Wednesday, February 18, 2009

tiny indulgences and a contest

I've spent this winter trying to be kind to my ailing body and trying to find ways to nurture my soul. It's been a struggle. Chronic pain and fatigue can take over if you let it. If I stay at home and maintain a slow routine, things aren't too bad. But if I do anything, even fun stuff, I pay. I woke up in the middle of the night after the Jeff Dunham concert with a migraine. I have no idea why. Yesterday, I had to go for fasting bloodwork so I made arrangements to have lunch afterward with a friend that I hadn't seen lately. When I got home I was hit with a brutal bout of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and then my blood sugar crashed to a frightening low. It's very discouraging.

So I was reading Barb's post on her "So, the thing is... blog" today about how we need to make sure we take of ourselves. Barb discusses her battle with chronic pain and I can certainly relate to that. She also makes a very good point that we all need to find what makes us happy and nurture ourselves, even if it's just a tiny indulgence.

Here's one of my indulgences.
It's a rocker/recliner in my craft room. I crave sunshine these days and it's much too cold to sit in the sun room. The living room is on the north side of the house so it doesn't have any sunbeams. My little bedroom-turned-craft room is on the south side of the house and the light there is lovely. I found this chair at a great clearance price. It fits my body perfectly. Although it wouldn't have been my first choice for color, the craft room is hardly a designer affair anyway so it really didn't matter. I can knit, listen to my ipod, and even spin on the Little Gem. It's lovely! My own little cozy space in the sun.

Now for the fun part:

to celebrate my third blogiversary, leave a comment with your contact information and tell me what your tiny indulgences are. You have until the end of this Saturday, Feb. 21/09, to leave the comment and be eligible for the prize. I will use an online random number generator to pick the winner on Sunday.

And the prize is a nice little indulgence -
this skein of Fleece Artist Sea Wool (merino/seacell) in the Nova Scotia colorway, including a pattern for Bordello Socks. Now that's indulgence!

(Don't forget to include your contact information in your comment! Your comment won't be eligible for the prize if I can't contact you.)

54 comments:

Suzy Girl said...

Happy Blogiversary!! I'm might be your first commneter if I'm quick enough, lol.
Your spot in the sun is enviable! I also like to settle in on my sofa with my knitting, my cat, and a new podcast when I get the chance. Relaxation at it's best.
But my almost daily indulgence is a piping hot bubble bath before bed. And if I have a brand new knitting magazine to browse through while I soak even better.
Hope you are having more better days than not!
Take care,

Susan

Aunt Kathy said...

My indulgence is sitting on my bed with the TV on and some yarn and needles in my hand. My feet are up, there are pillows behind my back and life is GOOD.

I am so sorry you have been suffering. I hope the chair and the sunlight can make things seem better for you.

You can find me on Ravelry as gimpykatk
My email is the same just at aol.com

Happy Blogaversary.

Lynn said...

OMG can I tell you I just left her blog when I went to yours?!?! LOL I totally agreed with her too, we need to take some time for ourselves. It's hard for me to do when I have small kids and an IO that works from home, but last week when he had to go into the office and the kids were healthy and back at school, I came home, cleaned up the kitchen and did some laundry and while I was trying ot figure out what to do next, I decided to sit down and watch a show UNINTERUPTED!!! OMG that was wonderful! I have the ability to pause live tv, which is nice but also bad because everybody knows that you can tell me to pause the TV to help with homework or settle a fight or get somebody a snack or someother such mom business. But when it takes 2 hours to get thru NCIS, well it sort of ruins the show a bit. so to have uninterupted time is SUCH a pleasure. And the reason I stay up too late most nights.

Lynn said...

Oh I was so into my comment of uninterupted time i forgot to leave my email! I'm pretty sure you have it but one doesn't want to take chances when such yummy yarn is up for grabs!!!

Lyntintin@aol.com

Walden said...

My tiny indulgences . . . I take knitting, crochet, sewing, etc. to the college with me everyday and when I can catch some time between classes, I sit and craft. It gives me a chance to get back to me.

ChristyH said...

I know what you mean about the sunshine. I live in western Michigan which is a snow belt and sometimes we don't see the sun for weeks. My DH has chronic back pain but he still goes to work as that actually makes his back feel better.
My tiny indulgences are good tea from The Republic of Tea and knitting. We homeschool are children and that can take over your life, but tea and knitting are for me.
Happy Blogiversary! I have been here since last year, because I remember your last contest.

