So.....it started as something fairly routine, the packaging of an item for shipping. In this case it was a tad on the fragile side and needed a bit of "cushion" in order to err on the side of caution. Seems, however, my stash of supplies was raided during some one or another holiday wrapping endeavour. There was no bubble wrap, no peanuts, and no tissue paper!
A trip to Walmart was required but the thought of leaving our cozy little house and heading out into the single digits was not in the least appealing. Thinking there must be some cushy scrap somewhere I began to dig through the Christmas wrapping supplies (yes we still have this stuff hanging around along with a good assortment of VERY dusty holiday decorations.) Lots of ribbon but no bubble wrap. Lots of bags but no tissue paper. Lots of deconstructed magazines from this but no peanu....wait....stop right there! Magazines....hmmm....I felt inspiration glimmer, spark and then burst into flame. All I needed was my paper shredder.
Now I've had my fair share of shredder activity throughout the years and considered it nothing more than one of those mundane must do activities. But let me tell you.....there is a world of difference between shredding boring financial records and shredding magazine pages. I had not anticipated the explosion of color awaiting me inside the bin. I quickly realized I could control the the results by selecting choice pages rather than randomly ripping and spent the next 30 minutes or so doing just that. Control in this case was good.
Hours later, after the package had been shipped and the shredder stashed, I realized I'd had my first really "Fun" adventure of 2013. It wasn't the fun I had planned to orchestrate and post on. It was unexpected, exciting, and nothing more than a silly bit of nonsense but it sure made me happy. So now I'm thinking, while control can be helpful in some instances, control in all aspects of your life leaves very little room for surprises and that dear friends would not be fun, in fact, I imagine it could become downright funky!