I bought myself a new pair of sunglasses. See? They were a total impulse buy at Anthropologie, one of my favorite stores ever. They cost more than I’d usually spend on a pair of sunglasses – I’m a “cheap pair in every purse” kind of gal – but I loved the colors and the shape and I had a gift card from a generous relative burning a hole in my wallet.
I like how the purple and green and orange seem to go with whatever I’m wearing. I like that they’re big and dark so I can throw them on in my makeup-free, early-morning state and still show my face in the carpool line. I like how they’re a little bit different, a little bit artsy-funky-cool.
I’ll take all the pick-me-ups I can right now. I’ve been struggling a bit lately, to tell you the truth. Just with life in general. In a Tina Fey “why are normal things so hard for me” kind of way. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: being a grownup is overrated.
I’m approaching my 40th birthday and my 10th wedding anniversary. Next fall both my boys will be in school 5 days a week. It’s a time of transition, changes, reevaluating, taking stock, looking ahead. I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night, gripped with panic over middle school and 401k’s. Things I don’t need to be worrying about for YEARS.
I know some people do, but I am the type of person who needs to focus on the present. I feel like I once heard a relevant quote about that’s why waitresses don’t look too far ahead or they’ll drop their tray, but Google let me down when I tried to look it up. Thanks for nothing, Google. (Side note: my mom once worked as a waitress and DID drop an entire tray of little creamer cups everywhere, before they made them with lids. That story always cracks me up.)
I was going somewhere with this… oh, yeah, my new sunglasses. I see them as a metaphor for my life right now. They’re not going to solve all my problems. Not everyone’s going to like them. They may not last forever. But they suit me and they make me happy. I figure that’s a good start.
LAUGH O’ THE DAY: I picked up my 4yo from preschool and that Taylor Swift song “22” was on the radio, where she sings, “It feels like the perfect night to dress up like hipsters…” Riley says, “Dress up like HAMSTERS?!” And suddenly it was my favorite song.
Other funny things 4yo’s say…
P.S. I realize I have been mentioning Tina Fey and Taylor Swift a lot lately. I don’t know what’s up with that, either.