A Few of My Favorite Things

I love working for a University. I love that we close between Christmas and New Year’s. I love this break!

I’ve been spending time with friends and family while Lee works. Today I’ve been all alone and it has been simply divine! And as I’ve relaxed, I’ve identified a few things I adore:

  • Torani sugar-free syrups. Yeah, I’ve had them before but I haven’t spent any time figuring out what to do with them. But now? I’ve got sugar-free raspberry (fav!), coconut, caramel, vanilla, and irish creme. It’s flavorful in my world, I tell you! (I buy them at my local World Market)
  • Gift certificates. To anywhere. I mean really. How fun is it to go shopping and not worry about how much it’s costing you? I love gift cards!
  • Coupons. Don’t you love it when you feel like you’ve cheated the system and gotten a totally rad deal? I know, I know–we’re all paying for it eventually, but seriously! Coupons make shopping exciting.
  • Crystal Light slurpees from 7-11. I know, it’s December. But it’s also 80 degrees in Florida today.
  • Also, The Daily Plate, which revealed that these crystal light slurpees, while sugar free, do have 120 calories and 20g of carbs for a 28oz. cup. Totally worth it.
  • Bike rides. Fast or slow, long or short, sweaty or not.
  • Brace yourself. I love Talbots. Yes, I do. I know I’m not a senior citizen, but I love that store! I can’t afford much there, but today I scored a great white button-down and a denim pencil skirt for a grand total of $26. I don’t even care of that makes me uncool.
  • I love wearing regular sizes. I’m firmly a 12 right now. Every 12 I try on fits. Sometimes I need a 10, but it’s very rare. I think sizes are more uniform in “regular” stores. Remember how plus sizes were all jacked up from store to store?
  • I love shoes! Because no matter how much my body changes, the shoes will still fit. My feet aren’t going to get any fatter or skinnier within the next 30 pounds. I love buying shoes! I’m building like a permanent shoe wardrobe! A permanent wardrobe! That’s exciting!
  • I still love New York & Company. Their pants are weird (cheap fabric and very strange notions of waistlines–hello, that’s more like my bra line!) but tops and dresses–watch out. I got a pair of purple pants, some black capris, and a cute black wrap dress for $3.99 each this weekend. I’m not even kidding.
  • I still love Ross. I know it doesn’t scream “classy lady!” but I don’t mind digging through racks of crap to find the rare gem. I just got a pair of zebra-striped pumps (YES I DID!), nine west shorts (ME! IN SHORTS!), a gray Worthington skirt, and a cute black turtleneck for about $50. That’s a deal no matter how you slice it.
  • I love Shelly/Eggface. I love her protein ice cream recipes. I love my sister for buying me an ice cream maker for Christmas. So far I’ve only made chocolate peanut butter ice cream, but YUM!
  • I love organizing things. I’ve cleaned out my office at home, my closet, the spare bedroom closet/storage, and I’m dying to get rid of a bunch of Lee’s clothes, but I know he’d hate that. I love organizing our stuff! Better yet, I love having time to organize our stuff!
  • I really really love my JOYS Household Organization System. I use my action center every single day, and it totally rocks. You should buy this when it’s no longer out of stock. Seriously. Ask for it for your next birthday. It’s a functional system that actually makes sense.
  • I love the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It works. Easily. My shower sparkles.
  • I love aprons. Fancy ones, simple ones, funky ones. I need more aprons in my life.
  • I love my husband. He’s so generous and honest and easy to be with. He’s a good, good man and I’m happy I snatched him up. 🙂
  • I love Gerbera daises. I especially loved the ones I carried at our wedding, but I also love the ones Lee brought home for me yesterday! Yellow and orange brightens up the house.
  • I love doing laundry. I really do. I love washing everything according to it’s instructions, making everything fluffy and soft, and having everything folded, put away, and ready for wearing. Laundry is one of my favorite things!
  • I love my church. My pastor is a genius. I love the impact our church has in the community.
  • I love my job. I get to do what I like to do all day long! I get to work with Christians whom I genuinely like! I get paid a fair wage. I have a lovely office where I can think.
  • I love the beach. I love it during the summer when it’s hotter than hades, but I really love it in the off-season when it’s cooler and you can wear real clothes and it’s not crowded. The beach is instant relaxation.

I could go on and on (I already have!) but these pleasures are filling my time off of work and helping me give thanks for the year I’ve had. I’ve made good decisions this year, and I’ve had help, and I’m happy with the outcome. I’m far from perfect and could have done better in so many areas, but I like what 2008 brought. All good things. All better than before.

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2 Responses

  1. My goodness – I want to hang out with YOU! Such a great list… I want all of that in 2009 – how do I get started. 🙂

  2. We don’t have Ross here – but Talbots’ eww! LOL.

    The rest – all good – all good.

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