Happy New Year, everyone! (Ann here, playing swap-a-rama, filling in for Portia today.) As the holiday frenzy comes to a close, it’s nice to step back, congratulate yourself for getting everything done and making it into the new year. And what better way than to pamper yourself and enjoy a few simple pleasures, perfumed and otherwise. Here are several of mine:
Burning an incense stick or a strip of incense paper, such as the Papier d’Armenie ones. Then walking back into the room a few minutes later, getting a nice whiff, and just stopping to enjoy the scent and the ambience it creates.
Showering with Lush Rose Jam shower gel. Now this is saying a lot, coming from a not-all-that-long-ago reformed rose hater. I’m enjoying this more than I thought I would, and even more than the Rose Jam perfume itself. Which I really liked dabbed on, but when I sprayed, whoo-eee! A bit too much Lemon Pledge accord out of the gate for me, although it dried down nicely. From now on, after a spray of this, I’ll have to give my wrist a wide berth for about 15 minutes until it settles down, or just stick entirely to dabbing.
Heading out to the tennis court with my son and/or DH. Santa brought me my own tennis racquet (no more hitting with hubby’s honkin’ one), so I’m really enjoying attempting to play with the guys. I’m still pretty rusty after not having played for years, and with my bad knee I can’t go racing cross-court for a ball, but I’m enjoying doing what I can. Now that I’m out there more frequently, I can feel myself getting my groove back a little. It’s just nice to take in the fresh — albeit bracing — air, do something fun and enjoy seeing what a good player my son is becoming.
And of course, being the tea gal that I am, curling up with a favorite cuppa has got to rate as one of life’s greatest simple pleasures. Any mug will usually do, but once in a while it’s nice to pull out a good teapot and cups and go a little up-market with an oh-so-chic French macaron or fancy pastry. Light a candle (I’m loving Diptyque’s Ambre and Voluspa’s French Bourbon Vanille at the moment), curl up in the recliner or couch with a good book or movie, and voila! Instant happiness.
So please share with me: What are your favorite simple pleasures, fragrance or otherwise, this time of year? Or what are you looking forward to most in 2014?