We meant to have a cozy, rainy weekend indoors - with books and cocoa and writing reports on books (and cocoa). And tiny robot armies. Fin and I ventured out on bicycles to the local waffle joint during what we thought was a break in the rain.
Fortunately, they will serve you waffles even when you're soaked through. Sometimes the adventure is a little more adventurous than you thought it would be.
First of all - I'm so lucky. Many thanks to my beautiful brother Ronan and his even more beautiful wife Jackie for the practically free modeling, and to my handsome husband for shooting absolutely stunning photos between rain showers. And even to my PAs - who, frankly, did a terrible job. Then again, I did not pay them and they're like ten years old.
Last week was full of busy-ness and irritation and some cognitive inflexibility on my part - not my favorite. But that's behind us now. Here's to the (muddy) path ahead, and a week full of mindful action. And maybe some nutrient-dense leafy greens too. Why not. XO!
Around here, it's all about:
1. Long walks in all kinds of weather.
2. Coconut cake.
3. Listening to tUnE-yArDs all day and night.
4. Kehinde Wiley.
5. Trying to answer life's unanswerable questions.
6. Wishing I was kidding about Number 5.
In today's installment of Everyday Adventures, I encourage my children to ride on the outside of a moving vehicle. Ding! Ding! We rocked some 1880 safety standards and enjoyed it immensely. (There was a moment when I wished they were wearing the helmets and the safety lines they've been required to wear while doing less dangerous things. I'll admit that - parenthetically). And lunch at Sam Wo, which they almost did not survive. Chow Mein is a bit of an adventure when you don't like your foods to touch and you're not sure what that suspiciously string-looking thing is. It was a bean sprout. Not pictured: illegal fireworks, ice cream.
Around here, the kids went back to school and I'm celebrating with the nastiest of colds, which seems to get worse every day despite liberal application of tangerines, water, and sleep (and one mildly disastrous Dimetapp/chardonnay cocktail).
We've had far too much of many a good thing over the past two weeks. Re-entry to regular life may take some time.
We all want to trek to Tibet and Darkest Peru and the Moon. And? We should. But let's also honor the more commonplace adventures we have on a daily basis.
Anything that scares you a little (or a lot) is an adventure. You know - when you have to make yourself be a little bit brave. Anything that's a teensy bit risky. It doesn't have to be bungee jumping. For shy girls like me, talking to elderly strangers is an adventure.
Go for a walk in inclement weather. Do something for the first time. Sing out loud. Dance out loud. Take the stairs. Stand up for yourself. Make art and put it out in the world. Order something weird in a restaurant. Refrain from forming an opinion right away. Turn left instead of right and see how that feels.
Bring your kids. Or, don't - it's up to you. But they're good cover for whimsey, enthusiasm, and childlike behavior.
Hiking and cooking and public transit can be adventures if you do it right. Travel is always an adventure - unless you do it wrong. Driving the middle school carpool probably shouldn't be an adventure, but sometimes the passengers enjoy it more when it is.
Did you know, when you started reading this, that I would say it was all in your head? That I would say that it's all about believing in yourself and having a good attitude? And then I did? And look, you're still reading! Did you think that I would tell you that I feel adventurous every day and it makes my life super-amazing in every way? Surprise! I didn't. Honestly, I wrote this more to encourage myself than anything. So, let's be bold! And then meet back here later to talk about it. I'll bring the bandages.
OH, and! On an adventure, you almost always get ice cream. You have to earn it, but you get ice cream. All you have to do is breathe deeply and commit. It's okay to be nervous. It's okay to fail. Even when you fail, you still get the ice cream.
I'm Rebecca Thoms Hanley - the heart and soul of BananaSaurus Rex. I'm an inadequate housewife, absent-minded mother and Everyday Adventurer! If you like hyperbole, reckless enthusiasm and liberal use of the word "awesome," read on....