A Few of My Favorite Things

There's nothing I love more than first thing in the morning when the house is still quiet and only the distant hum of city traffic can be heard. 
I love sitting on the couch with a piping hot cup of tea, dipping a shortbread finger inside. I love counting to 5 while it slowly absorbs the warm tea and goes soggy. I do this over and over again until it's gone and gobbled up. I love holding my mug of tea gently and feeling the warmth slowly spread through my fingers and up my arm. I always close my eyes and hold it close to my face so that the warm damp steam tickles my nose. It's my favorite morning routine. 
Totally weird, and totally OCD...but I love writing lists. They help me to feel in control, they make me feel organized and 'together.' They allow me to get all of the crazy ideas and thoughts in my brain out on paper so that I can relax. I'd be lost without them.

I absolutely LOVE going grocery shopping. I think this might be something that my mother has passed on, because I know she's the same. I think it's something to do with seeing my  cupboards full. I love standing with my hand on my hip looking pensively at shelf after shelf full of endless delicious cooking concoctions. It excites me to know that I have the option to make whatever floats my boat for dinner, that I can be adventurous and innovative. It's also oddly comforting to know that I'm not going to run out of food. It reminds me of when I used to read Little House on the Prairie and imagine a cellar full of dried meat and canned goods stockpiled for winter. 

I love warm crumpets with honey and butter.

I love being completely consumed in a good book. It's exciting to escape into the plot and become completely oblivious to all of my surroundings. I get totally submerged in the vibrant film playing inside my head. Sometimes I'm so involved in the story that I actually feel like I'm living it, like whats going on in my head is actually reality. That is, until Carl drops something, my phone rings or I desperately need to pee ...at which I am instantly brought back to the couch in my livingroom. I also decide whether or not I enjoy a film adaptation of a book based on how similar it was to my own movie I created while reading. Does anybody else do that?
I love that next week The Hunger Games comes out in theatres! YES! The wait is over! I'm hoping that I'm not disappointed.

I LOVE watching Extreme Couponing. That will totally be me someday. I want a stockpile in my basement!

I love when good things happen to good people. Last Friday I sat with my cuppa tea watching my favorite English morning show when they had a segment about an absolutely adorable old couple from Southport, England (this is the same place Carl and I got married) who won 3.5 million pounds on the lottery. I smiled from ear to ear as I watched their interview, they were so stinkin' cute, deserving and down to earth. (You can click here to watch it for yourself) And because they're both in their late 70s they've decided to use their winnings to buy houses and pay off the mortgages of their children and grandchildren. How unbelievably sweet and giving! I'd love to be able to win the lottery and buy my family members houses! Can you imagine?
I love how every day Carl and I fight over who loves the other more. This morning I looked at the number of texts sent between us since I last cleared (4 days ago), and it's already over the 130 mark. 90% of them have the words 'I love you more' in them, while the other 10% contain something along the lines of: 'stop leaving the freakin damp towels on the bed!', 'you're being an ass,' or 'get some milk on your way home, babe.' I love my hubby (more!), I love how he loves me and I look so forward to our future and growing old together.... This is so random but writing about Carl reminded me and I have to share. I have this app on my phone called AgingBooth (it's from the same makers as FatBooth) and last weekend I 'aged' Carl and I. The results made me very nearly pee my pants. Haha! Although they're downright frightening (in real life I sincerely hope I take better care of myself in the future!) I have to show all of you. Carl's is my favorite because he looks SO much like the old grumpy man (ironically also named Carl) from Disney's UP! It's hysterical because since we watched it together I've always told him that's what he'll be like when he's old, and he's always called me his Ellie (in the film that's the name of grumpy old Carl's late wife). What are the odds, eh?

I love the smell of fresh laundry after it's spent an entire day out on the clothes line in the sweet summer air. I've missed that ever since I've lived in the city. It's one of the silly little things I look forward to when I move home.
I love cats and I miss my Bobbi Jo Punkin Little something awful! 

I love the beginning of every August. I love the carnival music, the smell of fried onions with Italian Sausages and the taste of  piping hot bread dough smothered in Vermont Maple Syrup. I love the newspaper clipping my Mother has with the picture of my Sister and I on the little drummer boy ride when we were 4 and 5. I love the sound and smell of the mud covered demolition derby, and screaming at the top of my lungs for friends and family members who are competing (there's always someone I know). I love walking by the Bingo tent and knowing 9 times out of 10 that's where I can find my grandmother. I love the Addison County Fair and Field Days and all of the childhood memories that that fairground conjures up. 

I love when Carl talks in his sleep about 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles and going shopping. Baha!

The older I get, the more I love sage green. Everything in our livingroom is currently that color and I just can't get enough of it. 

I absolutely love children. I love their optimism, happiness and willingness to explore. And more than anything, I love watching them grow and become their own person. And knowing that I have a part in that makes me smile and is good for my soul. It makes me feel as though I have a purpose and I am making a difference. I can't wait to grow myself, and every year through the help of every student, become a better teacher and a better person myself.  

I love getting new make-up. I also love the smell of blush (so weird, I know).

I love the smell of fresh cut grass and bark mulch. It reminds me of summer and my Dad.

I love my sister's laugh while she watches America's Funniest Home Video's. It reminds me of my Grandpa Cousino's. So cute.

And finally, I love the sudden moment when I realized it's okay to love and appreciate myself. Various stumbles along the way within my life have knocked my confidence and caused me to view myself in quite a dark and unhealthy light. If I'm being honest, I didn't love myself for a very long time. In fact, I hated myself. But it's so liberating and healthy to know that I'm finally starting to get to a point where I don't hate who I am. I'm recognizing that I'm not a bad person, I do deserve good things and I don't need to try and be someone in order to please others. I spend my time now focussing on my good qualities, the good that I bring to this world, and how I can share that with others. Although I know this whole 'loving myself' thing is a long journey that I'm only at the beginning of, it feels good to know that I'm finally on that path. And I feel optimistic. 

These are a few of my favorite things...but what are yours? :)

Thanks for reading, guys!
Take  good care,


  1. I'm so excited about Hunger Games! I'm thinking I need to plan a girls night out for the movie with Hubby keeping Baby girl at home...sounds perfect for me!

    1. You definitely need to arrange a girls night out! You deserve it! I'm sure the hubby wouldn't mind watching Elyse. Quality father-daughter time! :)


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