Two-Bit Musings.

A Month in Review: January-Oh.*

Hello Love, 2021. Pennsylvania. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved.

Daaaamn it’s cold, yo!

(It’s winter in PA, Snap. Not a big shock.)

And it’s the last day of January, Dear Friends.

And since I’ve royally effed-up my Daily Posting vow, I’ve decided to make myself feel better about my negligence by creating a new little feature (one in which I may or may not stick to, because, well, I’m having a rough go with all of my creative efforts lately, it seems.)

Anyway, behold:

SnapDragon’s A Month in Review!

(cue blank stares, and several people absently scrolling through their phones)

Here’s what happened this month:

1. We have a new President of The United States. That’s pretty big news, no? So can we Americans just agree to take a collective breath, put the past behind us, and work together to improve society? Cool, that’s what I thought.

2. Snap’s got a new attitude. Although it’s online, and my actual fingers-to-keyboard work time is minimal, my job kinda sucks. It’s been a major letdown. But, I’ve decided to channel some advice I got from a colleague in my first unhealthy job: If you can’t change your situation, change your attitude.

3. Patience, patience little dear.** Call me crazy, but I’m starting to feel like there may be some hard feelings over our family’s decision to stay on lock-down. Snap’s intuition, I guess. I mean, I know it sucks. Who doesn’t want to get out of the house and hang out? But, I also don’t want to get sick, or, possibly die. And if you saw what we saw our son go through in the NICU, you wouldn’t be so quick to shirk CDC guidelines. It’s just not worth the risk.

4. There is so much to be happy about. Maybe more than anything else, I do not want to live life feeling sorry for myself. My existence is really just a random collection of matter, which in itself is a pretty amazing thing. Shit happens–to all of us–and it’s not a competition as to who has suffered most. I am owed nothing, from anyone. It doesn’t matter who did what; it matters how I respond. And I have everything I need to be happy.

5. We be travelin’ soon. The Sweet Husband has done yet another fine job on revamping the RV! (Photos to come.) And we’ll be hitting the highway soon, for an adventure down south. (Posts to come.) It’s really incredible when you take a step back and realize the lives we lead. All that has led us here. And all that lies ahead.

Wishing you well, Dear Reader.

And here’s to a lovely February ahead.

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SnapDragon is an educator, writer, artist, and taster of fine wine and cheeses.

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* Shout-out to The Decemberists. God love ’em.

** Yep. Willy Wonka quote. ‘Cuz it’s just a part of my life, and probably always will be.

Happy at Home.

A Year in The Life.

Have a Laugh, 2020. Original Photo by SnapDragon X.
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Top of the mornin’ to ya, lovelies! I hope this day finds you well.

Today is an exciting day for yours truly.

Because I’ve decided it’s Day One of. . .

A Year in The Life of SnapDragon!

(crickets)

It’s cool. You don’t need to mark your calendars or anything. It’s just a little goal I have for myself.

I’m pretty old-school when it comes to social media. (See my previous comments about paranoia.) You won’t find photos of my wedding or baby on the internet for all to see. I think some things are better left undocumented. (This is in no way a slight against those who do. I realize that I am in the minority here. Again, see previous comments about me being an odd bird.)

Anyway, I’ve decided to capture one entire year’s worth of photos, one for each and every day.

The little things. The daily treats and treasures.

The–ahemsnippets of my everyday.

For instance, like this delicious glass of coldbrew I just poured, in my favorite Ass Clown glass. (Ass Clown is a craft brewery in North Carolina. They are as fun as the name suggests.)

Because perhaps T. S. Elliot was onto something with the thought of our lives being measured out with coffee spoons.

Here. we. go.

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SnapDragon is a woman who enjoys watching the butter melt into the nooks and crannies of an English Muffin.

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Two-Bit Musings.

The Open Window.

It Finds a Way, 2020. Pennsylvania. Original Photo by SnapDragon X.
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Goooooooood mornin’!

I hope this finds you well, Dear Reader.

The sun is shining here in southeast Pennsylvania. Yesterday’s raindrops sparkle in the breeze. And a fresh pot of coffee is at the ready.

May is here!

And you know I’ve already flipped the crisp page on my moose calendar.

Fresh start, yo.

. . .

SnapDragon’s Three Little Goals for May:

1. No Alexa. Okay. Not really. I’m not insane. But the other day when I was writing about my top ten albums, I wanted to listen to Peter Gabriel for some inspiration. And of course my first thought was the say, “Alexa: Play the album ‘So’ by Peter Gabriel.” But I stopped. I felt sad. I missed the ritual of selecting a CD or record from the shelf, placing the delicate disc into the stereo, and committing to the moment. So this month will be filled with listening to music the good old-fashioned way. Streaming can suck it.

2. One Painting. I want to finish one painting. Just one. With two needy cats, an infant, and the occasional Zoom meeting, time to fully immerse myself in the acrylics has fallen to the wayside. But surely I can swap a little of my reading time for painting in the loft.

3. Remember Who I Am. A friend of mine once said, “You carry the weight of the world, Snap.” Alas, it is true. Like the rest, I am a human being and I make mistakes. And I always try to reflect on my actions and take responsibility. I’m not too proud to apologize. But sometimes I second guess myself. I blame myself for everyone else’s misunderstandings and childish actions. And that’s just not fair. Each of us has a role to play as our planet spins for yet another day. May we practice humility in all that we do.

Sending you love, dear friends.

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SnapDragon is writer. She’s working on her first novel, a novella, and a whimsical-yet-wonky blog. She enjoys ice water, oversized clothing, and the genius of Dr. Seuss.

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