Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Flip flops and Furikake

One of the great things about living in LA is the variety of places you can go basically within a few miles. My girlfriend, Emiko, drugged, kidnapped, and dragged me to Chinatown this weekend. Well, no, actually, when she asked if I was interested in going I said "yes. Yes. Yes! YES!!!!!!!" and we mutually agreed on a day and time. Turns out it was perfect timing, as I was in desperate need of some "me" time away. Retail and food therapy, topped off with a day with a fabulous friend, what could be better?

So, well equipped with plenty of cash, a summer skirt and flip flops (the forecast was for the low 80's yippee!), a big purse bag, and a take-me-anywhere-I'm-just-so-happy-to-be-here attitude we arrive downtown in a few minutes (yea for Sunday traffic!). Over the next five hours (yes, five glorious hours), we browsed, laughed, bought neat items, ate yummy treats (Emiko knows what's good - hooray for that!), and most importantly left our "normal" life behind for a seemingly different world. You know it's a good day when you ask yourself "Why don't I do this more often?". Of course, I know why. Life is busy. We stick with what we know - what is safe. We have to take care of the basics - food, household supplies, bills, work, school, etc. But, it's kind of like a diet - if all you ate was rice and steamed broccoli for every meal, after a while you crave something different and indulgent so badly that you would most likely stuff your face with Oreos and pizza in no time. Um, well, uh, that's what I heard people do...

It’s the same with treating yourself to a few simple pleasures once in a while. And, it doesn’t have to be a day long shopping excursion like I was lucky to experience. It could be the fancy organic $3 chocolate bar you’ve been eyeing at the grocery store, or painting your terribly neglected toenails (or gasp! having them manicured), or ordering a latte instead of just plain coffee. It’s about honoring our selves as a person – making our own soul feel special. And, every time I make tea in my $4.99 beautiful dragon tea cup with a fancy lid and brewing thingy, I’ll smile and think about my most perfect day. Bring on the laundry, the cat box, the dirty dishes in the sink, but let me just relish my fancy tea for a few precious moments…all that other stuff can wait.

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