Monday Dare: At least I’m not on parole

Every week, I challenge myself to a Monday Dare. You can click on the link if you’d like to see the full list of Monday Dares or learn more about its origin.

This week: Stop thinking so much.

Some people have friends that live next door. Other people have friends that live in the same city. Me? I have two best friends that live so goddamn far away that every time I want to see them, it’s a real commitment because I have to cross state lines to do so. On every trip, I say a silent thanks to a higher power that I’m not on parole, because I’d hate to clear all of my moves with a parole officer. I’m sorry if you’re a parole officer and I just offended you. Also, you might want to email me your info in case I ever get in trouble with the law because I’m going to campaign for you to be my P.O. I mean, if that’s even a possibility. Do criminals get a say in who gets to be the boss of them?

These trips used to be planned affairs. We would email back and forth for weeks, discussing the best airfare deals and new restaurant reviews. Each trip was a Big Deal. Now, it’s more of a Hey, I just realized I’m free for the next two days, so I’ll just hop in my car and drive 4.5 hours to see you situation.

These long car trips allow me to do something I’m unable to do in my daily life- I can shut my brain off from all of the noisy chatter that goes through my head, and I can enjoy the moment. Even when the Chrysler Sebring in front of me is so excruciating slow, I just want to cut a bitch. Even when I’m 47 miles away from the nearest rest stop and my bladder is screaming at me to find a bush.

This comes as a surprise to me because sitting in a car for over four hours at a time doing nothing but driving and listening to an extensive collection of dubstep and gangsta rap might seem like the perfect time to mull over every major life decision or mistake or fear, but I’ve made the conscious choice to stop fretting and just breathe.

For a long time, I let fear rule my life. I was afraid of doing things wrong. I was afraid of looking uncool. I was afraid to love or put myself out there because I didn’t want to get hurt and I didn’t want to hurt anyone. I obsess about all of these things as soon as I open my eyes, and they are often the last thoughts on my mind as my head hits the pillow.

But on these drives, as I look out the window with the music on full blast, I can let go. I often wave to little kids who are jumping around the back seat and are probably annoying the hell out of their parents. Sometimes, I’ll stop by the Del Taco in Barstow and get a snack. I also pat myself on the back occasionally for evading a life of crime and not being on parole so that I have the freedom to make these spontaneous trips.

Hey, it’s good to celebrate the positives.

How do you unwind?

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  • http://www.imprettysurethat.com/ Becca (aka SMC)

    I actually go on a car ride too… the back way to the beach, pull out a blanket and think about everything or nothing. I cut through Rancho Santa Fe which is where all the really, really, really rich people live so most of the time I pretend that one of those humongous mansions on the hills are mine and that my chauffeur has the day off… but still it gets the job done. I’m glad you’ve decided that dubstep + gangsta rap + 4.5 hour drive is the way to go. :)

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Dubstep+gangsta rap+drive will probably be my go-to formula for relaxation 4ever. 

      Because heavy bass lines relax me. Wow, that sounded so sad.

      I like your method too…might have to give the beach another try…but last time I was there, I stepped on a broken shell and cut my foot and that wasnt’ very relaxing at all.

  • http://portlandiamom.blogspot.com/ Jen

    I drive back and forth to Seattle (3 hours) at least twice a week for work and I love the shit outta that time on the road.  Like you, that’s my time to blast Pitbull, get my Taco Bell on, and ignore the Pokemon cards and Harry Potter books in the backseat and live out my single, childless, Thelma & Louise fantasies.  Dance has also been able to shake off the crazy; I teach hip-hop twice a week and it is such a polar opposite from my conservative university career that it adds just the right amount of yang to my yin.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Blast that Pitbull, girl…..that shit always makes me dance in my seat a little bit, especially the remixes and then I just pray that no one drives by at the exact moment I’m doing a fist pump in the air. 

  • Miranda Kaye

    I listen to music…it used to be put Bob Marley in the car and drive but now that gas is so freaking expensive, I decide against it. I also love to go camping and fishing as a way to unwind. 

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      FORREALZ, gas is like, ridiculous these days. I figured out that it’s cheaper to fly to Vegas on a good airfare deal than it is to fill up my car twice for the drive. 

  • http://twistedcistern.blogspot.com/ Margaret

    I absolutely LOVE drive time in the car.  My music is less gangsta, but no less effective in letting me shut things down.  Beyond that, a hot bathtub full of bubbles and a book are on the list of unwinding activities.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      You are a total music buff, so I can imagine how good the drive time+zone out must be. 

