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Can an old friend you haven't talked to in ages,
your beloved, a close friend, a family member.
Do your regular exercise routine or start a new one.
Treat yourself to a session at a tanning salon, or buy a nice self-tanning product (safer!)-especially
Visit someone special, or stay at a quaint inn. What you need is a change of scene, a change of pace.
It doesn't have to be as exotic as alligator meat,
Mark a memory. Sit at the computer or curl up with exquisite detail-one of the most wonderful things that's ever happened to you. It could be your first kiss, your wedding day, a surprise birthday party that truly was a surprise. Dwell on how wonderful you felt then
Get all of your jewelry professionally cleaned.
fruit tree, a fragrant bush that blossoms in your favorite color, or some brightly cheerful flowers.
Decide you're going to learn to play an instrument (another instrument if you play one already). (the kind that simulates any instrument) or rent an electric guitar or even a harp. It's never too late.
Rent or borrow a convertible on a day when you have a lot of local errands to do or wish to visit a friend who lives an hour away. Put the to down, of course!
(If your kids are nice to you, you might let them in!)
Tired of cooking the same old dishes? You don't need to buy a whole new cookbook. Call up a group of friends and organize a recipe exchange! Since you're the hostess, you can specify that each guest bring only main courses, or only desserts, or only "sides," or only chicken recipes-or you can ask each guest to bring recipes enough for a complete meal. Let your guests know how many will be coming and ask them to make that many copies of each of the recipes they're bringing. You could even make the get-together a potluck, with each guest bringing one of the dishes
(A small, inexpensive notebook you can carry in your bag works just as well as a fancy journal.)
workable, or more aesthetically pleasing, or just highlight a piece of furniture you're proud of.
Excerpted from Little Indulgences by Cynthia MacGregor Copyright © 2003 by Cynthia MacGregor. Excerpted by permission.
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Posted January 6, 2014