My Favorite Things

on February 19, 2009

I realize I am no Oprah (though I’d kill to take over her show when she finally gives it up) but I have some new favorite things. As I’m feeling generous (and needed something new on this blog that did not involve whining), so I’m going to share them with you.

Sportswear – I’m sure you’ll all gasp in shock when I say I am not the workout type. I don’t have “workout clothes” and never have. I played sports for many years but that only required sweats and a few old t-shirts. Now, I have found the joy and comfort that is sportswear. You have to get some of these Lux Suede Fleece Pants from Reebok. I found them at one of those wholesale stores for like $12 or some such. They are AMAZING. I also love this polyester, stretchy, long-sleeved top I found from Champion, but can’t find it on the web anywhere. It has a nice collar with a ¾ length zipper and the texture on the inside is uber-soft. Fits perfectly and I found it at the same wholesale store. I really need to go back and get more of these things.

iPod – I’m clearly not talking about *new* things here, but I really do love my iPod. It’s the greatest invention since indoor plumbing. To have so much music in one little device that sounds great, fits anywhere, and even works with my car radio is like finding the Holy Grail to me. The cup one I guess, not the dead body one. And speaking of books…

Eat Pray Love – This book by Elizabeth Gilbert is a treasure. Again, as this book was released in 2006, I’m clearly far behind the rest of civilization. In this memoir, Ms. Gilbert spends a year abroad with four months in Italy, four months in India, and four months in Indonesia. Along the way she meets some colorful characters, herself, and her new love. Pretty much in that order. This is one that when I’m finished I’ll likely read it again with a highlighter in hand to mark all the lines I want to remember. This book should be mandatory reading for every woman over thirty. Not that I would discriminate and say a woman under thirty can’t read it, but women over thirty would absolutely benefit from this read.

Chocolate Frosting – This explains why I need the sportswear. There is very little in this world as satisfying as sitting down with a canister of good old-fashioned chocolate frosting…and a spoon. Upon the first bite, my eyes actually roll back in my head. I have no problem admitting my addiction to chocolate and I manage to stay on the wagon for long periods of time. But then I fall off. I have not only fallen off these days, I’m being dragged along under the wheels. I thought I would treat myself over the Valentine’s weekend (since no one else was going to) and bought a yellow cake mix with chocolate frosting. The cake mix is still in the cupboard. Now I have to buy another container of frosting. Darn.

SPRING – Have I mentioned I don’t like being cold. Actually, that’s an understatement. I HATE to be cold. And I’m ALWAYS cold. I have a little heater that sits under my desk at work. I use it year round. Even when it’s 100 degrees outside. Mostly to battle back against the air conditioning. So I am ecstatic that Spring is forcing its way in here in the Va Beach area. We’ve hit over 70 degrees already. Grant it, then it went back to the 30s and we had a little dusting of snow. And though it’s beautiful today, they are calling for snow this weekend. (Which means we will see nothing. Trust me.) The sun is shining and the temps are rising and I am very, very grateful for it.

There you go, some of my favorite things. My guess is that you can’t buy Spring, but the rest of the stuff is pretty easy to find. I really recommend that chocolate frosting. And then wearing those fleece pants on the treadmill.

What are your favorite things? Any new discoveries lately? Anyone get anything really cool from their sweetie that give the rest of us awesome-present-envy?

Life’s Little Curve Balls…

on July 5, 2007

Why is it the things that are good for us are rarely the things we want? It’s one of the mysteries of the universe. There is a line in a Cheryl Crow song that goes something like…It’s not having what you want, It’s wanting what you’ve got…My goodness that is so true. For me anyway. It’s like some sort of cosmic joke. You spend so much time wanting something good to happen and then when it does, you don’t want it. What’s up with that?

Take chocolate. No, don’t take my chocolate – unless you want to draw back a bloody stump – but chocolate in general. Who wouldn’t rather have a wonderful piece of chocolate fudge cake than a Caesar Salad? But which one is good for you? See? It’s annoying I tell you.

Take writing for example. It sounds like fun doesn’t it? Writing a romance novel, getting to create these characters and putting them into funny, dangerous or sexy situations. It would be a blast, right? Yeah, until you try it. Then it’s like having your teeth pulled with no Novocain while a schnauzer chews on your toes. Painful and annoying all at the same time.

But then you struggle through and you get to type the two most wonderful worlds in writing land. THE END. You print out your work and there you have it, a completed manuscript. I, of course, have not experienced this thrill first hand as of yet though I’m keeping the hope alive that I will within the next couple of months. But several of my friends have recently reached this pinnacle of accomplishment. Three cheers and a go away and stop gloating to all of you.

So, someone give me the answer. What is the trick to wanting what you’ve got? Because I really need to know. And if I could get the answer before the weekend I’d appreciate it. *g*