First published: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 via mySpace
Things that Rock
I’m kind of in a writing mood, so I decided to augment my earlier post on “things that suck” with this one on “things that rock.” I have to give Travis credit for the suggestion, and my apologies for taking so long to write it. We might as well celebrate the cool things in life instead of always just bitching about the stuff that sucks…
Just like my “sucky” blog, I’ve tried to stay away from the big stuff… of course things like love and happiness rock, but I’m trying to focus on the everyday things that bring a smile to my face. I also tried to stay away from naming specific people… I could go on and on about the people in my life that rock, but instead, here’s my list. As always, I encourage you to add your 2 cents:
Sunday afternoons—I love nothing more than lounging on a Sunday afternoon, especially if the weather is nice and I’ve had a full weekend. Serious couch time happens on Sundays at my house.
The bleachers at Wrigley—I’m not a huge sports fan, but there’s no better way to spend a sunny summer afternoon than with an $8 Old Style and a bunch of bleacher creatures. Can’t beat it with a stick.
Thanksgiving Eve—Often touted as the biggest party night of the year, it’s an annual ritual that I wouldn’t miss for the world. It’s usually better if your mom doesn’t have to pick you up the next day—lol!
Really good sheets— There’s just something about high-thread count sheets that makes even the least comfortable bed seem luxurious. I can’t actually AFFORD them, so I sometimes just go to the store and feel the “good” stuff. Hey, we all have our vices!
Espresso chocolate bars—I don’t know the brand name, but they have these organic espresso chocolate bars at Strawberry Fields that are TDF (to die for). Coffee + chocolate = true bliss!
Getting accidentally drunk—Ever have one of those days where you go out for a few and end up getting accidentally drunk? Or you go to a shower or something and the punch is just a *little* stronger than you expected? I love those days…they are almost always more fun than the big, planned nights out.
Road trips—Now, I have the patience of a racehorse, so I don’t like extended time in the car, but a good-old fashioned road trip with your buds beats waiting in an airport line any day. Cheesy music, bad gas station food and inside jokes make for a great time!
The ocean/lake/pool—I don’t really get into astrology, but I’m an Aquarius and I LOOOOOVE the water. Give me a body of water, a cold drink, and a high SPF and I’m in heaven. (Unfortunately, I’m of English/Irish/Polish decent so the SPF is crucial)
Nostalgia—Anything that brings back a “kinder, gentler” time or reminds you of being a kid is a winner in my book. That’s why all those “you’re a child of the 80s/90’s if you remember this” emails are so popular. EVERYONE remembers snap bracelets and Smurfette. Some people say music is the universal language. I’d argue that childhood kitsch is more effective.
The Email Circle– I realize that listing my friends as one of my favorite things is kinda like saying I enjoy long walks on the beach and baby animals. But our email circle is special. Although we may spend entirely too much time emailing one another and chatting about mundane things, some of the best times of my life have been shared with that group of girls and I wouldn’t know what to do without them.
Cheesy jokes—I can’t remember jokes to save my life, but there are 2 or 3 jokes that I can’t get enough of: the blue elephant joke, the “what’s this?” joke with the hand (you have to see it in person), and any of the “what do you call a man with no arms/no legs?” jokes. The cheesier, the better. I don’t like to have to feel SMART to laugh. I like simplicity in my humor.