I've been feeling a little bit exposed lately. So, now I have two choices: hide in a corner or dance. I think I'm going to dance, even though it makes me feel a little bit silly and awkward. Even though it it may not look pretty. Even if its a little messy. Dancing never, ever made anyone feel bad, right? (And just so you know, I'm using the word "dancing" as a metaphor. I'm not really going dancing, but you probably already know that).
On a different and somewhat comical note...here's a little story:
I haven't been home much this week. When I'm not home my apartment tends to get messy. I can't stand it when its messy, but there's not much I can do about it when I've suffered four fashion crises four days in a row in a messy blur trying to get ready for work. There were jackets and shoes on the living room floor...dishes in the sink from the DAY BEFORE...dog hair all over the carpet.
So, last night I was home at a regular-ish time, so I decided to tackle the bathroom first. While I was scrubbing and sweeping I heard a knock on my door.
It was my neighbour, Martha, from downstairs. She's this awesome lady in her 70's, but you'd never guess it. In the past she has given me muffins for shoveling her back deck, her amazing embroidery as a welcome gift after moving into the apartment, pie for Thanksgiving.
Anyway, last night she came up to my apartment to ask me if I would bring her mail in the next day because she wouldn't be home until late the next night. I noticed that as she was talking to me that she was glancing around my apartment, but it didn't even occur to me that she was taking in all the mess around us.
So, today, I came home from work and I saw in front of my door a pile of magazines with a note from Martha expressing her thanks for bringing in her mail. It totally made me smile. How sweet.
Upon entering my apartment, I looked through the magazines that she had left me. Among them were such magazines as, "Home & Country" and "Home Basics" with articles that featured "97 Simple Secrets to Clutter-Free Living", "Small Spaces -- Quick Solutions for Every Room" and "Pretty Decorating Ideas".
At first, I didn't think anything of it, but upon second glance, I couldn't help but wonder...did she give me these magazines because of what she saw last night? And that thought made me smile even more. Martha is lookin' out for me.