Susie B said...

Happy Blogiversary!

My indulgence is taking the time on Friday nights to go to my LYS and knit with them. While that doesn't seem like much, everyone in my family knows that's my uninterruptible time for at least the first 30 minutes. With a job, a DH who works late hours on the road and 2 grandkids just down the street and one needy Lhasa Apso, I need the time. I'm srcbruner@hotmail.com

evergreenknits said...

When graduate school gets me way, way down, which is not uncommon, then my rescue is a night with a glass of wine and a skein of marvelous yarn!

I'm glad to hear that you have a special nice thing you've done for yourself. And I thank you for sharing it with your readers!

I've posted about your contest on WiKnit, my knitting contest blog

Mónica said...

I'm a college student, and sometimes all the massive amounts of paper-writing really stress me out. When I need to relax, I take some me time by propping myself up in bed with my chair-pillow thing (one of those pillows with arms). I prop another book up on a pillow so I can read it without holding it, and knit away.

Sarah said...

I had a bowl of ice cream after a long night of feeding/bathing/putting the 3 kids to bed.

wenat said...

Happy blogiversary! My little indulgence is my stash of halloween candies in my office desk. That gets me a wee hit of chocolate when I most need it, in the middle of my workday.

cksknitter said...

My indulgence is a hot bubble bath every night. Best wishes for better days ahead!
Chrissy at knittodayAThotmailDOTcom

Sharon Rose said...

Too bad you aren't geographically closer - I'd love to give you a treatment to make you feel better (I'm an acupuncturist). You are absolutely right about pampering ourselves! My little pleasure is reading or knitting while my patients "cook." It's a quiet 20+ minutes of healing bliss for both of us!

purple-power said...

Happy Blogiversary. 3 years - wow!

I'm a cancer patient and it's been tough for me to figure out that I need to give myself small indulgences too. I guess, like many of us, I always think of someone else ahead of me. But now I do treat myself to good quality very dark chocolate when I'm feeling overwhelmed. Even a small piece can make all the difference.

I'm purple on Ravelry (I hope that's an acceptable way to contact me cause I'd hate to not win the yarn because you couldn't find me :-) )

Turtle said...

Hope your feeling better, i have been there before and it rots when you have to be dependant on others! happy blogiversary as well!
My indulgence is when i take an hour or so with my half glass of red wine and knit. I usually will have a show i dvr's on and fast forward through the commercials. Daughter and hubby are usually off gaming and the animals are asleep in the room with me. This is all me time!

Josiane said...

Happy blogiversary!
Your picture really captured the sunlight on your rocker - I can almost feel its warmth! It truly looks like a cosy spot, and I hope you can enjoy it as often as you'd like.
My indulgence these days is sleeping in pretty much every morning. I should get up earlier, but this (not so tiny) indulgence really helps me getting through the day.
Josiane
kimianak on Ravelry

katerina said...

My indulgence is a bit of good/expensive ice cream - We usually try not to be too extravagant in what we buy, but sometimes good ice cream is just.. good ice cream. And just a little bit can go a long way at the end of a long day!
Take your indulgences where you can find them - love your sunny spot!!

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Ursula said...

My indulgence is my new face cream. It's kind of a different one but I feel good when my skin isn't dry and bugging me. Not even knitting related!

Hope you're feeling better!

One Sheep said...

Since I've had to give up so much due to my cholesterol levels, my indulgence is Soy Ice Cream. I never thought I'd like it, but after a few years of not having the real thing, I don't have a reference point to comare it to anymore. Congrats on your anniversary and thanks for the contest. I'm here via WiKnits blog.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

My little treat for myself is to turn the hot water heater up to full blast and take a scalding hot shower for at least 30 minutes. By the time I come out every muscle so relaxed I can hardly pick up the towel to dry off. I love it!

Congrats on 3 years blogging! I'm also here from WiKnit's Contest Blog.

Elaine said...

My small indulgence sounds truly pathetic. I play a quick game of Freecell on my machine when I need a break.

Yikes - I better get a life.

And you can leave a message on my blog should I win. I get so few it would be a thrill :-)

elaine-knitting.blogspot.com

momof2 said...

