5 More Simple Pleasures

April 26, 2008 by
Filed under: Family, Philosophy 

A few months ago I wrote about the Simple Pleasures in my life. Here’s a follow up post with 5 more:

  1. Sleeping in late – this is especially high on my list, as being self-employed and with two kids, my days are often long, and I work on weekends, too. So the occasional morning of sleeping in is really welcomed. After a couple of intense days, there’s nothing like stretching out early in the morning, look lovingly at one’s partner still in deep slumber, and deciding to catch a few more winks. Next thing you know, it’s 10:30 AM.
  2. An afternoon nap – almost a corollary to #1: I’m often up late working, or I have to wake up early to get in yet more work. Sometimes, before I pick up the kids, or perhaps during the time they do their after school homework, I sneak in a nap. Oh, so delicious! The bedroom faces towards the west, so we usually get the warm sunshine streaming in, and a short 15-20 minute nap really does wonders.
  3. Beach revisited – we’re having terrific weather, and yesterday we took the kids out to the beach as a reward for having a great week at school. Being there reminded me of my earlier post, and now I could expand on it. Lying down on the warm sand, with the light ocean breezes sweeping over you is quite nice. Also nice, ironically, is rolling up your pants and getting into the freezing cold water. We were playing “tag” with the ocean, and got totally caught up in it — not to also mention the older kid got totally soaked from falling into the water!
  4. Riding a bike – I’m not a runner or jogger because my knees complain afterwards, and to me it seems like it’s a lot of work to not get very far very fast. However, riding a bike is different. It can be more leisurely when you want, but also an intense work-out when you want. Plus, you cover more ground. The clickety-click of the gear system, scenery rolling by (Golden Gate Park, especially), all makes for an experience to relax the mind.
  5. Listening to the kids – Their mom and I often enjoy listening to their conversations, which are often humorous and “cute” because kids say the funniest things (without meaning to be funny, usually). When that happens we just look at each other and smile — much more preferable to scolding them for something bad that they did.

Have a great weekend!


5 Comments on 5 More Simple Pleasures

  1. Dr. Nicole Sundene on Sat, 26th Apr 2008 7:55 pm
  2. Great list! Love it. I slept in till noon today for the first time in forever, and it was great! Gotta love that occasional indulgence.

    Dr. Nicole Sundene’s last blog post..You May Not Like Those Dandelions but your Liver Sure Will Love Them

  3. Nez on Sun, 27th Apr 2008 12:32 am
  4. Occasional IS the key word — everything in moderation, especially indulgences. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by, Dr. Nicole.

  5. Barbara Swafford on Tue, 29th Apr 2008 12:26 am
  6. Lol, I slept in till noon on Sunday. That was such a luxury.

    Visiting the beach/ocean is a special treat. I would like to do that more often, but it’s a 4 hour drive.

    Barbara Swafford’s last blog post..NBOTW Finds Harmony

  7. Cath Lawson on Fri, 2nd May 2008 2:45 am
  8. Hi Nez – The afternoon nap one is great and really recharges your batteries. I find if I don’t set my alarm and go over 30 minutes, I feel really groggy when I wake up though.

    Cath Lawson’s last blog post..But ‚ĶMaybe You Should Button It?

  9. Nez on Tue, 6th May 2008 9:13 am
  10. @Barbara: Visiting the beach is indeed, special. There’s a certain feeling one gets standing in front of all that raw power.

    @Catherine: Going to bed will be on my next list :-)

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