solid steel mouse pads, swimming pools (this is a common theme, nation wide), home cleaning services, vacations, spa treatments, blah, blah, blah.
Oh, we can all be little princesses!
Not opinionated, am I?
My mother once happily announced that she was moving to a luxury retirement community, "Because I deserve to be pampered." My snotty comment that perhaps Mother Teresa deserved to be pampered but for some reason didn't feel the need made for a chilly week or two.
I was a real snot, sometimes. Still can be but I'm better.
I don't see anything wrong with a weekend with the girls for a break. In fact, I think it positively contributes to our need to commune with our sisters. And I don't see anything wrong with reading, surfing the net and watching television - all of which are pure forms of escapism. However, I think a lot of people have confused taking a break from life (escapism) with taking time to look inward. These are two completely separate things. If you are like me (I adore reading), you are probably spending more time escaping your soul than you are nurturing it.
In my opinion, escapism, overdone, hampers more than helps us achieve balance. In fact, I think a woman who consistently throws herself into escapism instead of tending to her soul is running away from answers and health rather than towards them. When life gets out of control, grim and hectic, sometimes just two or three days (or a lunch break) dedicated to genuine soul searching makes everything fall into place.
My Wonderful has been in South America all week (don't even ask) and I've gotten a ton of stitching done. I've been working on Katie's wedding quilt and had it all set up on the longarm but the phone doesn't reach out there too well. While husband was traveling and could be expected to call, I stayed in the house and finished up Windy's quilt top. I am making her a traditional looking picket fence quilt and she helped me pick out colors and style, which I really appreciated. She wanted something light and airy and I got the feeling she was looking for a traditional, thirties colors type of quilt. I finished the top two days ago.
Not a princess - a queen. And you don't want a pink rhinestone tiera for that.