It has been over three months that we have been in the beautiful, historically rich, busy Philadelphia. I am really hitting my stride with writing and doing my chores. I am very excited about the art and culture that Philadelphia encourages. It has been great except for the fact that I sprained my ankle, and we got a little low on money. So I spent almost two weeks stuck at home. I am still sort of hobbling around and can’t go farther than a mile without spending the rest of the day with my legs up in the air.
I think the worst part is that it makes me feel comely and dumpy. Ever since I could, I have worked forty hour weeks. Every day I would wake up and being the good Midwestern girl I am, would dress nicely and put full on make-up. I try to never leave the house without my face on.
Now that I don’t work, I haven’t been getting dressed or putting on my face. I have been putting the pj’s on and going to work cleaning and cooking breakfast every morning. I don’t prepare at all, I just jump into the day as I am. I think it has been affecting the way I see the day. I know I am not the first gal in the universe to have these thoughts. It is hard to feel good about myself when I’m covered with breakfast food and comet from cleaning the bathroom, and I’m sweaty and smelly and haven’t really brushed my hair from yesterday.
My solution is two-fold. One thing I am going to do is purchase cuter lounge clothes. I would like to be one of those women who wakes up and looks amazing in a t-shirt and shorts but I don’t. It takes me around thirty minutes of drying, calking and spackling to look as gorgeous as I do in public. What I need is some nice lounge threads that will make me feel cute while I do the dirty work and while I write. I need something that is going to pick up my step in the morning. My holy flannel pajamas aren’t going to cut it. I think with all things it is a good idea to look as cute as I can. I mean why do I have to feel ugly while sweating it up.
The second thing I am going to do is get out of the house at least two times a week. I am going to take my laptop and go to the library or a coffee shop. I am going to get out of the house if it is only to walk down the street and back. I need companionship and change of scenery. I need to be around other humans.
Saturday Hubby and I went to the library. It is splendid. The central library is huge, and with so many rooms, we didn’t even see it all. My ankle gave out first! I was so excited. My favorite room of course was the literature room. It was beautifully sort of run down. The paint slightly peeling on the antique tin embellished ceiling and the antique clock must have been broken because they had a poster in front of it, and a newish clock in front of that. The best part was whatever circulates the air in that room sounds like the ocean. Studying and writing in such a glamorous place is going to be lovely. We even met a nice couple I hope to hang out with!
Monday I walked my husband to work and then I went to a close coffee shop called La Colombe. It was one of my most productive days so far. It could have been the three cups of delicious coffee. It may have also been the wonderful music. I tapped my feet to more than a few Al Green hits.
So my goal for my sanity is to get out of the house at LEAST twice a week, but I am planning to get out Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to write. I will be plaguing the streets of Philadelphia with my Midwestern charm as much as possible, and I will of course tell you how it goes.