Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ok, ok...I'll do it...Part I

I've been tagged several times for this, but I haven't been all that pleasant and I was quite enjoying dwelling on the depressing aspects of my life. But I figure I could use a little cheer and this meme is going to make me think about happy things. *shudder*

I started to do it last night, but somehow ended up on the subject of candy. I will not let anything distract me today.

Besides, the candy is all gone.

10 Things that make me happy...


Of course, my family and children do, but that's too obvious and quite frankly, they are just as likely to make me unhappy at any given time. So, I'll stick to the shallow, but consistent.

1.Bare baby feet (when they are attached to a baby, of course). Even when they are screaming and crying and I'm ready to lock them in the closet, their toes are always cute. And they always make me smile. Even angry toes.
(These are sleepy toes.)

2. Being creative. I love to paint and draw and play with clay...but I haven't had much opportunity to do any of that over the past few years. I really need to get back on it. It really does make me feel good, but I've noticed that oil paints and linseed oil do not work well around little children...

(pastel)

3. Writing. I seriously believe that this is my purpose in life. To write. I don't know exactly what I'm supposed to do with it, but it's what makes me who I am. I write, therefore I am. Or something like that. It keeps me sane, it keeps me happy. While the majority of my brain is occupied with what we owe who, when the last time I changed the baby was and why the other kids are so quiet, there is a small part that spends all it's time lost in words. Writing, imagining, creating characters, etc. I may have even written a sex scene or two in my head, while engaging in said act. Yes. Really. I imagine conversations in my head, written out like in a book. I'm pretty sure that's not normal. (Tell me I'm normal.) I currently have two novels going, both about a quarter of the way finished. I may think about them constantly, but again, haven't found a lot of time to sit down and work on them. Right now, blogging is feeding that addiction. It doesn't require as much undivided attention as my novels do. It's easy to just stop and walk away when I have to. I could lose myself for months in my books, which really doesn't make for good parenting.

4. Going out to dinner with my husband. And not to McDonald's or someplace like that. I mean a real restaurant, with menus that you can't color on. Where I can dress up in one of my scarcely worn dresses and a pair of great shoes. I fix my hair, put on lipstick and wear my nice underwear. I can lean seductively over the table, while I twirl my wine in the glass, giving my husband a glimpse down the front of my shirt. We can linger over an appetizer and I don't have to constantly be the entertainment for 3 small children who refuse to be entertained. I don't have to cut up food for little mouths, while mine gets cold. I can eat hot food and I can pick anything I want, not something that I can share with baby. Ahhh...bliss.




5. Mountains. My dream house is a log cabin, in the middle of nowhere. Pine trees as far as the eye can see, a rushing river, wild life...I love the mountains. I love hiking and camping and just being in them. Preferably near a river. It's just so peaceful.


And I'm out of time...stay tuned for Part II...

60 comments:

That one girl said...

Amen sister- baby feet rock, going out to good restaurants rock, mountain homes TOTALLY rock so does writing so does... okay, I'll stop now!

Sunday said...

I loved this post!
I am totally with you on the running stories through my head constantly throughout the day. I have started using my blackberry as a voice recorder so I can record my ideas and then play them back later and type them up and re-work them.

Brian Miller said...

the best thing about the tags is getting to hear about the people behind the blog...writing is a passion of mine as well...and babies, who can resist?

Susan Fobes said...

So far so good... I'm thinking about your list and see commonality-I guess that's why I visit so much. (Although mountains aren't my thing-I want to be near the ocean for my golden years...)

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

I'm so with you on the dinner out without the children! Amen to that!

And while I agree that baby feet/toes are adorable, I love their chubby little wrists that look like they were stuck on like a lump of Play-Doh.

r u s s said...

There's always something very romantic about non-fast food dinners, especially those where you have to dress up and all. That's really pretty.
••
I'd wish for you to have more reasons to be happy and happier each day.

Sarah said...

I love that picture of the toes! I keep on trying to take art-y pictures like that but it doesn't always work out. Love your list!

The Waylaid Wordsmith said...

An excellent start to the list, I'd have to agree with them all. Except for the mountains...I've never been near any.

You know, I haven't gone out to dinner alone with my husband since before our toddler was born. How lame is that?

Life Laugh Latte said...

1. Love it! Held my 6 year olds bare foot all the way home from an errand today. Yummm.
3. I'm not always convinced that my writing effects anyone, but I truly enjoy it. Still looking for a direction and a purpose with it.
4. I totally do the cleavage thing too.
5. Torn between ocean and mountains.
Holly:)

Willoughby said...

