This day’s post was supposed to have 10 likes and 10 dislikes. I opted to split it into two. My dislikes are so goofy, I figured I would dedicate an entire post to them. Plus, my likes took a little more time than I had expected to throw together. When you start talking about things you are passionate about, you can get a little distracted in the details.
Office supplies are one of my absolute favorite things to buy. There is something so satisfying about purchasing that new notepad and fancy mechanical pencil. The ideas for their use are boundless. The crisp new pages bring new hope to the myriad of tasks that are about to be listed. Tasks that had been overlooked and procrastinated on in the past. The fancy new folders with their sleek and modern designs, the pencil tray for my desk. All to help organize and prepare me for life. I get excited thinking about it, but that’s not wrong, is it?
CrossFit is something I had heard a few things about in passing conversations, and it always looked like something I wouldn’t be able to do, until I met EA from EA’s Crossfit. I learned so much about my body and saw how strong I truly was. I miss it desperately, and can’t wait to get back to the box. For those of you unfamiliar with CrossFit, it “is a strength and conditioning program designed to help people gain a broad and general fitness. CrossFit programming concentrates on constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity to achieve overall physical fitness, so people are prepared for any physical challenge.” (Taken from Wikipedia) My favorite part about it is that you compete against yourself and for you to reach your personal best.
Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. I love her. She is both beautiful and frightening at the same time. She will not be left off a party invitation, and she will let you know in the most extreme of ways. By the way, I am hoping for the best with Angelina Jolie being cast as her in the Maleficent movie. In some ways, I am bummed they are making a movie, but it does show what a beloved character she is.
Reality TV is almost a guilty confession, but I find more and more that I am a fan of high brow reality television and not that junk everyone else watches. Forgive me if you watch the junk. I have friends and family who watch it too. Not that Big Brother or any of the numerous true crime shows I watch are really any better, I just like to pretend from time to time that I am not totally wasting those hours of my day.
Speaking of True Crime, that’s another one of my likes. I was raised by my grandparents, and my grandfather was a corrections officer at San Quentin. He shared stories of his experiences, and I would listen so intently when he would told them to me. I originally intended on pursuing a career in criminal justice, and found myself reading and watching anything and everything about unsolved murders and other crimes. This picture of my grandpa reading to me as an infant is one of my all time favorites. It really helps answer the many questions people have about my interests once they get to know me. I can be a bit macabre.
Dancing. It’s exercise AND it’s like meditation to me. I lose myself when I am on a dance floor. It’s just me and the music. I feel the rhythm and move with it. I become the music. I know that sounds really cheesy. I wrote it and then deleted it, and then I was like, how the hell else am I going to convey that thought? There is no other way. So, as cheesy as “I become the music” sounds, it stays.
Juicing has become one of my favorite ways to get fruits and veggies into my daily diet. I have heard some people poo poo juicing, and those people are entitled to their opinions. If done right, and not over done, it can be a great addition of vitamins every day. No need to argue that juicing takes out the fiber and other goodness found in your veggies, I know. I dump that all in the trash and don’t even think twice about it. You know why? I have a cup full of delicious vitamins that I wouldn’t have put into my body had I not just juiced the crap out of them. So there. Juicing is fun, and at times meditative. Sitting there, pushing the fruits and veggies into the machine and watching the pulp come out is so satisfying.
I like to play video games. I like them on Xbox, Wii, Play Station, pc, my phone, and even my Nook. I will play a video game for days and days and lose hours of my life to them. Hell, I lost three years to a little game called World of Warcraft. That game was so deep it spawned my alter egos ZK, a little gnome who enjoys humping calves when you aren’t looking. Like reality tv, I feel like I should be ashamed of being a video game junkie, but hey, at least I am still a present mother and take care of my kids unlike these parents. I still have my priorities straight.
Las Vegas comes to mind when I am trying to come up with my last two likes. I have been there far too many times than I’d like to admit since my first time there at 24. I have yet to take my children, and I have only been three times with my husband, but I have been to Vegas so many times I am happy they are putting new hotels on the strip for me to stay at! Ha, no, I haven’t been that many times, but it practically seems like it. I have even stayed at a pretty shady motel that was one of those live-in motels and possibly had hourly rates. And quite possibly it had a large blood stain on the carpet. What I like so much about Vegas is people watching and everyone’s dream of being a winner. It’s so entertaining and exciting!
I can’t believe I almost missed this one. My final “Like” is an easy one. One of my first introductions to blogging was this lovely ladies blog and a story she wrote about an explosive swim diaper (which I am so upset I can’t find, but it makes an appearance in her book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened). I related to her crazy ramblings and as she says “found my tribe”. I could go on an on about how great she is, but check out her blog to find out for yourself. The Bloggess makes me laugh until I snot on my computer screen, and sometimes she can touch me to much that I get teared up. She empowers others who suffer from depression and helps us laugh during our dark moments. Oh, and I met her once!