Two-Bit Musings.

Shh.

Just Another Day in Paradise, Yo.

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Hi. How are you, Dear Reader? How do you feel today: body, mind, and soul?

Pause. Think. Answer honestly.

Me? I’m doing just fine, thanks.

I’m currently sitting on our RV love seat, clicking past the miles somewhere between Ohio and Indiana. Sweet Baby Snap is sleeping; Toddler Snap is hopefully about to do the same up in his car seat.

I’m sipping iced coffee, laughingly shrugging at the insane diesel prices, and singing songs from Father John Misty’s latest album in my head.

I feel good.

. . .

I just turned 35.

Seems kinda weird, like that’s much too old and much too young, all at the same time. Sometimes I feel like I’ve lived a thousand lives; I also feel like I’ve just been born.

And when I close my eyes and quiet my mind, I think about this life. I think about how much I value the simple idea of respect.

I want to show respect in everything I do.

Toward other human beings, animals, and Mother Earth herself.

I want to respect other people’s time. I want to respect their turn to speak.

I want to respect the public goods we all need, like clean water and food. Health. Education. The arts and humanities.

I want it to be known that I respect you because not everything is about me.

. . .

(shrugs)

That’s it for now.

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SnapDragon is a writer and artist currently residing on Planet Earth.

Two-Bit Musings.

A Welcome Breeze.

This & That from Yours Truly.

. . .

Hi! And greetings from my parked car.

I’ve got the AC chilling on low, Toddler Snap snoozing in his car seat, and a pumpkin iced latte within reach. Each sip reminds me of pleasant fall mornings in my classroom. Singing along with Regina Spektor as I readied myself for a day of chaotic happiness.

I smile.

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1. All I can hear is the steady hum of my FJ Cruiser. I watch my fellow suburbanites scurry across the parking lot, to who knows where. A storm is brewing, and the gently trembling leaves on the pre-planned shrubbery soothes me somehow.

2. My eyebrows need to be plucked. It’s funny how I used to do this every day in college. Now the need only strikes about once a month. Funny how our bodies change.

3. I’ve always been a thinker. I suppose it’s hard to be a writer and artist and not think about things until your stomach literally hurts. And I’ve been privileged with the gift of time. Even at my busiest, I’m never worried about where my next meal will come from or if I’m physically safe to leave my house. This allows my mind to reflect, to grow. It allows me to wonder what kind of wife I am. What kind of friend, daughter, and sister. I think about these things, then I think some more. Who am I?

4. I’m pregnant. Yep. The Littlest Snap is scheduled to be here in late February. Here’s to an uneventful, full-term delivery. #ptsd

5. I saw a picture of a pot-bellied pig today that made me ridiculously happy. It was so big and chubby that it almost looked like a cartoon. I wanted to give it a hug, and name it something like Stanley or Walter or George.

Wishing you well, Dear Reader. Take time for joy today.

. . .

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Two-Bit Musings.

Splishing & Splashing.

RV Adventure: Stops 2 & 3!

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Kickapoo State Recreation Are. Oakwood, Illinois

Brookfield South City Park. Brookfield, Missouri

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Hi!

I hope you are well, Dear Reader.

As I write this, we’re crossing into Kansas, my husband’s home state! We’ll be staying here for a few days, and Baby Snap will get to enjoy some family time with Grandma, Auntie, and Cousin!

Anyway, Stops 2 & 3 were quick, yet nice.

. . .

Well. . . Stop #2 in Kickapoo was nice, but unbearably hot. We managed to visit the playground for a bit, but then it was back into the AC. (And that sucker was working overtime, let me tell you!) So sadly, we didn’t get to enjoy much of the grounds.

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Stop #3 in Missouri was much cooler! In fact, it was my favorite spot thus far. The park had a small row of maybe ten spots for RVs, on a first-come-first-served basis. We had hookups for electricity and water, and it only cost $20 a day (and we paid via The Honor System, which made me feel happy in my young heart.)

Also, about a three minute walk from our RV was a community pool!

(claps in excitement)

Chlorine Heaven, 2021.
Missouri.
Original Photo by SnapDragon X.
All rights reserved, yo.

Baby Snap was on Cloud 9, yo! And so was I.

I love pools. I love water.

I love the smell of sunscreen, and the occasional smart of a lifeguard whistle. I love buying ice cream and soft pretzels with cheese from the concession stand, all for a couple of wrinkled dollar bills.

Classic. Summer.

And seeing Baby Snap splash about—and sort of swim for the first time—was truly a precious moment for our family.

Oh, and he devoured an entire ice cream sandwich! Respect.

. . .

Stay tuned for more, Dear Reader!

Wishing you all of the happy summer vibes.

. . .

SnapDragon is a writer and artist who loves the simple things in life.

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Two-Bit Musings.

Chip Lips.

I’ve been eating barbecue chips like they’re goin’ outta style, yo. (But that’s not what this post is about. Better read on. . .)

. . .

Hi.

I’m perched here in our RV, cozied up in fruit-punch-colored sweatpants, the dim hum of the heater droning on in an inexplicably comforting way.

It’s unseasonably cold here in PA, so The SnapDragon Family is playing inside today.

Oh well.

Time for thinking.

Time for dreaming.

Time for resting these weary bones.

. . .

After reading a post by a friend of mine, I’m thinking a lot about control.

And, how very little of it we have in our lives.

Infancy. Toddlerhood. Childhood. Adolescence.

Family. Society. School. Economics.

Then, at last: Adulthood.

Adulthood. Which, generally speaking, is the bulk of our time spent on this planet.

(pause)

(Cue another cycle of circumstances beyond our control.)

. . .

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Dear Reader:

All I can control are my own actions.

All I can control are my own actions.

All I can control are my own actions.

. . .

