As the sanity savers started coming in from our contributors, I came to one conclusion: we’re all lushes. We’re not, really. We’re all responsible adults who know where to draw the line and sometimes that line is hiding out from the world until we can deal with it again. This week’s line-up includes items and treats that provide fun and useful lifelines when we need them.
Katja Wulfers – Everyone has days that suck the life right out of us (Please, everyone, tell me this is true!) and short of whining about it to my dog — who is sympathetic up to a point — sometimes retreating is the best option. When I retreat, it’s to my oh-so-comfy couch that can double as a bed, under a toasty blanket, with a book or Netflix on for company. Usually my dog, who’s there for moral support, climbs up beside me too. But back to retreating…I want comfort when I escape and that means warm toes. And it’s even better if they send a clear message for anyone who wants to approach me. These Please Bring Me Wine socks from Belle Lily are perfect; I like the blue ones. I wonder if there’s a pair that calls for gin?
Jennifer Pitt – As a working, busy mom I live by my tech. My calendar is on there, and my family’s calendar is synced with it. As a working busy mom who is also a working and busy blogger, my work is on both and I would be lost if their batteries died; which, sadly, happens way too frequently.
I can *never* remember to charge my devices before I leave my house for the day. I am constantly scrambling to borrow cords that fit my iPhone and Android tablet (because duh, it would be too smart to have the SAME devices), and it almost always never happens. My husband has suggested that his present to me this year should be 87 power cords, so when he regains consciousness I will show him this Ban.do Power Bundle!!
Nicole MacPherson – Oh, the holidays. So holly and jolly, except when they’re not. I think you all know what I’m saying, here. I will quote Ellen Griswold: “I don’t know what to say, Audrey, except it’s Christmas, and we’re all in misery.” You know what helps relieve any stress related to tense family gatherings, gift wrapping fiascos, and last-minute, politically divisive guests showing up at your door? Zen breathing, meditation, and wine. Lots and lots of wine. So I’m coveting this giant wine glass that holds the contents of a 750 mL bottle. Talk about sanity saving! Nip that holiday nervous breakdown in the bud and pour yourself a glass – but just one!
Kelly Williams – Karate is my sanity saver; I get everything I need to calm my mind there. Sparring is the best cardio workout out, but I also have to keep my mind calm to be able to implement anything I’ve learned during the drill portion of the lesson. It’s like trying to play chess while your lungs are trying to escape your body and it’s wonderful.
Kata is all about the precision of technique and performance. You need to focus and be totally in the moment if you want to do them well. Self defence knowledge is a bonus that helps me feel more comfortable when I am out and about in the world, and most of all the people at my dojo are my friends. We like and respect each other and everyone genuinely wants everyone else to not only succeed, but surpass their goals. So I have physical fitness, being present in the moment, and support and encouragement, that is a sanity saver in my books.