  • http://mistyslaws.wordpress.com/ Misty

    Drive time is not relaxing time for me.  Since I commute to work every day, it is long and stressful and traffic filled and I despise it.  The only time I enjoy it is when I get to have imaginary conversations (fights) with people so that I get it all out then and don’t yell at the actual person (usually my husband).  So I guess drive time is more like therapy for me.

    I am also the bath and book relaxer.  Also my zumba class because it is just for me and no kids/hubs and I get to chat with a friend for a bit afterwards, knowing the hubs is home doing dinner and bathtime and bedtime.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      The funny-as-fuck material you get on your commutes doesn’t help? 

      I have conversations with other drivers too sometimes. But they usually involve yelling. And hand gestures.

      I’m glad you’re good enough at Zumba to find it relaxing. At least one of us has mastered that shit.

  • http://forwardsistheonlywayout.wordpress.com/ Lynellekw

    I like making stuff to relax.  This is why crafts are so popular among women, I think – spending a bit of time gluing things to other things and covering the whole lot in glitter is very relaxing.  And if you inadvertantly glue something to yourself, or yourself to the chair – hey, that’s just given you a perfect excuse to not have to leave the house.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      You know what I love more than MAKING crafts? BUYING craft supplies. That shit is so relaxing. Walking down the aisles slowly and filling up my basket in a daze and then coming home and asking myself, “What the fuck did i just do here??”

      • http://forwardsistheonlywayout.wordpress.com/ Lynellekw

        I got a bonus at work recently. I’ve promised myself a small shopping spree at Hobbycraft… my husband has made me promise it won’t be until AFTER we’ve finished enough work on the house that I have a designated craft space set up which he can shut the door on.  

        It’s the colour-coordinated sections that hook me.  Beads and buttons and paints and crayons and papers.

        • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

          A designated craft space?

          That’s some good shit, yo.

          • http://forwardsistheonlywayout.wordpress.com/ Lynellekw

            I’m afraid I’ll look up from an intense session with the aforementioned beads and buttons and papers to discover he’s locked me in there.

          • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

            Well, as long as there’s food and water in there, it’s like a little craft prison, and if we were ever to be incarcerated, isn’t that the best kind?

  • Erin@mommyonthespot

    Fear is the worst! It produces 97% of all charter in my head. (don’t ask what the other 3% is; probably meal planing or some other to do lost shit). I try to unwind with yoga and reading. . . Although I would much prefer your way.

    • http://fabparis.blogspot.com/ Missus Clark

       I compulsively meal-plan. It’s at least 50% of what I think about. I used to think that was a bad thing, but maybe not, if it can keep the second-guessing, scary stuff outta my head.

      • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

        Oh…wait….I was impressed with 3% and here I see you have about half your brain devoted to usefulness.

        Hmmm…..I may need to do some work on myself.

        • http://fabparis.blogspot.com/ Missus Clark

           We all love you just the way you are, ya little cutie.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Erin-Girl, you devote 3 whole percent to useful stuff? In my book, I would classify that as a self-actualized individual.

  • http://www.living-authentically.com Bill-The Authentic Life

    Sunday morning is my weekend relax time.  coffee, pajamas, the Boston Globe and trash TV.  It puts everything into persepctive.  During the week, walking home along the Charles smoothes everything out.  And if that doesn’t do it, too many drinks and dancing like a fool will usually finishes the job.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      It looks like you have all your bases covered. Once, I tried to walk along the Charles when I was living in Boston and I somehow ended up in a hotel lobby with a blister the size of Tx on my foot, whining at my walking companion. He did not find it relaxing and I have yet to walk that path again. ;)

  • http://fabparis.blogspot.com/ Missus Clark

    Tragically (for my ass, anyway) I’m a sit down with a glass of wine kind of girl. In warm weather, it’s my great pleasure to sit in the outdoor living room  with a chilled glass of white and watch the hummingbirds, listening to my wind chimes. A warm bath is nice, but as I have dropped too many books in the tub, I don’t let myself read in the tub anymore and I git bored. A book at the beach is nice. Oh, and I’m a big napper. I love my naps. The best part about the twins going to 1st grade? 6 uninterrupted hours in which to nap!

    I’m pretty passive, huh? I ought to get off my ass more. It wouldn’t be as big.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      This reminds me…I was enjoying a very good book in the tub once and I got really hot so I decided to sit on the side of the tub but it was slippery so I fell into the tub with my book and instead of air drying it out or anything sensible, I hid it in a dark cabinet and then it molded. 

