Day 21: #imnotdead

Hello there! Long time no blog, eh? Did you think I forgot about you or fell into a coma or was abducted by aliens or something?

Well, #goodnews! None of those things happened.

"Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated." ;)


I've just come to the end of what was one of the busiest weeks of my life, which left little room for sleep much less blogging about all the busy. But, things are calming down just a bit, so I thought I'd check in with all 2 of you who were wondering how the whole "red" thing's been going lately. (Hi Mom & "insert random FB friend, here")

It's actually been going pretty well, thanks for asking. As you may remember, the #30daysofred thing was not just about enjoying the color red, but more about taking a beat to do something that made me feel good each day, and as a sideline to that, being intentional about finding things that make me smile/feel grateful or happy each day.

Let me just say, life is hard...but God is good.

I know that sounds trite, but I don't know if I've ever been able to say that and really truly mean it...equally strongly on both sides of that statement. I feel like over the past month or so, the things that were hard have gotten harder and more "hard" things have been added. But, as hard as things have been during this time, it's also been remarkably bereft of pity parties or breakdowns. Which, for me, whose Native American name is "Cries At Desk", and given my present circumstances, is pretty amazing.

That said, there is also a lot of good stuff going on...which I will share later. But, for today, because I have these silly selfies I've yet to use and because one's first blog in a week is not the time to get serious, here's a list of some of happy/silly from the past few days:

  1. Monday - I washed a much needed check. #imnotsmart I left it in my pants pocket and threw it right in the washer. I remembered somewhere around the first rinse cycle, or right about the time the last little chunk of the check disintegrated into nothingness.

  2. Tuesday & Wednesday - I attended two graduation ceremonies. The best part for me was hearing the interesting names some of these kids had been given. For example, there was a boy with the last name of "Gorgeous" and another with the first name "Righteous", and a girl named "Jennifer Lopez". But my absolute favorite was "Rick James".

    Those names make "Tina" seem not so bad. ;)
  3. Wednesday - Another highlight of the graduation festivities was the moment my family spontaneously recreated that famous scene from "My Best Friend's Wedding" where everyone sang "I Say a Little Prayer" at a seafood restaurant...except we sang "Let it Go."
  4. Another tidbit from the graduation celebrations - I learned that my hi-heel skills are equivalent to those of an 8th grade girl...or a new born baby deer.

    I'll stick with flats, thanks.
  5. Thursday - I told a co-worker "hashtag calm down." For real. Out loud. I then shared that story at our small group meeting, which led to lots of "hashtag" comments throughout the rest of the discussion. It was awesome. #andtherewasmuchlaughing

  6. Saturday - I sang "Let it Go" during a photoshoot. This knowledge has proved very helpful in coaxing a shy girl to open up and smile on more than one occasion.
  7. Yesterday, I used my knowledge of zombies to coax an adorably stubborn little boy (he folded his arms and pouted and everything) into not only not looking away from my camera, but actually smiling. I also got some cute "toddler doing a zombie imitation" photos...which are all the rage on Pinterest boards now. ;) #truestory

    Have I mentioned I LOVE red lipstick?
  8. Speaking of red lipstick, I bought 4 new tubes and two new red nail polishes last week. #itsasickness #sorrynotsorry

So, that's the listicle catch-up! Until next time...

Go buy some red lipstick. It's the right thing to do.

Plus, it will help me feel more normal. ;)


Disclaimer: This blog is not a paid advertizement for red lipstick and is not sponsored by Revlon or Estee Lauder or Clinique or Cover Girl or any other maker of red lipstick. The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the blogger and do not reflect the views of the makers of red lipstick or the general public.