Ready to learn more about me than you wanted to know?! I was tagged by Say Yes to Happy to participate in an About Me type post…10 things I love and 10 things I hate. I’ve never done one of these, but I thought this would be fun! Plus it was somewhat cathartic. Like a mini therapy session, blog style. 😉 I’m sure I’ll think of other things later – maybe I’ll add to these lists!
1. My boys (and all of my family and friends – we’re a tight bunch), but I really love my boys. Todd, my son, Davis, and I can’t leave out our golden retriever, Kenan!
2. Coffee. I consider myself a very healthy person, but I have a vice. And it is coffee! I have about a cup and a half each morning, then usually another cup later in the day. And I don’t even use a healthy creamer.
3. Traveling. I love looking forward to trips, packing for trips, experiencing new places, and just getting away. This year we have traveled some, and we are anticipating some more fun escapes this Fall!
4. Workout clothes. I feel the most confident in workout clothes. Is that sad? I love getting dressed up now and then, but for everyday wear, what I’m most comfortable in are capri workout pants or running shorts, running shoes, a sports bra and a great racerback tank top. Now I just need to work out every day that I wear them, ahem!
5. Vegetables, particularly green vegetables. I about have a panic attack if I go a day without spinach or kale. It’s ridiculous. I usually have them more than one meal a day, and I do my best to make sure our son eats this way as well. (He loves broccoli!)
6. Celebrations and parties. I especially love hosting events, or cooking for them. I enjoy planning them, making lists during planning, cooking, decorating, collaborating with co-hosts, etc. My mom (plus grandparents, aunts, and even the dads and uncles) always did an amazing job of celebrating special events in our family, and that trait has been passed down to my generation.
7. Grapefruit anything. I am on such a kick with grapefruit this year. My body wash is even grapefruit scent. Some examples: grapefruit essential oil, just because; grapefruit Lacroix (addicted); grapefruit chapstick; Sauvignon Blanc; plain grapefruit for breakfast. Wanna know a really good wine spritzer?! Rose + grapefruit LaCroix…make it and you won’t be sorry!
8. Topsail Island, NC. Our beach! We’ve gone there every summer since I was young, and my Granny owned a house there. My other grandparents bought a house down the street from her while we were kids, and that’s where we go, as often as possible! It is calm, peaceful, has a beautiful beach and the water is perfect. I think every person in our family feels this way about Topsail. True love affair with a beach town!
9. Series – on TV or books. I get so addicted to Netflix series, it’s sad. If Todd is out of town, I usually binge watch a show that I know he won’t love. For example, two weeks ago while he was gone I watched an entire season of Gilmore Girls. Now I don’t just sit and watch, because I can’t do just one thing at a time. But it’s nice to have the TV on in the background. And I like book series as well. My favorite is the Frances Rivers Mark of the Lion series. I read it several years ago and stayed up until all hours of the night reading. I just could not put it down. Her books are wonderfully written and have a beautiful, Christian message.
10. When someone I’m close to says they want to get healthier or work on their eating. This sounds super cheesy, but it’s true! I’m not insanely strict on myself, but I am passionate about eating clean, and living with the concept that food is medicine. I love hearing that someone I love wants to improve how they eat!
HATE (It’s a harsh word…most of these are things I strongly dislike)
1. People standing too close to me in the checkout line. MY PET PEEVE. Listen people, standing so close to me that I can feel you breathing, is NOT going to make the line move any faster. If your cart backs into me, I’m going to be annoyed.
2. Canned tuna. OMG, gross. That is just not allowed in our house. For real – Todd and I discussed it before we were even married. The bagged kind is out, too.
3. Dusting. I wish I was a neat freak, I really do. Our house is usually neat, and there are some things I don’t mind, such as vacuuming or the dishes (not putting them away, just washing them!) I like our house to be clean, but if I didn’t have to dust another day in my life, I’d be okay with that!
4. When the internet is down. WHY are we so dependent on wifi??? Doesn’t it just ruin your mood when you can’t get online? I wish it didn’t bother me so much!
5. Finishing a good book or movie. I wish those stories didn’t have to end, but could just keep going. I am typically sad when I get to the last page of a great book! Or when you think you have more episodes of a TV show to watch, but then come to find out you have to wait until the next year to see the next season?!
6. That I’m late a lot. It’s so rude to be late, and it’s a bad trait to have! I’ve been better since Davis is a little older, and I don’t care as much to be fully put together when I leave the house. But even though I’m on time more now, it’s still hard for me. I am always in a rush! Maybe by the time I’m 40 I’ll have the on-time thing completely figured out!
7. Being cold. I’m cold most of the time, and I’m not a fan. In the winter, I might as well hibernate! It also takes me forever to warm back up once I’ve gotten cold. I’m pretty sure this is why I’m not a huge fan of skiing.
8. Post-trip depression. The day after or the last day of a trip. Traveling home after a fun vacation is always difficult, don’t you think? And items on my to-do list always seem to flood my mind on the way home.
9. Incompetent or slow workers at a grocery store. This sounds SO mean. I just grocery shop a whole lot, and I know a lot about food. If I branch out to a less busy Harris Teeter than the ones in the busier shopping centers, there’s a good chance I’m going to be annoyed by something. The fish guy at the grocery store closest to our house just started working as a butcher…he used to be at the register…I know this because I’m there that often. Well the other day he completely messed up my fish order, then another guy came to help and he was SO.SLOW. They didn’t apologize or hurry or anything – thought I was going to give up on the fish altogether. It’s pretty sad, but I don’t take it well when a huge store like that doesn’t carry what I need. Or, if a worker takes forever or talks to you for too long. I had a girl ask me about almost every single item I was buying (how do they taste, how do I cook such and such, etc etc) as she scanned them. Thank goodness I stayed polite. Gosh I feel like a jerk now.
10. Having to sit still and not look at anything. I need my phone or reading material or I will get fidgety. I’m pretty sure there’s no way I could sit in a waiting room and just be. Not a great habit!