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Published March 25 2012

SheSay's 'Favorite Things': Salonen reveals favorite hide-outs

Editor’s note: SheSays Favorites is a weekly feature in SheSays that runs each Monday. SheSays staffers will gather a few of their favorite things to share with readers. Do you have a favorite you’d like to share? Email shesays@forumcomm.com.

In my earliest years as a mother, the bathroom or garage oftentimes were the only places I could find momentary rest in the midst of a hectic, diaper-proliferated day.

These days, I have a bit more freedom, but still find that in order to retain my sanity I need places of sanctuary.

Here are my top six hide-outs:

  1. When a midweek rest is in order, all I have to do is walk kiddy-corner from my workplace to arrive at the entrance of an oasis in the desert. The Visitation Chapel is located on the corner of First Avenue North and Fifth Street in downtown Fargo. Though it’s only open Wednesdays, the peace and quiet I find there helps me move through the rest of my week less frantically.

  2. Both local YMCAs have been like a warm hug to me through the years. Whether in swimming laps in the downtown pool, resting my weary bones in the whirlpool or catching up on my reading while working the treadmill, I leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on whatever comes my way.

  3. Lindenwood Park in the spring or summer is a parent’s best friend. On days when the older ones are along to help with the younger ones in the play area, I find a haven on a nearby bench, one eye on the kids, the other in a book. Ahhh…..

  4. Speaking of books, the smell of them combined with sunlight from nearby windows make for a blessed mix in the mind of this self-professed bibliophile.

  5. Especially when I’m writing late, it’s good to have some 24-hour options. One local restaurant has a darling waitress, also a night owl, who knows me by name and always stops by to chat when her shift begins. Plus, the “buy three get three free” muffins make me a popular mama come morning.

  6. One of the baristas at this local coffee shop also greets me by name, and he doesn’t even flinch when I ask for “the usual.” When time allows, I choose a mug over paper for my drink. This allows me to sink into my spot comfortably and helps make my stay productive and renewing.