      Don’t loan me any books.

      • http://fabparis.blogspot.com/ Missus Clark

         Thanks for the tip; no books for Liz. ‘Cause, you know, only your friends steal your books. And music. And boyfriends. And clothes.

        • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

          And recipes.

          • http://fabparis.blogspot.com/ Missus Clark

             Recipes, you can have. But you cain’t have my boyfriend. Or my copy of “The Haunting of Hill House”. There, I draw the line!

          • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

            Real friends share boyfriends. 

            That’s all I have to say about that. 

  • http://www.kplovingit.blogspot.com/ Kayla @ kp LOVING it

    My unwind usually involves much more lethargic activity than actually having to walk to the car. I like to recline back in my lounger couch and watch my DVR shows or catch up whatever I currently have open in my Kindle….or nap, napping is good. 

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Sleep=pure gold. 

      I like to catch up on it during PTA meetings. 

  • http://confessionsofacornfedgirl.blogspot.com/ Johi

    I’m an overthinker for sure. My everyday way of unwinding is either a great book and a cup of hot tea or TV and a glass of wine. The BEST way for me is a hike or a horseback ride into the mountains (without the kidlets- which rarely happens). Girls Night Out is good too. :)

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      OOOo….yes. GNO is where the magic happens. Also, illegal activities. Also, trash talk. Also, alcoholism.

      That shit is magic.

  • http://thoughtsappear.wordpress.com/ thoughtsappear

    My best friends live far away, too. It stinks. Sebrings suck.

    My boyfriend says I overanalyze everything. 

    • http://mistyslaws.wordpress.com/ Misty

      Wait!  But, but . . . I live right down the road!  What are you trying to say, Thoughtsy? 

      You aren’t (gasp!) breaking up with me, are you?  Damn, I knew I shouldn’t have been so handsy on that last date . . .  

      • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

        Misty- Like I tell my guy friends…keep those hands to yourself. ;)

        • http://mistyslaws.wordpress.com/ Misty

          Oh, you like it.  Don’t be perpetratin’, yo.

          Wait, does this mean no touching in NY??  :(

          • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

            I’m totally game. Touch me. 

            That sounded….not right. Please don’t sue me. 

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Thoughtsy- LOL. Sebrings. Yes, they kinda suck if they’re going slow. I really really wanted one when I was in HS though. So, I’m not sure how to feel about that. ;)

  • http://www.nebynw.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    One of my best ways is also to drive. I used to unwind by also driving anywhere from an hour and a half (piece o’ cake) to 4 hours to see my best friends. I wouldn’t even bat an eye and like you sometimes we would plan it that week.

    But other ways? I walk and I knit and I play games on my computer.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      GLAD to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t think it’s a big deal to drive like, hundreds of miles to see a familiar face. 

      It makes life…exciting. And I always feel rejuvenated afterwards. Also, hungover.

      • http://www.nebynw.blogspot.com/ Sarah

        Definitely hungover. I pretty much only drink with my best friends. 

  • http://www.looseningthebiblebelt.com/ Ally

    My favorite way to unwind is to hop on my motorcycle and just ride.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Gangsta. 

      • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

        Wait, the good kind.

  • http://onedayimgonna.blogspot.com/ Mrs. One Day

    I watch old movies to unwind. Those and old episodes of The Golden Girls or I Love Lucy. If we still had cable (grrr) I’d be watching TCM now! It sounds like you’re making a positive step here, my friend. Good for you! *monster hugs*

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      The Golden Girls are the SHIZNITS. Everything I know in life about fashion and home decor, I learned from those bitches. 

      xoxo

  • http://twitter.com/OhNoaG Noa Gavin

    I dance. 

    I have dances for everything I do. I dance a lot, because I’m crazy a lot. Sometimes I just need the sound of the airplanes that buzz my house and sometimes I turn on the old iPod and my shitty music and dance.

    Dancing solves everything in my life. Everything.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Except for that one time you had to dance with really short men in sweaters 

      That did not solve anything. And I’m sorry I put you in that situation.

  • RollerScrapper

    Definately by making something, whether that’s baking a dessert or crocheting or crafting in some way, those are always my unwind zen moments…unless I’m reduced to a rocking floor sitting mess by complicated recipes, but even when recipes fail, they generally still taste good, they just look bad, so even that’s not horrible :)

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      I’d gladly close my eyes and eat one of your concoctions. 

      They be tasty as hell.

