Wednesday, January 04, 2012

NYNY: Doing Something Nice... For Myself?


I look at the writing prompt for the New Year New You Experiment this week, and I'm all... whoa, WTF, Deb? Do something nice for ME?

I can't even think of anything that would be nice to do for myself...

[pause to go re-read Deb's Prompt]

Ok, so I went back and re-read the list of things she suggests for pampering yourself, and I think I maybe might have possibly figured out what the problem is...

I already do all that stuff, whenever I want to. 
* A salted caramel hot cocoa from Starbucks at a bookstore where you look at French Vogue and pretend you're part of GossipGirl
I got a Caramel Frappuccino last time I went to Target and just sat and drank it there in the store, browsing through the blogs on my phone, enjoying that I'm awesome amongst the awesomest friends and co-Workers.
* A bottle of Prosecco, bread, fruit, cheese and dried meats and your favorite book.
Literally had a plate of jalapeno jack, peperoni, and the fancy crackers (not the Ritz, the ones in the box that only have a single row that they sell above the cheeses) just two nights ago.
* An hour playing a video game you never have time for
Bitch, please! I've always got an hour for video games! That's how I stay sane! Dead Island is my current favorite, I just can't seem to get into MW3, and Skyrim takes some commitment.

* Going to a yoga class and then feel smug about the sundae you eat afterwards.
Heh, I don't go to yoga classes, but I DID buy myself a gallon of Rocky Road last time I was at the grocery store, and actually got a couple bowls before the kids murdered it.
* Buying yourself a small luxury item just because (flowers, cashmere socks, a favorite magazine, a new lipstick).
I bought myself a Sonic Screwdriver the week before Christmas, just because sonic screwdrivers are cool.
* A car ride in the countryside with your favorite music playing
I take the back roads home on the way home from work when I want that.

* A long bath
I prefer showers, the kind where you ever so slightly make it warmer a little at a time until you're standing in almost pure hot water, right where you know if you go a little further you'll end up all Two-Face:

And I did that Monday, for like an hour.

* A pedicure (it's good for boys too, I assure you)
For real, I gave myself one last night before reading her list of suggestions. My son had gotten my spouse one of those foot-callous remover things for Christmas, and I totally used it and trimmed my nails and rubbed my feet with balm.

* A mini marathon of your favorite trashy telly show with your favorite indulgence (smoking, drinking, junk food, etc.)
Spent a while last night watching Warehouse 13, Doctor Who (the Tom Baker episodes), and Torchwood on Netflix while eating a whole tub full of reheated roast beast with mashed potatoes and gravy.

So... yeah, I don't know if this counts or not.


  1. It seems that you are not lacking in items or active experiences.

    How about spending some time doing absolutely nothing? Have you ever considered or been in a sensory deprivation tank?

  2. @Simon, yes, I'd love a sense dep tank. I've often dreamed of recreating the Ong's Hat experiments when I retire.

    I try to do absolutely nothing for 15-60 minutes a day. A while ago, Jason posted links to some meditation timer mp3 files. They play a bell at the beginning, and a bell at the end, and nothing else. They have them in 15, 20, 30, 40, 45, and 60 minute intervals. I have them on a playlist on my phone, and when I meditate, I'll select the one that lines up with the time I have available, plug in the earbuds, and just sit in observation/contemplation of my Mind, watching the thoughts arise and fall without attachment, turning to observe that which is observing, and then maintaining that state.

  3. Cool. Thanks for the link to Ong's Hat - looks interesting. The mention of "riding the wave" (observing potential become actual) in the article is something that I'm planning to look in to further with my upcoming studies in Sefer Yetzirah but I expect it will take a few years to get there.

    I use an egg timer at the moment, but I'll try the MP3 solution in future.

  4. I like picturing you pretending to be Blair Waldorf at a Barnes & Noble. ;)


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