My inspiration board is a bit tired right now. I know I need to pull everything off and start fresh, but I resist packing away my old friends there. That might be a project for this 3-day weekend, but in the meantime, here’s what’s juicing me up off the board:

* The Interrobang. I just learned that my favorite punctuation mark–?!–has a name. Thanks, O Magazine. 
* Power walking the park and stopping to smell the last of the gardenias and bury my face in a magnolia the size of a dinner plate.
* Spending $10 on 5 peonies at Whole Foods because they only come once a year.
* A stack of books to keep me company in my insomnia: A Reliable Wife; The Little Stranger; The Forgotten Garden ; At the Breakers; The Help. Insomnia Books can’t be too demanding, but they have to be absorbing so that I don’t start to worry about bills, work or why I can’t sleep. Having a few to fall back on is like having money in the bank, casseroles in the freezer, extra batteries and Beanie Weenies in a hurricane.
* Shrimp marinated in the fridge for an hour in 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon chipotle powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, sauteed and tucked in a tortilla. Topped with salsa and guacamole.
* Bottomless Mimosas at brunch downtown. 
* The Savages arriving in a red Netflix envelope.
* Making my own mailing envelopes out of magazine pages this weekend.

4 Responses to “Inspiration for the Bored”

  1. corine says:

    So magnolia do smell good?! (love that I’m allowed to use this double punctuation, anything that can be named can be justified.) Too late for me in Southern California. I’ll have to wait till next year to experience it.

    You and share one thing: insomnia. That’s how I do most of my reading. I used to freak out about not being able to sleep. Now I just roll with it.

  2. Kathleen Botsford says:

    I love your writing, your insights, your pondering. Every post seems too short for me, like a tease, keeps me wanting more and more. Two things (oh my! a list almost!) I couldn't "sleep" without excedrin pm most nights AND what is on your B&N wish list? I am in the process of pruning my library.

  3. frida says:

    sorry you both suffer with insomnia but at least I'm not alone. I wouldn't mind it so much if I didn't have to get up and go to work in the morning, plus I really want to learn to be a morning person! Fat chance. I mostly have yet-to-be-published books on my B&N wish list because I'm so impatient I can't wait for paperbacks, but I'm learning to use the library again. The wait time is excruciating!

  4. Anonymous says:

    they have PEONIES AT WHOLEPAYCHECK? OMG I've been missing out!