Wednesday, January 9

Calgon, Take Me Away!

On Sunday of this week, we WordWranglers desperately brainstormed a topic for this week's posts. That brainstorming went something like this: "Topic?" "Unnnnnnn" "Hmmmmmmmm..." "I have nothing." And around and around in circles we went. How can we be out of topics so early this year?

I totally blame the winter and the flu viruses that are going around and the overwhelmingly busy holiday season we've just exited.

Finally we hit on a topic that sounded fun - likely because any kind of escape from zero-degree temps and snow sounds good: escaping. In my head, all I could hear was that lady from the 1980-something commercial, with kids yelling for attention, a husband who's messed up the kitchen and in-laws on the doorstep: Calgon, take me away! And then she runs a hot bath and that makes everything better.

I love a hot bath, preferably with candles and soft music playing...and maybe a good book. But a hot bath doesn't cure all the ills of that commercial. For that, a great vacation is the only solution.

For me, a great escape-like vacation is filled with hot sun, a beach and the Most Important People In The World - RadioMan and bebe. If I can't get that (and I can't, not this winter... *sigh*) I turn to books or movies.

Fool's Gold with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey is always a favorite...or if I want to go really old school, I turn to Romancing the Stone. As for books, an adventure theme is always a fun thing - maybe a romantic suspense or maybe just a contemporary vacation romance filled with sun and fun.

My real life escapes and my mental escapes are always filled with beaches...I totally blame my midwestern upbringing. There is just something exotic about a land filled with sun, warm temperatures and lazy days where anything can happen. Sure, anything can also happen in the snow...but it sure looks better in the sand, don't you think? So, until I can hit an actual beach I'll just curl up under my blankie with a sand-filled book..or movie. How about you?

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  1. I remember that commercial. I don't know how to swim, and beaches have never really called me, but a nice picnic beside the lake does sound heavenly about now.

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  2. well you know me -- and I figure at this stage you know my answer. Dancing! I love the escapism of my head dislocating from my body and the relaxation that brings. Weird I know, but it's my form of meditation -- I always come away floating. And then the bones start to seize up. LOL

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  3. I remember that commercial well, because at the time I was working full time and raising three boys. Finding five minutes to shower was a luxury. I couldn't even imagine a bath. Loooove both those movies!! No winter escape for me. The best I can do is a giant mug of hot chocolate and good book or movie in front of a roaring fire.

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  4. D'Ann, picnics are some of my favorite day-escapes!

    Cait, if I could dance...alas, I can't. I do try...although that is usually traumatic for those around me. lol

    Margery, those are two of my faves. Anytime I'm stressed I pop one in and *ahhhhhhhhhhhh*. Your book-and-fire routine sounds heavenly!

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  5. I'm definitely with you on the hot bath. Too me it's a cure for what ills me. I hate to admit this but I've never taken a vacation. But a beach sounds great to me.

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  6. Beaches are awesome, Jerri! Hope you get to take a vacation soon!

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  7. I always say the Calgon phrase when I've had enough of the drama of life :) Baths with a book seem to be my escape nowadays, but I do have to say, hubby and I have a big 15 yr anniversary trip planned in Feb to LA and Vegas and this is the first time leaving the kiddos. It will be a true escape from real life.

    A real good escape from the pressures of the outside world is snuggly baby hugs. If you don't have a baby, visit a friend who does, 15 minutes and your heart will be warmed!

    Thanks for the post!

    Melinda

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    1. Oh, the baby hugs...love them! And have fun on the LA/Vegas/No Kids excursion - it will be great, I know, Melinda!

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  8. I remember the commercial well, too, and agree (from my Midwestern POV) that beaches and sun are what I dream of, but in truth, I love mountains best.

    Today's gloomy down here, though warm, and my sister-in-law says it's a perfect day to lie on the couch with coffee, read a good book, take a nap, more coffee, finish the book, start another, then get up and go to bed. I think she's got it!

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    1. Oh, the mountains...Hope you get some sun, Liz!

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  9. My escape would be a cabin in the woods, snow, a good book and a good man to curl up with.

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  10. My escape would be a cabin in the woods, snow, a good book and a good man to curl up with.

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    1. *nods* Oh, yes on the good man to curl up with, Jenna!

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  11. St. Maarten. On a catamaran bobbing in the bright blue water while a guy in a skimpy bathing suit and a red bow tie brings me a drink. Sigh. All that really happened to me a few years ago. I want that again.

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    1. Sharon, I'm sooooo stealing this for my Daydream Escape next time I'm in need....

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  12. I remember that commercial well. Just used the slogan over the holidays. Beaches are also my favorite places.

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    1. the commercial still makes me laugh, Shawn!

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  13. For me it has got to be an escape with a book or movie. That really sounds terrific. What great pastimes:)

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    1. Hey, Arsoleen, books and movies make some of the best escapes, don't they? Because you don't have to wait - the worlds are right there with you on the couch.

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