2/19/10

Joyology 101

Ok, people, we must work very hard to find the joy today. The hounds are positively at the gates. There is not enough money, there is not enough time, and the children ar

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e ill behaved at best. And have you seen the dust bunnies? They tried to eat the dog today. We could barely corral them back under the dresser where they belong.

Still, we must be resolute. Here is what we must do: Since the sky is gray and rain is predicted, we must make a cup of tea and we must put it in a pretty cup and saucer. (No. You may not use that chipped mug with the Easter Bunny on it. Sure. It's easier to get to and it's less fragile than the china but it's ugly and tacky and today we are seeking our fricking joy so get the goddamn good cup. We deserve it.)

Next, let's enjoy our tea while wrapped inside in a big warm blanket. Let us remember those happy in utero days of yore when life was one big, cozy water bed and we could peacefully suck life straight out of our mothers' bodies. Let us not dwell on the karmic justice of having our own little vampires suck the life straight out of ours, in utero and out, for almost fifteen years now.

Instead, let us sip our tea, in the dark, and watch "Bridget Jones Diary." Let us watch our secret boyfriend nobly see the inner beauty in that alcoholic, chain-smoking, foul mouthed Renee Zellweger. Sigh. He is so good. And since it is all about the joy, let us (meaning you), refrain from all eye-rolling and smirks directed at our choice of movie and secret boyfriend. We all have our coping mechanisms, after all.

Finally, let us indulge in a little bowl of our favorite cherry chocolate chip ice cream. (The dust bunnies are advancing, but we can't hear them when the spoon clinks against the bowl. Best make it a big bowl.)
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26 comments:

Vanda said...

LOL! Your dust bunnies went feral. Your secret boyfriend is a handsome one. I approve.

My cats wanted breakfast at 6am. I told them "tough", and kicked them out of the bedroom.

Desiree said...

The problem is, the days I use the good cup I'm so fretful about breaking it that it sucks the joy right out.
Right, time to buy multiple sets of good cups!

... daisy... said...

this is just the post I needed to cheer me up!!! :-) thanks!

altadenahiker said...

You are so funny, you brought a smile to my face and a song to my heart. (I evicted my bunnies last night. They left under protest.)

Susan C said...

And just a touch of brandy in the hot tea doesn't dillute the joy either.

inkywasfat said...

Lots of good stuff in this post.

And I had a Blizzard just now. Cause it's Blizzard Friday. And it made me feel happy.

Rois said...

I don't mean to rain on you but it is blazing sunshine here today in the land of rain and more rain.And I must say I am high on sunshine! The only down side to all of this sun pouring into my house,I now see the inch of dust everywhere and I don't have dust bunnies here I have dust water buffalo.But I am finding my joy by ignoring the dust and sitting outside in the sun.
Pretty teacups are a must when one needs a boost.
Rois

Cyndy said...

Thank you for this. It made my day...

Susan C said...

Very important question: Where does one buy cherry choco chip ice cream? I think my hips and I need some of that.

Joanne said...

Listen, hook up some sort of usb cable to your computer and send me some of that cherry choco-chip, wouldja?

I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful weekend.

Petrea said...

Excuse me. I've got some chocolate sorbet. I'll be right back.

Petrea said...

"We could barely corral them back under the dresser where they belong."

Hahahaha! Now I know what I'm doing wrong. All mine are under the sideboard.

This is so funny, Margaret. And now I have a bowl of sorbet, too.

Deb said...

Yes! Sometimes "...we must work very hard to find the joy." My daughter and I actually went through the Dairy Queen drive-thru today and had a Reeses Peanutbutter Cup Blizzard. It was joyous! :o) Keep smilin'!

gaelikaa said...

Hmmm. We all need our little indulgences. Not to mention our little secrets. You write so well, Margaret. You really capture what it's all about.

Olga said...

Uhoh...here's the thing...if you have a 15 year old in your house, you're gonna have to concentrate really hard on the small joys of life. Terrible twos are nothing. sorry. There is light at the end of the tunnel, though. We get through it.

Daisy said...

I'm taking down my very best china tea cup and saucer Margaret, and joining you with tea, ice cream and film. Are you British? Ever notice in the British films that no catastophe is so bad that it can't be fixed with a cuppa tea?

Drink up! A little "touch" of something like gin will also help!

Petrea said...

Last night I watched "Julie & Julia." I so rarely take a break from the computer that even this, with no secret boyfriend in it, was an indulgence. (And you could sort of call Paris my secret love, but it's not really a secret.) Plus I got to watch a story about two writers succeeding, which was uplifting.

Plus my WV is wackmop! It's all I need for the dust bunnies.

Victoria said...

Right on, Maggie. Now where did I stash the strawberry tea?

TheChieftess said...

Well Margaret...I did go to the kitchen to get some tea... some of my special rose petal tea.. but I must admit, I didn't opt for the fancy cup...of which I have plenty...that would have required washing, and they're so little...so I got out my special "Grandma" mug my darling grand daughters gave me for Christmas a few years ago...made me smile and feel special...that's the point, isn't it?!!!

The special joy of grand daughters has a great deal to do with the fact that they get to go home after we grandparents have riled them up and worn them out!!!

Shell Sherree said...

Your secret boyfriend would have held out for you if he'd known what he was missing out on, Margaret. He'd be very forgiving of dust bunnies, too.

Cafe Observer said...

Well, we're gonna have brunch this morning, marathon detours or not, so that outta bring me some joy!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

My dust bunnies lost the war to the cat's coughed up hair balls. On the plus side I have some wonderful tea cups.

Margaret said...

Susan: Ben and Jerries makes Cherry Garcia, very yummy. A lower cal and fat favorite is Soy Creamy's cherry chocolate chip available at Trader Joes. Your hips may need the Cherry Garcia.

Cyndy: Glad you liked it. I enjoyed looking through your blog, but had a hard time posting a comment.

Chieftess: Ok. We'll let you use the grandkid mug.

Olga: It's worse than you think. I also have a 12 year old, so as soon as the one gets a little better I'll have the other one to contend with.

Shell: He would approve, wouldn't he.

THanks for the visit, Victoria.

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Pasadena Adjacent said...

testing out my latest profile "60's lighting"

Star said...

Oh, yes! I'm getting out the delicate favorite cup and saucer, today! Thanks for your marvelous writing and inspiring thoughts, and thanks to your readers, whose comments are fun, too.