Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
HL having to stop the car to throw up multiple times as we were driving home after dinner with friends

Best Thing of Today
We made sushi…I’m almost certain the Best and Worst Things are unrelated – hope so

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Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Can’t remember…too many glasses of wine

(edited to add: all glasses of wine now out of my system, and still can’t think of a ‘Worst Thing’)

Best Thing of Today
All day was awesome (drunk blogging – so eloquent)

(edited to add: we had a good day: late brunch with requisite excellent coffee and newspaper; much pleasant shopping; many hours spent trying out our new Wii Fit; steamed sweet corn, sautéed fresh asparagus and steak in red wine and pepper sauce for dinner; good wine; and connecting)

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
HL unexpectedly had to work an extra 2 1/2 hours tonight, which put a bit of a crimp in our evening’s plans

Best Thing of Today
This evening is the start of the first weekend in months that HL doesn’t have to work

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
There was an interruption at work nearly every 20 seconds today (that’s my conservative estimate) – there is no possibility of having any head space

Best Thing of Today
Dinner made by HL, after he cleaned the kitchen from last night’s meal preparation

The Year of Intentional Living

We have decided that this is the Year of Intentional Living. We’re both lazy and apathetic and ‘easy way’-seeking, so we often find time and energy and friendship and inspiration and thoughtfulness and creativeness and ‘seizing the day’ slip away from us. This cannot continue to happen, or we will end up dry and empty.

There are three things that we’ve chosen to try and aim for this year in order to ‘wake up’.

One:
We choosing to eat more intentionally. Not healthier, or more cheaply, or more organically, or more ‘environmentally-soundly’, just more deliberately. More thoughtfully. More considered-ly. Eating not because it’s dinner-time, or because we have to finish the last of the cheese in the fridge before it goes mouldy, or because the cereal’s in the cupboard and it’s quick, or because everyone else is having cake…but because we really want an excellent cup of coffee, or because ‘the chef at this restaurant is amazing’, or because the smell of fresh-baked bread hits right as the stomach growls, or because sautéed asparagus, steamed fish with ginger and shallots, and saffron basmati is awesome.

I want to work toward deliberately choosing what and when to eat, rather than just eating.

Two:
We’re choosing to have people to our home more frequently. Neither of us crave social interaction at a high-level, but we’re both aware that we need it, and enjoy it. We also – due frequently to my ‘recovering’ perfectionism – don’t have people in our home often…which just perpetuates the issue. The less often people are here, the harder it is to invite them, and the more easily I can invent excuses why we shouldn’t. So, we have decided to have somebody, or bodies, in our house for something social, at least once a fortnight, even if it’s just my friend for a cup of coffee or my parents for dinner. And it will become easier and easier, and I will make less of an issue of everything needing to be ‘right’ before someone can set a foot inside our door.

I want to work towards natural hospitality by deliberately choosing to be hospitable.

Three:
We’re choosing to view, or attend, or participate in something ‘arty’, or musical, or creative more often. This is a small town, and it was hard to move here from Seattle where you barely have to think for more than a minute in order to come up with something creative to do, or see, or listen to. While there are certainly options here for connecting with ‘Art’, we have to look a bit harder, and we’ve been lax in doing so, and, hence, we’ve become a bit trapped in mediocre routine. So, we have decided that once a month we will consciously choose to go to a play, or an art museum, or a concert, or a performance of some kind, and we will engage with it. Because art makes life richer.

I want to deliberately work towards more depth, and creativity, and interaction, and inspiration.

Intentional living – so our lives don’t unintentionally drip away.

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Shouting and disrespect

Also, cat vomit all through a pile of clothes and our wicker laundry basket

Best Thing of Today
Apologies (not from the cats, though)

The Boooooooosh

I love The Mighty Boosh for many reasons, but not the least is The Moon. Don’t quite know why it tickles my funny bone, but there you go.

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
Getting the power steering fixed on our car – the screeching every time we turned a corner was getting old

Worst Thing of Today
I hate feeling like I’ve missed the plot, like I’m doing something ‘not quite right’

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
The brussell sprouts we had as part of our dinner were not crappy (we’re trying to branch out and embrace new and heretofore avoided food)

Worst Thing of Today
Finding out that HL ate the last of my ice-cream, unbeknownst to me (he tells me he asked me, but I have no recollection of that ever occurring…)

:)

I feel better now…

Screw it…

I’m so out of sync with this blogging thing. I was trying so hard to, at least, have a record of each day, whether it was a single word, or in greater detail, but I lost track somehow, and it became a torturous need to ‘post every day’.  I need to see the entire forest, and not just focus on the trees. Note to self: remember the bloody name of your blog.

So, quick wrap-up of the last week (14/02/09 – 22/02/09): Mum’s 60th birthday; went away to the coast to celebrate, where it POURED and POURED, when it wasn’t bucketing-down; stayed in a beautiful resort; uncle arrived unexpectedly to surprise Mum (travelling 6 hours on a motorbike in the torrential rain); work sucked; work sucked; work sucked; fight with HL; made some awesome dinners and a very creditable attempt at a dish I tried at a café (banana coconut loaf, served with ricotta and honey); work sucked, but good humour amongst colleagues; excellent Thai to belatedly celebrate V. Day; Australia much better than expected (marketed v. poorly, in my opinion); Mum & Dad over for Sunday dinner…and that about brings it up to date.

I sez to myself, I sez…’Get over your ridiculous, and impossible ‘need’ for perfection. There is much joy in messy beauty, do not let yourself (myself) be inveigled into depression if unattainable standards are not attained.’ And I wish this would be the last time I would have to remind myself of that, but I fear that it is to be something I will struggle with till the end.

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
So, so much to do today…’twas my mum’s 60th and many things to organise and not much time to do them in

Best Thing of Today
Mum enjoyed her day so much

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
The smell of rain

Worst Thing of Today
Shouting at HL

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
I don’t think I went for longer than one minute at work today without an interruption – very tricky to get much work done

Best Thing of Today
Was quite productive after work, and organised a cake, and flowers, and presents, and decorations for my mum’s 60th this weekend

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
So lovely to have a cup of coffee with an old friend – snippets of profound conversation in between tending to three ‘full of beans’ children

Worst Thing of Today
The coffee date ended a little weird and awkward…dunno why, it felt like the connection got a little broken towards the end

Wordless

I’m finding myself a bit bereft of words at the moment…but I’m starting to feel that some thoughts are beginning to percolate again.

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Government-run things are so frequently poorly organised – my job is no exception

Best Thing of Today
Sitting in my beanbag, with a very big glass of cold orange juice, the fan blasting cool air right at my face, and multiple episodes of Frasier…it was a very hot and difficult day at work, and it was a relief to get home and breathe

Also, Eagle vs Shark was beautiful: innocent, and naïve, and simple, and unassuming, and profound

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Mowing the very long, but very dry grass in the dustbowl that was once my lawn – clouds of dirt and dry grass clippings

Best Thing of Today
HL considerately bringing home dinner after his 15hr working day…he’s pretty cool 🙂

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
Super Mario Galaxy with HL

Worst Thing of Today
We are not living life to the full

Funny Things Said By My Husband

Me: Did you know that on Sunday it’s forecasted to reach 47°C somewhere out in the west of New South Wales, and that will be the hottest place on the planet?

HL: Whereabouts will that be?

Me: I dunno, just somewhere out west, they didn’t mention the place…

HL (masking his American accent with a very broad, ‘put-on’ Aussie accent): Chilaroo? Bullamaridgie? Wubba Wubba?

Me: *silence* None of those are actual places… *silence* But I am glad that you at least know how to make fun of Australian place names…

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