Happy blogiversary!
My indulgence is a piece of GOOD chocolate and some sock knitting or reading a good knitting book/magazine while watching one of my fave shows (Grey's Antamony, ER, CSI's, Jon & Kate plus 8 or 17 kids and counting) or listening to my mp3 player loaded with my fave podcasts!

Mary in Ohio
I am albaymom on ravelry

Jersey said...

My motto: when the going get tough, the tough get chocolate. That's my indulgence.

Happy blogiversary!

jerseyjessie AT gmail

Lovs2Knit said...

Happy Blogiversary! My indulgence is to enjoy the quiet time in between my youngest taking a nap and my oldest coming home from school. Those 2 hours are my time for knitting. :)

OhAmyKP said...

Happy Blogaversary and Many more I hope.

I Recently loss a bit of weight so I've been indulging in buy new clothes, even though I dont have too because my old old clothes can fit again. I just cant help myself, espicialy when I find a $5 rack. It drive me just nuts until I just have to give in. Boy does it feel good.

Kristen said...

Happy Blogiversary! My indulgence is an afternoon nap with my dog on the weekends. She will hop on the bed and lie down right next to me from hip to shoulder and sigh and nap with me. I love it.

Kristen said...

Happy Blogiversary! My indulgence is an afternoon nap with my dog on the weekends. She will hop on the bed and lie down right next to me from hip to shoulder and sigh and nap with me. I love it.

RoamingKnitter said...

I am a retired full-time rv'er so I can indulge myself more often than I used to. Since one downside to living in a small rv is that there is no room for a recliner, I have indulged myself with buying (at a bargain price) a reclining lawnchair that I can put in a nice place outside. I grab my knitting and a beverage for some nice reclining time while being in the great outdoors.

EJ said...

My indulgence is going for a 3-4 mile walk every day (in almost any weather). I realized I needed the exercise and to take time for myself.

My gmail address is bloglessinnj

teabird said...

Happy bloggiversary!
My indulgence is an hour with crossword puzzles. Everything disappears while I think and write letters in the little boxes...

teabird 17 AT yahoo dot com

JC said...

Happy blogiversary!

One small indulgence I have is waking up early on MWF to get breakfast at a small shop before I go to class. I get hot chocolate and a bagel and am quite happy.

ikkinlala said...

Happy blogiversary!

My little indulgences are good tea, good chocolate, and curling up on the couch with my knitting and some good music playing.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Gina said...

Happy 3rd Blogiversary! I love your purple chair! It would go great in my craft room, alas, there's nowhere to put it... the daybed takes up too much room (and where would I stash my stash if it were gone?)

One of my little indulgences is a candle-lit bubble bath. I either get a good book or bring the portable dvd player in to watch a good movie. Pour myself a glass of wine and relax. My darling husband helps with this indulgence by keeping my glass full.

Or, on a sunny winter day, I drag everything I need into my diningroom and enjoy the warmth of the sun through my south-facing arcadia door! It's a great place to sit and spin!

you can find me at Ravelry : GnaS or ginaandbunny@blogspot.com

Rachel O said...

My small indulgence (although big for me) was an i-pod for listening to books on tape while I walk.

Happy blogiversary and many more.


dadofra AT homail

Savannah said...

Happy Blogiversary!
My little indulgence as a college student is when I'm studying away in the library very very late at night. Then I must take a break and indulge myself a little by grabbing a sweet treat and a coffee and then making my trip up to the tower of the library where I then take a few moments to relax and knit. The view at night from the tower is just beautiful and I get to truly enjoy myself for at least a few minutes during a very stressful time.

tom said...

Happy Blogiversary!

My small indulgence is doing a suduko online when I need a break.

tomknit AT gmail

cthulhulovesme said...

Happy blogiversary!

My indulgence is in buying good, healthy food. I'm currently broke at the moment, as in I have to sell things to make rent broke, but the one little luxury I can't give up is food that doesn't come from a box. I need my fresh fruits and veggies, even if they are beyond my budget.

-cthulhulovesme on Ravelry

carla said...

My little indulgence is an occasional piece of really good dark chocolate. I buy a bar and make it last weeks - basically it's one small square a day at most. But it screams - you are worth it to me, and that is important.


my hotmail address is popofra

And happy blogiversary!

|chee-uh| said...

