Friday, November 18, 2011

Looking For Solace

I like to joke that I can somehow squeeze 25 hours into my day, but lately it seems more like 26 and I'm still not getting everything done.

I recently joined The Lucky 13's blog of 2013 debut authors, which I'm thrilled about. There's a new (and exciting) project at work. Then there's family. And exercising. And errands. And blogging. And finishing my MG novel. And starting on the sequel to THE FOUNTAIN. And the upcoming turkey I'm going to kill (metaphorically, as in, burn into a bird-shaped charcoal briquette). And those unplanned, Most Highly Inconvenient Viruses that like to settle into our household. (Yes, I capitalized that. They deserve that kind of respect, the little monsters.)

Sometimes I wish I could be here again:

Temple of Dendur
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
(photo credit)

Back in college when I felt melancholic in that emo sorta way that only college kids can, I'd go here with my journal (STOP LAUGHING AT ME) to write and sketch.

I loved the silence. I loved the beauty. I loved that self-imposed isolation.

Don't get me wrong--the craziness of my life is actually a blessing. I'm very, VERY lucky to have all these First World "problems."

But sometimes, I'd love to transport myself hundreds of miles in a blink, just to spend a few hours in that Temple. No iPhone, no laptop, no pager, nothing.

Okay, maybe a good book. :)

How about you? Where do you go for solace?

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I'll be taking a blogging hiatus for a week to spend time with family and analyze the best way to denature a Meleagris gallopavo just so (aka, cooking a turkey).
In case you missed it and want to sound all smarty-pants at Thanksgiving, check out my Medical Mondays from last year on Turkey and Tryptophan.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

70 comments:

Anne Gallagher said...

I'll be on hiatus myself, so have a great week.

Love that temple, so peaceful. I usually go to the beach for solace, unfortunately that's not very often these days.

Laura Pauling said...

Definitely. I miss the times when I had spare time for that kind of thing! I manage a bit here and there but life def. changes with family and writing!

Old Kitty said...

If anyone laughs at you, I'll spit at them! LOL!

Luckily I only have my cat to contend with when at home and I have such wonderfully quiet neighbours that my home now is truly my sanctuary!

Take care
x

Miranda Hardy said...

The library or the wildlife refuge in the glades. Love both places. Your a trooper and so happy for your debut. I can wait to read and promote your work.

Fiona L said...

Solace for me normally means isolation. Curling up in my bed to read and write. I happen to appreciate my alone time a lot, especially in the quiet of my bedroom and hope no one bothers me, and certainly hate the phone ringing!

I love your place of solace! Like it's an actual cool looking place you could go to. *envious*

Natalie Aguirre said...

I need to meditate more. Exercise--walking while listening to a book helps me. Have a good week off.

E Louise Bates said...

The library has always been my refuge for escaping craziness, ever since the days when I was a kid and my sister was selling her silver jewelry at the local farmer's market. I could only take so much before I'd be sneaking across the street to bury myself in a quiet, book-filled corner for a while.

And you'd be amazed (or maybe not) at how few students actually USE the college libraries! It was always the emptiest spot on campus.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I go for long walks alone, whenever I need solace badly. Enjoy your break.

farawayeyes said...

The beach, I go to the beach. But the water is what is important. Getting 'neck deep' anywhere will work for me. In the water nobody and nothing can touch me.

Love that Temple. Nothing like that where I went to college (any of the times).

shelly said...

I love the Metropolitan Museum myself.

Bryan Russell said...

I have three kids six and under; I'm not entirely sure I even know what silence is any longer. It's sort of a vague theoretical principle. Or a bit like abstract art: you tell yourself you know what it means, but you're lying.

Connie Keller said...

Don't laugh, but I get my "isolation" at the gym (I go at a time when no one's there). I run my treadmill and read and no one bothers me for 40 minutes. Bliss.

Connie Keller said...

Have a great Thanksgiving and get some rest--if those two things aren't mutually exclusive.

L.G.Smith said...

My place of solace is the mountains. I love sitting by a stream and listening to the water rush by. Works for me.

I'm taking next week off too. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Matthew MacNish said...

For solace I like to go to mountaintops, too bad there aren't many around here.

Amie Borst said...

my solace? a hot bath and cup of hot herbal tea.

enjoy your time off and happy thanksgiving!

storyqueen said...

I don't know where I'd go right now...but I really need it!