  • danperezfilms

    Watching “Apocalypse Now” (Redux) usually does it for me. Gangsta rap also works well (I’m partial to early Ice Cube). If those don’t work, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich usually does the trick.

    Glad you’re not on parole either…

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      You should do ALL THREE. AT ONCE. Trust me. It will most likely change your life.

  • http://www.mycoldbloodedfun.com/ alaina

    I have definitely ended up in the wrong state from rocking out to blaring music while driving.  No thinking here!

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      You are the master of zoning out. I love it. A lot.

  • http://writingwishing.com/ Alison

    I used to run and do yoga to just empty my mind. Just focus on one step at a time, one asana at a time.

    Now I don’t either.  So I sit down and watch Hoarders and eat chocolate chip cookies.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Hey, Hoarders is an EXCELLENT way to unwind because I feel so fucking put-together afterwards and smart and awesome and what’s more relaxing than that. 

  • Staci

    I used to scrap and ocasionally have a nice glass of Sangria. I still listen to music and sing. I really need to find those things again that make me happy. Before my last vacation I decided to clean the entire house so that I could just relax. I couldn’t stand it. I am not good at relaxing at all.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Yes, yes, you should definitely find your happy place again, especially since the things that relax you are the things you are so ridiculously good at. But…don’t clean the house. Trust me on this one. 

  • http://www.adventuresfromamandaland.com/ Amanda

    Lately, I’ve been writing to relax.  I’ll hopefully be publishing soon on amazon! I enjoy long drives by myself b/c I can use that time to think about my next plot twist. ;) 

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      CONGRATS!! That’s UH-MAZING. Please, please let me know when it becomes available. I’m looking forward to reading it. 

  • ThePishPosh

     Oh the life of crime. Seems so romantic sometimes – because in my head it’s all getaways and long road trips with buddies and the big score – 11million in small unmarked bills.

    I get stressed too and I worry almost non-stop. It’s probably why I drink and blog – for those times are my way of shutting off. I think your way is probably better.

    I just came home from a trip with old friends too. It was SO nice to see them and remember other parts of myself. Do you do that too? Friends bring out certain parts of our selves and not seeing them prevents it. Of course sometimes we love avoid friends we love because of the parts it brings out – or because we don’t have time for those parts.

    This is why I have cats.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      11 million? Damn, homette, lemme run away with you. ;)

      I know what you mean…over the weekend, I spent time with a couple of friends (one I’ve known 17 yrs and the other, I’ve known 13 years) and it’s both wonderful and scary to spend time with people who have watched you evolve as a person and been witness to a lot of things you may or may not want to forget. 

  • ThePishPosh
    • Misty

      HO.LY.JEEZ. That is one dumb broad. But, her hubby is a pretty big asshole to post that on youtube. Think they are still married? Well, assuming she ever figured out that he posted it and that it makes her look bad. And learned how to use that mouse-thingy. She’s probably still arguing with him, actually.

      • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

        Misty- He was totally an ass to post that. That kind of embarrassment should happen in private. Or not at all. Hopefully, not at all.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Holy fuck. I am dying. I made my 12 yr old watch this and used it as a cautionary tale.

  • http://xj2608.blogspot.com/ Are You Kidding Me?

    I love a good road trip!  There’s always something to look forward to – even on the way home…

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Totally. On the way TO somewhere, I can’t wait to get the hell there. And on the way FROM somewhere, I can’t wait to get the hell home. So both directions, I’m looking forward to something.

  • http://angie-uncovered.com Angie Uncovered

    I used to make the trip from my home in Denver back to my parents home once a month. 16 hours of driving in a Fri-Sun visit. Aside from the brief period of time when my CD player stopped working it was my favorite part of the trip. The kids and I would play “tumble weed hunter” and try to hit them on the interstate. It wouldn’t be long and they would fall asleep… then it was all me, the open road, and the music. I loved it. 

    These days I curl up with a good book and zone out. I sound pretty old there, huh? LOL 

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      You so brave, homette. I try my damndest to avoid those tumbleweeds. I’m just scared. 

      A good book is a great friend. That just sounded like a cheesy Hallmark card, but totally the truth. ;)

  • http://www.goradde.com Goradde

    morning, e.

    have i told you, you’re one of the coolest people on earth? i can’t even fathom the depth of your brilliance.

    (do you listen to nicki minaj? she makes my day)

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      You are extremely good for my self-esteem. And I can’t tell you how much I needed that today. Thank you. 

