Simple Moments and Evacuating The Premises … Immediately

7 Jul

Feeling miserable isn’t one of the things I enjoy talking about, you just wake up and that ugh feeling is staring at you. You try to get your inner Wonder Woman vibe on and you feel it somewhere, you know you’ve got it, it’s just hitting the snooze button I guess.

I mean I was feeling good with that 4th of July fireworks extravaganza and ball game, where my favorite pitcher on Earth rocked it and the fireworks just wowed the kids and myself.  You were toe-tapping to R-O-C-K in the USA by Cougar-Mellencamp and just feeling the vibe with Ray Charles singing that America the Beautiful.

That whole experience made for an awesome holiday, so I couldn’t understand why I woke up flat and just feeling the blah … of the day. That bad mood voodoo took over and funkified my whole outlook. And you know it’s you, when nobody does anything and everything seems to irritate you, like the kind of irritated you get when you’re hangry. 

I had to check myself.

I needed to evacuate the premises immediately.

So I grabbed the Coppertone 1005 SPF and the swimsuits and headed for the pool. The beach was too far and the freeway would have made the irritability worse, so I needed a fast fix and the pool seemed to work it’s magic. Nothing like racing your kids on the blue and red water slides to help bring your inner Wonder Woman mojo out.

The fact that we were not sweating out the 104-degree heat at home brought a smile to my face. I sat on the edge of the pool with my legs feeling the light resistance of the cool water and I looked up. I felt the warmth of smile as I watched my kids enjoy the Willly Wonka-like splish-splash structure. And it was good. A calm feel-good vibe sat with me, and I enjoyed the simplicity of the moment. I forgot about the morning moodiness and that’s always a good thing to put in your rear view mirror. If I had that gratitude journal right there, I’d mark that moment as the highlight of the day, bottle it up for the next time.

It wasn’t anything fancy, rich, or epic. It was just old-school and simple, like the times in the old neighborhood when we’d splash around Marisolita’s giant plastic pool from K-mart. Everyone from Apartment 2 all the way to Apartment 9 would be out there swimming around for hours. And when it was time to go because our fingers and toes pruned up, we’d ask for five more minutes. Just five more. Then we’d empty out all the water on the stairs to create our own make-shift Raging Waters slide adventures.

Simple stuff, but pretty awesome when you’re in the moment. So I’m glad I caught it.

Evacuating the premises appeared to be good idea … that and cannonballs.

Buen Camino my friends.




8 Responses to “Simple Moments and Evacuating The Premises … Immediately”

  1. bgddyjim July 8, 2017 at 1:00 AM #

    Cannonballs are ALWAYS a good idea! Nice post.

    • The Guat August 12, 2017 at 10:18 PM #

      Cannonballs are the best! They just work their magic and help splash away any meh feelings brewing about. Wish I had my own pool, but we made it work and had that good times noodle salad feeling 🙂

      • bgddyjim August 13, 2017 at 12:43 AM #

        We need an emoji for that!

  2. Cayman Thorn July 8, 2017 at 3:55 AM #

    You’re one clever chica, knowing what it takes to break out of the funkification and find your mellow. I love it! Old school simple is always the best way to go, Cali.

    • The Guat August 12, 2017 at 10:22 PM #

      Ughhhhh! I was so funkified! Total burn. But was so glad that I could escape it. I’m hoping my kids remember that stuff, remember the simple fun times as well as the Legoland adventures, I hope they look back on these times and smile. Loving when simple things, like cannonnballs can work their magic.

  3. Apple Pie & Napalm September 7, 2017 at 10:25 PM #

    I’ve been in a year long funk and no cannonballs seem to change the temp. I’m going with dark chocolate though. I can’t decide if I need to put myself in timeout of walk it off.

    • The Guat September 17, 2017 at 12:25 AM #

      Oh dude. Bummer. Dark chocolate is always a nice go-to. I hope you can shake off that funk or walk it off and end up in the place you want to be. Sending you good vibes my friend. It’s really nice hearing from you. 🙂

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