Ice Storm 2017

 

I recognize it is nearly impossible to see the ice crystals on the tree. But they’re there. I swear.

I’m not sure if you heard, St. Louis had wee bit of an ice storm over the weekend. Early in the week there were rumblings of a big storm coming. By Thursday, everyone in and around the St. Louis area was at a grocery store buying all the things. By Friday afternoon, everything was shut down.

Everything.

Schools, offices, stores, gyms, churches.

There was nothing to do but stay home.

It.

Was.

Awesome!

Believe it or not, I am an introvert. So staying home in my comfy jammies all day is my jam. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting out and connecting with friends and going on adventures but I also need home time. Having a day or two where the only things on the agenda are reading, writing, playing, cuddling and puzzling recharge my battery.

Steve and the boys managed to fly the coup for a few hours on Saturday. While they were out running errands and having crazy fun at Monkey Joe’s, I wrote and worked on my presentation. I even moved my computer back downstairs to my little office area in the basement.

352: Still in my jammies 🙂

Steve and I (or maybe it was Mom and I?) created this workspace when I went back to work in 2014. I used it quite a bit then but not so much now. Even when I started blogging at the end of 2015, I did most of my writing at the kitchen counter. Truth be told, I found comfort in being close to the boys while I wrote. Even though they interrupted me no less than a thousand times.

Actually, I think I counted on the interruptions because it distracted me from trying to be perfect. I struggled with lazy perfectionism, meaning I often wouldn’t even start something because I knew it wouldn’t be perfect. Knowing the boys would interrupt me incessantly gave me permission to not be perfect. To just write.

I still battle my (lazy) perfectionism. But now I focus more on the process. I promise myself I will show up and see what happens. We’ll see how it goes down here. If it becomes too much, I’ll head back up stairs.

Martin Luther King Day

 

351: Martin Luther King Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King day. He fought for equal rights for black lives because black lives matter. To honor him today, I am going to reread his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.”  If you want to read it too you can click the blue link. It will take you to The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford. You can read the original document, listen to the audio version or read an annotated version of Dr. King’s incredibly powerful letter.

Have a great Monday friends!

 

 

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