I mentioned in a post last week that to help myself adjust in our new place, I would try to focus on and fully enjoy something for at least five minutes a day.
It's hard to remain focused on one thing for that long, but a shorter span is just as effective, I think. Here are a few of the things I've held onto so far.
Yes, our windows may not look out onto anything very pretty. But we have seven of them in our little apartment, and when the blinds are all open, everything in here glows. We have enough set up here, in the way of furniture, that the rooms are starting to look homey and comforting, and the sunlight only adds to that. It was wonderful yesterday, on my day off, to just open up the blinds, pull down our makeshift blanket-curtains, and bask in the glow of vitamin D synthesis. Glorious.
2. Balancing the checkbook
Okay, I actually hate balancing the checkbook, as I'm sure everyone does. I let it go for too long this time, resulting in a mess of receipts, check stubs, and other financial papers spread across our tiny dining table. But getting them all organized was kind of meditative, and the feeling when I'd calculated the last number was almost peace. It may be obnoxious, but it's blissful to have it done and out of the way.
3. Our new bed
I don't think I've ever slept on a brand-new bed before, and I have to tell you, it's incredible. I don't wake up in pain after lying on my shoulder, and the cushiony softness combined with our new pillows is pure luxury. Thinking about how much money I'm lying on is just weird, but I try to just focus on the heavenly feel of the mattress instead.
4. Health insurance... kind of
I've finished my Beginner's Trial of Pain and Fury at work, which means health insurance has kicked in for Spousal Unit and me. We haven't had health insurance in years, so it's nice just to know it's there if we need it. We've also had the same glasses for years, and the plan is awesome enough that it covers new ones in full. (At least, to a certain extent; we'll see what that includes when we go get them.) The only drawback now is in trying to figure out the freakin' thing. Why can't they make it simpler? Why do we have to pay at all? This is far too confusing. But we have health insurance.
5. Spousal Unit
We had just moved in and were still unpacking, unable to find the dish soap yet. At the store, I didn't pick up any, knowing that it was in a box somewhere. As it turns out, that box is probably with Spousal Unit's parents. When we found out, I made some offhand comment, like, "It's so stupid of me not to have bought more, because we'll use it eventually." As I was talking, Spousal Unit looked me in the eye and said, "You're not stupid." I hadn't even realized the words I was using, but he was there to tell my subconscious otherwise. Such a little thing, but I love him all the more for it.