by Laura E. Alvarez
Yes, only one thing. See, this is why members of a household have different responsibilities that correspond to their strengths. Some people are really good at going to the market in an efficient, focused manner and other people are good at filling out forms on line.(Oh my goodness, this post was seriously going to be about free family fun and crafts with recycled materials, not sticky psychology issues. Oh well, I get to give into my digressions sometimes. It’s fun. Wait, this is EXACTLY what I was just going to talk about. Digressions. Distractions!) Lets say that I am not the best person to send to the market because it will take twice as long. This isn’t good if people at home are hungry. Well, anything takes twice as long if I give into impulsive play and creativity. For example, I stand back looking with pride at the beautiful way I have rearranged and cleaned everything on the kitchen counter and someone walks in and says, “When I walked in here an hour ago, I thought you said you were about to make dinner.” And of course, I respond with, “Now I’m ready to make dinner… I just need to find the right Pandora station and then I’m really ready!”
This is almost too much to read already. Where does the time go? I mean… word count.
I usually avoid the many tempting shops near the Trader Joe’s. (There’s also Sewing Arts Center which last I looked, has crazy beautiful Japanese cottons I don’t see anywhere else. Just made some napkins out of it.) However, on this rare market stop… I had the Actor with me. He and his friend used to have a saying: The Laura’s never say ‘”no”. I’ve gotten better at saying no, but I still say yes a lot. So, I said yes to going into the costume shop called Make Believe that shares a parking lot with Trader Joe’s. As we entered the shop we were instantly transported to Venice, Italy. We had a ball to get ready for. These masks are seriously art pieces! There was even a little Egyptian department.
Back at home, a few days later, this mask made of cardboard, packing foam, popsicle sticks and spray paint was created by the Actor and a friend.
Oh yeah. And we got some almond milk.