Rather than snowing here today, the weather opted to simply be gray and cold, even though it was nearly going to be snow in early forecasts. But, despite my inner child practically screaming with a wish for snow, the temperatures warmed up just enough to deliver a bit of rain instead. Philippe and I have been enjoying our various Christmas toys and since we finished our puzzle, we were going to start a new one. But, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to dismantle it yet after all of that hard work, so it’s now a bit of holiday décor on the end of the dining room table. I’m off work this week so it’s been a perfectly relaxing time. I’m still in my childlike mood so a puppy came to mind for today’s sketch. In truth, I got lost in a rabbit hole of online videos of puppies playing in the snow. It’s a joyous thing to watch and makes me giggle every time. Puppies are cute in general, but seeing one frolic in the snow makes me smile and is a good reminder that life is always shining with fun and endless possibility if you choose to approach it that way.
I must admit that all this relaxing and lounging about has been addictive and makes it tough to accomplish anything at all. I did have a few projects I wanted to tackle on this winter break, but I can’t stop playing and doing silly mindless things long enough to complete them. While I should feel a bit of guilt for this, I don’t at all. To me, it’s a sure sign that this is exactly what I needed and I should simply enjoy it while it lasts. There’s plenty of time to deal with all of those projects in the days ahead. For now, I’m going to let myself be just a bit lazy. Philippe, on the other hand, is much more productive and is currently making cassoulet, which we’ll enjoy shortly with Aesha who’s coming over tonight. This is an annual tradition as we always have too much foie gras for two people and she’s the only one of our friends who actually likes it. I’ve never had cassoulet so I don’t know yet if I’ll like it, but from the smells streaming in from the kitchen right now, I think it’s rather certain that I will love it.
I’ve just become distracted once more while typing this as I made the unfortunate choice to sit down right next to my new lava lamp. Those things are seriously mesmerizing and cool, but probably not the best choice for someone like myself with attention deficit problems. Either that, or the perfect choice. It’s difficult to tell really. At any rate, I think a lovely dose of fun and nothing much at all is the perfect way to spend the holiday season. And though the clock is ticking down now to the final minutes of 2018, I feel like I’ve accomplished at least a handful of the things I set out to do this year. And soon, there will be a fresh new year, ripe with endless possibilities. I already have a full list of dreams just waiting to come true. Sometimes, just dreaming that something might happen is enough to make life feel wonderful. Though, yes, I’ll actually be prying myself away from funny online videos and lava lamps in order to make just another little handful of those projects actually happen. Until then, however, you’ll simply find me unapologetically bouncing around with infinite glee, curiosity, and primal happiness, like a puppy in the snow.
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