How We’d Spend Hermit Day, in 6 Words

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photo credit: Kalexanderson via photopin cc

Y’all love chocolate. Y’all love wine. A couple of you seem to love a massage, music, and yoga.

But overwhelmingly, if you have a Hermit Day, it’d be loaded with books, sleep, and alone time.

Every month, I compile a post called 6 Words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in a six-word sentence. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt.

Oct. 29 is Hermit Day.

How would you spend an ideal day all to yourself, in six words?

You’ll see a few trends in the record 80-plus responses here. Even though a couple of you mentioned sex (or ‘hubbida hubbida,’ like Aunie), your hermit heritage revolves around words and solitude. And only one mentioned pizza.

Oh wait. That might have been me.

Books appeared in 20 sentences. Sleep, 17 (nine more mentioned ‘nap’). A telling 12 contained the word alone. And 10 wanted to spend Hermit Day on the beach.

Check out the top 10 most common words, then tell us – how would you spend Hermit Day?

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photo credit: ginnerobot via photopin cc

1. Alone with several bars of chocolate.

Marcia D., of Menopausal Mother blog

2. Searching for the true inner me.

Laurie S., of Adventures in Writing blog

3. Workout, food, massage, food, hubbada-hubbada, dessert.

Aunie, of Aunie Sauce blog

4. I would go shopping at Target.

Jenn D., of More Than a Mom of Three blog

5. Did someone freaking steal my kids?

Jaime C., of The Fruitful Mama blog

6. An Oceanside retreat, books and me!

Rosey, of Mail 4 Rosey blog

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photo credit: jenny downing via photopin cc

7. Coffee, bed, books, too much Netflix.

Elle, of Elle Sees blog

8. Walk in park with changing leaves.

Holly, of Back Home Again blog

9. Cookie tour, nap, ice cream tour.

Tamara B., of Tamara (Like) Camera blog

10. Praying someone saves me from myself.

Momus, of The Next Delusion blog

11. Rejoicing in the absence of others.

Cassandra, of The Next Delusion blog

12. Have Netflix and tea, will veg.

Rory, of Time Out for Mom blog

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photo credit: eltercero via photopin cc

13. On the beach with a book.

Hilary, of Feeling Beachie blog

14. Cuddled with my blanket enjoying movies.

Tammy A., of My Life Abundant blog

15. Crocheting scarves and playing video games.

Shauna S., of Barefoot and Loving It blog

16. Sleep alone. Poop alone. Read alone.

Anna L., of My Life and Kids blog

17. Coffee, spa, massage, and a book!

Natalie, of Knoxville Moms blog

18. Bed, book, wine, bath, bed, sex.

Andra W., of Accidental Coochie Mama blog

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photo credit: sonyaseattle via photopin cc

19. I’d be alone in a crowd.

Sarah D., of Journeys of the Zoo blog

20. Mountain retreat with my computer, writing.

Tina G., of Tina Gayle blog

21. Me, Netflix, Twitter, no kids…beautiful.

Kate H., of Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine blog

22. In my car listening to Pandora.

Jen K., of Jen Kehl blog

23. Turquoise waters, pina coladas, sunshine, sand.

Lesley C., of Bucketlist Productions blog

24. Book, music, coffee, book, music, coffee.

Kathy R., of My Dishwasher’s Possessed blog

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photo credit: deborah is lola via photopin cc

25. Spa day all alone – totally Heaven!

Kathy G., of Kissing the Frog blog

26. Coffee, read, nap, write, wine, repeat.

Caitlin P., of Crossroads of the Heart blog

27. Catered reading and napping in sunshine!

Rabia L., of The Lieber Family blog

28. Yoga, sleep, read, sleep, write, sleep.

Deb G., of Urban Moo Cow blog

29. Pee alone, be alone, sleep alone.

Katy C., of Experienced Bad Mom blog

30. Nap, TV, junk food, repeat … alone!

Jamie J., of Kreyv blog

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photo credit: Andy Beal Photography via photopin cc

31. Good book, warm beach, stiff drink.

Stacey G., of One Funny Motha blog

32. Sleep in, pancakes and read uninterrupted.

Karen K., of Book Delight blog

33. Yoga, brunch, books, pedicure, and naps.

Court, of Baking in My Bathing Suit blog

34. Only one word is needed: Pinterest.

Sara L., of Sweet Silly Sara blog

35. Taking deep heady breaths of freedom.

Jo, of Slummy Single Mummy blog

 36. Cabin in mountains with good books.

April P., of My Bizarre Family blog

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photo credit: adnamaamanda via photopin cc

37. Great book, comfy chair, chocolate bar.

Dana H., of Kiss My List blog

38. Me, a book, on the beach.

Tricia M., of Raising Humans blog

39. Secret single behavior, I’ll never tell.

Britt S., of A Physical Perspective blog

40. Catch up on shows on Netflix.

Theresa M., of Theresa’s Mixed Nuts blog

41. Close the curtains, it’s cozy time.

Kim S., of Co-Pilot Mom blog

42. Yoga, couch, blanket, book, coffee, quiet.

Christine Y., of Love Life Surf blog

tropical drink

43. Massage, tropical drink, beach…enough said.

Toni P., of A Daily Dose of Toni blog

44. I’d spend it with my iPod!

Stephanie B., of Stephanie’s Barnaba’s Blog

45. Treadmill, hot bath, daiquiri, then nap.

Shannon E., of Radio Chick’s Confessions blog

46. Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep, eat, sleep.

