I have long since wanted to create a sign for myself that lets others know when my shop is “closed.” By “closed” I don’t mean forever, and I don’t mean that the lights are out inside. In fact, you are welcome to join me in my closed shop to cuddle or read or watch an HGTV show, but I am not available for fixing broken anythings, making a sammie, and definitely not for helping with a math problem. Maybe it’s because I had the chance to live in Italy for a short spell and came to appreciate a good siesta (more on the Italian riposo here), but at certain times of the day, I am just really ready for a break from the mundane tasks and worries life sends my way. A couple month’s ago, another blogger posted a picture of a sign that read “badger me not today” and then last week we had a “skunk scare” with the kids out camping, and now I’m sold on hanging up a Badger Me Not Today sign somewhere! Here’s my twist on how I would like it to look every day if possible…
Badger Me Not Today Break
What you will need:
- Kahlua Mousse
- Porcelain Infuser Mug
- Tobacco & Patchouli Candle & Matches
- Great Book
- Limoncello Lotion & Lemon Drops
You need your own stash of single serve Kahlua Mousse cups chillin in your fridge. Here’s a link to the recipe for Kahlua Mousse. About once or twice a year, we strong-arm our good friend Teri in to making it for one of our Girls Events. She usually is wearing this same expression (pictured centered in the pic below on our trip to Venice) when we request it, as if to say “you guys want me to make Kahlua Mousse again?! Really?”
I probably should have dug out Teri’s vintage recipe and posted it by hand for you, but alas, that would take too much effort for someone on a “Badger Me Not Today” break, so instead I am leaving you a lazy link to the Food.com site. This recipe comes in the perfect portions. It has the consistency of chocolate velvet laying under a blanket of cool whipped cream. It has a pinch of Kahlua and a dash of coffee, but is not too sweet. Enough said.
Infuser mug. This beauty was a gift on Mother’s Day from my own Mom and “my goodness!” It’s like the greatest thing ever for a Badger Break. It’s pretty enough to push away bad vibes, and easy enough to clean for next use. World Market has a nice variety in lots of gorgeous colors and patterns. Maybe you need two?
On a recent trip to Bend, OR for baseball, we stumbled on the Old Mill District and this perfect shop (Hello Sunshine) and it was OPEN. Filled to the brim with Badger Break items and other lovelies including… boutique clothing, local artist jewelry, fragrant beauty products, and neat things hanging from the ceiling. We gave a lot of candles the smell-test while there and picked out this 3oz Paddywax Soy Tobacco & Patchouli travel one. I know it sounds odd, but you’ll fall in love with this scent and it’s spot on for a Badger Break.
I look at a great book like I do a plane ticket. If it’s worth a commitment of that much time, it ought to take you up to somewhere fabulous. A few lines in to a so-so book and I’m out, but a great read is essential to a high-quality Badger Break. At least in my book. Speaking of badgers… one of my all-time favorite books features a story told through the eyes of a badger! Incident at Hawk’s Hill by Allan Eckhert is a treasure. Our son read it for a class project and we both fell in love with the characters and the tale. Another favorite is Shibumi by Trevanian, a story of epic adventure and complex prose. Any book that lets you travel far in a short time and teases your brain waves is a good choice for a Badger Break.
When you’re off your Badger Break you’re going to need something to help you get in the mood to open up your shop again. Lemon to the rescue! This Sparkling Limoncello lotion from Bath & Body Works was a gift from my great friend Terri. A little goes a long way towards easing me back in to The Game of Life. I also like to pop a candy lemon drop (preferably Cavendish)… bye bye all evidence of coffee and Kahlua.
Hope you enjoyed your Badger Break!
Now we circle back to regularly scheduled programming, which apparently in our neck of the woods includes a real-life Skunk family. The kind of skunks that are not quite as cute as a badger and like to leave their mark via stinky spray. At a recent Sailing Camp (covered here by the news locally and featuring our son at the end of the video segment) the kids woke up to the sound of skunks just outside their tent snacking on a box of Cheeze-Its. Unfortunately, my mom and I were currently on a Badger Break in the trailer and unavailable for swashbuckling with skunks. However, this was not made clear to anyone because we didn’t have our signs up, so reluctantly we did end up having to put some brainpower in to diffusing the situation. In the end, no one had to be dunked in tomato juice, but I have made a permanent note to self for the future to use my signs. In a game of baseball or softball, the runner knows to check with the base coach on when to leave the bag and come home. It occurs to me that most of the folks in my circle are hard-wired to “look for the signs.” In this case, I just need to hang it. To which I say… “Badger Me Not Today My Friends. I promise that business will resume promptly.”
Here’s a picture of my son on a Badger Break with me. Clearly he’s picked up on reading the signs.