In Search of Scissors, Peace and Contentment

It was 1:48 p.m. when the email notification popped up on my phone’s screen. A mere eight minutes earlier I sent a photo through Aviary to be printed at my local Walgreens.

That photo was the screenshot of the tweet HelloFlo wrote to Lefty Pop in response to my article. I had to celebrate somehow and remember it in my own way. That way happened to be printing that screenshot.

In search of scissors, peace and contentment.

When I arrived at Walgreens, I suddenly decided I wanted a small pair of scissors to keep in my bag. Knowing that I’d be doing this printing thing more often I wanted to have those scissors on hand in case I needed to trim a photo a bit before taping it into my notebook.

The only small scissors Walgreens had were yellow ones and anything else was too expensive for this gal. Back to the photo department I went to pick up and pay a grand total of $0.31 for my one photo.

My next stop was going to be the nearby Starbucks for a cup of iced tea but I realized I could do two things at once by stopping at Target for the scissors.

And it was there I found a cute pair of turqouise scissors for only $1.89. It’s the little things I tell ya. In this case, it was both literally and figuratively.

Scissors paid for I meandered over to the Starbucks near the exit and stood in line right behind the cute guy who was just in front of me a few minutes earlier.

“Great minds think alike!” I said to him. He smiled, nodded and went on his way once he got his drink, whatever it was. My drink was a venti blackberry mojito iced tea lemonade. Half off from 2 until 5 p.m.!

I sat down at a table and proceeded to bust out the scotch tape and my notebook. I didn’t need the scissors at that moment but I was still glad I had them.

And during that time of sitting there with my notebook and iced tea I felt peace. Relaxation. No pressure to get up and do anything, go anywhere. Just me, my notebook and that delicious iced tea.

In search of scissors, peace and contentment.

I didn’t stay long, 15 minutes at most, but it was just enough to calm my mind and jot a few notes down before packing up and leaving.

With half a cup of iced tea left in my cup I walked out to my car, satisfied and content.

It’s those moments I crave most these days. Moments of peace. Contentment. Satisfaction. Those days when I’m not feeling worn out or beat to hell for one reason or another. Those days when I can write freely and not give a damn about whether it’s good or if it sucks.

The young guy I often see and chat with at Walgreens asked me earlier if I missed being in class. I told him no and was met with a “Really?”

I replied, “This is my summer to relax and take a much needed break. Chances are I’ll be ready to go back to class by mid to late July but for now I’m enjoying the time off.”

And that, my friends, is what you will find me doing this summer. Relaxing, writing, reading and simply enjoying my break.

What are your plans for the summer? How do you relax and unwind when you need it most?


  1. Camping, reading inspirational (to me) stuff as well as total brainless fluff stuff. Writing is calming for me. Hopefully this summer holds a lot of these in between the inevitable “to do” lists.

    • I hope you are able to have a nice, calm and peaceful summer. I would love to go camping but hubs and I just haven’t gotten around to it yet (even though we’ve been talking about it for two years…lol).

  2. This was the best thing ever to read on my lunch break. I feel all calm and relaxed before I head back into my work world for the afternoon.

    And now . . . I REALLY want to start writing again. I miss these moments. These perfect, peaceful moments with my words. Sigh.

    • Aww! Thanks, Starr!

      I can’t wait for you to start writing again. I miss reading your hilarious posts.

  3. My family and I will be traveling from NC to IL to visit my family. Not sure how excited I am to do that our how much of a vacation it will be.
    However, I am looking forward to my time to stay home this summer. I get to do dishes and laundry regularly. Not that those are fun, but keeping the house clean makes me feel accomplished.
    I also have more time to read, write, and play with the kids. Those do relax me and make me feel accomplished. I an finally starting to feel like my schedule isn’t trying to kill me.

  4. My calm and peace comes through two things that are usually done after my son and hubby are asleep. I read nearly every night in the dark and quiet on my NOOK that has it’s own light. Other nights I will retreat into my meditation and yoga space. It’s so quiet but my breathing is sometimes augmented by the sounds of mocking birds in the trees outside the house. This restores my sanity.

    • That sounds so peaceful and calming, Tina. I have been contemplating doing meditation and yoga but just haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. Glad you have found something that works well for you.

  5. Ah, those are the best sort of moments. You have to celebrate them and do whatever you can to remember them for those moments that aren’t the best.

    • Amen to that, my friend. Plus it’s nice to have something to look back on and remember those moments.

  6. I too love not having anywhere in particular to be or not having anything that must be done. In fact, I find myself actively seeking those moments by canceling plans or not making them in the first place. Currently, I have a doctors appointment on Tuesday that’s cramping my no plan having style.

    When I need to relax or reset myself, I turn to nature. For me there’s no substitute for a quiet walk in the woods. There’s something calming about the beautiful complexity of nature. This summer I want to engage in all of the outdoor activities that I enjoy. Fishing, swimming, biking, hiking, and photography.

    • Plans are highly overrated most of the time. I make them because I have to at times but most days I’d rather fly by the seat of my pants and see what happens.

      And I am so with you on those nature hikes. Nature is incredible and beautiful. One of these days I’m going to get myself out into the woods for a day or three and just relax.

  7. What about those scissors? They’re awesome, damn it! :)

    And in all seriousness, I can’t wait for you to get back to writing again. Like Starr, I miss reading your posts.

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