adulting

tonight’s dinner is “what do i have in the fridge that needs to get used up?” 2x cucumbers + 1x avocado + ~1.5c cottage cheese + ~1c salsa verde + 1lb ground turkey w/ taco seasoning. i had a second avocado but it went bad. probably could have used the extra avocado. 2 cucumbers is a lot.

assuming i don’t get food poisoning from any of these things, it’s actually not half bad. the taco seasoning really helps. i tried it before i put in the meat and it was very bland. a little spicy from the salsa, but otherwise just very bland.

everything about this makes me feel all grown up. the fact that i had actual vegetables in my refrigerator, and that i actually had a thought that the finished product needed MORE AVOCADO! i didn’t even think i liked avocado until about three years ago. the fact that i actually made foodstuffs with a bunch of actual ingredients, which didn’t come from a box, and didn’t involve a recipe. I MADE A THING!

so anyway, good job, self.

good morning!

“thank you God for the flat tire, and also for the rain.”

sunday mornings are often a little crazy at my house. i really like to sleep, but i also want to help the church, so i tend to sleep until the last possible second then run around getting ready to go and running out the door just in time to make it to church to set up. this morning was only marginally more crazy than most sunday mornings.

my alarm goes off at 7 am on sundays. i usually hit the snooze button once or twice, which i know is a terrible habit, and actually worse for your sleep cycles, but it’s what i do. this morning i hit the snooze button once, then went back to sleep, expecting it to go off again. i woke up again somewhere around 8:05, realizing that my alarm clock had completely shut off altogether. i’m supposed to be out the door no later than 8:10 to get there by 8:30 to set up.

i let the dog out to do her business and went to work getting myself ready. not long after, i smelled something like burning plastic and couldn’t quite figure out what it was. i started to panic and think i was about to have an electrical fire, but then my brain went “SKUNK!” i looked outside to see penny huddled on the porch at the back door, with her head to the wall. when i brought her in, i found that she had in fact been sprayed, in the eyes, by a skunk.

i got her in the tub and washed her head and shoulders with a diluted mix of vinegar and dawn soap, which helped some. i gave her a couple benadryl and at least now she can open her eyes and the swelling in her face has gone away. unfortunately, she still smells pretty bad and when she calms down i will need to give her another bath. consequently, my house smells pretty bad, and so do i. it even smells like skunk outside, so opening the windows wouldn’t even really help (plus its 32* outside, so i’m not sure it would do much good for my heating bill).

this isn’t quite how i had planned for my morning to go, but “life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.” penny will be fine and the church will survive without me this one week. apparently God had different plans for me this morning, and His plans trump mine every single time.

it’s going to be ok.

Loneliness actually hurts us on a cellular level – Vox

A scientist explains how the pain of loneliness makes us sick.

“Humans are social animals” is a phrase often repeated by psychologists to sum up why we’ve been such a successful species. Our ability to live, work, and cooperate in groups is the key to our survival.

But it comes with a tradeoff. Companionship is an asset for human survival, but its mirror twin, isolation, can be toxic.

Source: Loneliness actually hurts us on a cellular level – Vox

Words of Affirmation

LALALALALA I’M A HAPPY LITTLE BUTTERFLY!!! I AM FULL OF ENTHUSIASM FOR LIFE AND A BURNING DESIRE TO BE ALIVE!!! I SEE THE BEAUTY IN THE WORLD!!! I AM BLESSED IN ABUNDANCE AND OVERFLOWING WITH HOPE!!! 

help me

it’s going to be ok.
it’s going to be ok.
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it’s going to be ok.
it’s going to be ok.
it’s going to be ok.
it’s going to be ok.
it’s going to be ok.
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it’s going to be ok.
it’s going to be ok.

so, that happened.