Sunday, September 19, 2010

Simple Pleasures

One of the things that you need to do as a single person, well really any person, is find the pleasure in simple things. I find this helps me to remember who I REALLY am. My simple pleasures are just mine, they are very rarely created by my connections to others,. They are also experiential, usually something I can enjoy as a little moment in my day, not realted to a specific accomplishment. We all have our "public personnae", simple pleasures give us little breaks to re-connect with our true selves. Take some time this week and think about or even enjoy some of your simple pleasures.

Jennie's List of HER Simple Pleasures

  • The first slice of cheese after the block has been grated (my tongue loves the feel of the ridges)
  • The sound of a 2 year old laughing, there's no better sound in the world (this is the single reason I would give up my eyesight before my hearing, hands down)
  • Hearing a song that takes me back to a WONDERFUL time in my life (there are many songs and times, I hear at least one of these a day)
  • Eating a perfectly cooked potato (it must be very soft, like eating silk)
  • Holding a baby that has curled up in a ball against my chest(E used to do this, arms pulled in tight, knees up to his chest)
  • Driving a really amazing road, beautiful scenery, hilly, and curvy (the canyon roads North of LA are perfect examples)
  • Drinking a TAZO soy chai, iced in summer, hot in winter (takes me to a happy place for at least 30 minutes)
  • Getting into a freshly made bed, sheets preferably line-dried
  • Feeling some truely lovely fibre, alpaca, marino, possum
These are just a few items, off the top of my head. You can tell looking at them that I am a audio and tactile person.

I would love to hear what some of your simple pleasures are, please share.


  1. THIS is just what I needed. THANK YOU
    I need to slow the fuck down, shake this gawddamn funk and get my ass back to being fucking awesome.
    What a perfect place to start...simple pleasures...thanks for the starting point mama! I needed it today :)

  2. Oh btw, I'm going to have to ask a HUGE favor. Could you possibly never ever EVER say/type *chai* ever again? I know it's tea to you but it's Mr Meth's real name. It's like seeing a ghost, kinda...not really but it annoys the shit outta me

  3. Something I realized once my husband and I split was that I completely had lost myself in my marriage and family. I had nothing that was my own, I was never doing anything for me. So once I WAS alone, I was really lost for a few months there. So yeah....I think that women especially need to make sure they carve out time for some "just me" things. Even if it's just leaving for an hour to the closest Starbucks and sipping a latte and reading the paper.

    So while I adore my babies and while I could include them.......I'm not going to right now. :) My simple pleasures are for me for now.

    *Walking to church on Sunday morning alone with my iPod.

    *Making myself breakfast and then taking it back to bed.

    *Sitting in my porch with a glass of wine at the end of the day.