I love Sundays. I’m not sure exactly why, because on all technical terms, they’re the same as all the other days of the week. But I think that many will agree with me that there’s not much better than just reviewing the week, celebrating successes, and enjoying life on a serene Sunday afternoon.
This time of reflection, in my opinion, is a habit we should all develop. It helps us think: clear our minds of the past seven days and gears it up for seven more. I often find that as I ponder life on Sunday afternoons, I rediscover the mundane of the week, whether it be in a pleasant little memory or a laugh I shared that had been forgotten. You know the moments I’m talking about-the ones that seem so normal your brain glazed over them. Yet, they are the times that remind us of what an awesome thing it is to simply be alive.
So, the mundane, the weird, the wacky, and the wonderful of my week are summarized, to the best of my abilities, as you read on, in little baby life lessons, because I believe that we can take something away from every experience we have.
Weekly Lesson #1: Microwaves deserve a lot more credit than they get.
Hoping to cut dinner prep time in half and avoid the oven, I decided to try an experiment: a full microwave meal. Good practice, I figured, since I’ll be a microwave-bound college student in just under a month. I was feeling like Italian, so I went for it: microwave Eggplant Parmesan. I’m pleased to inform you, that while a learning process, I had success! Maybe I’ll post how I did it in another post, but just quickly, I’ll shoot out some tips for any other adventurers: 1. Cook the eggplant first and then assemble it. (Otherwise, your cheese will just overcook into a hard rock while it sits waiting for the eggplant) 2. Be ready: It won’t be front-cover-of-Food-Network-Magazine photo ready, BUT it will be edible, and delicious nonetheless 3. It may end up a little chewy. While amazing appliances, microwaves can only do so much—we’ve gotta cut them some slack. But hey, that’s life, right? It sometimes gets a weird texture.
Weekly Lesson #2: A quick retreat into nature is the perfect reset.
Impulsively, I decided to hike a mountain this past week. And I’ll tell you, it was amazing. I cannot say the last time I went hiking, but just being outside for that hike (not to mention the bonus of the incredible view and tower at the top) was so renewing. It’s worth the time to truck out and “detach” from the rest of the world for an hour or so, hands down.
Weekly Lesson #3: Splash water is my new obsession.
I’m already a Fruit 2 O addict, but Splash seltzer from Stop and Shop grocery stores is Fruit 2 O on bubbles. And I love it, especially in the summer heat, when for some reason, carbonated beverages are so much more appealing. I think I’ve drunken a whole bottle a day this week, and just got another 7 from the store this morning. Which has me walking to the fridge right now to sip a glass while I finish writing this…
Weekly Lesson #4: Catching up with old friends is like free therapy.
I got the chance to talk with a close and old friend that I haven’t seen all summer over a delicious sushi dinner the other night, and after that dinner I just couldn’t stop smiling. It was just a solid fun time, full of laughs and simply enjoying each others’ company. Literally free therapy.
Weekly Lesson #5: Pull out that paintbrush!!
Art! My parents paint as a hobby, and I was quite a little artist in my youth. I truly love art and creative expression, but find that I’m always pushing it to the bottom of the to-do list—like it’s almost too much of a luxury to splurge in. But I sat down and did some pottery painting at a local studio for some inspirational room/dorm decor, and had a great time!! Oh how I’d missed getting down and dirty in paint!
Weekly Lesson #6: If you like it, keep at it.
Inspired by that successful hike earlier on in the week, I closed the week off with another one- around our local reservoir. Again, it was like a refresh button on the computer. And it was another picturesque view.
Weekly Lesson #7: Watch out for what’s behind the door.
Okay, this one’s more for my cat than for myself. He had crawled inside one of the kitchen cabinets, and my other cat knew he was in there. As my family watched, she parked herself behind the open cabinet door, silently. When the first cat left the space unawares, there she was to launch a surprise attack—he got a good ear boxing! Who knew cats could be so strategic?
Weekly Lesson #8: Look up every once in a while.
We had a Blue Moon this week– our first since 2012 and our last until 2018! I just knew I had to see it, and actually drove in my pajamas at midnight (yes, midnight) to get a solid picture. I mean, why not? I won’t get a chance to be a moon chasing lunatic for another 3 years, so I might as well take advantage of the opportunity and do it right!
And last but not least…
Weekly Lesson #9: I think I may be a future American Picker.
I recently discovered the show “American Pickers” on Netflix, and have literally been binge watching it (I like to watch while I’m cooking dinner!). Basically, two guys travel the road and find the weirdest, most neat, fantastic, and unique items from roadside collectors, and then haggle to buy it to re-sell. More than the items themselves, I’ve been taking note of the negotiating strategies. I’ve come to the conclusion that I would be amazing at battling it out to get the price I want on something. Maybe next week I’ll try my new skills at a flea market…
Well, that concludes the lessons I learned this week, but what about you? Take a moment and just think about what you did- find even one thing that makes you laugh or reminds you of old times. What did the mundane teach you? Comment below!
Live for those little moments. Like Anna Godbersen wrote: “I’ve always believed in savoring the moments. In the end, they are the only things we have.”