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Howdy again! It’s time for prompt number 4 of The Sandbox Writing Challenge. I have to say I enjoyed so much reading what folks wrote last week. I learned something very important, that not everyone interprets a word the same way! I know. Seems simple and you’re wondering what’s wrong with me that it would be a new concept. I just had never thought about it! So yay for me! That was eye opening.

The next two exercises in the book seemed so similar and simple I decided to include them in the same post (next week’s is one you’re going to have to think about a little more, I suspect, at least I know I will…).

Remember to include a link to Impromptu Promptlings in your post on your blog. Or if your response isn’t overly long, feel free to leave it in the comment section below. If you would like to play with us and see the previous prompts, they’re listed in the menu at the top of the blog in The Sandbox Writing Challenge. I will be posting my own thoughts on here at some time during the day. Are you ready? Here’s your challenge for this week:

relaxing lionchocolate frostingTell us a little bit about:
a) what relaxes you, and
b) what brings you pleasure.


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(Or see The Sandbox Writing Challenge 4 — rolls eyes…)

Here’s my entry for the week…  Well, I realized right off the bat that one is NOT necessarily indicative of the other! (Pats self on back… :D)

What things relax me?
— A glass of wine and quiet music
— A back or foot massage (sighs just thinking about foot massage…)
— A glass of wine and a good book
— A glass of wine (ok, or a cup of coffee at Starbucks) and a good gab session with a friend
— Driving random backroads alone with the cd player full blast
— Listening to the rain hit the roof
— Petting Twitch
— Listening to Plato’s audios on his website
— Walking through a forest or by the ocean
— Candlelight
— Meditating (on those rare occasions I do it anymore)
— Wandering around a bookstore for a few hours
— Cross-stitching with quiet music going (and a glass of wine — which I have been known to spill on my work, then it wasn’t so relaxing!)
— Watching the movie of Jane Austen’s Persuasion when no one is at home to bug me (with a bottle of wine)
— Harp music

(Actually all those wines are just as likely to be hot chocolate. Depends on my mood. 😀 )

What things bring me pleasure?
— An overnight get-away with Lord Drollery
— A night out at a nice restaurant with Lord Drollery
— Going to the ballet
— Going to the symphony
— Picnics
— Going to a club or bar and just listening to the music
— A night out with the girls
— Visiting a museum or gallery (with the exception of the Holocaust Museum in D.C., which greatly disturbed me)
— Ren faire’s
— The yearly Scottish Highland Festival and Games south of Salt Lake
— Seeing anything Celtic (Celtic Woman, The High Kings, The Wicked Tinkers…)
— Cruises with interesting shore excursions
— Road trips
— Seeing Taiko drummers or Riverdance
— Talking to people
— Writing
— Autumn
— Reading poetry or listening to it being read

There are probably other things I could add to both lists, but that’s a good start.