Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #9: Renewal & Relaxation

Thirteen Ways I Renew and Relax
  1. Hold my niece while she sleeps.
  2. Take a week off from the day job.
  3. Learn to juggle again.
  4. Do yoga everyday.
  5. Close my eyes, and savor the feeling and flavor of dark chocolate melting on my tongue.
  6. Watch Chocolat.
  7. Breathe.
  8. Drive.
  9. Savor a wonderful meal at The Melting Pot.
  10. Sit and read in front of the fireplace at Borders with a pot of tea.
  11. Lay with the cats in the the bed, and read.
  12. Try Pilates.
  13. Make DH hug me for a loooooonng time. :-)
What do you do to relax? How often do you relax? Do you have to schedule it in, or is it a habit? Or does it just happen when the systems go on strike, LOL?

29 bonus scribbles:

Susan Helene Gottfried 4/11/2007 08:25:00 PM  

Okay, don't laugh, but I find spinning to be one of the most relaxing things I do. Yeah, I work myself until I want to throw up. But I also don't think about any of the things that might have been bothering me when I walked in.

That's what makes it relaxing. Weird, huh?

Jeff 4/11/2007 08:51:00 PM  

When I have the time, reading, naps, and golf are ways I relax.

spyscribbler 4/11/2007 09:10:00 PM  

LOL, Susan, but I've never tried spinning. A long time ago, when spinning was the newest craze, I worked in a health club.

Because it was so popular, if you worked there, you weren't allowed to go to the spinning class. :-(

So I've never tried it, LOL. I should!

Joan 4/11/2007 11:00:00 PM  

nap, reading, walking, and just sitting in a quiet room -- these do it for me. Holding a baby is hard to beat, though!! One of the greatest feelings in the world. My TT is also posted.

JennyMcB 4/11/2007 11:35:00 PM  

Is your niece an infant? I used to love having my babies sleep on me...I should be doing yogo more on my own, it is so calming.

PS- The secret to negating the calories in cadbury eggs is to eat them standing up!

Happy Thursday!

Journeywoman 4/11/2007 11:44:00 PM  

Watching Johnny Depp is always good. So is fondue!

I blank my mind if I can.

spyscribbler 4/11/2007 11:47:00 PM  

Quiet is beautiful, sometimes, Joan!

Wow, Jenny! Thanks for the trick! Does that extend to all chocolate, or just Cadbury eggs, LOL?

Journeywoman, that's the best. I'm trying to play games on my computer a little more ... my mind goes totally blank. I'm trying to learn that I can't be 200% on all day. Blank mind is good!

Ingrid 4/12/2007 02:17:00 AM  

great T13 list this week!!! i love the Melting Pot!! & Borders? oh i love hanging out there & just let time pass me by. i love reading books while drinking coffee!

Coco 4/12/2007 07:22:00 AM  

ooohh... such wonderful relaxing ideas... lately I find swimming to be very relaxing as well. But nothing beats chocolate, hugs, and just some plain quiet 'me' time :)

StarvingWriteNow 4/12/2007 07:28:00 AM  

RELAX??? ARE YOU KIDDING??

Okay, seriously... how do I relax...

Well, the hammock is always good. Especially with an ice cold beer nearby.

Pilates is energizing and relaxing at the same time--someone flay me here because I haven't been doing it for almost a month!

Some kind of creative craftiness that is NOT writing can be relaxing. Like sewing, needlepoint, etc...

And as always, reading. Reading on a lousy day, all tucked up with a blanket and a cup of cocoa is the best.

Purring kitties relax me, and petting the dog, too. He's such a lovey.

Bernita 4/12/2007 07:36:00 AM  

Baths. Hot, with floral salts, and bibbles.
A cut'n paste craft, making gift tags.
Food, drink and books.

Nicole 4/12/2007 07:51:00 AM  

We relax in a lot of the same ways!

I'm on the last 2 days of my week off from my day job now! =) I didn't go anywhere special, just needed time away to just BE.

Wish I could pick up #4 and #12 as daily routines... #5 - chocolate is always wonderful!...

StarvingWriteNow 4/12/2007 09:56:00 AM  

Hey, I just did a Thursday 13! And it actually worked! But how do you get cool pictures in there?

Barbara 4/12/2007 11:35:00 AM  

I relax by computing (yes!), reading, or taking a nap. Sometimes, I even get on the lawnmower and cut grass with my husband. I love to ride in the wind and think.

Check out my TT

Amie Stuart 4/12/2007 11:38:00 AM  

Loud music to drown out the sound of my children's screams *g*

Kidding but either loud music or utter silence.

Amie Stuart 4/12/2007 12:00:00 PM  

HEy Spy which widget are you using?

Raggedy 4/12/2007 12:00:00 PM  

Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
My TT is posted.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
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Raggedy

she 4/12/2007 01:24:00 PM  

Watching Chocolat while eating chocolate - yummy combo.

I too love reading in front of a fireplace, but there's no borders here, so I have to do it in my living room.

Darla 4/12/2007 05:08:00 PM  

Mmmmmm.... dark chocolate.....

I love Pilates, too--though it's only relaxing after I'm done.

It's Me, Maven... 4/12/2007 05:24:00 PM  

Pedicures, deep tissue massages, and intense laughter. That's how I attempt to refresh...

Christine 4/12/2007 06:04:00 PM  

What a wonderful list. I'm going to take a bath and relax right now. Taking a week off from my day job would be better. :)

L^2 4/12/2007 06:57:00 PM  

Exercising helps me to relax and burn off all the stress of the day. But reading a good book also relaxes me.
Thanks for visiting my list and happy TT! :-)

Rhonda Stapleton 4/12/2007 06:59:00 PM  

Ohhhhhh I find massages to be very relaxing. Used to do yoga--I really should get back into that...

Alyssa Goodnight 4/12/2007 07:16:00 PM  

Great list! Those hubby hugs are great, aren't they?
Happy T13!

Amy Ruttan 4/12/2007 09:10:00 PM  

Oooh great way to relax. Holding Sumo Baby while he sleeps (because that's the only time I can catch him) totally relaxes me.

I should watch Chocolat again, I haven't seen it in forever.

I need a week off of my EDJ for sure.

Happy TT!

Jenifer Bianco 4/12/2007 10:11:00 PM  

Oh, your list sounds sooo relaxing. :) Well, except for the Pilates. LOL I need to get back into yoga.

ERiCA 4/13/2007 09:05:00 AM  

I sure do love chocolate, fondue, reading, and holding babies! Driving doesn't relax me b/c the expressways are always full of traffic, but maybe I should try pilates and/or yoga. I haven't juggled since summer camp when I was twelve... maybe I should try that, too...

Thanks for an inspiring list!

Nicole Kelly 4/13/2007 01:14:00 PM  

Hot baths, Kung fu, walking, gardening, playing with my dog, and snuggling with the s.o.

Oh, and I love to drive aimlessly, but I am trying to replace that with walking aimlessly.

Biby Cletus 4/14/2007 12:40:00 AM  

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