A day of small pleasures

Today was my first full day off work in almost six weeks and I can’t tell you how good it feels not to have a series of deadlines looming over me! I do have some legal blog posts to write for a client tomorrow, but even though it’s work, it’s writing, and for some reason writing deadlines never feel like they’re looming over me.

I tried to find a picture that adequately describes the sense of these looming deadlines, but had no luck.  So here’s a quick doodle instead. See the look on my face?

Looming deadlines

I had a medical appointment first, but after that the day turned into a day of small pleasures. First up was a lovely lunch with my daughter, Hayley. She’s just finished filming her thesis film, and it was nice to be able to sit and have lunch together without one or the other of us thinking about having to get back to work.

After lunch, I ended up doing a little bit of shopping on my own. I’m not overly fond of shopping normally, especially in the winter when I get so hot wandering around indoors with my heavy winter jacket on, but when you’ve been more or less stuck inside for nearly six weeks straight  and your shopping has consisted of texts like these to your husband:

Shopping texts

it’s amazing how nice it feels to simply go to the drug store and buy yourself some contact lens solution. While I was there I also picked up some Burt’s Bees Hand Salve too.

Burts bees hand salve

We only had an old container of it left, and while it still worked, it smelled off (yes, it was very, very old). I’ve found this salve to be the best non-medicated salve for when my skin cracks on my hands. Next time I’ll have to order directly from their site – I see it cost me more to buy it from the drug store!

After the drug store, I went to Homesense, a brand-name discount store where I love to browse. It’s my place for picking up small, fun things. I came out with two herbal teas (a strawberry chocolate rooibos blend and a maple roobios blend) and a set of three little writer’s notebooks I just couldn’t resist.

adorable writers notebooks

I need to learn how to take better photos with my iPhone but anyway, aren’t they just adorable? I also love that they’re not all lined. One is lined, another is blank and the third is grid. Just perfect. They had a few more sets with different covers, and I may go back later this week and buy some more.

I popped into Starbucks for a decaf Americano, and then rode the subway back home. Tonight’s Ward’s night for taking Dylan to dance class, so I happily lay on the sofa catching up on my Flipboard (that and Feedly are probably my two most-used apps) and my email. I just started using the Mailbox app, and I’m finding I really like it, especially the Lists feature.

Catching up on the latest productivity posts and articles on Flipboard reminded me I should do something productive, so I got on the computer and cleaned up all my Gmail labels, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. The other day I’d dealt with the emails that needed to be dealt with, and marked the rest of them as “read”. The Mailbox app got me to Inbox Zero today by archiving all my read messages (with just a click of a button, too). I can’t tell you how nice it is not to have a ton of email sitting there, day after day, knowing I would never get around to them all.

Up next: blog reading (aka “adding to Mt. TBR”). After that, my older son, Sean, and I are going to play a board game – probably either Arkham Horror or The Lord of the Rings card game. For dinner, it’s fend for yourself night (because the cook is at dance class with Dylan) so I’ll probably cook up some frozen rotisserie chicken wings.

So that’s been my day off so far – a day of small pleasures, and they all add up to something really wonderful!

16 thoughts on “A day of small pleasures

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      She’s been doing really well, Kathy. She’s actually worked on several things as a freelancer already this school year, which is a great start to building her portfolio.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      It’s some sort of attraction thing, I think, Tasha. It even happens when I get the assignment. If I get an email on one day asking me if I can take on an index, I’m very likely to get at least another email that same day asking the same thing, and chances are really good that the deadlines will be, at most, a few days apart. I’d just like for this to happen with my writing assignments (I think I need to get more writing clients first for this to happen!).

  1. Suey

    It sounds like a perfect day! My older son called and said, “what did you do today” and all I could say was “go to work and go to the grocery store.” What a boring day, eh? You’s sounds wonderful. I’m now doing French homework with kid#3. Except he’s suddenly disappeared. Not a good sign!

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      It’s definitely been a good day! I’m hoping I’ll have a lot more of these in February, Suey. I hope kid #3 showed up again – or maybe he was hoping you wouldn’t notice and would keep on with the homework :)

  2. Beth F

    Lovely day! I started to set up the mailbox app and then got kind of distracted. Ooops. I need to do better with Filpboard. I’m not quite sure I know how to use it most efficiently.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I am really loving the Mailbox app. Still at Inbox Zero after four days of using it! Flipboard is great but can be a major distraction for me.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      Yes, I create indexes. It can actually be fun, as long as I don’t have too many of them waiting to be done. And unfortunately the topics are usually quite boring. I wish novels were indexed – that would be much more fun!

  3. Ti

    I love small pleasure days.

    I am not a fan of shopping but I do enjoy picking up a hand cream or a special lip balm now and then. It’s enough to perk me up and make me feel as if I am spending time on me,. when I hardly am. Two minutes in and out is not really time lavished upon myself but I know you understand.

    Right now I have an orange cinnamon candle burning on my desk. Yes, my work desk! Not supposed to be burning stuff up in here but whatever… feels nice.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I know exactly what you mean. It might only be two minutes but it’s two minutes that are 100% yours.

      I love that you have a candle at your work desk and actually light it! It’s got to make the work day better.


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