Monday, April 19, 2010

I'm Celebrating by Doing What Now?

By Kate

True confession time. My deadline is this Friday and I’ve worked long hours to finish, so I’m going to treat myself to a whole day off by indulging in a guilty pleasure. Trouble is, I’m having a hard time deciding which guilty pleasure it should be – there are two I’m considering, both extremely tempting – but no matter which I choose, people will think I’m weird.

Guilty pleasure #1: Watch home decorating shows all day.
I am starving for this. I love watching professionals redo drab rooms, using the latest kitchen appliances, countertop materials, electronics, bathroom sinks, and flooring. Oh, bamboo, I long for you! I haven’t seen one of these shows in months. So I’ve got the day all planned.

To start off, I’d make a big pot of coffee and park myself in a cushy family room chair, remote in hand. Then after lunch, I’d switch to green tea and the sofa. Mid-afternoon, I’d move to the floor to do yoga stretches so my muscles didn’t seize up. By suppertime, I would either have had my fill of home makeovers (and endless commercials) or I’d be on my way to Home Depot to pick up a gallon of paint. (My husband quakes in his shoes when I finish a book. He knows there are projects coming up that will involve him.)

Guilty pleasure #2: Clean out cabinets. (See? I told you it was weird.)
This has been bugging me for months. I bought a juicer that takes up way too much space on my kitchen counter. I have a big, double cabinet that it would fit into, were it not for all the junk inside. These are things I haven’t used in years, or only once a year: huge platters, glass serving bowls, holiday figurines, a lazy Susan, a chip dip set, etc. I’ve been itching to dig it all out, donate or toss whatever needs to be tossed, and find room in the basement for the rest. But that will take hours, and until I get the book turned in, I don’t even have half an hour to spare.

Still, every time I pass that juicer, my fingers start to twitch. I picture myself on the floor, happily pulling out those bowls and platters and boxing them up, organizing all the other things (I love to organize) and then fitting the big juicer and accompanying tools neatly inside. And the cabinet next to it really needs a clean out as well. I could make an entire day of it, seriously.

So. Deadline in five days. Which shall it be? Or should I try to squeeze in both? But then I’d be rushing and that would totally negate the benefits of having a day of R&R, so scratch that. Should I toss a coin?

If you had one whole day to do anything you wanted, with no one to impinge upon your time or make demands, no meals to cook, no appointments, nada, what would your guilty pleasure be? (If you can tell us.)

Kate, about two chapters from typing THE END to book eleven of the Flower Shop mysteries. Woo hoo!

19 comments:

Shel said...

Congratulations on the impending typing of THE END on book 11. As for what I'd do? Stay in my comfies and read on the couch, interspersed with watching recorded episodes of Merlin (the TV series).

Tonya Kappes said...

That is great news for you. Congrats!! I would stay in the chair with my quilt and coffee AND a few Carey Grant movies!

Dru said...

Congrats on nearly finishing book eleven.

I would spend the day surrounded by books, my Burn Notice DVDs, my computer and some food reclining in my chair with the remote handy.

Knit Twit said...

Congrats on the end of the book! I'd go for the home shows myself, because if you put the juicer in the cabinet it will most likely become one of those items that you only use infrequently ;)

Jeanne C. said...

I might just get that chance in two weeks! My husband is going on a "Men's Weekend", and my boys will be visiting Grandma! I'll get TWO WHOLE DAYS!

I think I will lay in bed and catch up on some books, and of course my laptop will be right next to me. I'll cook cheap frozen pizzas and eat them in my bed! (but don't tell my hubby that part...eating in bed is a big no-no!) :)

Lover of Books said...

I would pull out my scrap booking stuff out so I could finally work on my 6 month old's one. lol I'd have to print out pictures as well. :)

Krista

Rural View said...

