TiLT: I think I can – I think I can – I think I can …

Although it’s been a wicked busy week, I promised myself I would do a TiLT post, so here’s what I am loving right this second.

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  • Bigfoot
  • The way being busy has taught me more about the value of brevity.
  • The way our kitchen looks so amazing.
  • Pretty much everything Betty Dodson and Carlin Ross say, ever.
  • Bust magazine, and the interview between Rachel Dratch and Amy Poehler — it’s Dratch interviewing Poehler, but the whole piece gives a bit of cool insight on both of them. (You have to buy the magazine for this one, but it’s worth while, I promise!)
  • My ongoing search for powerful women. Ok, so this may sound all new-agey and stuff, but lately I’ve been reexamining my ideas about power. I’ve spent a lot of time meditating on “what is power?” and looking for examples of women who are really powerful in their own lives. It’s lead to some amazing realizations about my own goals in life. I’m probably going to write about it soonish, but in the mean time, here’s a snippet: Power isn’t about money, fame or influence. Power is about self-direction and self-validation.
  • Thinking about going to Christmas Eve Mass with my family. I probably won’t actually go because I can never really listen to the sermon, and I always want to sing along with the songs (that’s the point, right?) and I’m disappointed every time I remember that no one sings in Catholic church. I like thinking about it, though.
  • Sara Von’s ideas for “non-stuff” gifts. Notice that she includes a subscription to Bust magazine among her suggestions. Girl’s got smarts. (hint hint)
  • This amazing letter from Gala Darling.
  • Being almost completely finished with my Christmas shopping!
  • These freakish holiday paintings by Dana Ellyn

RAWR! And that is my TiLT. I knew I could do it. Later, team!

15 Things to Do When Your Husband’s Not Home (a TiLT in disguise)

For the past week and a half, I’ve been living the single life. Nimby’s been away for work, so I’ve had the apartment to myself. Having been married for less than a year and still being quite fond of my husband, I have to admit: Being alone for this time has been hard! It’s also been fun, though. Anyway, here are a few things that got me through those tough moments when I most longed to run into the other room and give him a wet willy.

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Two Weeks

  1. Watch Scrubs, Clean House, and What Not to Wear to your heart’s content.
  2. Call your mom. You can call Mom any time, but it’s especially good to hear her voice when you’re on your own for a couple days.
  3. Have long, intimate talks with your pet.
  4. Work out more often than you normally would.
  5. Take a bath, do your nails, and have a solo date.
  6. Stop on your way home from work. Have a cup of coffee, read, write and/or people watch at the local coffee shop.
  7. Rewind and re-watch that car commercial with the hamsters repeatedly because they are so cute.
  8. Take up the whole bed.
  9. Have a couple beers and go shopping at Target on a Sunday night. Come home with a new piece of furniture.
  10. Buy food and drinks that he doesn’t like and enjoy the opportunity to eat what you like for a week (or however long it is) without wondering what he’s going to eat. I could actually go on about this one for a while. My favorite pizza is pepperoni and pineapple, and I can never get that when we’re sharing. It’s not ruining my life or anything, but when I get a pizza all to myself, I never have to think long about what to order on it.
  11. Remember that you were a person before you were married and you’re still a person when he’s away.
  12. Read read read. Now, you know he’s not stopping you from reading when he’s here, but why would you sit still and look at a book when you could be bugging him? Or at least that’s how I see it. You don’t realize how much time you spend just bugging another person until they’re not around.
  13. Go shopping with his mom. Of course, that’s only if you’re lucky enough to have a mother-in-law you actually like. Lots of people don’t get along with their in-laws, so if you have good ones, be grateful. I am!
  14. Start a new project. Me? I’m working on a couple freelance things, and having those to focus on really takes my mind off the fact that I’d rather be snuggling.
  15. Make kitchen mistakes, like trying to poach fish and potatoes together, then realize your mistake, follow through anyway, eat what’s salvageable and complete your dinner with a slice of banana bread and some leftover candy from a party back in January.

Yep, I’ve almost survived the two weeks without him, and I’m pretty sure I’ll make it the next couple days, and I’ve even had fun. But I’m ready for him to come back. Let’s not be silly. I married him for a reason. I like the dude. I’ve had my fill of pepperoni-pineapple pizza, and now it’s time to compromise on dinner again for the sake of having someone to eat it with.