(A Few of) My Favorite Things

Who KNEW it would take forever and a day to publish this post? To be fair, there has been a lot going on: teeth falling out, tax fiascos, shedding myself of the crush (he is simply not interested…even a little bit), other blog posts and working the temp assignment. I would have to say the temp assignment has been the biggest obstacle and the main reason for that is the fact that even though I have tons of free time, I need to be comfortable when I blog…not that I am the Naked Blogger or anything like that, but I flourish better in a comfortable and relaxed environment and one simply cannot get but so comfortable in an office setting. Another thing that has been happening  is what I like to call “behind the blogs”…so much goes on with me and the Panel (that is NOT for publication) and in true Panel fashion…it is several of us at the same time having break downs, meltdowns and arguments.

But, at long last…here is the list of things I like and like a lot..some of them I may even be in love with…and since I seem to like/love them all equally, they are in no particular order.

Smoking: I have been a smoker for over 27 years…I joke around and say if you cut me, I will bleed nicotine.. I have been through lots of brands: Benson & Hedges, KOOL, Salem, Virginia Slims, Dunhill…but have been a faithful Newport smoker for at least 10 years. Yes, I prefer menthol…and 100s…and they HAVE to be in the box. I think smoking is cool and sexy…I know society disagrees with me, but I have been thumbing my nose at society for years. For me…smoking makes a great thing better: sex, sleeping in, a good meal…all  are better when topped off with a cigarette. I smoke in my house (I pay too much money in rent and for the cigarettes to NOT enjoy then in comfort) but I do try to be a respectful smoker. However, I may be slowing my roll here…I am huffing and puffing because of my at least a pack  and a half a day habit and have purchased an electronic cigarette kit. I will be keeping you updated on my progress with that.

Spaghetti: I am a BBW…did you really think at least one food item would not make the list? Anyone remember when I blogged about pizza being the ultimate and most versatile in comfort food? I take it back…spaghetti is …and it is simply my most favorite food ever. I could eat it every day and not get tired of it. I like it with onions, green peppers, ground beef or spicy Italian sausage (when I am especially greedy, I put both in), mushrooms and tomatoes. Sometimes I will switch it up a little and bake it with mozzarella cheese mixed in. Close seconds in the food department would be 5 Guys cheeseburgers, club sandwiches, chili, chicken tenders and Belgian waffles.

Sleeping In/Napping: I am a fan of sleep…I may be their #1 fan. Sleeping in is the best thing…ever. I am trying to think of  better feeling than being on your own schedule and able to sleep straight through with no ringing alarm clock to disturb you. Or to have a lazy day with no agenda, a clean house and clean laundry (or maybe not…your choice) and in the middle of the day, deciding a nap is in order to keep up your strength for all the nothingness you are in indulging in. I am finding single folks can indulge in the sleeping in/napping more so than the married folks and/or parents…never fear, I am here to carry your share of such bliss until you can carry your own weight with this.

Massages: I may have just found the beyond best best  thing….my muscles are always tight, tense and feel like slabs of concrete. My calves are so tight and taut, I am asked all the time if I am a runner and my neck….the tension I carry there has me wondering if my head is too big or too hard and heavy for my body.  A pair of firm, hard hands kneading deep into me and my muscles…squeezing tension and tightness out of my body. Sometimes, if they are done in just the right way and done long enough, I want to say massages are better than orgasms. I swear, if I could find a masseuse who massages by the day instead of the hour, I would rob banks to see them and offer them marriage and sexual favors beyond their wildest dreams. Yeah, I am in love with massages.

Chocolate: It can be candy bars, pudding, ice cream, cakes, cookies, brownies…if it is chocolate, I am there and I am eating it. I could eat it on a train or in the rain. I could eat it in bed and while attempting to stand on my head. All Dr. Seuss homages aside….chocolate is this chick’s emergency best friend: it is available 24/7, lives in no particular time zone and will help make everything better…almost immediately.

