Happy Sunday everyone! I’m most likely off at the lake while you’re reading this post (assuming I didn’t screw up the publishing time), and I still need to get my things together before leaving in a few hours, so let’s jump right into the second half of the “Simple A-Z” survey. Missed part 1? Clicky here.
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[N] Nature: I love being outside. Fresh air. Sunshine. The feeling of grass and dirt beneath your feet. Wonderful. Being outside always helps keep me grounded and makes me feel more alive. Plus, nature is just so pretty.
[O] Oatmeal cookies: These little gems probably hold more nostalgic value for me than any other food. My mom used to make the best chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for me when I was growing up, and I have so many memories of helping her in the kitchen and then impatiently waiting by the oven until the cookies were done baking so that I could have one (or five) with a glass of milk. Good times.
[P] Photography: Immortalizing fleeting moments is a beautiful thing. As is getting a good laugh when you look at yourself 10 years later and wonder: “What the heck was I thinking?!” Come on, you know you do it too.
[Q] Quiet Time: Although I love keeping busy and feeling productive, I need to have time everyday where I can just sit and -be- or I start getting a little bit loopy. No noise, no distractions, no to-do list in my head; just peace and quiet. This is probably why I cherish the early morning so much. Well, that and there’s breakfast, of course.
[R] Reading: Reading has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I devoured books as a little girl (Golden Books, anyone?), and not a whole lot has changed. No matter how busy my day gets, I seem to always find time to read; and my book collection is threatening to overtake my home (no, I won’t get a Kindle/Nook/what-have-you).
[S] Satisfying the Sweet Tooth: I have a huge sweet tooth, and nothing feels better than hitting a sugar craving right on the head. I used to have a bad habit of denying my cravings, but they would only build up over time and make me super cranky. I’ve noticed that as long as I honor my cravings on a regular basis, they don’t tend to build up and make me want to eat sugar by the spoonful. Don’t force yourself to say no to dessert, especially if chocolate is involved.
[T] Tea: Even though coffee will always come first, I absolutely love tea, and even more so now that the weather is starting to cool off. During the winter months, it’s not rare for me to drink 5+ cups of tea a day in an effort to stay warm, and I love every cozy sip… particularly if we’re talking about this tea.
[U] Unicorn(s): One of my favorite movies of all time is The Last Unicorn. I must have watched this movie over a hundred times while I was growing up, and to this day it never fails to make me feel all warm and cozy inside.
[V] Velveteen Rabbit: If The Last Unicorn is my favorite childhood movie, then The Velveteen Rabbit is my favorite childhood book. Have you read it? If not, GO! This is one of the most magical and endearing stories that I can think of, and you better believe that I packed this baby up to take with me when I was moving out.
[W] Walking: Ever since I stopped formally working out, walking has been my activity of choice. I really wish that people would stop referring to walking as second-rate exercise because it does a whole lot of good not only for the body, but for the mind as well. Life is fast-paced enough, and sometimes we all need to stop and smell the flowers.
[X] X-mas: Okay, I know Christmas only comes once a year, and it’s not exactly a simple daily pleasure, but do you know how hard it is to come up with words that start with X? Very. Besides, I’m already counting down the days.
[Y] You guys! Although it does have the tendency to drive me crazy sometimes, blogging will always have a special place in my heart. I love being part of a community of such wonderful people, and the friendships/connections that I’ve made over the past few years have become priceless to me. Thank you guys so much for making that possible.
[Z] Zambonis: You know that crazy looking machine that resurfaces the ice in rinks? Mmm hmm. That thing. Why? Because it reminds me of hockey games, and hockey games remind me of times that I’ve spent with my dad.
Happy Sunday! Make it a beautiful one.
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You know the drill! Pick a few letters and share your simple pleasures 🙂