Dropped Thoughts

I just realized this afternoon that this has been the longest period I’ve gone without writing since I started in earnest over five years ago.

It’s not by choice. It’s completely circumstantial, the rude and overwhelming intersection of the first intense month of what is shaping up to be a very intense school year and the ill-timed destruction of a catastrophic plumbing leak. As a result, I’ve been lesson planning at midnight and painting at dawn. Not exactly conducive to meaningful composition.

But I’m not here for a pity party. I just wanted to say hi and to let you know that I’m still here and that I hope to return to my regular visits soon.

And in the meantime, some dropped thoughts from my spinning mind:

-It’s advisable to spend at least as much time diagnosing a problem  as attempting to solve it. Most of us are driven by action and we easily move too soon to try to make something better before we truly understand what is broken in the first place. There’s a reason that the scientific method begins with observation.

-Newly refinished floors feel amazing underfoot after adapting to a finish that was applied when Reagan was in office. A silver lining to the cloud of the house flooding:)

-My dog has very balanced love languages. He’s equally as appreciative of affirmative words (“You’re a good boy.”), gifts (especially in the form of treats), quality time (on leash, of course), physical touch (usually in the form of butt scratches) and acts of service (prompt refilling of the water bowl). More proof that we can learn a lot from dogs.

-I’ve come a long way with having difficult conversations without panicking. I’m proud of myself for that. It hasn’t been easy. Actually, it still isn’t, but I’m strong and confident enough to do it anyway.

-A recent study confirms the healing power of heavy metal. Luckily for me, there’s another Korn concert coming. I. Am. Ready!

-I haven’t been meditating or yoga-ing the past 5 weeks. I’m trying to decide if I should set my alarm for 4:30 to sneak it in. I’m leaning towards a begrudging yes. I know I’m unbalanced right now.

-Even though fall is my favorite season, I don’t get into the pumpkin spice craze. I’m just frustrated that I can’t get real pumpkin because of a shortage. And speaking of fall, my local grocery store put out the ceramic pumpkins the second week of August. It was 100 degrees on that day. Smh.

Hope you’re well and I hope to *see* you soon!

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2 thoughts on “Dropped Thoughts

  1. Your ears must have been burning, Lisa. I was just thinking of dropping you a short “checking in” note.

    It’s empowering when we own our weaknesses and make them our new strengths….congratulations! Life is indeed messy, but it’s the level of messy that we can control. We choose to either participate in growing the messy that negatively impacts our world, or we neatly package it up and ship it off to “my give-a-damn’s busted.” (Thank you Jo Dee Messina) Facing what needs to be faced with our big-girl pants on can certainly turn us into cape-wearing Wonder Woman!! Or is that Super Girl??? 🙂

    Sorry to hear of your house woes….I’m sharing in that misery myself. No Bueno.

    Here’s to your insightfullness and kindness of heart to blog for the masses.

    Blessings to you and Brock and butt scratches for your pooch 🙂

  2. I’ve also studied my dog and her love languages and you are correct, Maggie is very balanced: physical touch, words of affirmation and gifts (dog biscuits) tie for the top three. Quality time and acts of service are not far behind since she wants to go everywhere with me. All of my dogs over the years have taught me what true unconditional love really means.

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