Creature Comforts

I treated myself and listened to David Byrne’s American Utopia on YouTube this evening, it was a delight. I didn’t multitask, I just relaxed on the plush futon, listened, and enjoyed, smiling.

I journaled today. I haven’t been journaling much at all over the past 3 months. I go through periods where I want space to sit with myself without journaling it all out. It’s been peaceful. I’m feeling the urge to get back to journaling and working on some of my projects again. I just need my brain and body to cooperate.

My birthday Sephora frou-frou stuff arrived today and I tried everything out, then took a bath to wash it all off. They always have free samples and gifts, so I had 4 different perfumes on, plus 2 body creams, too fragrant, lol. It was fun and luxurious.

I sat on the balcony and ate a bowl of berries and soy yogurt for breakfast, it was so beautiful to be outside. I listened to David Byrne’s song Every Day is a Miracle on repeat. I love it when he sings about cockroaches and chickens.

I reorganized items on my desk and on the kitchen countertops so everything is tidier. I also sorted through my cosmetics, discarded old items, and cleaned the brushes, caddy, and straightened everything. It helps me feel like I have more agency and control when our space is orderly and neat. So much feels out of my control these past months. I guess everyone is having these types of feelings due to the pandemic. I’ve found that doing small things that create an immediate result is helpful and empowering.

Then I was tired, so I read, listened to books and music.

I’m looking forward to grocery shopping on Monday. I’ve been in this apartment for two weeks now. Tomorrow I will take a little walk, it’s supposed to be really windy, so I won’t be out for long.

It’s been great being able to see the TV more clearly with my glasses. That’s the only time I wear them so far. I will get some clip-on sunshades so I can wear them on my walks so I can see far away. I haven’t been driving much, but when I do I will wear the glasses then too. I had to get ear hook things to keep them from sliding down my nose. I can watch Mushi-Shi now, I discovered it’s on Hulu and will be able to read the subtitles.

I’m concerned about this winter surge in the pandemic. I hope people stay in and don’t gather as they have been. It’s looking grim, sigh.

Doing my darnedest to stay healthy and to pass the time wisely while letting go of the things I can’t control. Deep inhale, long slow exhale.

Time to snuggle back down with a book. Maybe I’ll have a cup of cocoa too, yum. Sending love to all and hoping for the best. Feeling grateful for creature comforts and simple pleasures.

Michelle Miyagi
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