Two-Bit Musings.

I Love Trash.

Yeah, no. Not really. But I have the Oscar-the-Grouch song in my head.

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Hi! I’m feeling sort of messy and preoccupied and lazy and a few other things I can’t quite put into words. But I’m overdue for a post, and therefore berating myself in completely typical and unnecessary fashion.

Brain Dump:

Thankful. I am thankful for so many things. Like our beautifully eclectic house, with all of the blooming plants in our yard and deck. I’m thankful for technology. I’m thankful for owning multiple pairs of sunglasses. I’m also thankful for sleep. Any and all winks of it are fully welcomed.

Change. It’s the only thing that’s constant, right? I’m entering into another time of transition, what with my formal job coming to a close. And really: it’s okay. There is one rock-solid area of my life, and that’s my family. Sweet Husband and Baby Snap, yo. We can get through anything.

Humdrum Heaven. I will always choose being bored over being overwhelmed. (And to be fair, I’m not often bored. There is always something to read, watch, or listen to.) Anyway, I very much value simplicity, and I think I’ve found it. I’m greeting each day with a wish for health, curiosity, and maybe a few laughs. It’s okay to be a homebody. In fact, it’s glorious.

Til next time,

SnapDragon

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Two-Bit Musings.

Friday Night, Yo.

Brain-Dump Time.

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Hi!

Baby Snap called it an early night, so I decided to take advantage of a little free time while he’s snoozing away. (And before my mind completely shuts down; I tend to turn into a pumpkin around 9 PM. Or, if I’m being honest, it’s probably more like 8.)

Anyway. Onward!

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SnapDragon’s Brain Dump:

  1. Loose Ends. Only two days left in February! So, I’m of course thinking of everything I want to accomplish before March hits. And mostly, it’s blog-related. Book-of-the-Month! RV Updates! C’mon, Snap! Dear Reader, I want you to know there’s not a 24-hour period that passes without the urge to post. But I refuse to settle for less, and time for prolonged creative writing has been scarce. These Brain-Dumps are as messy as I want to get.
  2. My Space.* On a related note, I have a renewed sense of pride in this site. I’m not really sure why, but I do. In a feeling not unlike teenage angst, I feel free here. It’s my space, yo. And I’m gonna decorate it anyway that I choose. I hope others enjoy it. But if not? It’s cool.
  3. Sugar & Salt. I call bullshit on all of these post-apocalyptic shows, with perfectly groomed survivors. With clear skin. Umm, no. You’re surviving on expired canned goods and Little Debbies. I go a few days without produce and my face looks like something the drain coughed up.
  4. Time Takes Time, You Know.** I’ve always been obsessed with time. I get overwhelmed at how it vanishes, seemingly before our very eyes. That’s why we have to take time for things that matter. For things that make us happy. For the planting of seeds that will bring us closer to the lives we want.
  5. An Open Book. I never want to be stubborn. I never want to be the textbook definition of a curmudgeon. I want to face each day with an open mind, and an open heart. ‘Cuz I’m so, so imperfect. And there is so, so much to learn. What a beautiful, crazy world we’re in, Dear Reader. So let us be a part of it.

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SnapDragon is a writer who loves brightly-colored bed sheets.

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*Sweet college memories. MySpace was the shit.

**Ben Folds lyric

Two-Bit Musings.

Brain Dump, Yo.

Inhale, 2020. Pennsylvania.
Original Photo by SnapDragon X.

Ahh, yes. Time to let out a few half-baked notions before calling it a night.

(And also figuring out how to gently wake up Henry and Raja, my sweet felines, who are both currently snoozing on top of me.)

Brain Dump, Yo.

1. I love coffee ice cream. Like, old-fashioned, hand-dipped, plain creamy coffee ice cream in a bowl. Tickles my taste buds every time.

2. Screens are taking over society. Umm, thanks for the late-breaking news, Snap. I forced myself to lay still for 30 minutes this afternoon. No reading. No blogging. No emailing. Just me, supposedly resting my weary bones. It was. . . harder than you’d think.

3. Reading Time. I think I want to write and illustrate a children’s book. I think I’d be pretty good at it, what with my love of simplicity, and my cartoonish art. I just need an idea. . .

Good night, Dear Reader. Be well.

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SnapDragon is an artist who kind of wants to play a steel drum.

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Two-Bit Musings.

Mind Trash.

Yep. Time for another Brain Dump, yo.

Treasure Trove, 2020. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved.

All right!

Happy Monday, friends.

It’s time for another one of my famous (or, probably not) Brain Dumps.

Because lately, the inner workings of my mind have seemed even more fragmented than usual. . . Much like my CD collection, pictured above.

(bats her un-mascaraed eyelashes suggestively, in hopes that you’ll forgive her)

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SnapDragon’s Brain Dump:

1. Hummus. I’m so over it. I have probably eaten more hummus in my life than six hipster vegetarians combined. Yes, it’s scrumptious; yes, it’s filling. It’s also a somewhat healthy snack.

(. . .what was I complaining about again. . ?)

2. Another Cuppa. Maybe it’s the lock-down, or maybe it’s parenthood, but I’ve decided that I’ll never refuse a cup of coffee again. Doesn’t matter if I’ve had three already. Doesn’t matter if I’m running late. (Just kidding. I’m a freak about punctuality.) But, bring it on, yo. Let’s sit down and chat for a spell.

3. Sweet Baby Elephants. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Animals make everything better. Snuggle with your cat, throw your dog a friggin’ bone, or look at footage of zoo animals innocently bathing themselves. It’s an instant mood-lifter.

Okay! Brain dumped.

What’s on your mind today, Dear Reader?

