Category: Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking: Cozy Cabin Life

Maybe it’s because I’ve been living by the beach for a while ….. or the generally warm temps year round in Virginia … or the fact that it’s January and instead of pretty snow all it does is rain, rain RAIN day after day …

… but I’ve been dreaming about how nice it would be to be in a cozy little cabin, preferably somewhat surrounded by woods, with a fire going and snow blowing around outside. It would be warm and snug and everyone would be wearing plaid and moccasins and playing board games. Sounds so blissful.

Now I am aware of the irony in this — that, living 20 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, I would be wishing for cold, snowy weather. I know, I know, it’s ridiculous. But there’s something so cozy about a cold winter, and I guess it’s the coziness I’m craving right now. Plus if you could just see how dreary and gray and yucky it is here …… although, of course, the way the weather changes around here it will probably be 70 degrees and sunny by Tuesday and I will have forgotten all about winter. :-) But just for now, I’m imagining how fun it would be to spend a weekend in a place like this ….



And this one’s not really a cabin ….. an ultra-luxe chalet owned by an incredibly rich person … that’s more like it. Far, far out of my reach, alas. But just think of having all this sunlight coming into your living room – during long, frigid winters that would make quite a difference!!


No log cabin fantasy would be complete without a roaring fire in the fireplace, some large breed dogs lounging around on the floor, hot chocolate and games like Scrabble and Clue, and everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, wearing flannel plaid shirts and other cozy gear.

Speaking of which, I have to say, I currently am pretty much obsessed with plaid. It’s my brother Daniel’s fault; he started wearing a lot of plaid and now a few years later, most of the rest of my family have caught the bug. For evidence, here’s a pic from Christmas.

And I’m pretty sure Nomes is wearing plaid under her sweatshirt. ;-) Hey, it’s possible…

I’ve been kind of into the whole log-cabin-living thing for a while now. My twin lived in a small log cabin in rural Oklahoma for ayear, and I used to visit her there. I fell in love with log cabins. Hers was adorably cute, with a piano (!!), coffee mugs hanging from nails pounded into the wall, and the whole thing heated by a wood-burning stove. Everything smelled like smoke, and there were always critters trying to share the cabin, but it was the happiest, coziest place imaginable. One day I think it would be amazing to live in a log cabin. At least part of the time – you know, like a vacation house. I’m totally going to be rich enough to have 2 houses one day – hahaha. But anyway, a girl can dream …..

And if I never get to live in a log house, I think it would be fun to decorate a room of my house kind of cabin-y, outdoorsy style someday. Like a child’s room (boy), or a man-cave for my husband, if we ever had enough space for a such a room. I wouldn’t use anything too cheesy , but there would be plenty of objects, patterns and textures to evoke an outdoorsy life — plaid and natural fabrics, leather, antiquey things, bits of nature brought inside, vintage signs and things like that hanging on the wall.

For now, there’s nothing to do but wait for better weather here in VA …. and imagine how fun it would be just for a few days to dress up like this and go play in the snow:


Wherever you are, I hope you are having a happy and cozy January. :-)


Wishful thinking: Spa weekend

It’s been a long week. The kind of week that you just want to get away once it’s over. Unfortunately, this weekend doesn’t lend itself to a getaway, but hey, I can still dream. So for this week’s addition of “Wishful Thinking,” I’m going to imagine that this weekend Ben and I are going to Atlantic City, NJ where we will relax at a spa all weekend long.

Photo: Immersion Spa

Rand McNally tells me the trip from here to Atlantic City is about 6 hours. Not too bad, but that’s still quite a bit of driving just for a weekend trip. No problem though since I’m not actually going. :) (And anyway, I love road trips of almost any length because I know the secrets to great road trips: It’s ALL about the snacks. A good book-on-CD helps too.)

I was browsing around the official tourism website for Atlantic City and overall the place seems a bit ……. sketchy. Maybe that’s not the right word, but it’s the one that comes to mind. Seems like most of what the city has to offer is casinos and nightclubs, which is great of course if you like casinos and nightclubs, but that’s not really what I had in mind.

Fortunately the thing about a spa (especially a luxury spa) is you don’t have to leave …. in fact, you don’t WANT to leave. I found a spa, The Immersion Spa at the Water Club at Borgata, that looks like the kind of spa you don’t want to leave. Couples massage? Sure. Leisurely swim in my choice of four different pools? Oh, why not. Custom-designed beds and plush robes and slippers? Bring it on.

Photo: Immersion Spa

The reviews on this spa are interesting. One person rants, “Essentially I paid $150 for someone to rub hot oil on me.” Hmm … I can think of worse things than that. (Of course, to be fair, I didn’t fork over $150.) Another person has the interesting complaint that “I also wish they had more of a beverage selection. A small shot glass of grapefruit juice just didn’t do the trick.” Wow. When I go, I’ll have to remember to bring a nice big mug from home, and when I see them pulling out the grapefruit juice, ask them to fill ‘er up. Anyway, I still think Ben and I would enjoy this spa, especially now that we’ve been warned of potential beverage stinginess and pricey hot oil treatments. Whew.

Ahhhh, well, I’m feeling more relaxed already. I think that’s enough wishful thinking for one weekend. And now I have to go get ready for my REAL weekend, which will include working and studying, but hopefully some fun, too. Tonight I think Ben and I are going to go watch a “movie on the lawn.” Regent University (where we got our master’s degrees) shows movies on the lawn from time to time, and tonight it’s “Gulliver’s Travels.” They have concessions and stuff too. It’s a good time.

Happy weekend, everyone!