Things to Do… While Suffering From Insomnia

29 08 2009

 

There are infuriating nights for all of us when, for no apparent reason, we can’t get to sleep. We toss, turn, flip our pillows over, tie our blankets in knots, then toss and turn again. Sometimes you just can’t find that wonderful dreamland and when that happens, try these things.

  • Brew a warm cup of tea or mix up an icy cold beverage, depending on the temperature of your surroundings.
  • Go read a book for a while. Then go back to bed and imagine what you would do in place of one of the characters.
  • Do something creative. Doodle, paint, sketch, make a collage or macaroni art.
  • Howl at the moon.
  • Take a warm bath. Who says you can’t bathe at night? Light some candles for an extra relaxing atmosphere; just don’t drift off in the tub!
  •  Wake your lover up, too…
  • Go look through old photo albums. Dig out all the old books and boxes and go through them for a great trip down memory lane.
  • Read frivolous fashion magazines and on each page, pick one thing that you would like to own best. Trust me, it’s surprisingly entertaining.
  • Go curl up on the couch with your dog or cat and a fuzzy fluffy blanket.
  • Light a stick of delicious incense.
  • Sit outside for a while, listen to the various night sounds that are so different from those in the daytime.
  • Deep-condition your hair, whiten your teeth, use a face mask- anything that can be done fairly quickly. Pampering yourself is always great.
  • Go to ecreamery.com and concoct your own wild ice cream flavors, mad scientist style!
  • Plot some devious pranks to play on your (good-humored) friends.
  • Get up and write a blog entry! 😉

 Sweet dreams, everyone.





Made With Love

14 05 2009

 

So a good friend of mine is going through some rough family issues right now, and although she’s the type to put a smile on her face at all times, it’s obvious she’s very sad. It’s not her birthday, but two other friends and I snuck away during school today and baked her a cake. It’s not a holiday or special occasion cake, it’s just a cheap box-mix feel-better we-love-ya cake. She was so incredibly happy and touched when we gave it to her, notwithstanding our shameful icing job.

 My point is, sometimes ridiculously cheesy, small or silly things can mean a great deal to a person. If someone in your life is having a difficult time, why not do something to brighten their day?





Things To Do… If You’re Single on Valentine’s Day

14 02 2009

 Go out and buy some of the steamiest lingerie you can find, complete with whatever you love best- wild animal print, sweet ruffles and lace, or some saucy vinyl pieces. Wear it, and your smile will have a little extra.

 Dress up for the occasion. Paint a glittery pink heart on your cheek, wear fluttery false lashes, slip into your favorite jeans.

 Paint your tips and toes heart-stopping candy-apple red. (I did this today!) Flash them at everyone you see.

 Call someone near and dear to your heart, mother/sister/best friend, and tell them how much they mean to you.

 Spend the day doing something just for you. Begin a quilt, go to the zoo, ride up and down the mall escalators, paint something lovely. Anything that makes you happy, do it with gusto.

 Finish your fantastic day with a luxurious bubble bath and your favorite foods.  Being single only means that you haven’t met the love of your life yet, and therefore have more opportunity to flirt shamelessly with any and all who cross your path!

Nerd tidbit: Wearing red makes men automatically think you’re more attractive. Hmmm…





The Perfect Day

31 01 2009

Imagination is a wonderful thing and should be used with relish every day. Here are the rules; anything is possible. Defy gravity and physics. Don’t be afraid to spoil yourself madly. As long as you feel happier, more hopeful and more relaxed after coming out of a daydream, you’re doing it right!

My perfect day goes something like this. I wake up from my silk-sheeted bed and throw open the doors to my closet, which has its own zipcode. After running gleefully through a field of blossoming cherry trees and four-leaf clovers with a chocolate-banana smoothie in my hands, I go for a ride on my beautiful horse Missie, who has somehow sprouted wings! Then it’s off to a hidden lagoon all my own where the water is blue and warm, and jeweled parrots sing in the trees.

I recommend a fantasy every day to keep the doctor away. It keeps your creative side oiled up and keeps stress away. Incidentally, if you’re like me and quote sleep as one of your top-ten ways to spend an hour, investigate lucid dreaming. I’ve managed to do this a time or two and it’s incredibly liberating.

Flaunt your fantasy side! I Brake For Unicorns





Things to Do When It’s Too Hot to Do Anything

14 07 2008

Right now, it’s hideously hot where I live, getting up to about 100° on average each day, and a few weeks ago it was 110°! I’ve been going through sunscreen like it’s Taco Bell. So really, since my beater Honda’s got no airconditioning, I’m forced to do everything early in the morning or suffer. However, the inimitable Gala Darling recently posted a fantastic list of creative things to do during your summer! It inspired me to create my own list of seasonal activities I find appealing. Maybe I’ll brave the heat a bit more, who knows?

 Set up some sprinklers and, in traditional summer style, go completely mad running through them! 

 Buy some deliciously scented dog shampoo (I’m leaning to Vanilla) and bathe my dog!

 Repaint the walls of my boring room a color I love, probably scarlet red.

 Find a job and smile big at everyone who comes in.

 Take a trip up to the lake, put on a pair of shades, and float on my back for hours.

 Remember all my friends’ birthdays.

 Buy some super-bright flipflops and wear them constantly.

 Pull up at an intersection and blast happy songs so everyone can hear!

 Go wild with my blender and invent some crazy new smoothie flavors.

 Paint my nails sorbet shades- juicy lime, pale glittery pink,  mint green, sky blue.

 Keep all the clocks in my house at exactly the same time.

 Take a day off from everyone and sleep all day with a fan blowing on me and ice tea by my bed.

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