ha! does that joke every get old? in a word: no.
tonight i made dinner, meaning i went to the store and bought what we all the call "the big sandwich." it's a two foot sub made at fred meyer's and it is amazing. it's so long you have to carry in your arms like a baby, and don't even think about putting it in a hand cart. it won't fit. it was just so beautiful out i didn't want to do anything in the kitchen but unwrap that sucker and then sit out on the deck in the last of the day's sun and enjoy a sandwich someone else made. needless to say, it was delightful.
i've also been thinking about the great lynda barry lately, reading her tublr, and trying to spend more time doing/making/creating. she talks often of just coloring; just taking a regular, old fashioned coloring book, a box of crayons, and just going at it. the way it makes you feel to just relax and zone in on the colors and shapes, to watch it come together, she says are great for you. it's a way of taking care of your inner, creative self, like brushing your teeth. i work with someone who colors in mandalas between calls, and she says it's really relaxing. thinking of this, i went to michael's when i got off work and picked up some more colored pencils (crazy flourescent ones and earth toned ones) and some coloring books (i found mandalas!). the girlchild and i sat outside, coloring after dinner; just relaxing and talking and listening to music. it felt really good. just to have half and hour of quiet, relaxed, happy time together. we're all kind of making each other nuts lately, but the one thing we all like to do is make stuff. art projects are our favorite. so we colored and showed the boys what we were working on, ate slices of giant sandwich and remembered how it isn't all frustration and eye rolling when we hang out.