The world is my oyster

Hey, did you know that “pearl” is June’s gemstone?

The world is my oyster. This is a phrase I think to myself (almost) every Sunday morning, whether it be while I’m still trying to catch some extra Zs or while I’m at church, fulfilling my sporadic weekly dutiful attendance. Oh, the possibilities are endless. I can go shopping, try out those new recipes, do laundry, deep clean the house, eat, drink, nap, exercise, organize my “stuff,” work on house projects, perform overdue beauty routines etc, etc. etc. What? Have I totally lost it? It’s no wonder I end up getting stressed out come Sunday evening. The hours roll by, way too fast I might add, and forget any sort of feelings of leisure or relaxation. Good vibe feelings are soon replaced with panic and anxiety when I realize the overabundance of “stuff” on my Sunday bucket list is just that: over. abundance.

I’m not sure why I keep falling for the same bullshit line my mind feeds me every week. Please, by the time I’m done with it, my envisioned pretty pearl-filled “oyster” has become more of a  dull, boring clam. No wait, it’s become more like a little cramped conch shell. Yeah, that’s it – The world is my little conch shell. Now, little conch shell would be much more manageable, don’t you think? If I don’t set myself up for such an unattainable event list, Sunday evenings as I know them would probably be way more relaxing.

Okay, so what shall I keep and what shall I throw to the wayside? Do I want to be practical or do I want to have a little fun?

Several posts back, Kristine from Mum Revised left a comment regarding my “clutter” issue. Kristine suggested I look into the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. And I did. And Kristine is right, the process is life changing. I’ve actually started decluttering my house/life, and I hope to make the changes permanent. But anyway, the main premise of Ms. Kondo’s decluttering is to keep only those items that bring you joy and you just chuck the rest. I believe I’ll use this technique to simplify my cluttered Sunday list. It will be easy. I will do only the things that bring me joy.

Let’s start with grocery shopping – OUT. Pointless online shopping? You’re IN! Cooking meals for the week? Nah, we’ll eat take-out all week. Ohh… the nap is IN, baby! Bye bye, exercise! Maybe I’ll see you later in the week (fat chance, fat being the keyword there). Drink? As long as it contains alcohol, yes please! House projects? Gerald’s honey-do list sure has grown. Beauty routines? Ha! Hey, haven’t you heard? Underarm hair is all the rage! Not sure if the unibrow will catch on though. Eat? I already mentioned the take-out. Besides, I’ll just send Gerald to the grocery store. Hey, Gerald!

Hey… I believe the oyster is shining up nicely.


20 thoughts on “The world is my oyster”

  1. It’s all about priorities, right? I’m glad you’re disposing of both the exercise and the grocery shopping. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my own Sunday routine it’s that burning calories in a workout then going to the store is a bad combination. You start looking at those chocolate chunk cookies thinking, “Well, I did do laps in the pool…”

    1. Thank you for the validation, Christopher. And here I was starting to feel guilty about skipping my workout. 🙂

  2. I feel your pain Karen– I really do. When you work full time while raising a kid and trying to manage a house, something has to give. I always have that same list of things that need to be done, but darnit, by the time the weekend arrives, I’m tired and I just want to sit on my ass and watch a movie and drink wine. OK, that’s basically a description of how I feel EVERY NIGHT but it doesn’t actually happen. Basically life is hard and we’re all doing the best we can. Those are my words of wisdom for today…

    1. Yep, many an evening (and weekends!) I’m exhausted and just want to vegetate, on the sofa, with wine. And great words of wisdom, Gina. 🙂

  3. You are on the right track. We have way too much “to do” clutter in our lives. Now, I like the title of this post. Reminds me that the world is the oyster and it‘s ok for me to annoy everyone cause every oyster needs a grain of sand.

    1. Hmm.. that’s an interesting way to look at the expression. Pretty sure Gerald believes I already practice the grain of sand thing. Ha. 🙂

  4. Priorities is sometime pushed on to us. Just this morning my husband notice there was some front end trouble with our pick up. It needs to be taking care of and there issue with my car…will it end? Got my lucky rabbit foot nothing more happens.

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    1. Hey Dora! Thanks for popping by. 🙂

      Yes, the adult life appears to be so full of have-tos, it can be hard to find room for the WANT-TOs.

  5. I like your line of thinking here! I know it’s tongue-in-cheek, but I would say definitely trade in one or two of your must do/ should do’s for a few want to do’s. I went on a minimalist kick about three years ago, and in all honesty the freeing of our household from gratuitous stuff has in turn freed us up from some of those obligations.

    1. I was just telling Gerald tonight that it may sound strange to him, but I feel like once I get my house totally decluttered, I’ll be free to do some of the WANT-tos. I’ll have more time to focus on the good things in life. And I’ll get there. Eventually.

    1. Good for you that you don’t have the need to surround yourself with (lots of) “things” to be happy. Such a quest can actually lead to UNhappiness AND lots of crap cluttered high in your house/life, me being such an example (but not as bad as the people on those hoarder shows, thank you very much). Look at me being all philosophical. Yeah, that’s about as deep as I get. 🙂

  6. I love this and the timing is amazing. Everywhere I go I see articles/books/essays about staying in the moment, letting many things go. What if we did everything we wanted instead of living life as we ‘should.’ It sounds like a fun experiment. I can’t wait to hear how yours goes.

    1. We are just getting back from a week long cruise where I didn’t really have to DO anything. Just when I was starting to get used to zero responsibilities, besides ensuring the boys don’t go overboard of course, the cruise is over.

  7. I feel the same way about Sundays.

    Once, one of the kids laughingly said to me “I can’t wait until I’m a grown up. Then I can do anything I want.”

    I said, Oh, Yeah? And then went on to outline my day: driving kids to school and lessons, work, planning, shopping for and preparing a meal, cleaning up after a meal, more work, help with school work … yup, it’s a laugh riot being able to do whatever I want now that I’m a grown up!

    1. I think I’ve already scared my youngest about becoming an adult. He’s made comments that he wants to keep being a kid. I guess me saying that old phrase about enjoy it while you can really resonated with him.

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