Today is the day before Thanksgiving. Luckily, I have the day off. And I don’t have to cook for an army of people tomorrow, so I’ve decided that I’m not going to do much of anything today. I have a lot of work things that need to be done sometime before I go back on Monday, but today is not the day for that.
I woke up late and took my time getting up and getting ready to go out into the world. I am definitely not a high maintenance kind of gal, but I do have my personal standards of leaving the house to be out in public for any amount of time. You know, pants, certain undergarments, makeup. Well, at least mascara. My eyelashes are so light that if I don’t use mascara, I look like I have no eyelashes. It’s a sad sight. Ages ago I saw part of an interview with a famous actress, during which she talked about how she had to wear eye makeup because her eyelashes were so blonde. That without mascara, she looked like a chicken. It cracked me up. I can totally relate. Though, I don’t think I’m quite chicken like.
What warranted me actually getting out of the house when I could have just stayed on the couch and played video games? I had a punch card for a free drink at one of my favorite coffee shops. That and lunch. I decided to come sit with my laptop and a nice warm cup of tastiness. I figure I can hang out here, enjoying some music, and try to figure out what to write for Pushing Whimsy.
Even though I am sitting here by myself, I don’t feel alone. The shop has a lot of people in it. I enjoy sitting here and letting all the sounds wash over me as background noise to what I’m doing. There’s the music, the sound of the coffee grinder, the barista making a latte, other customers chatting, the clinking of dishes. I think it’s nice to just sit and appreciate the world around you for a while, with no agenda, no hurry. I think people need to do that more often, whether it’s in a coffee shop, your own home, or in a park. Just sit and just be.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family and friends, if you are able to spend time with them. It’s probably going to be a whirlwind of busyness for a while, as is the norm during the holidays. Don’t forget, in the middle of it all, to just breathe and take a moment to take it all in and enjoy it. And now that I’ve sat here enjoying the moment (for a few hours), I think I’ll go home and play that video game.