Thursday, January 17

Simple Decadence

 On Liz's blog tour the last couple of weeks, she's been giving away a cup and saucer. And there's something that's just kind of quaint and decadent about a cup and saucer.

After my dad passed away almost four years ago, my mom, two sisters, and I have started a tea tradition. It began because it was too hard to celebrate our birthdays without Dad--especially on my mom.

And even though the pain is no longer raw, we've continued our tea birthdays--mine is two weeks from today--and we've gotten Jordan hooked as well. There's something so decadent about having someone serve you tea, petite sandwiches, and desert. Also, for the most part, the tearoom serves as a neutral zone--any brewing disagreements are left at the door and we just enjoy our time together without judgement--as only three sisters can do. This year, my oldest daughter, Kristen, is also joining us for the first time. Hopefully, that's not my only present.

Last week, I had Wednesday, Thursday off, worked on Friday, and then had Saturday and Sunday off. I was pretty excited because I never, ever get a weekend off unless I request it or it's my vacation. My girls, Mom, and my middle-sister, Debbie, went to see "The Impossible" It was a wonderful day. And then Sunday, we had a joint birthday celebration for my daughter's at my mom's--lots of January birthdays in my household.

But to tell you the truth, I was ready to go back to work--family can be exhausting. I'm not used to not having my time for me. And right now, I'm on a seven-day work hitch and I'm having trouble finding that "me"time as well. The time for writing, and simple indulgence.

Yesterday, I dropped Jordan off at the Humane Society where she volunteers and instead of going over to my mom's--who lives nearby and visiting, I went to Panera and ordered a caramel latte and pecan bar. I pulled out my notebook and did some edits. I left my phone in the car on accident and didn't go back to get it. It was so nice to have some QUIET time. And sipping my latte out of Panera's ceramic latte mug was just a little bit decadent.

So, my question for you, "What are your simple acts of Decadence?"

PS--The Impossible is simply awesome. Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, just perfect. In my next life, I want to marry him.

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great 'you' afternoon, Margie! I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do like to escape to Starbucks for a smoothie every now and again...and I try to do it when I only have reading on my agenda.

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    1. Sounds heavenly. Love those moments. Unfortunately, haven't had a lot of those lately. But things are calming down, so I'm hopeful to get back to my schedule.

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  2. Great post,and save me a seat at Panera. It sounds wonderful, and thanks for mentioning me!

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    1. I'd love to meet you at Panera. It's one of my favorite places to meet people. You get your food and just sit and visit. It's got great ambiance. You don't have wait persons checking that you if need anything. And for the times I go tow write, it's got wi-fi and tables big enough for my papers and computer. Just a great little place.

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  3. What a nice time! I've had all week off--Jan slump--and I've written a storm. It's been wonderful, staying in my jammers if I want to, eating when I want....!

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  4. Staying in my pajamas all day and sleeping late is my idea of decadence. I love it when I have nothing to do!

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