Ordinary days have come to consist of the very unexpected lately.
Sometimes the unexpected is manifested in a quick, on-the-fly breakfast that turns out to be one of the most delicious you’ve had in recent memory. That happened three days ago, and for the past three days, I’ve been happily enjoying toast with raw almond butter, coconut butter, a drizzle of agave syrup + a sprinkle of cinnamon.
I have a feeling it may happen for at least three more.
Just when I think I’ll get a quiet day at work to catch up on the projects that have been sadly shoved to the backburner due to more pressing, immediate issues; more pressing, immediate issues pop up demanding attention. Since 2011 began 18 short days ago, it seems work has taken on this pattern in the most ordinary of fashion.
I ate Veggie Millet Miso Soup for lunch because in all honesty, I had tried + true intentions of starting a three-day detox to cleanse my Everythingtarian digestive system today. Then Megan + Sofia sent me the most delicious Coffee Toffee with Hazelnuts + Chocolate as well as Spicy Caramel Popcorn, and all desire to detox my system went right out the window.
That ordinary window where I usually throw notions of detoxing.
Make-upless face, ponytailed hair and an ordinarily eager spirit accompanied me to photography class tonight. I came home ready to embark on a special post I’ve been concocting in my head for more than a week only to discover not only could I not find my Cambodia + Thai isles pictures from teaching abroad, I’ve lost them. Which is rather ordinary seeing as in the last week, I’ve lost earrings, a scarf, the nail polish on my left hand and my mind.
As I began to look through every CD, flash drive and computer I own for the elusive photos, my mild attention deficit disorder was quickly entertained when I found something else instead, a document I wrote senior year in high school entitled, “Things to Do Before I Turn 30.”
- swim with dolphins
- learn to play the guitar
- go skydiving (X)
- study abroad (X)
- backpack around Europe (X)
- be on the Price is Right <- NOT the same without Bob Barker
- visit New York City + LA (X)
- fall in love
- graduate from college (X)
- learn photography (X) <- I have a eerie ability to predict the future
- be on a reality TV show
- teach Sunday school
- take an unplanned road trip
- take an unplanned vacation (X)
- be an actress (in some way) (X)
- go to the Bahamas
- live in a foreign country (X)
- watch the sun set + rise
- go scuba diving
- have children <- I take this one back
- steal a golf cart
- stay awake for a complete 24 hours
- stay home and watch movies all day <- this weekend?
- start a food fight <- ???
- get a real massage (X)
- volunteer doing charity work (X)
- dance in the rain
- sleep under the stars (X)
- get on the Dean’s List (X)
- meet the Queen of England
- forgive somebody (X)
- eat everything and anything I want for a day (X) <- x 1,329,891 days
- go to Hawaii
- buy a ridiculously expensive article of clothing
- visit Bethlehem
- be happy (X)
Suddenly, my day turned from being just a day, just an ordinary day to a rather extraordinary one. Yeah, I’ve never been in love, but I’ve risked my life by while tethered to Ross in a stomach-lurching leap of faith skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef. I proudly graduated college with honors but have yet to be on The Price is Right. It took me awhile, but I’ve learned to forgive and found a sense of happiness. So I made this totally dorky + slightly too mature list more than seven years, but I’m slowly but surely checking it off.
A grand total of 16/36 with four years left to accomplish the rest?
Rather extraordinary and worth celebrating, if I do say so myself.