RevGals Friday Five: ’tis the season edition

Mary Beth over at RevGals is thinking about the disparity of the season – fun and joy on the one hand and loads of work and other “issues” on the other…

So, for today’s Friday Five: What lifts you up when you are low or troubled? Who helps you remember that you are not alone, it’s getting better all the time, etc.?

Your five responses can be people you know, people you DON’T know, music, places, foods, scripture, surprises, something you do for someone else. It could be a pair of slippers. It could be a glass of water.

Bonus: Do you like the song “Jingle Bell Rock?” If you do, who do you prefer to hear sing it? Bobby Helms, Brenda Lee, Mean Girls, Stephanie Smith, Chubby Checker, Billy Gilman, Brian Setzer, Hilary Duff, Thousand Foot Krutch (I am not making this up), oh, there are so many more! I am currently partial to my friend Marco…

1. A long walk, yoga, or exercise ALWAYS helps me. I hurt my back a few weeks ago and really haven’t been exercising like I was. But now that I am healed it’s time to go back to the gym. I am typically a hibernating soul in winter, but I hope I can maintain some sort of exercise routine this winter. It really does help.

2. Reading – novels or poetry. I’ve been reading a lot lately. My most recent is a paperback I picked up for the flight home from Seattle – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo….I know it’s a movie, but I knew nothing about it….I’m enjoying.

3. Tea and dark chocolate – ’nuff said, right? ok every afternoon, my little indulgence after I’ve had my afternoon silent prayer session with God I have a cup of earl grey and a couple of pieces of dark chocolate with almonds. It’s soothing and comforting.

4. My husband – His presence. His being in my life. His love and generosity.

5. Knitting – I knit in spurts…but I really love it. It’s creative, it’s fun, it’s calming. I got involved in knitting socks through my RevGal pals – and so I need to include all of you in this too – you all are awesome!

Bonus: Sure. I like Jingle Bell Rock….and I have a version in my head but have no idea who sings it…will check out You Tube and post it if I find it…ok, here it is:


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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9 Responses to RevGals Friday Five: ’tis the season edition

  1. Patti Money says:

    Ah…reading. I miss reading, because I hardly ever get to do it with two young children.

  2. angela says:

    You are so right about the yoga–and exercise I suppose–I need to get back to it too. Sorry you were hurting. And I need to get the Dragon Tattoo Girl too; so many have recommended it.Oh, yeah, chocolate. I know the husband thing too, though mine is returning from a long break from me.And I guess you know I knit to keep my sanity and probably less when I'm not stressed. I'll have to take up socks soon. I like the small things.Blessings

  3. SingingOwl says:

    Chocolate and tea–yes indeed! 🙂 Glad you liked the Christmas Can Can. Isn't it funny–in a too-sadly-true sort of way?

  4. Bobby Helms was the original recording artist as far as I know — Brenda Lee had the song on her album but her hit was "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." Classic choice (just like tea and dark chocolate!)

  5. Reading and yoga! Those are uplifting. Blessings and Merry Christmas to you!

  6. Sally says:

    tea, dark chocolate, yoga, reading- all soooo good! Great play

  7. Barbara B. says:

    I've been wanting to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!(Again, it was so great seeing you!)

  8. Jan says:

    Wonderful ideas, esp. tea and chocolate. I'm glad it's getting cooler in south TX, so I like having hot tea again. I read all "The Girl–" books, so I hope you will, too. I liked the last one the best.

  9. Terri says:

    Oh Jan, if the last one is the best…then I am in for so awesome reading. I really liked the first one!

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