In honor of Valentine’s Day, I would like to commemorate my top 10 loves:
1. My Husband. (He calls himself StratoSit279)
Of course this should go without saying, but I LOVE my husband. We’ve been together over 20 years. He treats me like a princess and would do absolutely anything for me. Including, warming up my side of the bed so that it’s toasty when I climb into it. If that’s not love…
2. My Children.
Yes they drive me crazy… after all, they’re all teenagers – that’s their job. But they are GREAT kids. They’re very creative, artistic, and musically inclined. And although they don’t help around the house as much as I would like, they are more than willing to help with things that make my life easier – driving the young’uns around, running errands for us, tending to the animals, and all the while growing into very respectful, law abiding adults. I am incredibly lucky to be their mom.
3. Exercising and Healthy Living.
Ten years ago I never would have included exercise on the list. Now, however, I love it. In fact, if I go too many days in a row without any form of exercise, I get incredibly grumpy. Running and butt toning are my favorites. 🙂
I also love reading articles on fitness, and watching or reading stories about people who have lost weight and/or gotten in shape. I think this is because I overcame some very unhealthy habits and I’m proud of where I am today.
4. Cupcake Wars and The Amazing Race
Cupcake Wars airs on the Food Network. Basically, 4 different bakers compete to see who can bake the tastiest cupcakes and then display them in the most creative way. I love this!
And how can you not love The Amazing Race? I have a smile on my face the whole time I am watching it. And all the while I think to myself, “as soon as I am able to leave my kids and job for 3-4 months… I am ON it!” I’d love to race with my hubby, although I’d imagine that we’d fight… but I think we’d do very well. We’d be the obligatory “old couple” by the time we’re able to drop everything and go.
5. Researching Recipes and Then Making Them.
I can spend hours on the internet googling cupcake recipes, cookie recipes, bread recipes. Then once a week, I make the hard decision of which one to bake. I share some with the family, then bring the rest to work. I think they like being my guinea pigs.
I love a good book! Right now I am reading “After Ann”. It’s different from my normal reads of crime thrillers. This book is about an unlikely friendship between two ladies, and their on-going struggles. It’s very moving. My favorite time to read is while I’m eating breakfast. The kids are either at school or still in bed. This only works however if I’m not eating breakfast in my car. (On my way into work for a 6am shift)
7. My Heater.
My heater is my best friend during the winter months. It usually stays plugged in my bathroom, because that’s where I’m most likely to be cold. But if I could attach it to me, I most definitely would. I hate being cold.
8. Couch Time.
After a long day, I can’t wait to relax on the couch. I have my own spot. It’s crowded with blankets, and has a few ice cream spills on it, and it’s ALL mine. As you know, however, it’s only really appreciated when I feel like I have earned it.
9. Ice Cream
There is not one day that goes by where I don’t have ice cream. It began when I was on my way to losing 60 pounds. At the end of each day, I would treat myself to ice cream. At the time, I would measure out a half cup serving, and then eat it as slowly as possible, savoring every bite.
Now I find the biggest bowl around, fill it up, plop on the couch, and still savor every bite. I suppose it’s still a treat for me, and something I look forward to. Maybe that’s why I love couch time so much. They go hand-in-hand.
10. My Blog Friends.
I have to thank Jules for getting me started on blogging. (Her husband, Mike, also blogs). From there I have met Terri who led me to Agg79 and Abby Normal. Then very recently I have met TowardsHealthyLife and Some Frozen Cookies. And although StupidTom tends to keep to himself, I find myself cracking up while reading about his mishaps. Too funny! I feel like I am making some very good friends, all over the world, and I am enjoying it tremendously. Thank you all for allowing me into your blog-dom.
Happy Valentine’s Day!