30 December 2009


this is our life (faux-laroid).

Every weekday, I wake up at 4:15 to take my temperature and pop a thyroid pill. Generally, I'll snooze a few minutes and push myself out of bed and lumber toward the bathroom. Flicking on the light, I reach for my toothbrush and nine times out of ten, will lament the frizziness of my hair.

I boil the water for my coffee in the red tea kettle we received as a wedding gift (which, sadly, doesn't whistle), pour it over the grainy, brown, and aromatic grounds of the Pike Place Blend coffee I had especially ground for my French press. After four minutes, I pour the brew into a favorite mug, add a packet of stevia, stir in some vanilla soy creamer and enjoy. My fingers cling to the ceramic curves, soaking in its heat, and I enjoy every life-giving sip.

I go to work, wrap myself in a black fleece blanket that has "Happy Holidays 2002" embroidered on a corner, and sit the cubicle and type words into the computer. To my left are sixteen pictures from my wedding and honeymoon that I had printed with thin black borders, and they make me happy.

After I work, I might grocery shop, picking up several bags of frozen green beans and some fish for dinner. I might select a bottle of wine that generally costs about $6-10 and then head to the gym. I like the cardio theatre for its darkness and how cool it feels. I'll go out and work the weights: squats, lunges, presses, curls. I feel good and accomplished when I'm done.

I drive home in about five minutes, drop off my grocery and gym bags, and my husband greets me: "Hello, sweet one." I kiss him, hug him, hang up my black wool coat, and sit down on the couch. He asks me if I want anything to drink.

After dinner, we sit on the couch together. We might watch a video on YouTube or from our Netflix queue. I'm probably processing pictures I took five days ago. I like to drape my legs and feet across his lap and relax, resting my head on the arm of the couch. We do this until I can't stand to stay awake anymore (generally, about 9:30 pm) and get ready for bed. I savor the moment just after I pull back the sheets and the comforter and I can crawl into bed with my too-cool body, sharing in his warmth.

He kisses me, wraps his arms around me, and then we sleep.

This is our beautiful-ordinary life. There is no glamour, no glitz, no flash. We are far too boring to have our own reality TV show, and that's just the way we like it (no matter, we don't have cable anyway). From the outside, our lives look like a lot of others right now. But this life is ours, and I love it.

Please tell me about your beautiful-ordinary life. What "ordinary" moments of your day are extraordinary and beautiful to you?


  1. LOVE this! And it's so true . . . the normal is the beautiful. What a paradox lies there! I feel like any complete response is a post in and of itself . . . maybe time to bust open the old blog and respond ;)

  2. I love this post Kirsten! We have an ordinary life too, but there are so many little moments that are special and that I love!

    I love going into my son's room in the morning and hearing him say, "Hi, mama."
    I love getting phone calls from my husband while he's away at work.
    I love it when he comes home in the evening and the house is warm and we're all together again.
    I love the comforting hugs and kisses from my love...
    I could go on and on. Thanks for helping me stop today and remember the beauty of everyday life!

  3. I love this post, too. It was fun to get a glimpse inside your normal everyday. I'm so glad you're content and happy with the life you and James lead together.

    My favorite moments:

    * taking tea at my desk in the quiet morning
    * snuggling with kirkum
    * texting with friends to just say hi
    * thinking of new possibilities while laying in bed
    * taking long drives with kirk to talk about life

  4. @Sarah
    Oooh, I would love that if you wrote something about that. I've missed your writing voice so much lately.

    All those moments sound so beautiful and precious!! I had to write this because I know I often look for big, grand things to be thankful for when really, the everyday is so beautiful. I'm so glad you can find so many things in your own life worth rejoicing over.

    Your own list is so beautiful, my friend. I'm a big fan of snuggle time as well!!

  5. I couldn't get past the waking up at 4:15 part. ;)
    My new favorite ordinary: knitting and praying.
    Old faves: doing the daily office with Chris in the mornings and Vespers sometimes in the evenings; stuffing ourselves in the purple chair to watch Netflix in his office on his computer; practicing piano, even when I want to (and do) throw the music across the room in frustration.
    And writing. Every day. Although, I've had a sabbatical this past month. It's time to get back to it. Every day.

  6. @Heather
    I love your list, Heather. I'm curious about knitting. Is it something that requires a lot of coordination? Because I fear I don't have much.

    Thanks for your lists, everyone!!

  7. I love this post! My husband and I have the same sort of "boring" life...and you know what...we love it too! I really like your blog! Happy New Year!

  8. @Nadine
    Welcome!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm glad we're not the only ones out there who love their decidedly un-glamourous, normal, everyday lives. :o)