I knew there was something I liked about you! I agree on most of the items on your list (I can't paint at all, but I like other artistic, creative outlets, and while I can dig the mountains, I'm more of an ocean girl).

Writing.....I've been in love with writing since I was in elementary school. I've written a series of children's books, but never had them published. I've also been working on a novel for a few years. I would probably be done with it by now, except that I can't stop editing it to death. It's like two steps forward, three steps back.

Amy said...

I could have written this post.. except the art part. And what is with so many people who want the ocean? The mountains are my life source. Seriously, I have never been anywhere that didn't have mountains. I can't imagine going anywhere without seeing them rise majestically over me.
Can't wait to see your next 5 things that make you happy!

mudmama said...

Thanks for playing along! LOVE your list!! We totally have things in common, too! I want to KISS those feet! I am with you on anything creative too and the bliss of a relaxing dinner with hubby (and flashing him a little-0 hee hee) Great list!

Angela said...

i LOVE baby feet!

i will always love love love love my baby's toes.

every night before he goes to bed, i tell him i love him and then i tickle his feet and say "and i love your little piggies!!!"

they are so adorable. before i even read a word you wrote, i saw the picture of baby feet and said "aww! baby feet!"

sigh.

Unknown Mami said...

One of the most exciting things about becoming a mother was getting a pair of baby feet to play with.

Buckeroomama said...

I can so relate to #4!!

"..with menus that you can't color on. ...I don't have to constantly be the entertainment for small children... I don't have to cut up food for little mouths, while mine gets cold."

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Wow! Did you paint those? Beautiful!!!

I am with you on having a romantic dinner without a little one asking "What is this?" or having to beg her to eat her food instead of playing in it.

Farah said...

dont worry, you are totally normal-I do that with the whole writing bit too. Except that I haven't actually started writing a novel or anything like that. So far I haven't found the motivation for that. =p

Michele said...

What a great post!

I believe writing is something you are supposed to do as well. You are brilliant at it! Truly gifted. I always enjoy what you have to say!

And I'm TOTALLY with ya on the baby feet. Could sit and stare and play with them for days!
"Angry toes"... that made me smile;)

My name is PJ. said...

Baby feet have always been a delicacy in my family. Is there anything really better?

Christie O. said...

i love this post! i know exactly what you mean about the writing. i have dreams in plots with twists and i carry a notebook and pull over on the side of the road when i get an idea and i am constantly thinking about "words". no you're not weird! unless we're both weird...
love babyfeet and i almost closed my eyes to your description of the restaurant (except that I wouldn't be able to read it if I did that) and I basked in it for a minute. I love that kind of "dining".

Denise @ Sunflowers, Chocolate and Little Boys said...

Very nice list....I miss going to real restaurants with my hubby. Those painting Rock! You are so talented!!

suzicate said...

Love your list. Baby feet are sooo precious. You can't beat the solitude and serenity of being by a waterfall in the mountains!

Seriously Why Can't I? said...

Great list, and I like that you were able to dive a little deeper into each. I think my list would be very similar to yours, although I like little fingers instead of toes. Especially indented knuckles.

Pamela said...

Great idea to use your phone as a recorder with the writing ideas... Sometimes there are so many ideas in my head they just POOF! Go away. And that's just sad...

Baby feet rule!

Working Mommy said...

I'm with you on the baby feet!!! They are my favorite!

~WM

Existential Waitress said...

YES - dinner out with the hubs sans kids is pure heaven.

Momma Such said...

Beautiful photos! All of these things sound great! I too love bare baby feet! Aren't they just the cutest? :)

Nezzy said...

So far I'm lovin' your list. Don't ya just want to kiss every single toe on baby feet?

Looking forward to part two and have a wonderful day dear one!!!

Erin said...

baby feet are the best. and i love date nights out w/ Hubs, too. and writing. not sure that's going anywhere for me, but oh well. maybe someday.

Amber Page Writes said...

I'd give anything to go out to dinner with my husband...we really h ave to find a babysitter. soon.

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

Love your list! They are really very close to what mine would be. I'd have to add in shopping though :) Even if it's just window shopping.

Flory said...

Great list! I feel the same way about writing, and dinner with my husband, although we haven't done that in a while. Loved the visuals.

JENIE said...

you know what...you are as passionate about things as I am! ;)or maybe more? whatever..i simply would love to know you more!

btw, you might wanna see my latest post and comment on these Filipino's im really proud of ;) Life round meNyou

Tara said...

