Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Five Things I Love Right Now

I just finished baking something full of candy and brown sugar, and I used my whoopie pie pan for the first time! I know, I know. It's not fair to tease.

I'll tell you all about it very soon, I promise! But for now, I'm sharing the "homework" that was assigned by Joy and Tracy on a recent episode of the Joy the Baker Podcast: Write a blog post about five things you love right now.

My list is below, and you can click over to Homefries to find links to posts from other listeners. While you're there, be sure to check out the podcast! Joy and Tracy are absolutely hilarious and manage to make any topic of conversation entertaining... including mesh underwear. Don't ask, just listen.

Finally, and without further procrastination, here are five things I love right now:

1. Honey Maid Lil' Squares Cinnamon Grahams

Have I ever mentioned my complete obsession with cinnamon graham crackers? For a long time, I had a ritual of eating an entire sleeve of them every Monday night (which, in my world, is Friday night) after Stephen went to bed. The problem was that as soon as I opened a sleeve, I couldn't resist eating the whole thing... eight whole graham crackers. (Alright, this might not sound like a lot... but take a look at the nutrition facts sometime!) Fortunately, just when I was starting to think I might need an intervention, Lil' Squares came along. Now I just have to resist eating the entire box!

2. The Wonder Years

Every time I watch an episode of The Wonder Years, I get really nostalgic. Even though I didn't grow up in the 60's and 70's, I can relate to something in almost every episode because the themes and issues are so universal. Although junior high and high school can be really awkward and uncertain, it's also the period in life when you get to experience everything for the first time and anything seems possible; I love that this show lets me relive all those old memories. Of course, another thing that keeps me hooked is Kevin and Winnie's relationship... I'm always a sucker for stories about childhood friends falling in love!

3. North States Plastic Petyard

We have been trying to come up with a sleeping solution for Charlie for way too long. We made the huge mistake of letting him sleep in our bed with us when we first got him (ahem... 2 & 1/2 years ago!), and now he can't bear to be away from us. The only compromise he's willing to make is sleeping right outside our bedroom door. Unfortunately, that's not a very easy area to create a barrier around. For quite awhile, we were moving our couch and coffee table every night to form a makeshift pen. Until one day he figured out how to get out of it:

After that, we tried locking him up in the laundry room. Which only worked for a little while because of his uncanny ability to do things like this:

Finally, we broke down and bought the petyard pictured above. Strangely, Charlie actually seems to like it and hasn't made a single escape attempt yet. Sleep is making a comeback!

4. Philosophy "The Present" Clear Makeup

This is meant to be used as a makeup primer, but since I don't actually wear makeup, I think of it as a perfecting lotion! It minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines, and helps keep your face from looking oily throughout the day. Plus, it's relatively inexpensive if you compare it to other high-end primers. Win-win!

5. Orbit Sweetmint Sugarfree Gum

This isn't just something I love right now... this is something I love always. I go through almost an entire pack of this gum every day. Not kidding! It helps me not eat everything in sight. Which, for me, is a daily struggle.

What are some of your favorite things? Leave a comment and let me know!