  • http://misslayesen.tumblr.com/ Mel

    I’m the same way as you. I use driving as my time to unwind. A lot of people I know hate driving long distances, but I really enjoy it. The monotony relaxes me, and I can just think and reflect about my life, man.

    Or sometimes I’ll put SNSD on the stereo and pretend I’m rocking it onstage. Or I’ll put on Epik High’s “Slow Motion” and pretend I’m driving in a music video or action film. Hell yeah.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      I have yet to pretend I’m in an action film. That’s now on my to-do list for my next long drive. 

      BAMMMMMM someone’s gettin’ gangsta on the desert freeway.

  • http://www.cannibalisticnerd.com/ Carrie – Cannibalistic Nerd

    Ah, 4.5 hours is in the nice “sweet spot” of road trip times. I find that anything between 2.5-5 hours is long enough to power down your brain but not so long that you feel like you don’t remember your life before you got in the car. I also like to just listen to music and kind of zone out. My husband likes to listen to books, which requires more brain power.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Most certainly. When I was a kid, our family took trips clear across the US in a van. Those drives were like, fucking torture.

  • http://chicktuition.com jacqui

    I really love this! I usually have no problem focusing on the positive. It’s kinda my thing. But lately it seems impossible to turn the damn brain off and it’s totally exhausting. Maybe I need a really long car trip with the music blasting.

    I’m sorry I’m not a parole officer. But I like being the boss of people. So, if you just want me to boss you around sometimes, I’m in. :)

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Perfect. Cuz I like being bossed around. Otherwise, I’m very lost. 

  • http://www.onethousandwordsormore.com/ Megan

    The open road, some good scenery and music I can croon to? Works for me! Also, just putting on the headphones and listening for half an hour is better than meditation for me.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Me toooooooo. I will sometimes just put my headphones on and listen to music. While I’m at the gym. And I’m supposed to be working out. In my mind, the music was almost as good as a real workout.

  • http://aladyinfrance.com/ Lady Jennie

    I take naps.  Oh how I love my naps!

    And stop obsessing, my friend.  You’re perfect the way you are.  :-)

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      You always say the perfect thing. xoxo

  • http://collectionsofthoughts.wordpress.com/ Beatriz

    I have been going to the gym and doing some of the group exercise classes, which kick my ass so much that I forget about all the other crap I am thinking about.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      I like the group classes because they motivate me to look less like an asshole and try my very best. But I still stand in the back. Just in case. 

  • http://sleepingshouldbeeasy.wordpress.com/ Sleeping Mom

    I need to do more of this myself. I try reading at night but end up having crazy dreams about the book. My mind literally won’t shut up sometimes before going to bed. I’ve had to try and count to ten and try to think about nothing, and that usually puts me to sleep.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      You too?! I can’t ever read mysteries before bed because then I have weird Whodunit dreams. 

  • Jena Enriquez

     Really crazy stuff, but I used to unwind with table dancing, too short,
    and vodka…these days,  Russian Orthodox Chants and a bottle of Vino
    does the trick.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      OH girl, you had me at table dancing. And 2 $hort. That is my JAM.

  • http://thefredeffect.com/ Fred Miller

    Any trip by which you can make stop in Barstow is a major life commitment.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Fred, fuck yes, you speak the truth.

  • http://lazysubculturalgirl.wordpress.com/ Andi

    I need to be more spontaneous.  I think I have a particular terror of doing that with my kids, because I had so much disorganization in my family.  I grew up with a particular hatred of open-ended plans, but that means I often talk myself out of doing stuff because it seems like SO MUCH WORK.  I keep promising the kids I’ll take them to Third Street and Venice Beach.  Maybe this summer?  

    Also, how I stop thinking?  Run two or three miles. Last time I did that, I stopped at the grocery on the way home and bought food…then forgot to put it away.  I had to throw out the milk and meat.  the good thing is, I was still so high on endorphins that I didn’t really mind too much.  

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Hehehe, MANY times, I have gone grocery shopping and gotten so distracted on the short 2 mile drive home that I go inside without taking anything out of the trunk. OOOOPS.

      I live just a couple of miles from 3rd St. Perhaps we could grab some coffee and let the kids run around like wild animals?

      • http://lazysubculturalgirl.wordpress.com/ Andi

        It’s ON like Donkey Kong — you, me, wild animals this summer.  Must make it happen!  

        • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

          Let’s really make it happen! Excited!

