DAILY PROMPT: After a long day at work or school, what are your favorite ways to wind down and decompress?
I work 5 days a week, and I usually don’t end my day until closer to midnight. I do get a chance to unwind an hour or two (if I’m lucky) before I finally go off to bed after the dishes and the food left over from dinner have been taken cared of. It’s Friday and I’m trying not to overthink the prompt, so let me just enumerate the things that I do to wind down, spend some “me” time, and just chill.
1. I catch up on my favorite shows, and actually stop whatever I am doing to watch if I can. From its inception to last night’s episode, SCANDAL has been a staple of my Thursday night. It’s just about the only show I can watch an episode of over and over again, one after the other. (Think about repeating a song on your playlist over and over again like one extended loop.) I love Shonda Rhimes, what can I say. And I love Olivia Pope and Kerry Washington who plays her all the more. Criminal Minds, Elementary and Grey’s Anatomy along with NCIS (who doesn’t love Mark Harmon?) can be watched on demand. (Thank you Time Warner Cable!)
2. I pick up my tools and I try to create a piece or experiment with my beads. I know, I’ve been talking about this a while now. And while I haven’t quite picked up the pace, I’ve started to re-organize, expirement again (project of the moment is wire-wrapping which I am having a ball with!), and I’ve relisted some items in the shop. (Even managed one sale.)
3. I write/draw an entry into my Art Journal, or do a background further on in the altered book I’ve been using. Two projects in one. I try to write a sentence or so everyday although sometimes, I don’t have the energy even for that. Last night, I scribbled a line. It’s a line a friend had shared with me. Gives me pause to think even when I’m just doing the lettering or fonts without actually scribbling an entry.
I like the way my art journal has evolved because now I dare to draw faces, and I am getting more disciplined in doodling — so much so that I actually make an effort to stay within the rather strict zentangling guidelines of sticking to “official patterns”.
But it’s the daily exercise of actually getting something down on the pages of the journal that provides me a release.
4. I play slots online — but only for free, never for pay. There’s something about the rolling of the slots that I find relaxing. Maybe it’s hypnotizing me into playing some more? I never click on the purchase credits, though, and I wouldn’t dream of gambling. I just like going through the motions even if there is actually no monetary reward involved.
I’m not really a highly-strung type of person except when I’m upset. No matter how busy life may get, I coast along and take life as it comes. Emotions are a different thing, though. When it gets rough and I am on the verge of whatever, I pray.
Happy Friday, everyone!