I've been cloaked heavy in envy lately of just about everyone around me. It's pathetic and sad. Spring break has brought out an unprecedented amount of pictures and status updates about every one's fantastic trips, future fabulous vacations and recent exciting excursions. (Please email me any additional synonyms you have for trip. Oh! I'll have to work in "holiday.")
The truth is, I'm just plain jealous of everyone and it's beyond lame. Every one's getaways, particularly those without children, are making me feel trapped and frustrated that currently our life doesn't afford those types of luxuries. I know, I told you it's so lame.
Lame or not, the feelings are here and they must come out.
I once read in a magazine that when you start to feel envious of someone else, you should start a mental list of all the things that are fabulous about your life. I tried the mental list thing but all I thought of were past really fun vacations that I currently feel I'll never be able to go on again and a lengthy list of items I would like to purchase that are not likely to be purchased in the next, well...say, never. That was such a stupid magazine.
Since a mental list didn't work I thought I'd put a list out here in cyber world so that I could refer back to it without getting confused about what I'm jealous of and grateful for right now . I'm easily confused. I have a lot of emotions.
I also decided I'm not putting any of that normal crap like how I'm grateful I have three healthy kids because, of course I'm grateful that I have three healthy kids. I can't put that on the list because it's insulting to the list. It's important, but it's too obvious and doesn't really hit home for me, thank God.
I also plan on including lots of superficial stuff because that is part of life and it does make me feel a little happier. Man, maybe I should be going to church more often. I'll put Jesus on the list. I am really grateful for Jesus. He's very nice to me.
Here we go. My Life is Fabulous Because....
1. I really love my stove. (See, I told you this was going to be superficial.) It makes me feel like a bad ass in the kitchen, though I'm pretty sure I don't cook any better here than at my last house that had a regular stove. I actually like to clean it and basically it's in the top 3 reasons why I bought this house.
2. I REALLY love my husband. I know that sounds like it's in the obvious category of healthy kids, but after being married for nine years and seeing a lot of marriages, I'm really grateful for him. He makes my life rock. He also looks like this...
which makes it extra fun to be married to him.
3. I love that Inglenook produces a one liter bottle of merlot that I really don't mind drinking, and sells it for $6....because that's right in my price range.
5. I'm happy my father has taken photos like this is his life because it gives me great joy to look at it and think about what he was thinking when he put on pants like that and when was the last time he smoked one of those target cigarettes? Too cool.
6. I'm also happy my mom took photos like this because....well, this one just makes me smile. I don't remember a time in my life when I wasn't fascinated by this picture, wishing I would be that pretty when I grew up.
Why don't I ever wear dresses like that? I could really get behind some gratitude for a dress like that.
7. I'm ever so grateful for teen fiction in my life. Twilight series and The Hunger Games series...I would be nothing without you. Nothing.
8. I have a brother and parents that just worked to get me a new laptop. That's pretty awesome. That's really awesome. I plan on being a famous writer as soon as I get that computer. That's all I need, right?
Make friends with me now people. Come April, I'll be in the Statesman again and more difficult to reach through all the paparazzi that will swarm my life.....that's what happens when you get an article in the Austin newspaper, back section, back page...right?
9. I am so happy I have a child like Cole that says "scuse me" every time he toots. Literally every time. Silent, a rapid fire of five, whatever. Each one gets it's own "scuse me." No matter what is happening in my life, that is freakin awesome.
10. My Bob stroller. It makes having three kids a little less painful in public.
11. Starbucks chai tea lattes make my world go round.
12. I have really easy hair. I don't have to do anything to it. I probably should, but I think it's ok even when I don't. That's awesome. If it weren't mostly gray it would be perfect.
13. My kids are in preschool 2 days a week. I am really pushing here for things to be grateful for because really I wish they were in preschool 3 or 4 days a week, but it could be worse...they could not be in school at all.
(In general though, saying that something could be worse is an insulting way to deal with someone that is upset about something. It's dismissive and lacks compassion. Just a friendly reminder.)
14. My dog rocks (aside from an anal gland issue) he is awesome. He's easy, sweet, and loves me more than anyone else in the family, and that is how things should work. You're fantastic Indiana.
15. I've had some pretty fun vacations in the past. I'm sure I'll have some of them again. Hawaii, London, Greece, Mexico, St.Thomas, Barbados, Vegas, San Francisco, LA, San Diego, Australia, Bali, New York City, Chicago, Kiawah Island, Napa Valley, Orlando, and the list goes on an on.
So I should really shut my pie hole and stop whining about our lack of vacations. Besides, this really is exactly like a vacation.
Where's my Inglenook?