That terrifying feeling of contentment!


4th Course: Cheese Course

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I realised something on the weekend that caught me by surprise. I was dusting, sweeping, cleaning – generally catching up with some cleaning…something I really have neglected lately as I’ve been so incredibly busy…when I experienced a moment of contentment. Oh – I had also raked leaves earlier that day, and the day before my partner and I had gone shopping for a dish washer (our first ever!).

But I digress. My moment of surprise came when, as I was cleaning, I thought to myself ‘I think my party days are over.’ And…I was fine with that thought…Woah.

It’s a huge moment for someone who has been known by many to be a ‘party girl’. From my mid-teenage years, I loved a drink, I loved to dance, and I loved to have a good time. That continued on and off (more often on than off) into my early 30’s. The last few years I’ve struggled with the whole buying a house and settling down thing, and have had a few moments of letting loose. When anyone mentioned the word ‘contentment’ to me I was one to scoff in their faces. ‘Content – pah!’ But today, at 33 and a half, I suddenly feel content not to hit the town to dance myself silly and write myself off, only to spend four days recovering.

No – over the last few weeks – especially – I have found myself enjoying such pleasures as whiling away hours in Ikea, putting up blinds with my man, airing out the house, and sitting on the back patio drinking a glass of wine whilst my dog plays with her new toy.

I know it’s partly an age thing, and it’s also partly to do with my new mentality. You could say that I’m ‘maturing’ like a fine wine or a good cheese?

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Whatever you do on New Years, you will do for the rest of the year


They say that whatever you find yourself doing on New Years Day, that’s what will set the tone for the rest of the year.  Who ‘they’ are, well – I’m not sure.  I do get told this every year though.

And going by what I did today, it’s looking pretty good.  I didn’t have a bad hangover and I ate a hearty breakfast.  This was then followed by some shopping, and then some relaxing.  Of course, I’m also now blogging, so it’s looking good!

I figure that as long as I can keep the spending in check, it’s going to be a fantabulous 2011!

Now tell me, what did you get up to today (or for those in the other hemisphere, what have you got planned?).