Tired of Being So Uptight

And officious. And taking myself so seriously.

Explored blogs this morning, and landed on …the sight of morning… who shared the fact that sometimes she forgets she’s made a pot of tea until it’s sitting cold, and previously made a list of simple indulgences.
Such lovely thoughts. 
And so here are a few of mine:
*Sitting with my kitty in bed and reading in my pajamas. Until 10:00 in the morning.
*Going to lunch with friends and ordering what I want instead of what I should.
*Being in the Northwoods of Wisconsin for days on end.
*Finding yet another perfect red lipstick. Buying two of them.
*Pouring real cream into my coffee instead of nonfat half and half.
*Coming from the library with stacks of books, each of which owe me nothing. They can be returned at any time.
*Writing about things other than books on what has become an all too serious book blog.
Have you any to share?

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22 thoughts on “Tired of Being So Uptight”

  1. Ditching the housework for a mani-pedi with my daughters 🙂 In fact, I think I'll do that today.

    But can I disagree about your blog being too serious? I love your non-book posts, but I love your book posts too. I think you have a great balance.

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  2. I SO know this feeling. But I'm trying to regularly remind myself of what you're saying here. In fact, at the beginning of the year, I bought myself a Kate Spade bracelet that said on the inside “this is the year to…” and on the outside lists things like wearing bright lipstick and dancing 'til dawn. I could use a little more of that in my life. 🙂

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  3. Not too serious a blog at all, as proved by this post. I mean not overly so, not that it's trivial, you know…
    Simple indulgences of mine:
    – going over the deadline because that book beckons so seductively
    – reading a book for pure pleasure, not because it is part of a reading challenge or because I need to review it
    – choosing champagne instead of cheap wine for a dinner for two

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  4. I love this post (and your blog itself)! My simple indulgences…

    Using my Starbucks vanilla rooibos teabags that I usually ration like mad.

    Letting myself watch some catchup tv – being lazy for an hour really isn't the end of the world.

    I also like writing about other things than books on my blog – some of my favourite posts have been on completely different topics!

    I really need to make more time for the little things!

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  5. I love reading your posts, book or not book related, so do not change it 🙂 As for indulgences, going to the gym more often would be nice 🙂

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  6. Days that are planned going completely off course. It usually turns out really fun, and I can put off all the “should do” until later.

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  7. 😀 I am a vegan and stay away from eating anything mammel….last week I decided, like you to buy cream for my coffee. I love coffee and am tired of ruining the fresh brewed taste with artificial junk.
    I was unable to finish THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS by the middle it became boring, life is to short. I am reading THE YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CLUB FOR GIRLS and love it….finally out of the slump 🙂

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  8. What a lovely post. I enjoyed reading your list. I remember, the very first time I visted your blog you had a post on a Chanel or Dior lipstick or just a photo. Red, of course.

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  9. Definitely what I'm doing at the moment — rereading a beloved Georgette Heyer book even though I only re-read it not that long ago! There's always time to re-read books that make one instantly happy.

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  10. skyping with my daughter. spending time in the kitchen with a new recipe. cards at the table with my family instead of going to the gym. ice cream.

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  11. Bellezza, I love this post! And, I don't think your blog is too serious at all, which is why I love it! As for your list of indulgences – they were fab! Especially the ones about red lippy and ordering what you want to eat for lunch 😉 I might be inspired to write my own list – thanks!

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  12. Finding beauty in simple things.
    Taking an hour off to do what I feel like doing.
    I think it's important to reflect and just…be, even for a short time.
    I don't think your blog is too serious. Not in the least.

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  13. Beautiful list, Bellezza! I hope you are able to do all of them. I am not able to think of a list right now, but one thing I would love is to be able to curl up with a book for a whole day without any interruption and then watch an old black-and-white classic movie having a cup of coffee. That would be a wonderful day.

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  14. I agree with Nadia (a fellow reader)…I like your blogs about the books themselves. But, I also like the parallel blogs as I will call them…(i.e. about issues, ideas, objects, places, etc.)

    I sometimes need to remind myself not to take life so seriously…here's a few of my favourite simple pleasures:

    collecting rocks and driftwood on the beach

    eating an ice cream cone by the lake (or ocean)

    reading travel magazines with no immediate travel plans…just dreaming

    or how about an Audrey Hepburn movie?

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  15. Lovely to come across a post like this in my reader. And thank you for the inspiration. I shou8ld remember to not be so uptight on my own blog more often.

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  16. I've been eating a lot more ice cream this month! Pays to have a young visitor for two weeks to keep me young. I'll worry about the extra weight in September. 🙂

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