Last week I noticed not one, but a few, new "tags" spray painted down the street from us. When Matt and I drove by, I showed him and said, "See, I can't figure out if that is viral marketing for Johnny Cupcakes or if there is a new cupcake gang in town."
Matt said, "No. The muffin man came to town."
He's right. It does say "Muff". Muffins, cupcakes, either way, that graffiti makes me hungry. And there are 4 of them on my way to the expressway.
That's honestly about all I've got to report. I'm on break this week and for once I stayed put. I wanted to go to Texas to see my brother and Liz, but the tickets were pricey so I decided to stay home for once. Not easy. I'm used to taking off to see family or go on a trip whenever I get a chance. As a result, I'm a little heart sick for family or home. Luckily I decided to stay put though, since Matt and I both got so sick. My fever went away this past weekend, after 5 long days, but I'm still fighting off the last of the congestion. My energy has been low, and I've felt like I've been in slow motion. As a result, I've been in a serious funk the past few days. The February funk. But today I've been making a concerted effort to improve my mood.
It helped that I got a message this afternoon that my good friends Lori and Greg had their baby last night - a girl. So happy for them. It's such a dream come true. So the thought of them with their little one today has been making me feel happier inside.
I also went to Borders to pick up a book to go with that frog below, and I got a couple new CDs. Am I the only one out there still buying CDs? I'm so behind on the whole mp3 thing. The new Jack Johnson is called Sleep Through the Static, which suits me this week. It's very chill, which is perfect.
It's been a little uncomfortable for me to slow down, but needed. I had a million things I thought I really needed to do this week, and I've done a handful of them. I've worked a bit for my two very part-time jobs. But mostly I'm taking a break. Remembering what slow feels like. There will be plenty of time soon for fast. There's a lot of good stuff on the horizon. A lot of work, but good stuff too.
Speaking of good stuff, I was inspired to write a list of big and little things I got to do last year. I was a little taken back by how much I came up with. Most of it unexpected. I like keeping in mind that a lot of unexpected things will happen again this year. Like this year, who knew I'd see muffin graffiti! That's the little stuff I want to pay more attention to this year.
Click for my list...
- Bought a new camera and learned how to use it.
- Went ice-skating on the Frog Pond with Matt.
- Poured myself a frozen margarita in someone's back yard in Texas.
- Walked down the aisle in my brother’s wedding.
- Took pictures of the marshes in Marshfield.
- Walked the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Stayed in a hotel overlooking Times Square.
- Attended Easter Sunday service on the Upper West side.
- Hiked up a snow-covered mountain at the end of April.
- Finished up my first year of teaching.
- Met Barbara Kingsolver.
- Met Keane’s drummer backstage.
- Spent a lovely hour taking pictures in Boston Garden.
- Saw my niece get baptized.
- Had lunch in a diner in Chicago with an old friend before she moved back to the Philippines.
- Picked massive quantities of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.
- Bought most of my produce at a farmer's market this summer.
- Played tennis.
- Rode a vintage bike at sunset.
- Went mountain biking with my cousins and my aunt.
- Went trail running with the squirrels by a lake.
- Met up for dinner with a good friend at Big Buck Brewery, where a drunk guy told us he bought stock in the restaurant when it opened on the Nasdaq.
- Went whitewater rafting and hiking with my dad and my aunt.
- Road in the back of a convertible with my mom.
- Played slip’n’slide wiffle ball.
- Watched school busses race.
- Was in an earthquake in L.A.
- Bought a bikini at Huntington Beach and clothes shopping on Melrose.
- Backpacked with 10 strangers in Yosemite.
- Ate a lobster roll in Maine.
- Swam in the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean in the same month.
- Started a Ph.D. program.
- I went candlepin bowling with my parents.
- Saw the real Mystic Pizza in Mystic, CT.
- Went to the Super 88 and watched the tilapia swim below the fish counter.
- Made some new friends.
- Went out dancing.
- Learned wilderness first aid on the street in front of Paul Revere’s House.
- Hiked in the rainforest.
- Kayaked in the moonlight and swam in the ocean under the stars.
- Ate flan in Puerto Rico.
- Rode the People Mover in Detroit.