This afternoon I got a bad headache out of nowhere (well, I say “out of nowhere,” but it was at least loosely connected to a certain puppy who was riding in the car with me and barking in the most high-pitched manner possible – at the rate of about 84 barks a minute, it seemed), so after we got home I took two Advil, drank a diet Dr. Pepper, and tried to find a spot in the house that was dark and quiet. The dark part wasn’t hard since it was raining outside, but the quiet part was another thing altogether. I finally gave up and decided to cook supper, and on the way into the kitchen I thought, You know, I’m going to use some of that essential oils blend that’s supposed to be good for migraines. So I put some on my temples and on the back of my neck, and SWEET FANCY MOSES THAT WAS SOME RELIEF.
That was the first time I’ve ever used it, I think, when I was smack-dab in the middle of a headache, so I was ever-so-delighted that it helped.
I’m not exactly sure why I told y’all any of that. However, a few minutes ago I touched the corner of my eye with a finger that I’d used to rub in the oil, and I just want to go on the record and say that if you happen to rub a peppermint oil blend near the eye area, THAT WILL WAKE YOU RIGHT UP.
And speaking of waking up (well, kinda).
There are times when I manage the whole family / work / writing thing pretty well. But I can say without hesitation that the last two weeks have not been my finest. I have been like a dog chasing its tail, and I feel like I’m forever playing catch-up, only I’m so far behind that part of me wonders what’s the point. This afternoon I talked to my mama for the first time in almost two weeks, and when I start to feel disconnected from my family, that pretty much sends me into all manner of guilt and condemnation because 1) I feel very selfish and 2) hey, I think I wrote a book about how we need to be intentional about time for our families, only I haven’t been to Mississippi since November, thank you very much. I’m behind at work and behind on the new book – so tonight I just opted to sit on the couch and watch American Idol with my people. I’ve been asleep by 10 o’clock every night this week, but when I wake up every morning my to-do list starts running on a loop through my head.
Basically I’ve spent the last two weeks like the woman in the first chapter of Boundaries. For example, yesterday at 4:15 we had just walked in the door from school, and I was just about to put on pajamas when it occurred to me that we had a vet appointment at 4:30, so we rushed out the door and went to the vet, which meant that I didn’t get to cook supper, so I picked up Zaxby’s instead, and I HATE IT when I get in the way of following through with the original plan and things start to feel chaotic.
I’m just trying to tell myself that for better or worse, it’s just the nature of things right now. I always – ALWAYS – feel like I’m forgetting to do something.
Gosh. The more I talk about all of this, the more I just want to get that essential oils blend and pour it on top of my head. So in light of all that: what say we talk about some DIVERSIONS? :-)
Here are some recent favorites.
Alex likes to be the DJ when we’re in the car, and he has played “Home” by Phillip Phillips about 4 gazillion times in the last two years. It may be his all-time favorite song. So tonight when I saw that Phillip Phillips was playing his new song on American Idol, I couldn’t wait to hear it. Turns out that it has a DELIGHTFUL Dave Matthews-ish feel to it (but still distinctively Phillip Phillips), and I promptly made the AI marketing machine’s dreams come true by immediately buying it from iTunes. It is $1.29 of almost-springtime fun. Love it.
One of my favorite springtime traditions (can you tell that I am laser-focused on spring? so tired of the gray and cold and rain) is getting my first sandal-weather pedicure. I’m always curious about what new polish colors OPI may have, and when I looked at their latest collection, I was beside myself. The bright colors are so wearable (well, maybe not the yellow for me, but the others are great), and the neutrals are just the right blend of fun and trendy. I especially love these two:
A couple of weeks ago Melanie made the comment that I am always on a quest for the holy grail of mascaras, and she is so right about that. It is a quest – a LIFE MISSION, if you will – and I am bound and determined to find the best mascara for the money. For a while I was smitten with the Rimmel, but I started to have issues with smudging, so I decided to see if there was something else out there since apparently I lack contentment with my mascara choices.
About a month ago I tried this one.
I really, really love it. It also comes in waterproof, and it doesn’t smudge. Between this mascara and my new eyelash curler, it’s like a whole new eye make-up day has dawned.
Until I resume the quest, of course. But in the meantime: EYELASH BLISS.
Our church has released a new (FREE) app. I have to say that it is pretty snazzy, and you should totally try it. You can listen to sermons, watch sermons, and my favorite feature is that every morning I can open it and it will tell me what I need to read for our two-year Bible reading plan. It was just this morning, in fact, when I realized that I can actually read the passages within the app (I’d never scrolled down the page – I just used the app as sort of a memo), and I think it’s safe to say that it’s going to change my whole life.
Oh, technology – sometimes you are very convenient.
5. Palazzo Pants
When I got my very first real job, I took my 23 year-old self to The Limited and bought myself some palazzo pants. I thought they were very fancy and sophisticated, and I really liked to wear them with my metallic Nina flats because to me it was the very best way to pretend to be a grown-up.
Well, in light of the whole “so long, skinnies” news that we talked about last week, I was thrilled to see the palazzo pant might be making a bit of a comeback.
Y’all, what does it say about me that I WANT TO OWN THESE? I mean, are they at all age-appropriate? Probably not. But I just think they’re so fun and colorful and flow-y and would be absolutely adorable with a pair of wedge sandals.
And if those wedge sandals happened to be metallic?
Have a great weekend, everybody!