This has been a perfectly lazy weekend and though there was much I could have been doing, I chose to do very little at all. Sometimes, it’s good to unplug and take a little bit of a break. I did, however, manage this little snail in answer to today’s prompt. After a rain here, you can often seeing a cluster of really tiny snails appearing, presumably moving somewhere, but one would have to stare for quite some time to discern where. That was exactly how I must have looked today. I used to experience a bit of guilt when I was younger and spent the day being a sloth, but I figure now at my age, I’ve more than earned it. Our dog Phineas is an enviable master of relaxation. I often envy him when I leave the house for work each day, knowing he’ll be heading right back to bed for a nice nap. Getting up occasionally to stretch, of course, slowly, in that perfect yoga downward dog pose. What a life!
The site was inaccessible a few times this weekend as there are still server issues on WordPress.com, so thanks for your patience, as the developers there work on finding a fix! Thanks for your support and patience in the interim! You might experience a bit of weirdness on the site, but really, not much more than is usually the standard fare with these posts. I’ve rather lost my train of thought today, perhaps it’s the snail mentality, but I’m in that exquisite odd state of managing stress while excited by the prospects ahead. For each little setback, there comes miles of learning that you wouldn’t have had otherwise and I always consider that quite a gift. Sure, it would be wonderful if things always worked out perfectly as intended, but there’s not much to gain in only experiencing that. Challenges, to me, are rather exciting. It means things must change and I love change. It keeps life moving forward in a much more interesting fashion.
So, I hope you’ve all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend filled with just enough spice to keep things interesting. I’m going to head to bed early after doing my bit of adulting which requires doing dishes and taking out the trash. Philippe and I never really sat down to discuss how we would divvy up the household chores, but for some reason the trash ended up on my list. Laundry, however, remains a mystery as to who is supposed to take care of it first. This is instead solved by frantically assigning the task to whoever dons the last pair of clean underwear and notices the problem. There’s probably a much better solution, but this is the one that seems to work for us. Phineas is rubbish at doing any chores at all and just sniffs disapproval most of the time. And yet, it all seems to magically come together and work out just fine. I think, in the end, there’s definitely something to be learned by occasionally living life like a little snail.
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