Friday, May 28, 2010

5 on 5 the late edition

Okay, so last week I failed. Instead of posting for the 5 on 5 series, I stood on a ladder for hours painting Sprig of Ivy in my mom's new master bedroom. I would have prepared the post ahead of time, but pre-execution* is not my strong suit, and I was up to my eyeballs in Paris Romance (powder pink, in case you're curious). The thing is, I could miss this post every week and have plenty of reasons for not getting the work done. Given the chance, I can make an excuse for just about anything and when I hear myself doing it, I think "wow, I wonder if this sounds as pathetic as it feels."

Example question: "Hey, have you finished your hours for dog school?"

Example response: "Oh no, I was sick this one week, then this other week they didn't go because there weren't enough dogs, and then I went away to help my mom paint, and then I couldn't go because they wanted to leave early, and then I fell into a black hole and my cat puked on my favorite shoes so I couldn't leave the house."

Okay, she didn't puke on my shoes, but she did leave huge butt streaks on the carpet. Anyway, I don't know what my point is, besides self-deprecation and the need for some accountability, so here are this week's 5 things that I'm grateful for:

#1 Horses. I'm not particularly fond of riding horses, but I like being around them, and I love taking pictures of them, especially when they do silly things with their mouth.

cheeky or sleepy?

#2 Getting enough sleep. Right now I make my own hours, so I have a decent amount of control over my sleep. When I don't get enough of it, I can tell immediately that the world is not my friend. Everything gets harder, including things like being human and avoiding donuts.

i've ALWAYS slept with socks on (damn it)

#3 Having access to clean water. This one almost deserves its own post, but for now, I'll just say that I realize how incredibly lucky I am to be able to walk 8 steps into my kitchen and fill up my nalgene bottle with drinkable water as many times as I want.

marsh grass

#4 Having an air conditioner that works. The only reason we would see a thermostat reading like this in our current apartment is if we chose to torture ourselves by not turning on the A/C unit.

just the beginning

#5 The patience of other people. Let's face it, I'm a perfectionist. Working with other people in a situation that I feel reflects my ability turns me into less than a joy to be around. This past weekend, I was a horrible backseat painter and no one got angry with me (outwardly anyway). If someone had said the same things to me, I can't say that I would have reacted as calmly and constructively as my family did.

oh how she smites

*I almost wrote forethought, but that's not right. I have great forethought, terrible fore-action.


Steve said...

A-men to clean water! Having lived in Africa and traveled in India, I can testify that's a huge blessing. It's a small miracle to get clean, drinkable water from our kitchen faucets.

I'm of two minds about air conditioning. From a purely animal-being perspective I like it (except when it's too cold). But it divorces us from nature and the seasons, which I'm not crazy about. Plus it's expensive. Sometimes I think a fan would be sufficient.

(I guess clean water divorces us from nature too, though, right?? :) )

herding tapeworms said...

I also have mixed feelings about air conditioning. A fan is great 85% of the time. I would probably choose to sit in a room with a fan vs. a room with an air conditioner. My stumbling block to being A/C free is sleeping in hot temps. Maybe I need to go to India to get some perspective!