Television: I have always been one who could take it or leave it when it came to television…a couple of shows here and there over the years caught my attention but somehow…I drifted away. Either they got yanked or I lost interest and with On Demand and DVR…who needs to be juggling schedules to catch a show? I DO, I DO…here are the shows I find I HAVE to be there for when they air (fresh off the presses) because who knows what I will miss:  Homeland, Once Upon A Time (the Evil Queen is awesome but realistically how long can the show last?), Desperate Housewives (although Susan and Lynette can pack up and move), Grey’s Anatomy (I have been hooked since Day 1 and I am so blogging about Meredith Grey),  Body of Proof, Suits  and Big Brother. I love Big Brother so much I will lose weight to become a houseguest and participate in all the crazy, physically draining competitions.

Karma in Action: I am a firm believer in karma…you are given blessings to be a blessing to others and what goes around comes around. So when you are doing the right things by yourself and others and all you are getting is the shit end of the stick, it is best to leave well enough alone (can you believe I said that?) and if you are fortunate enough, you will be around to see the ones who did you wrong get their comeuppance.  Really, there is a difference in knowing it will happen and actually getting confirmation that it has. And via my version of a Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy-like network, I have heard verified news that the Craziest Bitch in America has been fired from her high paying, supervisory position (in which she subjugated folks to 20 different types of hell)…that’s right, she was the one packing up boxes and being escorted out the door. I could not believe it when I heard it: I sent an email to her work address and called her office phone…in less than 24 hours, her voicemail had been erased, the extension transferred to someone else and her email disabled. I am NOT gloating over this, but the only thing that would make this turn of events any better is if her next supervisor is as crazy as she is. Seriously, this chick ranks right up there with Him/BTH and online dating with the Who DOES that/Who SAYS that crowd.

Reading: I have always loved to read and since I was a child, mysteries have been my absolute favorites: Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins and when I wasn’t reading about mysteries, I was watching my favorite cartoon, Scooby Doo, the mystery solving canine. To this day, my must reads include murder mysteries (Lisa Scottoline, Harlan Coben, Sue Grafton, Lisa Gardner and Jonathan Kellerman come to mind first), true crime stories (truth is stranger than fiction), some Jackie Collins (a girl needs juicy, trashy novels once in awhile), Carl Hiaasen (he mixes humor and mystery) and Archie comics. Since I started blogging I have slowed down on my reading (was reading a book a week) but am almost finished a book called Deadly Harvest and am anxious to start on The Kitchen House, a suspenseful drama  (according to Amazon) set in the South during slavery days.

Loco Rico: You know that one person who can just make you feel like a million bucks when you are feeling like rock bottom buried under fifty feet of crap? That’s Loco Rico…I am never fat, old or tired to him. To Loco, I am not a bitch or a victim…he takes the most negative of situations and always, always, always manages to find the positive in it. Everyone needs a Loco Rico in their life.

Rainy/Snowy Days: These work best with sleeping in/napping, reading, television, chocolate and for me…weekends. I love the sound of the rain falling and/or watching the snowfall while I am all warm, cozy and sheltered. The only caveat with this favorite thing is that it is only a favorite thing when I do not have to be outdoors in it.

Music: I have blogged about music…several times. It is simply the one thing that truly speaks to me…whether it is remixed or acoustic, vocal or instrumental….music can transport me, lift my spirits and even feed the depression and despair. I am a music junkie and not even a discriminating one at that: genre, artist, mainstream or independent…none of that matters. I like to say I listen to the best music no one has ever heard of: Beth Orton, The Faunts, Shinju Gumi, Benoit & Sergio, Alucidnation, The Boxer Rebellion, Jose Gonzalez, Annie Lennox, Al Green, Etta James (All I Could Do Was Cry was SO me), R. Kelly, Sara Evans, Death Cab for Cutie, Annie Lennox, Joy Division…these and so many more are part of my music collection. What can I say…I love music.

So there you have it…a few of my favorite things. We will definitely be doing more lists of both likes and dislikes because there are so many things I left off of both. Are any of my favorites your favorites? How would your list of favorites read? As usual, thanks for stopping by and as always…enjoy your day!


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