I like to spend some time a few times a month in a hot, bubble bath with a good book.

munkiknits@yahoo.com.

Gramma Phyllis said...

I can understand your love of a sunny spot. I live on the southern side of Lake Ontario in a snow belt area. We have had snow on the ground since Halloween with a very small break at the start of Feb. My indulgence has been to cuddle up under a fluffy comforter on my bed and knit while either listening to music, podcasts (mostly about knitting) or watching TV. Miss Suzy Cat usually joins me, half the time snuggling UNDER the comforter! And of course there is the ever present pot of tea.

pahelmes@yahoo.com

Lynn said...

My tiny indulgence is to stay in bed on Saturday and/or Sunday mornings with a good book and read until I want a cup of coffee.

ladubois24@yahoo.com

Julie said...

Happy blogiversary! Your day sounds just like mine - migraine and IBS. Poor us. Let's have a better one tomorrow, ok?
juliewittATshawDOTca

Anonymous said...

my husband and i rescue rottweilers, misunderstood pups, i assure you! however, although they LOVE to sit on your lap, i lacked that tiny cuddle one can have with a small sized doggie. for my own self, i rescued a papillion, teeny cutie dog. now we look the odd couple when we walk both the super huge and the teeny weenie .. lol

happy blogiversary .. now go do something else for you you you .. mmm

diane
:-)
fraid2fly1@yahoo.com

brownbear said...

My indulgence is knitting while eating chocolate or drinking a glass of wine (or both) while watching cable at my boyfriend's (I don't have actual t.v. at my house, just the computer.)

Little Miss S. said...

I love that you remind us all to try to take some me-time some way or another. I try to take some mindless knitting with me every day to university - and take a break from everything, sit down in our shared, soft chair in my office and knit as a little break from everything. And in particular I like that the 3 guys I share the office with usually will bring me a cup of tea, sit down and chat and follow my improvements every day. Then they benifit from my knitting time too...

Anonymous said...

Sorry you have yucky days. Dark chocolate helps me on those days. British comedy with Judi Dench and dark chocolate is even better!

Deb Q
Knitbit

Anonymous said...

My tiny indulgence is that when I have a little bit of leftover pie crust, I make piecrust cookies by putting a spoonful of red raspberry jam on a cutout circle and topping it with another and pressing the sides together. Bake these little critters for about 10 minutes and you have a super little red raspberry pie. YUM!
havefaith@mindspring.com
Sorry about the anonyous, I forgot my password

Laura said...

Oh Gosh, where to begin. I guess mine is my sock yarn, when I started knitting I was a newley wed with little money, so it was mostly walmart, zellers and the mill ends place my grandmother used to visit. Now that I am a little older and better off financially I tend to dabble a bit in the nicer stuff. So every once in awhile a skein of sock yarn gets in my bag and hitches a ride home. The current one is Misti Alpaca sock. Haven't knit it yet. I have been dying to try the fleece artist merino seacell, I missed out on it at the Knitters fair last year. ;)

Kathy said...

Happy Blogaversary!

I nap every day. That's my indulgence. Ahhhhh. Oh and I nap without guilt. That's really important

MamaMay said...

I knit and blog... oh wait that is 2 things...

Ravelry Name MamaMay

knittingturtle said...

Just came upon your blog. Hope this finds you beginning to feel much better. Happy blogging anniversary. May you enjoy many, many more years of blogging.

My tiny indulgence --a few uninterupted minutes of knitting. Since October, I've been helping DD. First with her almost -and now- 2 year-old. Now with the 2yo and two more. DD was expecting the twins and wasn't supposed to be lifting the 2yo. Now, I'm helping with all three.

My contact info:
glynnai@aol.com
Not coordinated to have a blog! :/

Do take care and get well soon.

Monica aka Gloria Patre said...

Happy Third blogiversary! Woot! (only you're too sick to enjoy it - NOT fair!
Indulgences?? Name ONLY one? LOL!!
I keep a box of sugar-free Turtles on my desk... I go and pet my favorite alpaca yarns... or I completely ignore my current WIPs and cast on something new with yarn I really love and knit like it's my only one...

Logan said...

Chocolate chip pancakes will cure any ailment for me. So will sunlight, but I haven't seen much of it lately, so I stick with the pancakes.

adrenaline.spider@gmail.com

Feel better, girl. : )