Daily Prompt: Never been mellow? Me?

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.)

Art journaling: zen tangled face3.  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!

Getting a dose of TV to cure the flu

I’m still aching all over so I decided to stay home Friday. I worked until almost mid-afternoon, though, so I don’t think this officially qualifies as a personal day. Thanks to technology, it’s doable.  My throat is still hurting although I don’t have a cold. My whole body is aching, though, and I’m steeping some jasmine tea in the kitchen.

The two adults of the house are sick, so no one’s here to take care of me. Not that I need taking care of. In a bit, I’ll be cooking the angus beef burgers we’re having for dinner. I’d really rather order out, but we already did pizza for lunch. And my beef burgers are delicious… I haven’t been able to do much except paint more backgrounds on My Altered Book.

My favorite TV shows are back, and I’m getting into some that I didn’t get to watch the first episode of in the previous season. Revenge, for one, has got me hooked. Of the new shows, I am totally enthralled by the story behind Revolution which I hope gets the ratings it needs to stay on the air despite its doomsday scenario. Of course, the best of the best, Scandal is back with Olivia Pope.  And Castle is now on it’s fourth season (!) and although I haven’t been watching Grey’s Anatomy for the longest time, their cliffhanger from last season made me watch their season premiere.

    
 

My fever finally broke Friday evening. I was feeling well enough to walk to the post office to make it to my swap deadlines by Saturday afternoon. I still feel a tad bit weak from the flu, though.  I hope to be feeling normal again tomorrow — there is a full week ahead to look forward to.

In the meantime, I’m keeping up with the water (gallons of it!) and the comfort of jasmine tea.

Songs on the Tube

I hope I’m not dating myself referring to a television as the “Tube”.  (Me — conscious of age?  nah…)

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve taken to picking up songs from my favorite shows.  Because of this, I’ve discovered some great artists, old and new, who have provided me new songs to love and listen to.


It was because of the season ender of Criminal Minds that I discovered the musical genuis of Lily Kershaw and the haunting song, As It Seems.  I can’t wait for more songs from her and an official website, but she is active on Twitter @Lily_Kershaw and on Facebook.

My most recent “discovery” is from Covert Affairs where another lady sang a different version of Searching For A Heart, which I later discovered was by Rebecca Pidgeon.  I googled the lyrics and found a version by Don Henley which seems to be the more popular one.

I actually listen and try to recall a line or “hook” as they call it from the show and literally google the string of words until I come up with the correct title and the right version.

It’s ironic, though, that I have yet to pick up any song from my current most favorite shows  Suits and Scandal.  I’ve watched the season ender of Scandal a dozen times by now and they’re not so heavy into background music beyond the score.

I can’t wait for Kerry Washington (playing Olivia Pope) and the team to come back in Season 2.  For now, I’m enjoying Gabriel Macht (as Harvey Specter) & Patrick J. Adams (playing Mike Ross) in SUITS every Thursdays.

These are the shows that draw me to watch TV these days.  I don’t usually grab a hold of the remote because between the two boys, I hardly have time to watch — except when they’re both dozing off to dreamland together.  Angelo, though, makes allowances for when these shows are on — but he can’t help but chide me for watching their “on demand” episodes over and over again.  There’s a little bit of “me” in these shows that strike a heart string or two when I watch them.  For weeks, I’ve been vacillating between writing about them and why I like them so much, but there’s just too much in there to write about, so I’ve chosen to leave it be.  For now.