Maybe he can read into a tape and you can practice. Got it? He can remain mysterious and I think it would be a hoot. Especially if it is an soft part of the book. Ok that is my suggestion.

Linda Leschak said...

I meditate. It calms me, it centers me, it energizes me. Especially when I'm feeling frazzled and the last thing I think I have time to do is nothing! But twenty minutes sitting in meditation is like a double expresso for me. And it has all sorts of benefits beyond that.

Jessie Carty said...

my husband and i went out to the olive garden tonight and i had a glass of wine. i get tipsy so easy!!

had to borrow that cookie monster picture that is too classic!

Karen said...

Oh, I'm right there with Cookie Monster! I'm so bad, I haven't denied the food stuff, just have not enough time, stuff. Kathryn, thanks for sharing about Angie. Take care of yourself, too.

Shrinky said...

Oh, I am so with you, we all need to top ourselves up with a little of what we fancy, if ae to continue on at our best. For me, a short break away from the house and family, not often, or for long - two or three long weekends a year is perfect. I have one planned for next month, staying with a dear friend in London - I can hardly wait!

Vicki Lane said...

I adore that first pic! That is HOT!

Sitting down and pulling weeds is a great pleasure to me. After this long winter, anything outside is appealing. And, of course, taking a walk with a camera.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Oh Dear - I made myself SICK on cookies - I just didn't stop - I ate I bet 7-9 chocolate chip/pecan cookies! LAWD! It was worth it, though - worth every "oh, my stomach..." every calorie, every potential cavity *laughing*

Glynis said...

I spent the most delightful day with a friend yesterday. We sipped champagne (out of my normal budget), on my back porch until sunset. We giggled and hugged. Why? Because her brain tumour has gone and she is moving to my village this year. Cracking open another bottle> You bet!!

t i m said...

Gumbo Writer? Never heard of her, he-he :D

I was watching Smokey & The Bandit earlier today & Sally Field looked like hot stuff in that movie :)

To centre myself, I simply count to 10, sometimes 10 & a ½ ;)

Kelly Bryson said...

I read. Lay on the trampoline and let my three year old hop around me and play leg montser when he gets too close. For a long break, I like to go camping. Have you been to Mt Pisgah near Asheville? We went blueberry picking there last August and loved it.

Debra said...

I so loved your "porn for women" picture. How true and it made me laugh!

About that Sally Field could be worse. Once in awhile I've been accused of reminding someone of being just like "nurse Rachet" from "One who flew over the coo coo's nest"! LOL!

Thanks for leaving me an encouraging comment earlier!

Have a great Monday!

A Cuban In London said...

Tell GMR that hoovering is the most therapeutic activity ever. And mowing the lawn. Believe me. It rids you of all that male aggresive attitude and tension and... Now where did I leave my Hoover? :-)

Greetings from London.

Suldog said...

Well, I enjoyed some glorious fattening Chinese food this weekend. That was enough to make it all good!

Walker said...

See, if you hadn't just patted GMR on the back he may have helped yopu with those knotts but NOOOOO you had to get back into the habit there Sally.

Deb Shucka said...

I'm laughing at the thought of you as a flying nun. :-) When do we get to see a picture of the new grown-out do? And what kind of cookies are you craving?

Walt and I made our annual pilgrimage to Catherine Creek for the wildflowers on Saturday. Outdoors in the sunshine always centers me, no matter where it is. Although Hawaii seems to work better than many places.

Marguerite said...

I go out and eat some boiled crawfish and shrimp, for starters, and if that doesn't center me, I head on over to the drive thru daquiri stand! (tee-hee) Sounds like you're busy, but happy, and that is a good place to be!
Great pics! Tell GMR, it's 50/50 on the vacuuming!