Thursday, November 15, 2012

Comfy Like My Favorite Sweats


List 5 things that bring you comfort courtesy of Mama Kat's Writing Challenge. I am presenting these comfy things to you in reverse order but they all do the trick.

5.  Believe it or not (but do), I find comfort in traveling. I settle into an environment extremely well. I eat at local spots all but shunning the “must dine” 5-star restaurants or “you just have to” places. That’s not me. I like to talk to the people who live where I’m visiting and ask them what I should do. So often my husband or friends have had to drag me on to the plane, out of a country or off an island as I tearfully say, “But I could live here!” They're used to it. My husband thinks I could live anywhere and I probably could. Home is inside of ME.

4.  So I may be one of the only ones who feels this way but I find comfort in exercise. Or maybe it’s discomfort. I don’t know. I get confused sometimes. And it has more to do with how exercise makes me feel more than anything. It makes me feel fantastic, more relaxed, mellowed out, fatigued, happy (though not always while doing so), and peaceful for the rest of my day. I find comfort in that feeling so I apply liberally.

3.  Reading a good book while sitting on my couch in my favorite fleece pants and sweater sipping tea on a snowy afternoon or a glass of wine on a peaceful evening with logs on the fire equals comfort to me. Actually, just being on couch or a chair anywhere reading is a comfort to me. Blissful.

2.  What I lack in quantity, I make up for in quality as far as friends. A call, letter or visit from one of my friends always warms my heart. It means they were thinking of me. I love a chat because I can hear their voice and picture them speaking their words to me. I love a letter because I can envision their hands moving over the paper with a pen and I can re-read it as many times as I want, which I do. I love a visit because I can hold their hand, touch their arm, and see their lips moving and face smiling.

1.  I tend to be a homebody. That’s not to say I don’t like going out, doing things, being around people. I do. I’d just rather have people over to my house for pizza, cook for them, or stay home with a fire and roast marshmallows and be with my family. To me, it’s the most comfortable place in the world but it’s not really about the four beautiful walls. It’s the feelings of safety, warmth, love and all things cozy that home gives me (And sweatpants always help perpetuate those feeling).

To top it off...the kids come home tomorrow for nine days. Woo Hoo! Can't wait!


Mama’s Losin’ It

32 comments:

  1. I too, find comfort in exercise, reading, and being a homebody. And, I love your description of traveling :)

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    1. Thanks, Jen! We have lots in common then. I love traveling almost as much as reading which is a LOT!

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  2. Sweet to your kids coming home. I know that's exciting. I enjoyed all your comforts. I would enjoy number 5 so much more if we could/would stay in a hotel. Since our families are all over the place our vacations consist of going where they are. So I am always ready to go and never think for a second that I could live there ;-)

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    1. I'm so excited to have them in their beds and just hang. See, my family is here so going away means really getting away. I can totally understand what you're saying here. Book something, stat!

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  3. Nice list. I like how you did them in reverse order, 5 to 1.

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    1. Thanks, B! Save the best for last?

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  4. 'Home is inside of me.' I love that! Sometimes I need to remember that!

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    1. I've always felt that way that its the people that make my home what it is. We've changed the four walls but it still comes down to who is here. I feel that way about travel too.

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  5. I love the list. I too have found joy in exercising again....had to stop for a long while thanks to a car accident, it's nice to get my "sweat on" again!!

    Your newest follower!
    Visiting from Mama Kat's!
    ~Jessica
    takeitlikeamommy.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, no! I hope you're okay now! I love to exercise but it's hard to get over the hump of the fatigue and extreme muscle soreness but when you do it's an awesome feeling. I'm sore pretty much everyday but it's more bearable now.

      Thank you for following me. I'm coming over for a visit, too!

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  6. This could be me! Let's go to Italy, exercise in the morning, explore the local digs, chat, drink wine. We can read books on the airplane, in sweat pants ;)

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    1. I LOVE Italy. Outside of Mexico, it's the country I've been to more than any other. I want to do all of that with you and it would be perfect and so much fun! I travel there in yoga pants with at least 3-4 books downloaded on my Kindle! Let's pick a date!!! ;-)

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  7. That's a great list! I agree with them all. I'm sitting here in my comfy sweats, maybe not reading a book, but blogs are close enough :)

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    1. Reading is reading and we know there a lot of great stories out there especially at Yeah Write. I think my list is great, too!

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  8. The exercise, book/sweater/tea, and homebody ones would make my list, too! Visiting from Mama Kat's - but I'm sure I've visited here before, too. :)

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    1. I bet they're on many lists right now except for possibly the exercise one. Not everyone likes it the way I do. My day wouldn't be "right" without it.

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  9. totally agree with all five, 'tis like you described me :)

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    1. Dez,

      Maybe we are long lost twins separated at birth. ;-)

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  10. My husband always wants to live wherever we are on vacation! I'm the one dragging him home. :)

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    1. Reverse that! I've cried before but I cry easily. The minute they close the plane's door, I say, "We HAVE to go back. I have friends there now!"

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  11. what a sweet list. :) and i hear you on the homebody part.

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  12. I'm so with you on that last one. Being around close friends makes me feel like I'm walking around in a Snuggie.

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    1. Nothing like it! I just returned from visiting my closest neighborhood friend after a surgery. We snuggle together on her bed and had the most awesome talk and giggle. Fantastic feeling.

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  13. #3 sound so PERFECT to me! Great list Gina!

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  14. So many things in common - I find comfort in travel and doing what the locals do, reading, and being a homebody, too.

    I started a Bollywood fitness class this week (been to three of them in the past 5 days) and love it. Even in the middle of it while my hip muscles were beginning to burn, I saw myself smiling in the reflection of the big mirror in front of us.

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    1. I would totally do the Bollywood fitness class with you. Keep me posted on how t goes. I can shake it ;)

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  15. This made me feel comforted just reading it, because we have such similar tastes. I could have written #1-4 for sure. Traveling is a mix for me - I feel rooted where I am and tend to miss home. But I love to go every few years (it would be every year if I could afford it) and try not to stay in hotels (unless the hotels are the experience, like Las Vegas). I cried when we left Kauai, Hawaii at the end of our honeymoon. I could have stayed there forever (although I would have missed my zumba and cardio kickboxing classes...hmm).

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    1. We honeymooned in Kauai for the first part almost 24 years ago. It was very quiet there back then. We met a local fisherman that gave us fresh tuna while we were there. I'm really happy you and I share so much common ground. I thought we might.

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