My Favorite Things

I realize I am no Oprah (though I’d kill to take over her show when she finally gives it up) but I have some new favorite things. As I’m feeling generous (and needed something new on this blog that did not involve whining), so I’m going to share them with you.

Sportswear – I’m sure you’ll all gasp in shock when I say I am not the workout type. I don’t have “workout clothes” and never have. I played sports for many years but that only required sweats and a few old t-shirts. Now, I have found the joy and comfort that is sportswear. You have to get some of these Lux Suede Fleece Pants from Reebok. I found them at one of those wholesale stores for like $12 or some such. They are AMAZING. I also love this polyester, stretchy, long-sleeved top I found from Champion, but can’t find it on the web anywhere. It has a nice collar with a ¾ length zipper and the texture on the inside is uber-soft. Fits perfectly and I found it at the same wholesale store. I really need to go back and get more of these things.

iPod – I’m clearly not talking about *new* things here, but I really do love my iPod. It’s the greatest invention since indoor plumbing. To have so much music in one little device that sounds great, fits anywhere, and even works with my car radio is like finding the Holy Grail to me. The cup one I guess, not the dead body one. And speaking of books…

Eat Pray Love – This book by Elizabeth Gilbert is a treasure. Again, as this book was released in 2006, I’m clearly far behind the rest of civilization. In this memoir, Ms. Gilbert spends a year abroad with four months in Italy, four months in India, and four months in Indonesia. Along the way she meets some colorful characters, herself, and her new love. Pretty much in that order. This is one that when I’m finished I’ll likely read it again with a highlighter in hand to mark all the lines I want to remember. This book should be mandatory reading for every woman over thirty. Not that I would discriminate and say a woman under thirty can’t read it, but women over thirty would absolutely benefit from this read.

Chocolate Frosting – This explains why I need the sportswear. There is very little in this world as satisfying as sitting down with a canister of good old-fashioned chocolate frosting…and a spoon. Upon the first bite, my eyes actually roll back in my head. I have no problem admitting my addiction to chocolate and I manage to stay on the wagon for long periods of time. But then I fall off. I have not only fallen off these days, I’m being dragged along under the wheels. I thought I would treat myself over the Valentine’s weekend (since no one else was going to) and bought a yellow cake mix with chocolate frosting. The cake mix is still in the cupboard. Now I have to buy another container of frosting. Darn.

SPRING – Have I mentioned I don’t like being cold. Actually, that’s an understatement. I HATE to be cold. And I’m ALWAYS cold. I have a little heater that sits under my desk at work. I use it year round. Even when it’s 100 degrees outside. Mostly to battle back against the air conditioning. So I am ecstatic that Spring is forcing its way in here in the Va Beach area. We’ve hit over 70 degrees already. Grant it, then it went back to the 30s and we had a little dusting of snow. And though it’s beautiful today, they are calling for snow this weekend. (Which means we will see nothing. Trust me.) The sun is shining and the temps are rising and I am very, very grateful for it.

There you go, some of my favorite things. My guess is that you can’t buy Spring, but the rest of the stuff is pretty easy to find. I really recommend that chocolate frosting. And then wearing those fleece pants on the treadmill.

What are your favorite things? Any new discoveries lately? Anyone get anything really cool from their sweetie that give the rest of us awesome-present-envy?

13 thoughts on “My Favorite Things”

  1. This was a rockin’ awesome post!! And you know the frosting thing? Yeah, I do that too–and no tube of pre-made cookie dough is safe from me. 🙂

  2. terrio says:

    OMG! Gillian, that is my other weakness. I buy cookie dough but there are rarely cookies in my house. LOL! Even when I buy the ones that you just lift off the cardboard and onto the cookie sheet. They end up on a little plate. 🙂

    Thank you for making me feel better about my frosting habit. LOL!

  3. I make excellent cream cheese frosting, which I could eat without the cake.

    In no particular order, I love fall, flip flops, turtleneck sweaters and blue jean capris. Obviously I can’t wear all those things in the fall, but I hold onto sandals and capris until the bitter end, i.e., snow.

  4. terrio says:

    I’m not a fan of cream cheese, but I bet that frosting is good. Someone once taught me to make peanut butter frosting but I’ve forgotten. Which is good since I would likely make it a couple times a week.

    I think I’m the only person in this beach town who doesn’t wear flip flops. Can’t stand that bit between my toes. LOL!

    Hope you had a great trip, Maggie. Welcome back!

  5. Janga says:

    I don’t like flip-flops either, Terri, for the same reason. My sister decorates them so cleverly for all the women in the family, and mine just stay in the closet.

    I do like the first daffodils, tea cakes made with my grandmother’s recipe, and Vanessa Kelly’s Mastering the Marquess, a marvelous book.

  6. terrio says:

    Janga – have you ever thought of asking her to make you some sandals that don’t have the flip-flop toe thing? I search for cute sandals every year, but rarely find anything I like.

    Is the Vanessa Kelly book a new one? I’m afraid I’m totally out of the loop on the books coming out right now.

  7. Janga says:

    Terri, Vanessa Kelly’s book will be out in April. It really is an exceptional book. Manda compares VK to Balogh. That should be some indication of how good she is. The Vagabonds were fortunate enough to get an ARC.

  8. terrio says:

    Janga – Congrats on the ARC. Comparison to Balogh is high, indeed. I’ll keep an eye out and luckily, I have you to remind me about this one when the time comes. LOL!

  9. irisheyes says:

    I like your favorite things, Ter. Although, I’m not the frosting out of the can type of gal, the DH is! So I understand the desire.

    My favorite things – a new book I’ve been waiting for forever; European Chocolate Truffle Supreme pie; A nice dinner out – good food with good friends. My all time favorite thing, though, is nice weather. I’ve just about had enough of this cold. The DH and I just got back from San Antonio – it was in the 80’s there. I’m back in the 30’s now! UGH!!!

  10. terrio says:

    Irish – It was nice enough the last two days for me to drive around with the windows open. Now, it’s raining and 42 degrees. Thank goodness spring will be here soon.

  11. Quantum says:

    Interesting set of likes Terri, and I would be very happy to see you substituting for Oprah…..can’t stand the woman myself!

    The best things in life are free and I’m a simple fellow at heart.

    I like the Autumn colours particularly from tree leaves.I love to observe the mass of golds and yellows on tree clad hill sides or the more exotic trees in arboretums.

    I like the green shoots of spring, particularly the crocuses and snow drops. In fact, living in the country side, I like the constantly changing panorama of nature throughout the year.

    I like to see a pretty girl smile. I love the mountains and high places and I adore powerful motor cars.

    Putting those three together, I guess my idea of heaven could be driving a Morgan sports along mountain roads, with a pretty girl companion, hair blowing in the breeze, smiling at me from the passenger seat.

    See, I don’t need much to keep me happy!

  12. Quantum says:

    Ooops…forgot to mention that I already have the pretty girl; I know where to find the mountains so I’m only missing the Morgan Sports Car. £40K seems a small price for heaven!

  13. terrio says:

    Gosh, that would be even more in US dollars, Q. LOL! I say go for it. You deserve it! LOL!

    And you’re right about the best things being free. Warm weather and the time to enjoy it and I’d be more than happy.

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