This is a hard choice for me. Probably I would read all day, sometimes in my recliner and sometimes in a chair on the patio. As for you, I think you should clean out the cabinet because then you'll enjoy the accomplishment. They show too many reruns on HGTV anyway. :)

signlady217 said...

I say watch HGTV and clean out bits and pieces of the cabinet during some of the commercials. That way you move around a bit more, have some fun, and get stuff done, all at the same time! (And if you're like me, the cabinets really won't take that long, even in bits and pieces!)

Whatever you decide, have a great time!

Avery Aames said...

Guilty pleasure? A day at the movies. A whole day. But they have to be choice movies, not just any movies. So this might mean taping or renting my all-time favorites and lounging on the couch. With a box of buttered popcorn, a super-sized dark chocolate candy bar, a blanket. Second choice, or maybe first choice - ...lounging in the sun WITHOUT SUNBLOCK with my stack of books that have been begging to be read. [I always wear sunblock. I miss a good brown tan, but I know it's the right thing to do.] And I'd read, read, read.
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Kate Collins said...

Jeanne, you lucky woman you!! Don't you love those mini-vacations? And why is your first thought -- and mine, btw -- to eat in bed? What is it about that act that thrills us? Are we secret rebels?
Lying in the sun -- or on the sofa -- reading, watching movies -- all good. Don't we all deserve a total day off once in a while?

CindyD said...

I am not a shopper, but if I had a whole day to myself I would go shopping - half day at the mall and half day at some specialty stores I never get to. I'd love a chance to check them out just once.

Debra said...

Before my perfect day started,I would fly to St. John and check into a villa on the beach with a heated pool and a stocked fridge. Wake up on Guilty Pleasure Day and have a mango, hot coffee and fresh bread for breakfast. Shower,swim in pool,knit,snorkelling at the beach,yoga. Back at the villa,lunch,pool,knit (no mistakes),then hot tub (impeccably clean).Nap. At the end of the day go to a local place and have fish for dinner,mango and chocolate for dessert. Husband has just arrived and so here is the part I can't tell you. Decide to buy villa and open yarn/coffee shop....

Karen Russell said...

If you're like me, you wouldn't enjoy the HGTV knowing the cabinets were sitting there waiting. And, the time management people say you should do unpleasant tasks first thing in the morning.

So, I vote for do the cabinets in the morning and then spend whatever time is left lolling on the sofa. :D

Cricket said...

Congratulations on finishing your book.

I think you should clean and organize your cabinets. It will give you a sense of accomplishing something. Plus you will feel really good about spending the time cleaning those cabinets, if you donate what you no longer want or need. Giving to others is always a great feeling.

As for what I would do? Wow, read outside in the sunshine, go horseback riding or on a nice hike in the woods, where I would sit by a stream and listen to the water, birds and wind. Have a picnic in a meadow. Take some nature pictures. Being outdoors is relaxing to me as long as it's a place that is not crowded with other people.

Let us all know what you decide to do. Or take two days and do both. (^^)

Andrea C. said...

I would suggest guilty pleasure #2 because you enjoy it and you will accomplish something. If you watch home shows all day you will end up bummed out that you can't or don't have time to do what you want to your own home.
My guilty pleasure...hmmmm....that is hard but probably watching tv and napping all day long!

jbstanley said...

Congrats! I'd have gone for the coffee plus the cabinet cleaning. I love to get rid of stuff when I've finished a book.

Kate Collins said...

After reading all your suggestions, I think it'll be #2 -- clean the cabinets. I love to throw stuff out after I finish a book, too -- wonder what that means? Maybe I'll be done in time to watch a show or two.
Ah, if only I could fly to St. John....
(Back to the book, Kate. Keep your eye on the prize.)

Heather Webber said...

Kate, that sounds just about perfect to me, too, renovations and all. I always "nest" after a book is done. And before I start one, too.

Good luck with the deadline!!!

Kaye said...

Hooray for you that you are that close to the finish line. Plop in the comfy chair and watch the home decorating shows. you've earned it!