Stopping by from Friday Follow to say Hi! I am now a follower! ;-)

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Crystal said...

I'm now a follower from Friday Follow! : )
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~Shelley~ said...

New follower from "Friday Follow"! I'd love for you to come visit me!

Have a great weekend!
~Shelley

P.S. Love the name of your blog :)

Mommyof2girlz said...

Stopping by from Follow Me Fridays. Love the title of your blog and how it came about..too cute! Following :)

Jen said...

new follower from FF. Great blog!

Jaeve + Things said...

such cute photos, and such a lovely list. :)

Lynn said...

Hooray!! I have found a great writer via the Friday Follow meme!
I am Lynn.
Nice to meet you!

Serendipity is Sweet said...

Great post! I'm enjoying your blog. Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself. Happy FF :D

Shell said...

I totally love your peeling an orange with a screwdriver thing!

My kids are all close in age like that, so it makes perfect sense to me.

Stopping by from SITS and following you now.

Melissa @ Cellulite Investigation said...

I think not being normal is normal. Stopping by from Friday Follow. I hope your weekend is full of things you love!

Angie S said...

Wow...the last pic is amazing! Love it! just came to visit from FF...your blog is so fun!

Toddler Knows Best said...

Those feet look just like MINE!

Friday Following....

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Just Breathe said...

Thanks for stopping over. Hello from SITS. Your blog is beautiful.
I am right there next to you in the woods, well of course we don't want neighbors but you know what I mean! I will be back. You are very talented, open and honest.

Crystal Escobar said...

That was a beautiful post! I loved it! You ARE a great writer, I really enjoyed reading it.
Happy Sharefest Saturday!
I'm following you now :)

Midday Escapades said...

Thanks for linking up at Friday Follow! It’s such a grand day to meet you, so here I am...your newest blog follower. Happy weekend!

~ Lynn
http://www.middayescapades.com

lily said...

Oh, I love it! I try to write down my "happy things" on a regular basis in the back of my journal. On really bad days, I read them and feel refreshed....

otin said...

I could definitely get into a cabin in the mountains with nothing but time to write!

Alyssa said...

Stopping by from Friday Follow. LOVE your blog it is great! Have a great weekend and I will be back to visit again soon.

Dawn said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog... thought I'd return the favor.
Can honestly say I love yours!

One- orange is my favorite color so... you got me at the orange!

Two- favorite things... baby smell. You know when you lean down and get a whiff of their round little cueball heads?
Wonderful!

Three- Your writing is wonderful and as I too am an artist and a writer. I started writing stories for my kids, about my kids about 15 years ago. I lost the originals ( before computer) and have tried to recreate them over the past several months.
My kids loved being in the stories and that the things they were doing in their lives sounded so much cooler on paper.

Keep up the good work... all of it!

Tracie said...

Feet gross me out except for baby feet. Love them. I look at my kids' feet now and how they are getting rangy and manly looking. It makes me long for those tiny chubby toes. LeSigh.

Juliana said...

Um...you must be my long lost friend. I love everything on your list...and thought those baby feet were my sons...they look so similiar and I LOVE them. I kiss his little feet all the time.

ShellyInOz said...

I really enjoy reading your posts. I think writing really is your thing.

The baby toes were very cute. I used to love to kiss my youngest's feet when he was a baby and he would always want me to. Now he's four and plays outdoors--and the feet kissing has ceased, except maybe after a bath.

Your mountain picture has given me an idea to post a photo I have of my favourite mountain in my hometown. Will get on that.

The dinner without having to cut anyone's meat but your own and getting to choose what you want to eat--that was a good one.

In the meantime, I did a list of my fave things a few months ago, and I thought it might be appropriate to share with you also: http://tropicalmum.blogspot.com/2009/11/10-of-my-favourite-things.html

Looking forward to Part II,

Shelly

blueviolet said...

Yes, I just wanna put baby feet right on my face. (ok, that sounds weird) But you know...

Are those your art pieces in that picture? Wow! I would buy something from you. Gorgeous!!!!

Mrsblogalot said...

Baby feet are chewable!!!!

You are indeed creative!!!!

What an awesome post!!!

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Preggo said...

Hmmmm. . . . I have convos in my head just like a book, too. Entire stories happen in my mind and then later I think , 'Did I think that, write that or live that?' Sooooo not normal, but normal is overrated.

And I agree with all the thigns taht make you happy. And I may have to share a few of my own. . .

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