September 26, 2002
Friday Five

I thought I'd do the Friday Five tonight.

1. What are your favorite ways to relax and unwind?

I like reading, playing games, and goofing around with the kids. Being outdoors is always a plus. The key to me being able to relax is some peace and quiet. If everything around me is loud and busy, I have trouble relaxing.

2. What do you do the moment you get home from work/school/errands?

I put down my briefcase, unload my phone, wallet, keys, etc. Then I talk to the girls and see how there are doing. Usually it's time for dinner, then the girls bath, then putting them to bed and reading. By around 8:30 or so, I get some time to myself.

3. What are your favorite aromatherapeutic smells?

I don't like a lot of smells. I do like a hint of vanilla, coconut, or mint. Anything too strong is irritating to me. Poor Michele, she can never wear much perfume or I complain.

4. Do you feel more relaxed with a group of friends or hanging out by yourself?

Hard to say. Some times I like the peace anf quiet of solitude, but having fun with friends cures much stress.

5. What is something that you feel is relaxing but most people don't?

Playing videogames. Michele refers to it as 'killing nazi's'. When I play games, my mind is focused on doing well on the game and nothing else. My thoughts of work, money, and other stresses disappear for the moment and I am in the moment of the game. I don't think Michele or the rest of my family understand the relief I get after playing games for a bit. They all want me to sleep. Sleep sucks. As Warren Zevon said, "I'll sleep when I'm dead."

Posted by michael at September 26, 2002 10:06 PM