08 August 2006

Comfort Food

When grieving, we sometimes turn to certain types of food as comfort, whether they are healthy or not. I've done that somewhat, though with the power outages it hasn't been too convenient to do so. For the most part, my comfort food has been in the form of books. I've read voraciously in the past weeks. One might wonder how I can concentrate on such things as fiction when I have so much occupying my thoughts at the moment. It's been my way of coping, I think, to dive into things - in the past I've done that with certain kinds of music, but usually it's books. Even after 9/11, it took me till the end of the week, and I had my nose in a novel.

It's true we can't hide from our problems, but we can't spend all our waking hours on them either or we will go mad.

The new release from the convention (I don't say what it is in case someone hasn't gone to their convention yet) is good reading without being escapism. It's probably my most stabilizing book right now. Additionally I've been through a few novels this month, and let's not forget The Fourth Bear, which sadly I've almost finished. I'm tempted to read all of Jasper Fforde's books over again.

My other escape of choice is music, but it's rough going right now, being all over the place as I am. I should invest in an ipod I guess.

And time pushes on...

6 comments:

Stevie ~ mono no aware said...

Whatever works...as long as its not sleep. Then again for some ...its the only way. Until one is ready.
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what are your comfort foods (edibles)

k said...

that's really awesome that you can find comfort in a healthy outlet--too often i know my tendency is toward the opposite. and ditto your sentiments on the new release. 'food at the proper time'...

Gata said...

I find myself eating a lot of turkey burgers, pizza, ice cream, pancakes, and iced tea (well, that's a beverage) lately. In the past jelly beans were pretty big, but the root canal put an end to that.

BonBon said...

As you've probably notice, cleaning is what's been helping me cope. The sense of control and order when my cabinets and things are all clean and organized, it's lovely.
Also, I've been watching an affinity of movies on the laptop thanks to Jason; another nice escape.

Stevie ~ mono no aware said...

Ah---the best comfort---old black and white movies in a dark room-- with peppermint tea and tiny chrisp chocolate chip cookies with pecans. Ice ceam float.
and a clean uncluttered space...I totally get the clean and orgainized. Its amazing how ones enviornment effects dispostion.
Nautre has a soothing effect on me as well. Watching the birds....the leaves and shadows....

teabird17 said...

Reading definitely is an escape - with an excellent cup of Assam or straignt Orange Pekoe - and it can't be a light book, it has to be something engrossing, or something from my past. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Little Women, Jane Eyre - books I read when I was very young. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn does it, too, especially if I can drink iced water and little peppermint candies, as Francie does.

Harney's used to have a splendid Indian tea called "Big Red Sun" -