  • http://www.pullmyfunnybone.com/ Gwen

    I just gave YOU the Versatile Blog award. If u want to see what I wrote check out
    xxoo

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Thanks, Gwen!!! Totally flattered anyone would ever give me any kind of award. ;)

  • http://reallyoutthere.wordpress.com/ Lori

     That so reminds me, I have got to drive a long ways for a bit and see my best friend.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Yes! Do it! I see fun times ahead. =)

  • http://www.absolutelynarcissism.co/ Sandra

    I love your “glass is half full” ideology. Nothing says freedom like not being wanted by the authorities! You’re so funny!

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      =)

      Although….if I did have a brush-in with the law, I’m sure I could find some fun and creative ways to pass the time in prison. 

  • http://newfoundjoye.blogspot.com newfoundjoye

    A lot of people unwind by taking tub baths (they disgust me), painting (I’m too impatient), cleaning (seriously?), and it seems driving as well. However, I’m a bit simpler. I unwind by reading a book, or playing with my cat, or playing The Sims 3. Now that I have a balcony and a view, I can also bring plug my phone into these portable speakers I have and sit outside listening to Pink Martini. It’s a truly relaxing experience. If only I were in France doing this.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      I tried playing The Sims once on my kid’s DS. I got so worked up, I had to go towel my forehead off and take an Advil. 

      Now that I’ve admitted this ,it’s clear to me that I should probably work on life skills on how to be a fully developed human being. 

  • Glamamom

    Alcohol.  Obviously.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      The best. I love that shit. 

  • http://twitter.com/Olsen_RM Rebecca

    Having a bad day…I was looking for a post where I could just write. So this one seemed to fit the bill.

    Sorry by the way for the depressing  intro haha

    I do several things to unwind, it depends.

    I work out (i know, how annoying is that?) I fell off the workout train after the baby and I am back on it. I have a love-hate relationship with the treadmill. I hate it but I love the feeling when I am done.  I find it *really* annoying when people try to talk to me at the gym. I dont go to chit chat, I have my headphones on. I go to disconnect.

    I read, I love it. I am able to get lost in a story and take a break from my life. I feel kinda sorry for people that dont enjoy reading, they just dont know what they are missing.

    I watch TV, have a glass (or 2) of wine, I scrap (kinda, I havent done it in months)

    Confession time:

    I dance in my bathroom. I close the door, ipod+headphones and just dance. Also I *may* take a hairbrush and sing (lip sync…of course).

    I have imaginary conversations when I am driving. I am just talking to myself. Or playing out a discussion out loud.

    I write a comments.

    You should know that I pretty much only comment on your blog.

    Several reasons:  in my mind we are friends(harharhar)

    My stories/comments are all real and some stuff  like my confessions above are too embarrasing to just post them anywhere. (aren’t you lucky  LOL. Now that I think about it, there are some things that I post here that no one IRL knows)

    Also because you take the time to read and answer. I dont think some people get how much of a difference that makes.

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      Girl, you better take that back! We are not just friends in your mind! We are friends IN REAL LIFE. Um, I mean, you know, I’m ignoring the very small and totally not important fact that we haven’t met IRL, but that is such small shit. =)

      I love that you dance in the bathroom. I dance sitting in my desk chair. Because I am not fit enough to actually stand and dance. Also, lazy. Also, uncoordinated.

      I’m glad that you comment. Because you always crack me the fuck up. I don’t even know how we came into each other’s lives (how did it happen? i am so curious about our genesis) but I can’t really remember a time when I was blogging and I didn’t know you. 

      It must have been lonely then. 

  • http://lessthankate.blogspot.com/ LessThanKate

    I apologize. I have not been keeping up with you! Life has gone crrraaazzyyyy around here! Anyway – I enjoy celebrating the positives as well. I have two favorite ways to unwind. One is going to my parent’s house because it involves just over an hour drive to relax, and then going home to my family who loves me. And they always have food. Ha ha. The second thing is sleep. Or just laying in bed. Last night, I had the absolute pleasure of cuddling up in bed with my loving fiance and sleeping for like 10 hours. Granted, we went to bed at like 9:00 pm, but it was lovely. We have such crazy schedules that we very rarely get to sleep at the same time, and when we do, it’s usually only for a couple hours. And so laying in bed, warm, cuddly, with the one person I love more than anything can make everything else seem to just melt away. : ) 

    • http://flourishinprogress.com/ Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress

      That sounds wonderful and perfect. When you have someone amazing that you love to lay next to and just feel comfortable and adored….very few things in life can beat that. 

      I miss you and I hope you are doing well, my friend.