Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ten things Tuesday :: Happiness Edition duex.

So keeping in check with my weekly and ongoing happiness list...

11.  Massages

Honestly, they don't even have to be professional massages.  There is something about a massage that completely and utterly relaxes me.  They make me feel absolutely wonderful.  It can be D just giving me a back and shoulder massage or a professional one.  There aren't many better feelings than a massage for me.

12.  Mexican food & margaritas

If there is one meal I could eat every day for the rest of my life, it would have to include chips & salsa and margaritas.  Since we're often on a budget, we do Mexican at home a lot.  I tweet a ridiculous amount about how often I am making Carrie's guacamole.  I'm basically obsessed.

13.  Reuniting with friends

[In Birmingham, AL this month for KDS' wedding]

[Friends in Raleigh last summer to hang out]

We make it back to Athens a lot and reunite with friends there.  We have some of the best times going back to Athens.  I love reuniting with friends in Raleigh.  It's always so fun to be able to show friends around my new town.  I adore reunions in other new towns.  It's just so fun to reminisce, laugh, and explore with old friends that I don't get to see regularly living in Raleigh. 

14.  Funny shows

[Parks and Recreation]

 [Arrested Development]

I'm currently obsessed with Parks and Rec but will never be over the loss of Arrested Development.  Funny shows make me so happy.  Since D and I currently don't have cable, it becomes of ritual of catching up on the NBC Thursday sitcoms on Sunday mornings after he's been out of town.  I'm also loving Modern Family.  Summertime TV sort of sucks without cable and no hilarious reruns.

15.  Sleeping in 

I won't lie.  I can still sleep late.  Like 11:30 late.  I'm not ashamed.  I figure I should just keep doing it until I can't anymore.  And hell, if I ever have kids I figure those sleep in days will be nonexistent, so I'm taking advantage.  I try don't waste all of my summer days sleeping in until 11:30.  Admittedly, I don't get the same satisfaction from sleeping in during the summer as I do during the school year.  But I will tell you, 215+ days of the year getting up between 5:15-5:30 makes those sleep in days feel like heaven.
16. Amusement/water parks

[Yep!  Six Flags over Georgia circa 2003!*]

I used to be scared of roller coasters, but once I conquered that fear I never turned back.  I love going to water parks.  I spent a lot of my high school (and even a few times in college with D) time going to amusements and water parks.  I love the thrill of the roller coasters and the water slides.  D and I even spent one of our college spring breaks here...

[Haha...circa 2008]
*Identity kept since permission was not asked to post this photo

17.  Flying

Lots of people get scared flying.  For me, it means I'm going somewhere new.  I've never flown anywhere I've been before.  Flying is expensive, so when I do fly it's typically for vacation.  I hope that, as we get older and make more money, we will eventually fly back to places we've already visited.  I associate flying with a new adventure.  I suppose if I ever do fly someone for a work conference, somewhere I've already been, etc., it's still a new adventure.

18.  Accomplishment

It's that feeling.  I've mentioned before that I didn't feel that I was really successful or accomplished this year in teaching.  I turned towards being accomplished at running.  It's something I am going to will finish.  I feel accomplished and strong when I finish a run.  I have a goal to meet, and I complete steps to meet it.  Running is giving me my sense of accomplishment right now (and if you check out Megan's post here about running and self-esteem, you'll know why).  I know I'll get that feeling from other aspects of my life sometime though.  At least for now, I don't have to continue to search out that feeling.

19.  Chai from Jittery Joes

Jittery Joe's is in Athens.  There is no where that I can find a chai like theirs.  I'm in love and obsessed with it.  I would get it all the time...hot and iced.  Delicious...

20.  Cuddling with the cats

[Bailey 9/6/06 - the day I got him]

Bailey was my first pet of my own as a college student.  D surprised me with him.  I actually wasn't really into cats (although I had been obsessed as a child) because I didn't want to deal with cleaning a litter box.  Yeah...that faded away pretty quickly.  Bailey is the most cuddley, loving cat ever.  My computer is filled with probably hundreds of pictures of him.  Little girl was our second cat, and she is not as affectionate.  She still has her moments of loving...when she does, I snatch her and don't let her get away.  I'm always snuggling with one of them and instagraming their pictures (follow me on instagram if you follow me on twitter!).


Tyly said...

Great list, and I could not agree more on your tv show choices! LOVE those!!!!

Amy @ Juice Boxes + Crayolas said...

I love Arrested Development too!! Can you believe I just discovered it this past year?! Of course I had to immediately stop everything else in my life until I had watched every single episode. :)

Love that running pic BTW--that's one of my favorite sayings, especially when I'm feeling like the slowest runner EVER!

Michelle Schraudner said...

I really love all of these things, except for flying. It's my worst fear!

Joanna said...

Love your list this week! I have to agree with every one of them. I really love that quote on #18!

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

i'm so with EVERYTHING you said, minus the flying part. I definitely love going somewhere new... but... flying isn't my favorite.

WannabeRunner said...

Oh man - i am with you, i could TOTALLY live off chips & salsa. That's definitely my downfall.

I love Parks & Rec and Arrested Development, too. Such great shows. Do you watch Modern Family? It's another favorite of mine.

stoppingfordaisies said...

Great list! I wish my cat was a bit more cuddlier!

this free bird said...

I am right with you on the cats, margaritas and mexican food--they are the cure to all of what life tries to fling at us!


Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

That first picture keeps cracking me up.

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I do believe I could eat Mexican food every week!


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