I want to be:

-Patient. Because wouldn’t I want someone to be patient with me? I’m a flawed human being, just like the rest of ‘em. Sometimes it takes awhile to learn, to get it right. And that’s okay. It’s okay.

-Kind. Again: Golden Rule. Life’s much better when you’re kind. We’re so much prettier when we smile. Plus, people always remember how we made them feel. And I want people to feel valued. I want people to feel loved: friends and strangers both.

-Curious. There is a ridiculous amount to learn in this world, in this universe! Why would I not ask questions? Because I’m afraid of looking stupid? Stupid is as stupid does, Mrs. Blue. I’m going to spend my days learning, and growing. The journey never ends.

-Authentic. I spent far too many years hiding pieces of me. People-pleasing. Dogma-abiding. Apologizing for being human. I. Am. Human. This body is finite. It’s amazing. It’s dirty, and requires a rather unfair amount of upkeep. But it’s mine. And, I hope to use it in ways to spread joy: both to myself, and others.

. . .

And there we have it.

Another snippet from your girl SnapDragon.

(smiles and waves, and grabs another handful of kettle-cooked goodness)

‘Til next time.

. . .

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Two-Bit Musings.

Today.

Notes from a grateful heart.

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Today I am thankful for:

-Extra Blankets

-A Moment of Solitude

-Fragrant Body Soap

-Autonomy

-Healthy Eyesight

-My iPhone X

-Unwavering Grit

-Specks of Sunlight

-Nourished Lips

-True Friends

-Anticipation

-Tom and Jerry Cartoons

-The Humility and Willingness to Self-Reflect

-Rice-A-Roni

-Unspoken Understandings

. . .

Oh. And iced coffee. Duh.

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SnapDragon is a writer and empath who likes to kick off her socks in her sleep.

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Two-Bit Musings.

Reasons I’m Currently Happy:

Another List.

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1. It’s 70 degrees and sunny outside.* I know, I know. Talking about the weather probably officially marks my old-fogey status, but your girl Snap doesn’t care, yo. It’s friggin’ gorgeous today. And it makes my soul rejoice.

2. Baby Snap, The Bookworm. He reaches for books at pretty much every turn, and seriously thumbs through the pages like a pro. (He’s 14 months, in preemie terms.) He even started poking around our Franklin Library collection. Moby Dick, anyone? Oh, okay. Baby Beluga will do.

3. My Sweet Husband, Renaissance Man. He’s a man who knows how to do things. And if he doesn’t, he researches and figures it out. Always. His newest project? Putting solar panels on the RV. Woah.

4. Making Our Bed. Yes, this is a relatively new habit for me. (blushes) But to be fair, there’s usually a cat or two nestled inside, and it gives me the perfect excuse not to. (That, and I usually don’t have the energy for such a futile task.) But in recent days I’ve made myself do it. And, amazingly enough, it always makes me feel better. Who knew?

5. Beer o’ Clock. We’re Craft-Beer Heads. Like, if it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, forget it. I’m talking Other Half. I’m talking WeldWerks, friends. And we’ve been crackin’ one open in the evening, savoring each sip, and remembering that life can be pretty kick-ass sometimes.

So here’s to a fun, funky weekend, love.

Cheers.

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*Yeah, I wrote this a few days ago. In typical PA fashion, it’s a chilly 42 today. Oh well. Nice while it lasted.

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Two-Bit Musings.

The Apartment.

Parisian Delights, 2020. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved.
(Oh, and definitely visit this absolute gem of a place, if you get the chance. It’s on Île Saint-Louis, Paris.)

Sometimes I like to think about the little moments.

I think about how many moments are strewn across the minutes and hours of our lives.

I like to think about people an ocean or two away, waking up, giving a yawn, and creaking down the stairs for a cup of morning coffee.

I think about all of the houses, and all the apartments in this world, with lovers and families nestled inside.

So many of us. All of us just people. Humans.

How neat it would be, to slice off the front facade of a building and take a friendly peek inside.

What books do they have up on the shelves? What type of art on the walls? Are there bouquets of flowers in a makeshift vase, inevitably drooping with time?

Sometimes when I sip from my St. Regis mug, I smile to myself.

For I too, am here for another day on this aging planet.

And despite the many flaws I carry, I vow to sing another song.

. . .

SnapDragon is an educator, artist, reader, and traveler who never seems to pack enough socks.

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Two-Bit Musings.

Brain Dump, Yo.

Get. It. Out.

1. Home is Where Your Cats Are.

I am ready to be home. While RV Life is fairly kick-ass, I miss our fur babies. And reliable sources of running water.

2. Check Out These Chompers.

I got my braces off 18 years ago today. I remember because today is the birthday of a girl I once knew. Last I heard, she’d designed some jewelry for Michelle Obama.

3. Full-Time Snip-Snappery.

I know I can step up my blogging game. I know I can make this into everything I want it to be. Stay tuned for more whimsical weirdness, dear friends.

4. Check Yourself, Yo.

We are all guilty of complaining, perhaps some of us more than others. Just remember that it’s all relative, love. Your shitty day may be someone else’s paradise.

5. A Rested Head Makes Better Bread.

Why do we think it’s cool to be burned out? Do we think we’ll win some Grand Prize of Productivity? Last I checked, I need at least eight hours of sleep to function properly. It takes me longer than I care to admit to fully read and comprehend a New Yorker article. But you know? I would rather take my time. I would much rather listen and learn, than spew a bunch of meaningless jargon just to sound smart. ‘Cuz that ain’t foolin’ anybody.

Quality over quantity. Always.

May your day be a good one, Dear Reader. Maybe even a great one.

All of my love,

Snap

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SnapDragon is a wife, mom, friend, writer, painter, and hoarder of fuzzy slipper socks.

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