Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Smallest of Luxuries

As I've mentioned before, I love the autumn. The sweaters, the cider, yadda yadda yadda.

The only thing is, I'm one of those "cold" people. I'm cold all the time. Even in the summer, sometimes I'll be working on the computer at night and I'll turn on my little space heater for my feet.

Yes, my feet are always cold (as my dear Music Man, who allows me to put them on him anytime I want will eagerly confirm).

So yesterday, I went to Target and I spent $50 on a bunch of new pairs of socks. Not el-cheapo white crew socks like I always buy, 6 to a pack, that get holes and seem to disappear in the dryer (or somewhere along the way) a day after I buy them, but nice socks.

Talk about a small luxury. It was lovely feeling to be able to choose from several pairs of nice heavy pretty socks this morning when I dressed. (Contrary to popular belief, we novelists don't sit at the computer in our robes and bunny slippers all day. Sweats and socks, maybe, but no bunny slippers in this house.)

I know I'm not the only one who appreciates a little luxury like this.
Come on, spill!


Blogger The Cosmic Kid soliloquized...

So, socks are one of the things I love about the colder months. In the summer I wear the short white athletic socks, but in the winter to walk around campus in, those don't do. I've got 4 pairs of baseball socks (2 different color stripes and 2 that say IRISH up the leg from a softball team I was on), 3 wonderfully brightly colored argyle knee-highs, and an assortment of wool socks I've gotten as gifts. I tell everyone I could never live anywhere without seasons because I love cold weather, but really I think it's secretly all about the socks.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 5:29:00 PM  
Anonymous marina soliloquized...

I spent $40 one day just buying different types of tea. I blame my girlfriend, Kerry, entirely. It was very bizarre too since you would think it would have dawned on me that I didn't need to go to Starbucks to get a chai every time I had a craving.

So I went to the store and bought chai, black tea, green tea, and then some more chai since I saw a better looking box. Yes, that's compulsive shopping at it's finest!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 6:23:00 PM  
Blogger Heather Harper soliloquized...

I love my New York Laundry sweats.
And my micro-chenille house socks. And micro-chenille robe.

And Gerard Butler. ;) *wg*

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 6:30:00 PM  
Blogger Heather Harper soliloquized...


Have you ever tried TEAVANA? They have a great selection of teas.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 6:50:00 PM  
Blogger booklogged soliloquized...

I have a sock fetish and love to buy for winter socks. I've been spending a bit of time here and there trying to match up one loose sock with it's mate. Last night I had sorted into colors. It's surprising how many don't have mates, but I did pair up about 20 lost mates.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 7:25:00 PM  
Blogger Carl V. soliloquized...

You wouldn't survive in my home. I love the cold weather. I love dressing in warm clothes. But I also love to keep the heater turned down low and keep the windows open as long as I can before my wife threatens to kill me. I hate putting on warm clothes only to be hot. I want to be able to wear sweaters and sweats and warm socks and snuggle up in my favorite afghan and the only way to comfortably do that is to keep the house on the chilly side during the winter months. Love it!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 7:30:00 PM  
Blogger Devonna soliloquized...

Originally when I read this post, I didn't think I had a fetish. Then I read Marina's post. Hello?! I have so much tea, I porbably won't have to buy any in the near future. Not only do I buy it for myself, my friends and family know about my love for it and so they're always picking me up some too.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 8:34:00 PM  
Blogger Nonblond soliloquized...

I love those little, stretchy gloves that you can buy at Walmart for 79 cents. It makes me happy to stretch those over my hands. I don't know why.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 9:14:00 PM  
Blogger Bookfool soliloquized...

I love bundling up and I love cold weather, but we don't get much chance to bundle with 8 months of summer and I'm barefoot most of the year. I did, however, splurge on some extra Wright Socks, this week. They're double-layered socks that I wear to walk or run and pretty expensive for little sockies but they have saved me from always having wounded feet. I can't find a perfect pair of running shoes to save my soul, but now I can have imperfect shoes and happy feet! Yippee!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 9:36:00 PM  
Blogger sassymonkey soliloquized...

