I tend to watch movies over and over and over. This is especially true for easy to watch rom coms, like He’s Just Not That Into You. For whatever reason, whenever I feel like watching a movie, that’s what I put in the DVD player. Not only has it contributed to my dating philosophy, continued my love for Baltimore, confirmed my woman crush on Scarlett Johansson, but there’s one particular scene that always stuck with me. It’s when Alex is talking to Gigi and says, “So you never wait until the last minute on a deadline or phone bill because secretly you kind of love the drama of not knowing whether or not you’re going to make it?” Now, I don’t think I do this because I like drama in my life, but I definitely do put things off that are easy to take care of. They’re annoying, tedious, dumb and I hate them. To put it lightly.
But I find this trait to be so very annoying. Let’s take for example the parking ticket for just $30 sitting on the floor of my car seat. It might be crumpled out out of anger, but still it’s there. I’m pretty sure I can pay this over the phone or even by just driving by the building a block from my apartment. But alas, it sits untended to in my car. It looks longingly up at me every time I get in the car, giving me those “pay me” eyes. But I’m immune. I turned in my check for my car registration two months late. And we won’t talk about my oil changes, 2013’s taxes, the return I never made, credit card cancellations, etc. Luckily for us, there’s automatic bill pay or we’d be in trouble.
So I’m trying to get better at this. To knock those tedious, annoying tasks out. Have you ever noticed that knocking those silly things out so they are no longer hanging over your head it feels amazing? I long for that feeling.
To start, I did my taxes. And I guess I’ll pay that damn ticket this week. Only if I have to. (and the law, nah the MAN, says that I do).
When life’s ends start feeling a little harder to keep tied together and work me is feeling extremely overloaded, I fall into a pattern of wishing away the week and pushing all my hopes for crossing off personal to do’s to the weekend. This might be a great coping mechanism for some work-life balance if I actually used my weekends to do those things…but majority of the time, my weekends look more like an exercise in laziness and procrastination to make up for all the work-related drive and productivity. Essentially, I crash.
Don’t get me wrong, my weekends start with Super Yoga Palace and include plenty of fun with as many of my favorite people as I can get, so it’s not like I’m completely useless. But those pesky life administration tasks like responding to my jury duty request and returning the Walmart goods that have been sitting in my room for over a month just don’t seem as important when I actually have time to do them. Case in point, my house.
My roommate and I came into the new place with a lot of big ideas and quite a clear vision for the welcoming, stylish place we would create. Somewhere along the way we reached a “liveable enough” stage, though, and never quite got around to some of the more ambitious projects that include making a bar cart, turning a ridiculously heavy wrought iron table top into wall decor and hemming curtains.
DIY is just not naturally in my DNA, even though I love the idea of it. But after another gratifying yoga practice followed by a delicious brunch at Sundown at Granada and seeing Girl Most Likely with my sister, I’m ready to branch out a little and turn on the focus. My reward? A long overdue housewarming party next month!
While I’m figuring out the difference between flat and satin paint, I highly encourage you to watch this clip from Girl Most Likely. The movie had its pros and cons overall, but this scene alone is a strong candidate for the ‘best things I have ever seen’ list. You’re welcome.