Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Five - Surprising Joys version


TGIF yo! Happy birthday to my friend Evan. I love Friday birthdays. 
So many things bring me joy that I never imagined would do so when I was growing up.

1. Cooking. In my early twenties, if my Dad and Carol weren't making dinner, my specialty was...chicken things on a round thing. That's actually what I said, which meant chicken nuggets on a round baking sheet. I started making dinners when I was 11 and I hated it because it was a chore. Now I love being in the kitchen and trying new recipes. I rarely repeat meals.

2. Coming home to or waking up in a clean house. I relish it. Seriously. I busted my ass last night making sure not a hair was out of place. I am positively giddy to spend time in my clean house this weekend.

3. Staying home. We used to be out five  nights a week. If I had to do that today, I'd cut a bitch. Being out all the time destroys my chi.

4. Being a dog mom. Even when it means cutting an evening short or getting up early when I don't want to because they can't open doors and let themselves out.

5. Getting up early. Sweet sassy molassy could I waste a day sleeping in my formative years. My mom used to find me sleeping after school too and always asked if I was bitten by the tsetse fly.

What are some of your unexpected joys?


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17 comments:

  1. I pretty much love everything you already said. Waking up to a clean house is THE BEST. I hate when my hubby says, "we'll do it in the morning".

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  2. oh, i hear you on the staying your ass at home...i used to party 6 out of 7 days and now, i barely leave the house because i'm so comfy!

    also with the waking up - i used to sleep until 2pm! WTF was i thinking? now i'm up at the crack of dawn every day (5am) and wouldn't have it any other way.

    i'm an old fart :(

    have a great weekend!!

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  3. HAHAHA, I love that you said "sweet sassy molassy". I say that a lot!!

    An unexpected joy for me is baking. It seems like a chore, but is totally worth it in the end.

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  4. I definitely agree on the staying home bit. These days, I LOVE when we don't have plans.

    Coffee- I stayed away from it in college, and then when I went back to go to nursing school, I had my first sip. And... hooked.

    Being THAT GIRL who takes 9 squajillion photos of her cats

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  5. So funny how you change! I used to think a cruise would be the most boring vacation ever - now I crave one. The clean house? It makes me purr with joy! Staying in is such a comfort now that I have my own home. Getting up early - holy crap, could I lose time! My internal clock could stay up all night and sleep all day. Never mind that I did NOTHING of value during the long nights! Now when I can't sleep, I look to the clock in the dark to see if it's ok to get up - I try to stay in bed till at least 4:30 or 5, and I get so excited when it's time for coffee and early morning sounds and sights!
    Cooking is a maybe thing. It was a detested chore growing up and when I became an adult with a husband, it felt like my duty... I don't respond well to duties. I virtually NEVER cooked during my marriage. This is not an exaggeration. Now that I have no duty to cook for a man or children, I like to cook for myself WHEN I CHOOSE TO, certain foods especially, and certain occasions. I still cook mass quantities when I do cook, just so I don't have to do it again for a while.
    Obviously, your post has piqued my interest... I may have to steal the idea, as I have so many times!

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  6. I love your joys!! I really need to get your motivation for cleaning house. Right now I'm seeing dog toys all over the floor, and I have nothing in me to pick them up. Ha! And it's fun to remember those little things we first learned to cook. Sometimes I like to make those again to enjoy the simple things. Happy Friday! And thanks for linking up! Enjoy enjoying your clean house this weekend. I'm jealous! Ha!

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  7. I'm liking the new header pictures and background!

    Dear god I love staying home and getting up early. Huge loser right here.

    I never thought I would like taking care of my yard/flowers, but now I am a freak about them and we are on a mission to have the best looking yard in the neighborhood. We actually discuss the pros and cons of diagonal v. straight lines when mowing the lawn.

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  8. Another happy blog. Beautiful day!
    I am baking as we speak! Love to the max being home. Love being a dog mother. The clean gene did not come from me. I am happy when vacuumed and wiped down and love all of my 50 million pictures displayed- kind of cluttery, but I love it. #EVERYPICTURETELLSASTORY-don't it
    (singing the Rod Stewart song in my head now!) Ah, yes, the tse tse fly
    Now I say the same to Sean! You could sleep forever- but not as a baby LOL! Lovely blog!
    Have a happy TGIF!

    Love your MOMMA

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  9. I agree with all of yours. I never thought that I would love to cook and clean and be domestic...who knew! Taking care of the little furballs brings me happiness as well. And if I don't wake up before 8 am I feel I have wasted my entire day! I usually have breakfast made, my work out in, the dogs fat and happy and my house super clean before 11 am every Saturday.

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  10. Chicken things on a round thing! Oh, memories...

    I so agree on the staying home thing, as you know. I'm kind of hoping I might pull that off both tonight and tomorrow night.

    I don't sleep in like I used to but I'm still a champion napper.

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  11. I agree with waking up early and staying home. I will also add napping in there. Although, I think I only hated napping when I was a wee one.

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  12. Changing things up - i like the new look. Happy freaking Friday.

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  13. I like your new look!

    For some reason, I still get really excited when I eat a salad and it tastes good. Some salads are free and boring and caesar but some are full of unexpected veggies and cheese. I get excited when I love a plate of (mostly) vegetables!

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  14. I love nothing more than a clean house! Your #4 and #5 go hand in hand for me. Seamus does not let me sleep in on the weekend (6am is the latest) but I love being his fur mom more than anything!

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  15. "Chicken things on a round thing" lol. I looove a clean house too, that's exactly what I just finished doing so I can relax tonight after the kiddos are in bed.

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  16. Yes...all of these! Well, except the clean house part. I didn't not get the clean-house bug. I want a clean house, I just don't want to do it. i keep the floors clean, but the dust...oh the dust. Not enough time in my life for that. Happy Weekend!

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  17. I WISH my house could be "clean". We don't have AC, so the doors and windows are usually open, which then lets in all the dust and dirt. Bleh.

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