Thursday, April 19, 2012

great escapes--frazzled contest

When life gets hectic and hairy, I escape. In the car, I rely on daydreaming about moving into George Clooney's Italian villa and languishing seaside with a glass of white wine. At the kitchen sink I gaze outside on a blooming flower bed and that makes me feel happy. When I've got a little free time, I leave my reality and delve into a good book to travel through time and space to a better dimension than the Here and Now.

Books have brought me to England, the Grand Canyon, Cuba and Japan. I've seen most of the world and experienced centuries of history through books. In my most frazzled moments, I can close my eyes and stand in a Concord orchard beside Jo March, eating apples and inhaling the crisp fall breezes. I can stroll through the green hills of Ireland, lie beside the sea on the sand, take coffee beneath the shadow of the Eiffel Tower at an outdoor cafe or eat a croissant beside the roaring fireplace at Gabri's bistro in Three Pines.

The best books offer a getaway to Someplace Else and Alyssa's book Austentatious is no exception. I've never been to the South By Southwest festival, or to Austen, Texas for that matter. Escaping the reality of loads of laundry, taxes and homework battles to experience a little bit of romance with a Scottish rock star at an Indie music festival was a new route for me to take, and pretty dang enjoyable. Plus, Alyssa includes gourmet cupcakes in her book. Bonus!


This book is the running theme all week here at Chez Green Girl. I'm giving away a copy of
Austentatious to one lucky winner. Entering my Frazzled Contest is easy--each comment in the comment box is an entry to win. That's all. I'll pick a lucky winner Monday and mail them a copy of Austentatious. It's that easy and that awesome.

Spill it, reader. How do you escape those frazzled moments of everyday life? TV? Running? Wine? A book?

19 comments:

  1. A book will always do it for me!

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  2. I just take a deep breath and try to remember that we can only do one thing at a time, so do the most important first and make a list of the rest.

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  3. My best way to relax is a few hours at the beach.

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  4. I have determined that I am not that good at escaping those frazzling moments! I guess I just live through them. I am currently reading "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck. I'm at the point in the book where everybody is starving, so the main effect is to make me grateful.

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  5. Books definitely help. I'd love to go to Gabri's bistro --in fact, I was a tiny bit disappointed that the last book didn't have as much food porn as the previous ones :-)

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  6. Frazzled or not, wine always works, and wine, cheese, and a good book is heaven.

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  7. a good book, a cup of tea and some tatting. either/or, and not in any particular order.

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  8. A book is a wonderful help to escape. A book and a mug of hot chocolate or coffee. A hot bath. And for a long time it was going to the stable to see my horse. He died a few years ago - so that leaves me with the books, coffee and hot baths. But maybe sometime again I´ll be lucky enough (and have money enough (:D) to have the horse as a friend and an escape as well again.

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  9. I pack the dog into the car and take him for a walk on the beach. Even half an hour is totally relaxing.

    carlscott@prodigy.net.mx

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  10. A glass of wine & a book is sure to do it for me!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    jakki36 (at) yahoo (dot)com

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  11. The more you talk about this book, the more I want to read it!!

    I escape with bad tv (Jerseylicious, you are my beloved dirty little not-so secret) and decadent, rich desserts. No wonder I have the body of three goddesses.

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  12. A walk. It helps to organize my thoughts and come up with a plan, one step at a time. ;)

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  13. i am a reader too! I would love to read this book!

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  14. A good workout does it for me.

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  15. Frazzled -- I love a particular thrift store. Good book is hands down the best - or even fb or stupid tv. I have many frazzled skills as am frequently frazzled!

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  16. Running, reading and music work well for me! (Though I should really say "gently jogging" ;-).

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  17. I want to go to George Clooney's Villa with youth..Thelma and Louise!!

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  18. Hmmm... It kind of depends on what has me frazzled. A book, dancing around to music, going for a bike ride, those usually do the trick. =) Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Austentatious! =)

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Spill it, reader.