Katie M., of Pick Any Two blog

47. Running, reading, blogging and eating chocolate.

Sarah W., of Mum of Three World blog

48. Soaking up sun while drinking wine!

Kim T., of Day with K-T blog

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photo credit: dolanh via photopin cc

49. Nose in books, wearing my pajamas.

Roxanne, of Unintentionally Brilliant blog

50. Hanging out on a beach somewhere.

Nicki L., of LewisLane Designs blog

51. Beach walk, relaxing chansons with champagne.

Judit, of Glamorous Bite blog

52. Swim surf before Happy Hour cocktail!

Corina, of Glamorous Bite blog

53. Hike to the top, take selfie!

Raine V., of Pursuit Peace blog

54. Binging on Netflix and food uninterrupted.

Blair F., of Baby for Scale blog

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photo credit: Billy Wilson Photography via photopin cc

55. Books, park, sun and pearl tea.

Tat A., of Mum in Search blog

56. Book, beer, beach, laptop, music, chocolate.

Stephanie J., of When Crazy Meets Exhaustion blog

57. Hammock on beach, napping in shade.

Michelle N., of A Dish of Daily Life blog

58. on my couch with no timeline.

beth k., of i didn’t have my glasses on … blog

59. Surrounded by mom’s love, in pictures.

Jennifer M., of Mommyhoodom blog

60. Music, chocolate, wine, bubble bath time.

Stephanie-May, of Darkyblue blog

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photo credit: h-monk via photopin cc

61. Good food and on the computer!

Kristen D., of Kristen Duke Photography blog

62. SO EASY – sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep.

Meredith S., of The Mom of the Year blog

 63. A pampered golden silence shopping spree.

Janine H., of Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic blog

64. It would be a pampering day.

Chloe, of The Girl Who Clicked blog

65. Comfy clothes, coffee, couch, crochet, cat.

Jennifer H., of I’m Dancing in the Rain blog

66. Sunbathing while drinking an iced coffee.

Sharon, of Mayor of Crazyville blog

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photo credit: Ian Sane via photopin cc

67. Reading and writing, books and blogs.

Jon H., of Brother Jon’s Page blog 

68. Alone with my sixth favorite person.

May, of Messy Money blog

69. With my toes in the sand.

Jillian S., of Jillian Loves blog

70. On the beach, margarita in hand.

Lisa W., of The Golden Spoons blog

71. I’m alone – who lost the kids?

Kerri A., of Undiagnosed But Okay blog

72. Coffee, write, nap, love, eat, sleep.

John M., of The Good Men Project blog

Mike Teri

73. Dirty Jobs marathon, wine, cheese, chocolate.

Teri B., of Snarkfest blog

74. Stuck at home – social anxiety sucks.

Kerri H., of Momma of 4 Cutiez blog

75. Run, yoga, eat, seated and silent.

Michele P., of A Pace of Balance blog

76. A beach, a book, and booze.

Kerry R., of House TalkN blog

77. Bubble bath, good book and bordeaux.

Vickie M., of Vickie Martin Arts blog

78. Writing the next great American novel.

Michele P., of Old Dog, New Tits blog

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photo credit: Steve took it via photopin cc

79. Who? What? Where? When? Not today!

Christina, of Exhale Joy blog

80. Pen and paper, in the woods.

Kristen, of Bye Bye Beer blog

81. Run and write without feeling guilty.

Julia T., of Diary of a Word Nerd blog

82. Sun, water, fishing, nature, peace, God.

Toby S., of Real Dumbass News blog

83. Reading, writing, eating, napping, minivan parked. 

Lisa, of Notes From the Shallow End blog

84. Beach, spa, books, and some cocktails! 

Rea A., of REALity Bites blog

84. Sleep in, read, eat, read again.

Marie, of Everyday Life blog

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photo credit: jenny downing via photopin cc

85. Shade, beach, ocean, drink, book, relax.

Tammie B., of The Graying Chronicles blog

86. Chick flick, fluffy socks, blanket, M&Ms.

Tamara G., of Confessions of a Part-time Working Mom blog

87. Searching for the pieces I’ve lost. 

Jen G., of Jen Groeber Mama Art blog

88. So writing and painting equal prayer.

Jennifer L., of That’s a Jenn Story blog

89. Run first, then nap and read.

Deb., of Deb Runs blog

90. Disc golf, frozen pizza, Wi-Fi time.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy blog

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  1. April P. says:

    These are all so great! Thanks for including me, Eli!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not a bad one in the bunch, April. Thanks for playing!

  2. Debbie @ Deb Runs says:

    Apparently your readers are a sleep deprived lot.. myself included! Thanks for including me!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Maybe I should shorten my posts, or not push them live at midnight! I suspect y’all would just say up late watching “Full House” anyway.

      Thanks for getting in the game again, Debbie!

  3. Rorybore says:

    my hubby was all insulted by my answer at first – because sex was not listed. but then I reminded him that I had the day to MYSELF. being a man.. he only paused for a second to think about that. *eyeroll*
    another great 6 words showing.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You raise a great point, Rore – must a hermit be alone? If so, contributors such as Andra and Aunie have some ‘splaining to do.

      Was husband’s mouth agape as he considered it? *face palm* We men have so much to overcome.

      This one was pretty stellar, wasn’t it?

  4. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me says:

    There are so many good ideas here…not a bad one in the bunch, like you said. I have to say I like the ones about eat alone, pee alone, poop alone the best. And I’d add shower alone. Why is it that a Mom can’t get five minutes – anywhere – without interruption? 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s a good haul, Lisa. Dads don’t get bugged in the shower and at the toilet as much as moms. Something about the king and his throne there somewhere.

      1. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me says:

        *eye roll* OK, we’ll go with that…

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Every king must have a castle.

  5. AunieSauce says:

    I love it, Eli!! Haha, thanks for the mention in the top! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Aunie! Hope people make their way over to your considerably awesome space.

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