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SnapDragon is a jellyfish floating on the salty sea-weeded waters of time.

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Two-Bit Musings.

Brain Dump, Yo.

Yep. It’s that time again.

The Dip, 2017. Original Photo by SnapDragon X.
All rights reserved.

By now you know I’m a big fan of a Brain Dump.

Let those thoughts out, no matter how unorganized and ridiculous they may be!

SnapDragon’s Brain Dump on This Ordinary April Saturday:

1. Oven-Fresh Muffins. I just baked (from a box) the most scrumptious batch of chocolate chip muffins. Like, chocolate-chips-in-chocolate-cake kind of muffins. I took them straight out of the oven, and, rather than allowing them to cool for five minutes as the instructions suggested, I dove right in. It may have been the highlight of my week.

2. Celebrity Dinner Date. If I could have dinner with a famous person (other than Paul McCartney, of course) it would be Roger Waters. I love him. Love him. He is the perfect blend of talent, taste, and intelligence. He takes the word artist to a whole new level. Do yourself a favor and listen to his amazing work.

3. New Life for Old Things. In self-quarantining fashion, I’ve taken to the idea of “shopping” at home. (And no, not just on Amazon.) I’ve decided to dive into the bowels of our bathroom closet and various drawers to rediscover the countless array of body products I’ve purchased. Coconut conditioner! Charcoal face masks! Artisanal bar soap! Yes, yes, and yes. Because sometimes it’s the simple things, you know?

May this day find you well, Dear Reader.

May you be healthy, happy, and vibrant.

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SnapDragon is a writer, artist, and sipper of herbal teas.

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Tuesday Talks.

New Feature on Snippets of SnapDragon, yo!

Hello, Dear Readers!

There’s a New Feature here on Snippets of SnapDragon!

It’s called “Tuesday Talks”. As the name suggests, each Tuesday I’ll offer a post with a specific question to spark discussion among us blogging friends.

Please note that while passionate, lively discussion is welcomed, disrespectful hate speech is NOT. But I’m sure you’re better than that, and this disclaimer is overkill, right? Okay, good. I thought so.

Anyway, stay tuned!

Love,

SnapDragon X.

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SnapDragon is a writer, painter, and lover of wine and exotic cheeses.

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Two-Bit Musings.

The Fresh Start.

It’s August 1st, yo.

I absolutely love a fresh start.

I love flipping another page of my ASPCA calendar and seeing all those open squares of possibility. (Along with photos of sweet animals who’ve been saved, of course. Aww.)

I often look for fresh starts in the most hum-drum of circumstances:

Getting my oil changed and therefore feeling like I have another chance to “pamper” my vehicle

(No more trash on the floor!)

The Start of a New Hour

(Okay. No more fooling around!)

Mondays

(Maybe this week I’ll go to the gym.)

-Getting My Hair Cut

(I’ll only use natural products from here on out.)

. . . You get the idea.

Because I think there might be something inherently therapeutic about a fresh start.

It’s another chance to get things right.

So, Dear Reader?

Consider this your fresh start.

SnapDragon declares it.

This moment, this instant. Ready, set, go.

Shed the disappointments, the heartaches, and the should-have-dones.

Because you’re still here. You’re still alive, and you are strong.

And you can bet your sweet ass you were born to do something great.

So go change those sheets on the bed.

Wash your face.

Drink a tall glass of gloriously icy water.

Because you’ve got this.

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What are some of your favorite Fresh Start moments, Dear Reader?

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Fresh Sheet.

Fresh Sheet.

This is my electronic equivalent of a fresh sheet of notebook paper.

I want to take a moment for a “Brain Dump”, the ever-popular strategy of writing down one’s thoughts, frustrations, outstanding tasks, or whatever else needs to be articulated before moving into a restful night’s sleep. It’s supposed to be free from judgment, and forgiven for grammatical or mechanical errors. (But let’s be serious: you know this girl is going to proofread. It’s part of my obsessive nature.)

SnapDragon’s Brain Dump:

  1. I need routine in my life. While I’m grateful to have a homemaker’s flexibility, not having any type of schedule has worn on me a bit. My sleep schedule is erratic, which often affects my eating schedule. I grew up with strict routines, and it’s hard to be a free-wheeling drifter after 30 years. So I’ll be drafting some ideas on this.
  2. Secrets suck. Authenticity means more to me than anything in this world. I want my friends, my family–and anyone I meet, really–to just be themselves. I want to be myself. It’s hard to have a relationship otherwise. This is why it eats at me day and night that my family is on the periphery, knowing nothing of my life’s philosophy or artistic vision.
  3. Flaws make me human. This is no surprise. But I struggle with mental illness, in the form of what is sometimes crippling anxiety and depression. It might not appear that bad, because my middle-class upbringing demands that I get out of bed and do something, anything. I would rather die than shirk my responsibilities, even at the cost of my own health. This is not healthy thinking. I need to work on this. 90% of the stress in my life is generated inside my own head. I worry–no, I obsess–that I said the wrong thing, offended someone, or otherwise inadvertently screwed up and that the consequences are going to be dire (like rejection and hostility on a large scale). While I am opinionated, strong-willed, and probably contradictory at times, I truly have the best of intentions toward my fellow human beings. And it pains me deeply at the possibility of being misunderstood.

And so, Dear Reader, assuming you are there, I want you to know that things will be all right.

Maybe you don’t feel the need for a written/typed/posted Brain Dump, but don’t be afraid to let out your thoughts. Talk to your husband, snuggle with your cat, text your best friend, or watch reruns of The Office until you laugh yourself to sleep.

Because life is difficult for us thinkers.

We are not alone.

We will feel better tomorrow.

Good night, love. May you have a long and dreamless sleep.