For 1-5 go here.
And now on to Part II:
6. Alone time...Of course I love my family and my children (yes, really) but I'm with my kids 24 HOURS A DAY. I share a bed with no less than one on any given night. I haven't peed by myself in about 6 years. I take showers with small people clustered around my feet. I've developed a contortion method of rinsing shampoo out of my hair to avoid getting soap in their little eyes. So, when I have a few minutes, or hours ALONE, it is quite wonderful. Nirvana. It doesn't happen very often due to my husband's erratic work hours, but when I does, I feel like a kid in Disneyland. I've been known to nap. Yes. I know. Sinful. I also eat ice cream, blog without guilt, write, read...oh, the bliss!
7. Shopping...but not just general shopping. I love shoes and coats. It's possible that I'm a bit obsessed with both. And I don't know why. Otherwise I am a reasonably intelligent person but I get stupid when faced with these items. Yes, I know I already have over 100 pairs of shoes, "But oh god!," I'll think. "I have to have these!" And this coat? It will be mine. It will keep the other several dozen company...I harass my husband for his addiction to knives and work gloves, but I really have no place to talk. At least work gloves are for work. Knives cut things. Peep toe heels + stay at home mom? Not quite so useful. And I don't care about brands or who makes what. If I like them and can afford them, I buy them. I am an equal opportunity purchaser.
My current favorite...a gift from my husband.
A friend from Guam gave me this one.
This one supposedly belonged to one of the first female doctors in the Denver area in the late 1800s. Not sure if that's true or not, but I love it.
8. Books. Books make me very happy. New books, old books, middle aged books...they're all beautiful. I have my grandpa's collection of books. I love the smell, the way they feel in my hands, the many stories and characters that each one contains. The glimpse into the author's personality. I could spend hours and hours in a bookstore. My favorite book, I have to admit, is not very literary or intellectual and it's not on the 100 must-read-book list, but it was so inspiring to me. I read it at least once a year. The imagination, the concept, the writing; "Weaveworld" by Clive Barker. Actually I love everything by him. I've read a lot of good books in my life, but that one will always be on the top of my 100 must-read list. I also love "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Good stuff.
My reading corner. You know...when I actually get a chance to read a book without pictures.
9. Traveling. I love to travel. Admittedly, I haven't gone that many places. I've only left the country twice, once to Mexico and once for Tahiti. And I think I've only visited about half of the states here, but every time I get the chance to go somewhere, I love it. Even overnight stays close to home are wonderful. I'm never ready to come back home. I think I could easily be one of those people that could travel for months at a time. I don't seem to get homesick. I have so many places that I want to see. Starting with Egypt. ( I also have a bit of a fascination with history and archeology.) Ah...someday.
10. Blogging! Obviously, I like the writing aspect, but I've discovered that I love the interaction with other people as well. I love comments. And that's putting it mildly. I LOVE COMMENTS! There. That's better. I love email. (Actually, I love regular mail, too. Is there anything better than getting a letter?) I love all the connections I'm making. I love you! I love reading other people's blogs and knowing that I'm not alone in my day to day insanity. There are some of you out there that are even more insane than I am. And that's comforting. Things I'm reluctant to talk about in real life, like my depression and the hard parenting days, I can write about here and the support I receive is stunning. Thank you for that. And I think I've said it before and I'll admit it's a bit Hallmark-ish, but blogging makes the world a lot smaller and a heck of a lot friendlier.
And there you have it. I'm not going to tag anyone else but if you haven't done the 10 Things thing yet, then go for it! It's fun. I thought it would be hard at first, but now I think I could easily keep going. I guess that makes me a lucky girl.