Thursday, September 27, 2012

a to z: things i adore

It's hump day, and I'm wishing it were FRIDAY.  My work life has been a complete whirlwind these last few days for a multitude of reasons.  I find myself coming home each night, throwing on sweats, pouring a glass of wine, and crashing on the couch.  Unfortunately, I have to crash with the computer in my lap because duty homework calls.

Today, I thought I would switch it up a little bit.  It's been too long (for me) since my last post and I've been wanting to catch up.  I also needed a little pick-me-up this afternoon, so instead of my normal blog post, I decided to reflect on some of the things in this life that I love so much.  I saw an "A to Z" survey on one of the blogs I read a couple of months ago, and thought it'd be fun to do one of my own.  I'm basically going to use each letter of the alphabet to to highlight something that brings me joy (hence the title "things i adore").

Here goes...

A to Z:  Things I Adore

A - Apples.  I eat an apple almost every day, usually with peanut butter.  And you can't eat apples without the Pampered Chef apple's best invention.  Sliced apples with peanut butter is a great snack and it's filling too.  Can't beat it.

B - Bo.  My husband and best friend in this world.  He brings me such an incredible amount of joy.  Can't you tell?!

C - Catherine Blue Ward.  Most girls are not as lucky as I am to have found a lifelong best friend.  We'll grow old laughing at each other's jokes.  Sad part is, we're usually the only ones who get the jokes.  Catherine has been with me through the best and the worst of times.  She's simply the best.

D - My daddy, of course.  I'm so thankful to have been raised by such a wise and caring man.  Love my dad!

E - Exercise.  I am grateful for an able body to do the things I do...whether it's taking a Zumba class, hitting the elliptical, or struggling through an Insanity workout.  Exercise is a stress reliever for me.  It also makes me feel strong. 

F - Fried okra.  I know, I know, fried foods are not that good for you.  BUT, it's okay to enjoy your favorite foods once in a while, right?  Bo makes the best fried okra, it's really indescribable.  

G - Greek yogurt & Granola.  This is one of my favorite staple snacks.  My refrigerator is always stocked with many flavors of Chobani and I'm never without a box of granola for a topping.  Bo packs this snack in my lunchbox every workday.  I actually look forward to eating it too.  

H - Home.  There is nothing quite like coming home.  

I - Inspiring blogs.  I regularly read about 5 different blogs.  I get all kinds of ideas from these blogs including recipes, workout routines, shopping ideas, and inspiration to continue doing all the things I love.  If you're interested, check out the "gotta read" link on my main page.  You won't be sorry.

J - Jokes.  And they don't necessarily have to be good jokes.  I usually don't get the really good ones.

K - Kisses.  Of all kinds.  I love a good morning kiss from Bo, a sloppy "welcome home" kiss from Miller, and the Hershey kind too.  Chocolate makes everything better :)

L - Lucy.  She's a princess, just like her mommy!

And I have to mention laughter.  They say it's the best medicine...and a calorie burner too?! 
M - Mom a.k.a. supermom.  I just spent 20 minutes looking for a picture she'd think acceptable for posting, but I came up with nothing.  I love you, mom ;)

Miller.  That's 55 pounds of pure joy right there.

N - New Song Church.  Check it out.  

O - Oreos.  Ok, I'm not really an oreo fanatic, but Bo and I picked up the Halloween oreos at the store the other day and they are AH-MAZING.  They're especially good dunked in milk.  *Don't eat too many!  One oreo has 70 calories!!

P - Pumpkin.  Pumpkin anything.  Pumpkin everything.  Right now, I'm digging my large Dunkin' Donuts coffee with 2 pumps of pumpkin.  Anymore than two is too much; any less is not enough.  

Q - Quiet time. I don't mean nap time; rather, I enjoy a quiet time first thing in the morning when I get up.  I can enjoy a cup of coffee, do some reading, and then work on my graduate school assignments.  

R - Rusty. My big brother and friend.  He used to just be my big brother, but since we've both grown up, he's become a friend too.  For many years, we were the only two siblings and I have many good memories of the two of us during those years.  He's so cool, especially since finding a girlfriend I like ;)  

S - Sisters!  I adore my three little sisters.  Annoying?  Yes.  Overwhelming? At times, yes.  But gosh, they are THE sweetest, smartest, most adorable 10 year old girls that exist on this planet.  I am so thankful my crazy parents had triplets "late" in life.

T - Teaching.  I love my job even on the hard days...which has been every day so far this year.  Yikes. I'm praying that this is just one of "those years".  

U - University of Phoenix.  I'm currently getting my Masters in Administration from UOP and I love the school, the teachers, the classes...everything!  My administrator recommended it and I'm so glad she did.  I've actually enjoyed (in spite of the work load) taking the courses and engaging with others from around the country who share my same passion.

V - Visiting family.  I love to travel down to SC or Georgia to visit mine or Bo's family.  It feels so good to spend time with the one's you love.  One of my most favorite people to visit is my Aunt Kathy. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be just like her when I grew up.  

W - Wrestling.  Yes, I said it.  I like wrestling, ok?  It's my husband's first true love and I support him in everything that he does.  If he loves it, then I love will put up with it.

Coach of the Year

X - Ok, don't hold it against me.  I would have to fabricate an "x" word and I'm just not going through the trouble.  X is just one of those letters...not a good first letter (but a great letter to have in words with friends!)

Y - You!  I'm so glad you're reading my blog, whether you're a friend, family member, or one of my silly drill team girls.  Writing makes me feel good and I'm thankful you're reading.

Z - Zumba.  I love taking zumba classes at the gym!  The classes are super fun and I truly do break a good sweat.  Zumba is offered at most gyms, so try a class if you haven't already.  


Ok guys, it's 5:45 am and I've gotta get going (and get off this computer)!  Work is calling my name. Have a great day :)

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