You may have noticed people bandying about the word “adulting” lately, using it as a verb. According to UrbanDictionary.com, the term means to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups. I’ve seen lots of memes pop up with this term and my favorite is: I’m done adulting today. If anyone needs me, I’ll be in my blanket fort… coloring. That would explain why adult coloring books have become such a big trend. Haha. I just realized that I used the term “memes” as well. In case you don’t know what those are (I’m talking to you my darling husband), a meme is a cultural symbol or social idea that has gone viral. The majority of modern memes are captioned photos that are intended to be funny, often as a way to publicly ridicule human behavior. Do you get it now, Star-Lord? Sigh…
Anyway, it’s kind of a silly thing but I got to thinking about being all grown up today. I’ve been an adult a pretty long time now and while it’s nice to be in charge of your own life, there are days it would be great to have someone take care of things for me. As a child, it was good to be sheltered from most of the bad news happening in the world. I was blissfully unaware of global problems and natural disasters for the most part. My biggest concern back then was what was for dinner! Alas, those days are long gone and while I’ve gotten used to “adulting”, there are moments when I want to make a blanket fort and hide a while! The past couple of weeks in particular have made me feel this way, most especially because of the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. And now Hurricane Irma is a new threat. It’s heart-wrenching. On top of that, the skies in Albuquerque have been covered in a fairly thick haze of smoke from wildfires raging in western states such as California and Montana. While I have no control over the weather (if I did, there would never be wind beyond a nice breeze – have I ever mentioned I hate wind?), I do have control over my website (I think!) and so I try to counteract the bad news out there with some levity, nostalgia, and happier thoughts. And don’t forget those Five Favorites Friday posts. I really enjoy sharing those with you.
Anyway, I hope that everyone had a good Labor Day. My family and I enjoyed a relaxing day playing board games, barbecuing, and catching up on episodes of The Strain. Of course, the day off has meant a more hectic work week with lots to do in less time. The smoky haze has also been giving me a throbbing headache that just won’t quit. Still, the skies seemed to be clearing a little today and as I was heading into work, I noticed the stunning glory of the Crepe Myrtle tree on the church grounds. It’s like that old saying about stopping to smell the roses. Today, I stopped to admire this tree and just enjoy its beauty.
When I got home from work, I was delighted to find a package in my mailbox. This is really not a rare occurrence considering my love of online shopping! However, today was the day I received this beauty:
Oh yes, I have not purchased one of these in many years but the time is right and I plan to use this baby! I’ve decided to try writing some short stories to get my feet wet and, more importantly, to get published!
And, finally, since I know there are many cat lovers out there, I’m sharing a picture of a beautiful kitty that I see almost daily on my walks. She is a very friendly cat and really enjoys lounging on this wall:
And if you’re a dog lover like me, here’s a picture of Maxwell living the good life:
May this week find you stopping to appreciate the good things you have and knowing that you’re adulting the heck out of life!