I Went to the Desert

As a successful lifestyle blogger, I have to disclose every time I go to the desert, or a spa, or a beach, or Palm Springs (especially Palm Springs). And I went to the desert. I took some pictures of it so you’d know I was there.

This is the road to the desert.

This is the desert

This is still the desert.

This also the desert, which is at its core a creepy place.

I took some selfies in the desert. Don’t be fooled by my tanned body and cheery expression, it was pretty cold there.

So as you can see, like all the other lifestyle bloggers, I have vacationed in the desert. And that, my friends, is what I call a success 🙂

Adequacy: A Retrospective

I am pleased and humbled to report that I have been a successful lifestyle blogger for exactly two years today. In honor of that, I’m going to get real for a second: it’s hard living under a microscope and presenting my most adequate face to the world all the time. Believe it or not, sometimes I take photos that don’t measure up to my middling standards.

I never delete anything from my phone until I get scary notifications that demand it, so I went back through the archives and found some of my best failed attempts from the last two years:

I think the goal here was to do some kind of post about pajama fashion. I did not do that post. I unfortunately still took this picture.

When I worked in an office with a dress code, I used to leave my dress shoes there every night and wore these for my walk to the bus stop, creating this cropped pant/sock/shoe combo. The only reason I did this is because I ordered the wrong size shoes from Amazon and was too lazy to return them, so they were uncomfortable for walking long distances. I wish I’d gotten around to making a post about this, because it is absolute peak adequacy.

I’m not sure, but I assume I made a recipe and it wasn’t good?

I don’t know what this one is either, but I look very sad and it was probably part of a whole thing that never got written.

I don’t think this one was even blog-related, but it is very adequate.

This is from the time I planted my own garden and finally started to grow a pepper, immediately before the whole garden died.

I tried to paint my toenails and ended up splashing nail polish all over myself and the floor. This was supposed to be an adorably surprised expression but instead I look like the clown mouth at a mini golf course.

So even though social media is a place where we often feel like we have to put our best foot forward, just know that sometimes it takes me several tries before I look as flawlessly adequate as you see me on here. Nobody’s perfect, and as it turns out, nobody is even adequate!

You Can Injure Yourself Doing Anything!

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Metaphorically, I was doing this

We all know that injuries can happen: Olympic skiing, car accidents, or basic exercise can cause lasting damage and pain to the body. We think of injuries as big things, but it’s important to remember that even small shifts in muscle movement can have lasting results. And as a successful lifestyle blogger, I refuse to be limited by such audacious means of self-harm.

On Friday morning, I woke up with a slight headache and I was feeling stressed out about some work things, so I was holding a lot of tension in my shoulders. I got out of bed to brush my teeth and as I brought the toothbrush to my mouth, I accidentally made a sudden movement. Like magic, a stabbing pain radiated through my upper back and it hurt to turn my head!

Now, two whole days later, my neck is still in pain and I keep finding my shoulders creeping up to my ears as though they want to live there. Driving is very uncomfortable. And while the pain is surely temporary, I have bonded with my heating pad and made a lasting enemy of two of my vertebrae. And that can prove to us all that if you’re anxious enough, even small motions can make a big difference.

 

 

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

I’m Embracing Ergonomics!

I work from home, and because I don’t have an appropriate desk area, I spend a lot of time lounging on my couch hunched over my laptop. I get to lounge all day! I’m very comfortable! Except that my neck is constantly in pain and I feel like I’m rapidly shrinking.

But as a successful lifestyle blogger, I know there’s a solution to every problem and I have no choice but to relentlessly solve it. There are dozens of ergonomic desk solutions out there, so I carefully did no research at all and bought the first thing I found on Amazon: an adjustable laptop desk that will elevate my computer on any surface and improve my posture forever immediately.

Armed with this newfound confidence, I assembled my laptop desk and discovered that it is very adjustable. In fact, it can even be used while lying down. As a result, I’ve been curled up in a perfect C-shape for the last week and a half, comfortably typing on an elevated keyboard. Getting out of bed hurts me now, but I’m using an ergonomic tool, so I’m very confident that I’m doing the right thing.

This is not a sponsored post, so I won’t link to the adjustable laptop desk I bought, but if you buy the absolute first thing you google, I personally promise that it will be a success 🙂