I'm more a blanket/wrap girl. I'll even have a blanket over me in the middle of summer. I just can't help it. I tend to like ankle socks because taller ones leave lines on my legs (I have poor circulation).

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 9:49:00 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Tea...oh, I am such a tea drinker. No coffee for me, thank you.

I don't know why I don't have a tea fetish. I should. Maybe I should start. Have you seen those little elongated pyramid-shaped teabags? (I think they had them on Oprah last year.) They look so cool.

And sassy....I'm a blanket and wrap girl too, but I like my socks and slippers. I have down "throws" all over the house--five of them--so I can always grab one (if one of the three kids hasn't already commandeered one.)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 7:31:00 AM  
Anonymous SciFiChick soliloquized...

Besides having a book fetish.. I also have quite a thing for shoes, especially Clarks/Indigo brand.. I don't want to know how many pairs or how much I've spent just this past season. I just can't get enough of their boots, sandals, and clogs.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 8:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Janet soliloquized...

What if they were vampire bunny slippers?

My luxury (one of them, anyway) is Reef or Teva flip flops. I don't like the cheapie kind, I love how these brands cushion your feet...and after you've been wearing them for awhile, they feel so soft when you slip 'em on :-)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 9:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Gypsy soliloquized...

I threw out all my thick socks when we moved back to Florida. It was kinda liberating.

My luxeries? Chai tea. Makeup. Books. Paper. Pens.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 9:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Annie soliloquized...

I'm a "cold" person by nature as well. In the late autumn and winter, I often get chills I can't shake unless I take a super hot shower or bath. Because of this, I have a STOCK of bubble bath! I believe I currently have, without exaggeration, over 20 bottles of bubble bath sitting in my bathroom. So that's my little luxury!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 9:46:00 AM  
Blogger Caryle soliloquized...

I adore blankets. I love the feeling of cool air surrounding me, but I'm all snuggly warm under my covers.

Annie's comment made me realize that my bath bombs from Lush are my biggest small luxury. I purchased six during my trip. Now I'm dipping my toe into the bubble bar waters (I bought two), so we'll see how that goes. I decided to move into my apartment after I saw the bathtub, it's a soaking tub. :)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 1:53:00 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Okay, if anyone finds a pair of vampire bunny slippers, you MUST let me know. I'll buy them and I'll wear them.

Gypsy, I like paper and pens too. I love to shop at Staples or Target and buy cool stuff like that. I like to buy nice stationery so I can send hand-written notes to people. (Not as many as I should, but I try.) That's another of my simple luxuries.

SciFiChick--As for shoes and clogs, my current faves are DANSKO. I bought two pairs (because I couldn't decide between black and rust) and wear them all the time.

Caryle, the bath bombs sound fabulous! My daughter made one from a kit and tricked a young man (a friend of the family) into trying a bite of it. She told him it was a dessert. LOL. He was very good-natured about it. (my daughter got the idea because my husband thought it was a dessert and tried a bite one night when he came home from work.)

Annie, I take a very hot bath almost every night before I go to bed in the winter. Helps me sleep and warms me up.

Bookfool, thanks for coming by. I don't know what Wright socks are, but I can relate on the expensive cost for god socks. It's worth it to me, and sounds like it is to you too.

Nonblond! I love those little gloves too. My daughter decorated a pair in Girl Scouts--they bought cute little flowers from Michaels and hot glued them on (taking care not to hot glue the glove closed). Really cute. A great idea for little holiday gifts!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 2:16:00 PM  
Blogger MaryF soliloquized...

I love those soft fuzzy socks that they sell this time of year. They feel Soooo Goooood.

Bath and Body Works is my addiction. I will never use all the lotions I buy there!

Friday, October 13, 2006 6:55:00 PM  

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