In Defense of The Good Life

June 4, 2009

Party People,

The sun was out for a few moments this morning. It was a Christmas miracle! I live in Colorado where it’s supposed to be sunny like 502 out of 365 days a year or something. But the past couple weeks have been non-stop rain. I started building an ark.

The Good Life

The Good Life

Now, honestly, I don’t mind the rain. We need it and the cool days are nice and there’s something about rainy-day weather that makes you just want to curl up with a blanket and a book. Which is part of the problem—I have to come to work and curl up with my desk chair and Mac. Which isn’t quite as much fun. I would probably enjoy the rain much more if I lived the good life.*

So, the sun was out for a bit today. It made me smile. Now it has gone. My smile, however, remains because tomorrow equals Friday—the day of those who enjoy the good life, if only for two short days at a time.

Anyhoos, I am going to Pilates at the YMCA tonight. I am scerd. I am probably the least flexible person around in the world. I cannot touch my toes. I can kind of bend over a bit and bat at my knees. That’s about as good as it gets. I am going to make a fool of myself, but have decided it is necessary because my back is such an old lady wuss. It has been killing me all week. (It started after I went to a body conditioning class at the Y, so in conclusion: working out is bad for you.) People tell me Pilates is good for flexibility and those of us who have grandma backs. So I’m gonna try it. Probably you should pray for me.

In other riveting news, I am reading a book called “In Defense of Food,” which is probably going to make me a weirdo who only shops at farmer’s markets and only eats foods that look like the weeds in my backyard. But listen, people! All of our food is processed and horrible. What happened to the good old days when we would grow all of our own food and eat whatever poor squirrel happened to scamper in front of our slingshots?! Oh yeah, I am too lazy to do those things. But there are some other nice people who will do it for me and only charge me $47 per carrot.

Also, here’s where I should be saying, “Luckily I am already ahead of the game because I have a flourishing victory garden in my backyard!” But notice that I am so not saying that. Another byproduct of the rain is that our wittle baby vegetable guys are dead. They couldn’t handle the hail and heavy raindrops. They just weren’t strong enough. My heart has been so sad for them, so I usually try to overcome the sorrow with some Doritos. However, if I keep reading this book, I will have to give up that ritual.

I also just finished another book called “The Year of Living Biblically,” but I will talk about that one next time. I feel like I should only have one obsessive, need-to-change-everything-about-my-life topic per post. Don’t you agree?

Ok, well, those are the main haps. Please tune in next time for some more info that will put you right to sleep.

Oh yes, does anyone have any super amazing summer fun times plans? If so, post a comment so I can live vicariously through you!

* The good life involves blankets, frequent naps, couches, chips, a never-ending savings account, and more naps.


10 Responses to “In Defense of The Good Life”

  1. Becky said

    I read The Year of Living Biblically a while ago. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

  2. Micah said

    Poor “wittle baby vegetable guys.” I’m so sad for them and for you because you just called them that. Also, I hate it when my back is such an old lady wuss. It just plain sucks.

  3. Michelle said

    hi Denise,

    I will definitely have to read the food book. I have been living in London for almost 4 years now and I could almost swear that although I have an incredibly fulfilling, but rather hectic life-i’m pretty sure I was just as busy living in Canada…and I could almost guarantee I feel unhealthier. The veg here, in London, not England is so not nutritious! And, even the organic-pay-£47 per carrot carrots are not very healthy.

    I loved your comment about tackling something life changing-I recently made a decision to get healthier! And it’s finally working, but before…I was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad at trying to tackle it all at once! I think it’s perfectionist syndrome.

    Looking forward to more blogs


  4. denisemorris said

    Becky: I liked it, but I’ll definitely have more to say!

    Micah: You don’t wikes my tawks?

    Michelle: The book says that the more we go buy natural foods, the easier it will become to get it. Good old supply and demand. So don’t give up!

    I’m not really a perfectionist; I’m mostly just crazy. 🙂

  5. Derek Wong said

    Haha good job on the flexibility. 🙂

    Did I mention that I finished my marathon? Oh man you would hate it (of course that’s only based on the posts that I remember you writing about the half marathon that you did).

  6. denisemorris said

    Derek: I’m glad you know me so well. You’re right — I would hate it with all my heart. How did you do??

  7. Natalie S. said

    I totally agree with eating healthier bit. I had a burger tonight and literally felt like it cut a year off my life. I gotta eat healthier too!

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