Do you ever have those mornings where you wake up and after stumbling through that “ugh morning” fog for a few minutes (or an hour, whatever) it all just lifts and you’re mysteriously in a good mood and you feel like you can handle this day after all? Or is that what every morning is supposed to be like and I just missed that memo?
Anyway, I had that today and it’s seriously a relief after a whole week of feeling like I’m just trapped in the mist. Contrary to popular belief, just because I wake up at obscene o’clock does not mean I am a “morning person.” I am more highly functioning at 11pm than I am at 6am and I’m not sure why our local police haven’t figured out that letting me drive to work every day is nothing short of a felony. Seriously, I live in fear that they’ll pull me over any morning and demand to know if I’m even awake (picture this Tina Fey style, like in Mean Girls. Do you even go here?).
It hasn’t happened yet and today I was amazed to be fully conscious while I drove. And to be paying attention to the music that came on while I was driving because most days I just turn on Pandora and let it happen. This morning I chose my own adventure and, though I realize I’m seriously late to this party, jammed to Robin’s Body Talk album as well as some Marina and the Diamonds.
I forget sometimes how much it helps to have a good song to rock out to first thing in the morning. Not that I can handle it every morning, but this morning it was exactly what I needed. The other thing I needed was that crisp morning air we had today – fall is getting so close I can taste it and I’m more excited than I can even express. I’ve been daydreaming about sweaters and hoodies all week.
I’m not 100% sure when I became such a fall lover but as I browse my latest web obsession I keep getting gooey over fall pictures. And by “latest web obsession” I mean the site We Heart It which is a whole other subject for discussion – I cannot figure this thing out. As near as I can tell it’s exactly like Pinterest only with even less credibility and purpose. You’re just supposed to “heart” the images you like – there doesn’t have to be any rhyme or reason to it though you can build your own sets if you like to be organized. And though there’s a little disclaimer at the bottom that says everything belongs to whomever owns it, there’s nothing in place to be sure everything is sourced correctly or links appropriately. If you were freaking out over Pinterest and the potential legal issues I feel like We Heart It will send you to shake and cry in the corner. 90% of these things link back to Tumblr and odds are high those aren’t the people who took the pictures in the first place.
Though the adult part of me looks at this and thinks “how useless and irresponsible” there is part of me that just likes to compile pretty things and see them all together in one place. And is that really so wrong?? It reminds me of the collages I used to make all over everything (and still do when I have an excuse – food journal anyone?) of pictures I pulled out of magazines. Granted, the distinction is clear – I paid for the magazines so those artists got something (I assume!) for their work even without me giving them credit. And I’m reasonably certain that a majority of the pictures on We Heart It are not sourced appropriately. But though almost every single one of my friends and blog readers are the creative type and I would lose my shit on anyone who tried to steal their work or not give them appropriate credit, I can’t get myself to be seriously upset. I look at my collection of pretty things I’ve hearted and I just smile. Should I feel bad? Probably. Am I saying you all should run out and join the site? No – I can’t figure out why you would want to. I still can’t figure out why I’m on there since there’s nothing I can accomplish there that I can’t on Pinterest which is at least a little more credible. But it makes me happy, so I do it. Even if it’s wrong.
(still – you will never see the pictures I find there on this blog unless I can track down the original source, just to be clear. there’s a big difference in my mind between just “liking” a picture and actually using it for something)
Just like how I drive to work while half-asleep each day. I mean, that doesn’t make me happy but being employed does so I do it. Even if it’s wrong.
What do you think, friends? Am I just trying to justify my “bad behavior” or do you have your own set of things that you do even if they’re wrong or might be wrong?