Friday, November 14, 2008

I Love Fridays

I made a big pot of soup, with lots of garlic and cilantro and turkey meatballs and carrots and celery and onion and zukes. It was steaming and nourishing and tasted oh so good. I wore thick socks, drank water, sat in sunlight, reflected on the goodness in the universe and slathered Vick's on my... self. I have been perfect and precious and wonderful and I am still really, really frickin' sick and it's no fair! Just saying.


It's Friday. I'm not sure whether I still actually love Fridays or if it's a holdover from school days, when Friday meant the last day of school and work, and the beginning of freedom and frivolity and the hope of fun. Yes, Friday holds promise and anticipation. So, when I don't over think it, Friday makes me happy. Do you know what else makes me happy? Alliteration. Alliteration makes me feel festive and fabulous. Alliteration allows artistic and auditory alphabetic alacrity... in America. Remember, I am not well.

In celebration of Friday and alliteration, I am going to join Nikkipolani and make this a Friday Faves post. Is it "Five Friday Favorites?" Yes, that would be fantastically alliteral.

Five Friday Favorites For the Greater Good and Gratitude

1. Playmobile toys are a favorite of mine. I love the attention to detail and the little worlds they represent. Ours are on the high shelf and the children ask for them when they want quiet and cozy play. Maybe they sense, like me, that it's comforting to put the bunnies or people, the flowers and trees and the hats and ducks in place. It's nice to visit a place where there is order and bright colors, where we can make happy outcomes and no one is feverish and achey.

2 Lotion in tissue is today's second favorite. If you know something horrible about tissue with lotion... if it's made from baby bunnies or causes premature senility, please keep it to yourself. I don't care how bad the economy gets, life is too short for cheap, stiff, scratchy tissues. Pamper us please. We are so tender.

3. Flannel. Flannel is a Friday favorite... all week long. It's cold and I don't want to dry out the air any more than it is in these pre-Santa Ana conditions, so we are not turning on the furnace. I made Maria a pair of flannel pants, and she has these new holiday pajamas to ward off the chill. Our guest bed needs sheets, and maybe those should be flannel too. And I am anxious to make some flannel scarves. Fa-La-La-La-La Fa-Flannel!

4. DVDs and yes, Blue-Ray. Sorry to be such a consumer, but the cold hard fact is: I love me some movie time on my own terms, in my own space. I love the pause button and rewind and subtitles. I love watching Elf in November. I love fast forward and skip. I love that I can rent, borrow and buy movies that I like. I love that when my voice is gone and Maria is too tired to play with bunnies or color, and too cranky to put away colors and bunnies, that she can watch Cinderella. I love that she is snug, quiet, safe and distracted.

5. In the midst of being sick and tired and frustrated I can still laugh and look around and feel blessed and acknowledge that Fridays are good. "Gratitude" is my #5 Friday Favorite.


nikkipolani said...

Glad to have you joining in great gratefulness (handing you another lotion tissue). I'm really liking the sound of that soup. I've been wanting to make some, but nothing appeals. That is, until you mentioned cilantro. And garlic. And simmering....

Oiyi said...

Oh, it's horrible being sick. Get well soon!

Em said...

Ugh - I've been in mucusville for about 7 days... and am still hacking up crap... now my son has it - full blown with a fever, and my husband and daughter have just started coughing and sniffling too... not fun! I guess it's the season for it, but UGH... Sorry - no alliteration here today!

jess said...

I agree whole heartedly with the playmobil! It really stinks when everyone in the house is getting sniffly and cranky. Hope you have a good weekend!

village mama said...

Elf is one of my faves of all time too! Wishing you so much belly laughter and silly giggles that it scares your sick germs away. xo

Lesley said...

So sorry to hear the lurgy is lingering. I had it two weeks ago and it is definitely not fun. For a while there i thought I would never ever feel better again.
Recommend those Puffs Plus tissues — the others are far too rough.

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you're sick and feeling under the weather. Nothing's better than to snuggle up under a nice big soft blanket on the couch and watch some tv while drinking hot tea. Oooh, or having more soup with some buttered bread. Just the thing to make you feel comfy. Feel better soon. :-)

Anna Banana said...

Hope all are feeling better soon. Much love and hugs from me.