Have a lovely week off!

Shelley

Little Ms. Fun said...

That is not silly at all. We all love a quiet place to sit and doing our reading/writing. My favorite place is my bed. I love to snuggle in the covers and type away.

Enjoy your hiatus and your turkey time!

Slamdunk said...

When I was single and had just moved to a big city, I would take my journal to a scenic national park about once a week--nice memories.

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your family time Dr.

B.E. Sanderson said...

I couldn't laugh at you. When I was in college, I used to walk to the cemetery and sit on the steps of the Kaufman Mausoleum with my notebooks. Sometimes all you need is a quiet place to get away to.

Joshua said...

It's like I always say: Forget the flying car, I want instant transportation.

Have a great week off.

Meredith said...

Going to a museum with a journal sounds absolutely perfect. Good luck with the turkey!

DL Hammons said...

In college I often found myself in the bowels of the Library, where only the hard core studiers ventured. It was quiet, peaceful, cool, and exuded intelligence...which I attempted to absorb. :)

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

mooderino said...

Whenever I want to turn off my brain for a couple of hours I play a video game. When the zombie invasion comes, i'll be able to blend right in.

mood

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Guitar playing is my solace.
Hope you don't burn the bird and may the fungi not descend upon your family.

Bathwater said...

I don't think college kids are the only ones that can master emo, though I confess I am a big kid. I do wonder what life would be like without so many ways to connect with others. Strangely I don't remember.

lbdiamond said...

Oh, I love my quiet time. I hope things settle down for you. *hugs*

Isis Rushdan said...

I head straight to a park with miles and miles of trails for the dogs to run along. I tell myself it's "exercise" while I recharge and clear my mind.

Krispy said...

I definitely understand, and wow, what an awesome place to go for relaxing and writing! I miss college for all those solitary moments and all the places I could go hide for a while. I'm definitely not as busy as you, but I do miss having alone time.

Anyway, good luck with everything and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Suze said...

I like your question, Lydia, I think it's nice to see what others do to carve out a quiet spot for themselves. I like your spot in college very much. When I was living in Houston, I used to go to Rothko Chapel. http://www.rothkochapel.org/

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Cold diet coke. Jetted tub.

Ahhhh....

Recently there was a huge landslide that took out the state highway that pretty much made it impossible to travel to my preferred place of solace. Probably getting to cold anyway.

catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com said...

That looks very peaceful. I'd love to go down to the park and sit on a bench looking out at the water. I ought to do that on my child-free day sometime, ignoring all else :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
To you and your turkey :)

Sarah said...

Bookstores offer me the kind of solace and quiet that I adore. Also, alone time in the dance studio, where I can mess around, improvise and get out of my head.

I hope you're able to steal some moments for yourself.

Munk said...

Love this post.

I write. Where doesn't matter.

Sherrie Petersen said...

The beach is my place of solace. I always unwind, recharge. It grounds me, reminds me how small and insignificant my worries are. I can't be away from it for too long.

Carrie Butler said...

Certain scents remind me of places I used to take solace. If I stop long enough to enjoy them, it's almost like I'm there again. :)

Jennifer Hillier said...

Ah, solitude. It's hard for me to write without it. My husband travels a lot at the moment, so I get lots of peace and quiet and "alone" time. Was hard at first, but now I kinda crave it.

Happy Thanksgiving! Have fun cooking the turkey!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Although it's probably a good idea to keep it in perspective these things are relative, even emo melancholy. I think it's okay to feel bad about about the stress you have, even thought it could be worse. Wish I'd had a place like that to go too when I needed solace in college, though!

Now, I think I go to the grocery store when I need a break. Or I retreat into my writing cave.

farawayeyes said...

Left you a 'Lovely Award' at my site. Go check it out. It was the Temple that swayed me.

Melody said...

Ah, I've been there!!! It was a bit more crowded than in the picture, but still so peaceful and definitely a place of solace. We can wish to go back together. :)

Jayne said...

Long walks, Lydia. Loooong walks! And I'll bet that turkey is going to be good to you. Enjoy the hiatus. The holidays are made for them. ;)

Cary said...

Silence and Solitude are your companions!

Sarah Pearson said...

The bath :-)

Sarah said...

I like to either bake, or sit curled up in front of my fake fireplace:) whitewhines.com helps me laugh when I realize I'm getting too stressed about problems that come from a life of privilege:)

Michael Offutt, Expert Critic said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Lydia.

