RLB Slow Day Activities!

If you have no snow in sight and you’re already back at your place of employment, my guess is that your work day isn’t being filled with a lot of actual work. People are still trickling in from vacation, there are some minor tasks to do here and there, but we all know the real hullabaloo won’t start until next Monday, when everyone dives into their New Year Projects.

***Please Note: The above probably only applies to those of us with office jobs. If you work in customer service, odds are good you won’t be reading this until after work anyway. And I’m sorry. I’ve been there. Needless to say, when it comes to retail drama…

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So here I am at my cushy desk job, with not a whole lot going on. What is a girl to do with herself? While I would love to take some advice from S and watch powerful documentaries on Netflix, streaming several hours of video on my work computer does not sound advisable.

What does sound like a great idea is BEYONCÉ. I bought the album and have listened to most of it, but I haven’t gone full immersion yet. This is shaping up to be an excellent plan for after I answer these three emails and have some lunch.

For the desk-bound, sure, you can always shop online, but if your pocketbook was also annihilated over the holidays, another great option is tearing through the wealth of articles and entertainment supplied by the worldwide interwebs. You can read this beautiful essay on the puzzling boundaries of platonic love, or embrace this fantastic coping mechanism for encounters with bad grammar. If you want to stick with a Bey-themed day, you can read this scathing response to a white girl’s embarrassing liveblogging of BEYONCÉ the album. Or if you want some good old-fashioned RLB inspiration, spend some time with Karen Walrond and her 1,000 Faces project (or her work on The Beauty of Different).

If you’ve already bathed in the glory that is Yoncé, or stumbling upon isn’t your jam, I invite you to spend your afternoon the way I spent my morning. Learning Cups. You know what I’m talking about. That thing that Anna Kendrick did in Pitch Perfect. One Slow Day afternoon, she was inspired by Lulu and the Lampshades, and taught herself how to do it. When the PP producers found out, they put her talents to work and used it in the movie. YouTube was flooded with renditions, people popping up everywhere playing the Cups song. Inventive drumming accompanied by charming vocals like they were born to do it. They all make it look so easy!

Which is a lie. Seriously, it will take you all afternoon. It certainly took me all morning. Okay, fine. If you have a great sense of rhythm and are naturally savvy with playing instruments while singing, it probably won’t take you as long. I struggle with both of those things. Por ejemplo:

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So using this tutorial, I spent some time working on playing along with her, then playing and singing along with her. Then I got hot. The Cups song is hard work! Sweater, begone. Still, that whole playing/singing thing eluded me…

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Try as I might, dexterity was not my friend…

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Which, like I said, I pretty much knew this stuff about myself from the get go. But hey! What else is a Slow Day for if not relatively useless determination? An hour or so later, Success! (ish):

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Whew. After all that, I now have an amusing party trick at my disposal. So long as I’m not drunk. Although, like playing pool, it’s possible that I would be Amazing at the Cups song while drunk. Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, let’s all get (back) to watching Queen B/Bey/Sasha Fierce/Yoncé/Feminism’s Black Santa*

*title borrowed from The Li.st – subscribe here