Yesterday I spoke of a few favourite things, and today I have been asked by Jenna from Stilettos on the School Run ( I recommend a read of her fab blog!) to write about my 5 happy places. Nice to spend lots of time thinking about positives rather than washing-up…
These are meant to be the places away from mummy-ville, places you can escape or feel your true self. However much we adore our babies- big or small- we all need a little me-time!
I love a good bath. And the fact that the room has a lock on it is only one of the reasons. Did you know that if you put your ears under the water line you almost can’t hear the baby playing up for your other half! I just love being submerged in hot water, and if it is scented, bubbly water all the better. Add a good book and a rum and coke and I am a happy little prune indeed.
Browsing for books, even if I don’t have the money to buy, is something I truly love. I am not a massive shopping fan. Unless its books or music. I could happily potter about a good bookshop for a whole afternoon, especially now some of them also sell coffee. This hasn’t even been diminished by the fact that until I went on maternity leave last year I worked in a bookshop. I like it all, big books of beautiful paintings or photography, brightly illustrated children’s picture books, cheap trashy novels, and booker nominated fiction. I love biography’s, especially music related ones. I can while away an hour flicking thru craft books full of things I will never make, and drool over cookery books with their lavish photographs and mouthwatering descriptions of food, before heading home for beans on toast!
I am here now aren’t I! Loving blogging and reading others blogs. I like twitter, catching up with mates on Facebook and browsing eBay for stuff I can’t afford and have no room for. I read the paper online, flick thru online magazines, and enter competitions. And best of all I can do all that with a sleeping baby on my lap. If they did virtual biscuits i am sure I would lose a pound or two. Hmmm someone invent them please. A Digestive App. Yum.
Hugely important to me, and an escape in so many ways. When I am playing in bands myself I find gigging is a total break from mummyness. It’s almost like putting on a different character- one who is cooler, sexier and far more interesting than daily me. And watching a live band is a thing I love too. Being at a gig is a great way to forget day to day cares for an hour or two. It’s too loud to think for one thing. It’s a tribal thing too. Band and crowd in unison, I have had similar feelings on football terraces too. One person in a crowd all willing the band/their team/each other onto greater things. Love it. On a smaller scale even a walk with music blaring via headphones can be an exhilarating way to refresh your spirit. I always feel guilty putting headphones on if I have baby with me- but think now the weather is nicer I might start taking some musical walks when he is due a nap.
I think one of the things I miss most about having a baby in the house again is that it is very rare that I am on my own. There are times when I am the only one awake, but it’s not quite the same. Every now and then it is nice to be at home by yourself . Sod catching up on jobs, just lie on the sofa with a book. Or watch something on TV that no one likes but you. Or drink a whole cup of tea without it going cold first. Bliss.
That’s my 5. Time to pick my
victims , targets, those who I want to hear from next..
Lynn at Babysteps
Gauntlet dropped ladies..
I look forward, as always, to reading your lovely blogs on the subject!