Love the picture of the temple.

LisaAnn said...

Congratulations again on all your amazing news, and enjoy your time off! Good luck with the bird!

Amie Kaufman said...

Oy, I'm glad I'm not the only one with exercise crossed out right now.

I head down to the beach -- recently my co-author and I finished a draft, and I went down to the beach, got a chocolate milkshake, and sat in my car admiring the view and reading one of my favourite books. It was one of the best afternoons ever.

Heather said...

What is this solace thing you speak of? LOL! Seriously though, beautiful place, I can see why you picked it. Me, I saddle up my horse and go for a nice ride. It brings a sense of peace little else can for me.

Romance Reader said...

I like to take a good book to bed!

Have a nice week!

Nas Dean said...

Have a lovely break!

Olga said...

I can imagine you finding some alone time to think over your creativity. I find solace in my studio.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Spare time and solice... I think I remember those.
Happy, happy Thanksgiving to you! Enjoy every minute of it. ; )

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Spare time and solice... I think I remember those.
Happy, happy Thanksgiving to you! Enjoy every minute of it. ; )

Emily Rose said...

great post, this brightened my evening.:) I hope your turkey does OK this Thanksgiving!

A Lady's Life said...

There are many places to go for solace and I used to love going out to find these places but today I find there is no place like home.
Home with your stuff, your life feelings and family.
Granted you don't get solace with daily affairs but you get into your hobbies and go into your head and somehow this comforts you for the moment.
Lately there doesn't seem to be solace anywhere in the world and this is very disturbing.

Linda Gray said...

LOVE the Temple of Dendur--used to go there a lot when I lived in NY, and even remember when Arthur Sackler established it at the Met (I must be seriously old). When I lived in Chicago I spent a lot of time at the Art Institute just sitting in front of the Chagall windows. Talk about zen. wow. Thanks for a wonderful post, and have fun with that turkey briquette!

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Writing/sketching at the Met sounds wonderful! I should go there more often. :) I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving!

LD Masterson said...

To get away, I crawl into a good book or take a walk. To simply put myself in a better place mentally -music or sometimes grandkids.

(I used to turn to my dog. She always understodd. I really miss her.)

Karen Lange said...

Enjoy your break. :) Happy Thanksgiving!

Nancy Thompson said...

Silly, I know, but I just imagine myself back at my old house in California, floating on a raft in the middle of my pool, all alone with the clear blue sky and the heat soaking into my skin. Heaven!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Have a fabulous week! And best of luck with that bird-shaped charcoal briquette. :) So hilarious!

alexia said...

Writing is my solace. Alone in my living room is best. The alone part is where it gets tricky... you undoubtedly understand :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

My hubby calls it my "cave"--which is actually my writing room that I can close the doors and put my feet up. My little getaway in my own home. LOL

notesfromnadir said...

I can see how you'd be attracted to that temple. How great it would be to go there armed w/ your journal or iPad.

Len Lambert said...

LOL. I didn't quite understand a Meleagris gallopavo so thank you for translating! Haha!

Oh dear, oh dear. I feel this sometimes...errr most times? No, I don't really want to admit it but yes, we all do need quiet times. I love libraries...I find a really quiet corner where I can sit and read or write. Ahhhh, heaven.

Happy Thanksgiving, Lydia!

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss lydia! i hope you could find just the right spot for getting some alone time. for me i like walking in the woods. sometimes i just go way down inside myself and dont let anything get me out for a while. i hope you get that turkey cooked ok. happy thanksgiving!
...hugs from lenny

The Red Angel said...

Oh wow you really have got a busy schedule! Well no matter what we'll be here awaiting your blog posts, whenever you get to it. :) I hope your sequel is going well!

I go to the quad on my college campus for solace...it is so peaceful and, well, green. Absolutely beautiful! And quiet!

Happy Thanksgiving, Lydia!!! Hope you spend an amazingly delicious day with your loved ones. <3

~TRA

The Red Angel Blog

Nisa said...

I'd go somewhere without bugs. Somewhere cold. It sounds like you have a lot of fun things coming up! Yea!

cd sutton said...

Believe it or not, I find solace at my computer. I relax and go to different sites and meditate on different things. Loved the way you marked through exercise. So honest. So many of us are guilty of this!

 
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