But I was not about to let a week pass without completing my weekly writing challenge, so here I am, just barely scraping by with a post before the week's end. I didn't have the energy to come up with anything of real depth, so you'll have to settle for light-hearted instead.
You might think I'm taking the easy way out with this one, but my chosen source of inspiration is none other than my genetic other half:
Obviously she inspires me to be a better mom, friend, person, etc., but instead of flattering her/boring you with all of the serious ways in which she inspires me, I decided to focus on some of the more amusing ones:
1. She inspires me to consume more alcohol. Before she moved here, I drank maybe 1-2 times per year. I wouldn't exactly call myself a lush now, but I suddenly can't seem to go more than a month without having a frozen margarita.
2. Relatedly, she inspires me to consume a lot more Mexican food. I have always been a loyal Tex Mex fan, but I think Allison might have an actual chemical dependence on chips and queso, so when we go to meals together (which is fairly regularly), we seem to end up at Mexican restaurants even more than I used to.
3. Also relatedly, she inspires me to be more spontaneous. This is actually pretty amusing considering both of us are very type A and like to plan everything in advance. But (most likely due to the fact that she needs some kind of release after spending her days at home with children), she encourages me to stray from my boring routine more often than I ordinarily would (... usually to go have Mexican food and margaritas).
4. She inspires me to be more social. I'll be honest: after spending all week working, I usually want to do one thing in the evenings/on the weekends: NOTHING. And although I want to hang out with friends and engage with adults in a non-work environment, I'm normally not motivated enough to make plans to do it, or at least not regularly. But now that Allison's around, I feel like she has taken on the role of my Social Chair (to borrow a term from our soro days).
5. She inspires me to spend more time at Target. I'm pretty sure my frequency of Target visits has at least doubled since she moved back. And I'm 100% ok with that, because the only thing more fun than making impulse purchases and eating cookie samples at Target it is doing it with your BFF.
So in conclusion, friends, if you want a little more excitement in your life, get yourself an identical twin and convince her to move .5 miles away. You won't regret it, I promise!