31. Homemade cocktails
I can't say that I am good at (or have ever) done this. Since D works for a beer company, we typically drink mostly beer. And who am I kidding, I'm cheap and spirits are not. But there is something so fun about muddling and making your own cocktail. I don't drink cocktails as much as I would like (let's be honest, they're damn expensive and often not high in alcohol content), but they're fun an delicious!
32. Breakfast food
[Last week's fruit, yogurt, and granola breakfast from my first WIaW link up]
I rave often about D's master breakfast cooking skills. For some reason, I'm not the biggest fan of pancakes or french toast unless he makes it. Anyhow, I adore breakfast. I eat eggs for many meals. I love them over easy. The sole reason I could not be a vegetarian is breakfast meats (and trust me, I've tried the bacon and sausage alternatives...NOT AT ALL THE SAME). Breakfast foods are just delicious. I could probably devour an entire package of bacon if calories didn't count in life.
33. Warm evenings sitting on the porch with a beer
I do this a lot more in the spring before the mosquitoes get all hot and heavy. I take the dogs outside and let them run around in the yard. I love just being outside since typically I'm cooped up inside with kids all day. There is something just so relaxing about sitting down with a beer, and preferably some food, on the porch. I hope we can make
34. Having my hair played with
Having typed that, it sounds a bit strange. You get me though. Something about someone touching your scalp, playing with your hair just feels wonderful. I love it when D picks up a piece of my hair and twists it or rubs it. Even at the salon, the washing, the scalp massage...just wonderful. I'm sure it's some neurological, erogenous zone of the scalp? Whatever it is, it just makes me happy to have my hair played with.
35. Laying in the sun
I love going to the pool and the beach just to lay under the warmth of the sun and read. D prefers actually being in the pool or ocean more, which makes me a party pooper for him (let it be noted that the ocean still freaks me out a little...jellyfish?!). I love just being out there though. I am anal about using the SPF, but it totally makes me happy to darken up my pasty, pale skin in the warmer months.
36. Synders Pretzel Pieces - Ranch
I seriously love these things and I might be the only person. I first had them on a beach trip with some friends 4 or 5 years ago. They don't taste so much like ranch flavor as they do dill. They are delicious. I only buy them on "special" occasions due to the calorie count and my obsession with them. I'm much more of a salty person than a sweet person, and these things totally do it for me.
37. Kayaking down the Broad River
[Via Google images...I do not know this man]
This is what it looks like. Back in Athens, the Broad River is the place to go kayaking. It is super chill (read: no helmets and most calm). We bring beer, subs, and spend the day on the river. It's such a fun activity! I mean how many times can you get a work out in while drinking. It's rare; I promise you. I seriously can not find anywhere in or around Raleigh to do this (without having to buy our own kayaks, etc.).
38. El Sol Torta
This is possibly another reason I could never go vegetarian...the steak torta sandwich from our favorite Mexican restaurant in Athens. I've learned that nowhere has Mexican food like Athens, GA. I'm not sure if the torta is "traditional" or not. It is delicious, and I have yet to find one that compares. It has steak, avocado, lettuce, cilantro, jalapenos, tomatoes, and cheese. You top it with salsa and their delicious green sauce. I could seriously eat it every single day.
39. The Grit
The Grit is an all vegetarian restaurant in Athens. It is amazing. Again, we have yet to find an all vege restaurant in Raleigh. While breakfast meats and the steak torta keep me a carnivore, I typically eat mostly vegetarian/pescetarian (spelling? too lazy to look it up). The Grit does tofu in the best (and probably most fattening) kind of way. I'm obsessed with their "Golden Bowl" that is choke full of tofu, veggies, and cheese. Since D is a master chef, he perfected the tofu and we started making our own Golden Bowls at home...but it's just not the same. Seriously, we miss Athens food...a lot.
[All personal pics from our elopement/honeymoon in Aruba]
Lots of it, of course, has to do with the fact that we got married in Aruba. Aruba combines many of my favorite, happy things though: travel, flying, beach, drinking, laying in the sun, memories with D, etc. What is there about Aruba to not make me happy? I will always have wonderful, happy memories of Aruba. I can't wait to celebrate an anniversary there in the future.