Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Self-Indulgent Luxury

What do you consider your favorite self-indulgent luxury?

I'm a bit tired tonight and there's not too much on TV that I care to watch, so I'm contemplating a nice bubble bath followed by going to bed early with a good book. On a cold December night, with a list of stuff on my mind that I SHOULD be doing instead, THAT is really my idea of the ultimate in self-indulgent luxury.

Sometimes we all need a little "down time," and I tend to forget that. There's always something I'm anxious to do or make next, and I don't usually "allow" myself to do nothing at all. And how do we end up with so many deadlines anyway, particularly when it comes to quilting or whatever other hobby we engage in? I know I've said it before, but for the last couple of years, my goal has been to try to get away from those kinds of deadlines, which are, for the most part, self-imposed. But I don't think it's in my nature. I think I'm a very goal-oriented, driven person. And, if anyone had suggested to me 25 years ago that was my nature, I would have laughed!

So what happened? I think it was the kids. I'm blaming it on them. All of you who have kids know just how much time and attention they take to raise. And, when I became a mom, I always wanted to do my best for them AND fit a little "me" time into the schedule, so I quickly fell into the habit of staying up too late and getting as much done in as little time as possible. Once they grew up and moved out, it was too late to break old habits, I suppose. But tonight--tonight I'm reverting to my old, care-free, pre-children days. I'm taking a bubble bath and going to bed with a good book. I hope you, too, find a little time to relax in this hectic season!


Cheryl said...

We have this bench swing out back and I love to sit out there and look at magazines and just hang out. Well it's a bit too cold right now, but I just might bundle up tomorrow and go for a swing!!!

Gran said...

You have to know when to hold 'em,
Know when to fold 'em
When the day is done.

Good for you!

Eileen said...

Boy , that bubble bath sounds so good. It has been ages since I did that. A long dip in a hot tub would be great to.

MichelleB said...

I hope you enjoyed your bubble bath!

PunkiePie said...

I fall into the "new mom" category with my 3 year old. I don't get much "me" time. But the time I DO get, I like to sew, watch movies, veg on the couch and do nothing. Just being very lazy in general.

Jen :)

Barbie Jo said...

You and I are both night owls Kim. I have been so forever and you are right, old habits are hard to break! My "me" time is also a nice bubblebath, a good book and M&Ms! Happy Holidays!

Judy said...

I don't want to ruin your perfectly thought out plan to blame the kids but...I don't have any and I still do the same thing! I stay up way later than I should just to get more sewing time in for me! I simply can not sit on the sofa and watch tv without hand work to do. It feels wrong to do it!

Just yesterday I asked myself who the heck was cracking the whip I keep feeling at my back? When i messed up my hands it was torture to sit with nothing to do. I feel guilty. I haven't even read lately because I can't read and still SEW!

Boy I feel a new Years Resolution coming our of this don't you?

Candace said...

I don't have kids, Kim, and you'll never believe this, but my self-indulgent luxury is to spend and entire Saturday in the quilt studio sewing! I think it's because I got married late and instead of kids I spend the bulk of my time having fun with hubby trying to catch up on a life of having been single! Wierd, huh!