Simple Pleasures

I started my day off right today: I met one of my very best friends, Kelly, for a workout at our old high school track. We are both running in the Santa Hustle this December, so we wanted to make sure to pencil in a workout together while she is in town. However, this morning was more than simply running laps on the track. No, no. Kelly’s a power house. We did circuits. I wasn’t complaining, though. I must say I’ve grown to really love circuit workouts in terms of exercise regimens. They are faced paced and really keep me on my toes.

“Circuits are so monotonous and boring,” said NO ONE EVER.

Here’s a recap of our morning wake-up workout:

Spending time with friends and the wonderful endorphin-filled happiness you get following a great workout are just two of the small, rewarding little pleasures in life that I adore.

Speaking of little pleasures, I saw Julie do an “A to Z” survey on her blog awhile ago, where she would use each letter in the alphabet to list something that brought her joy, and I have been wanting to do it for myself for some time now.

So, why not today? It’s Friday. It’s sunny. AND we are all just about to enjoy a nice, long weekend! Why not celebrate the good things, eh?

Here we go!

Simple Pleasures: A to Z

A- Adventure. I love finding adventure in life. It’s what makes life thrilling and interesting. From exploring a new culture to something as small as trying a new food, I want to experience all that the world has to offer.

B- Blogging. Although I only began blogging (regularly) a little while ago, I absolutely love it. It gives me a chance to write (and keep those muscles working!), and it has also become a great way to reflect on my thoughts/random ponderings. Plus, it gives me an excuse to cook and bake! Yuuzzzz!

C- Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday. The season just brings me the warm fuzzies! It’s so jolly- the music, the decorations, the cute made-for-TV movies, abcfamily’s 25 Days of Christmas, the family time . . . ahhhh! I’m getting so excited just thinking about it!

D- Dancing. It is my form of self expression, besides writing/blogging, of course. I have always felt at home in a dance studio or on stage. I actually really miss doing it every day.

Look at little me! That’s a dance costume, don’t worry.

E- Ellie. My little goofball princess of a pup. She brightens my day every time I see her. How could she not? As soon as I walk through the door she is wiggling and wagging her little furry body. All she desires in life is affection, and she always returns the favor.

F- Faith. I’m still working on growing in my faith, but it brings me so much comfort to spend time with others who have fully given themselves to God.

G- Gage . . . or gum. No, I’ll have to go with Gage. šŸ˜‰ As different as we are, he is my big bro, and I love him dearly. He has always looked out for me, and he was quite the awesome playmate when we were younger. He would actually play with Barbies with me! (He’s gonna kill me for revealing that . . . I love ya Gage!) Although he doesn’t say it much, I know he loves me back.

We are at a Renaissance fair. Hence, the pirate costume. At least I don’t think he wears this garb everyday . . .

H- Honey Bunches of Oats with Cinnamon Clusters. Best cereal of all time. Enough said.

I- Ice Cream. I think all of you know by now that I have an undying love for ice cream. It is, by far, my all-time favorite dessert. If I am eating it at home, I always opt for Edy’s. My personal specialty is mixing a scoop of cookie dough with double fudge brownie. It’s ALL about the chunks of baked morsels for me. So good. However, Ohio is the bomb diggity for superb ice cream parlors. Ummm, hello: Graeter’s and Jeni’s. Yes, be jealous.

J- Jokes. I love to laugh- it can cure a multitude of things. (Well, that and ice cream)

He he he šŸ™‚

K- Kisses. Some of my favorites come from this little bit:

L- Learning something new. There’s so much out there to learn and so much to explore. As one of my teachers used to say, “If you ever need to humble yourself, go to the library and walk through the aisles.” It just goes to show you how little you know and have read.

M- Madre. She’s my best friend. We get each other’s crazy quirks, and we love each other no matter what. Always and forever.

N- Netflix. I am a big fan of their TV show offerings.

O- Outside. I love the smell of freshly cut grass and the soft, squishy feel of soil beneath my feet. I love the way the sun kisses my face with its warming rays, and I love the sound of rain lightly tapping on my window. Believe it or not, I also love snow and seeing how my breath can hover in the crisp, cold air.

P- Poppa. With a contagious, warm and hearty laugh, my Poppa never fails to make me smile. He has always been one of my greatest support systems and has never stopped believing in me.

Q- Quirky conversations. These are always in full supply whenever I hang around my friends Katie, Sarah, and Emily. I love them. I get an ab workout just from laughing.

R- Recipes. With my love of cooking and baking, I am always down for trying out new recipes. Maybe someday I will begin creating my own!

S- Spinning. I am a spin class addict. I love to feel the burn and work up a sweat!

T- Texting. I’m sorry, but I have to come clean. I am a texting lover. In fact, I am a much better texter than phone talker- I can never sit still and keep my full attention on the conversation. I pace and fidget and doodle . . . Plus, nothing puts a smile on my face like a random, funny text from a friend. šŸ™‚

U- Uncle B. Best uncle EVER. I admire him so much, and he has been such a great support system these past few years. I miss him every day.

V- Vacation! Madre and I leave for Cancun this Wednesday- I’m pumped!

W- Wine. Nothing beats a nice glass of red wine after a long day. Oh, maybe if you add a bubble bath or a chick flick.

Best Riesling ever!

X- uhhhh????? X is such a silly letter. Let’s just go with X-tra comfy sweats and t-shirts. It’s what I wear almost everyday.

Y- Yummy yummy PEANUT BUTTER. Sorry, that one is a stretch, but I couldn’t forget the sheer delight pb brings to my life!

Z- ZONA! As a U of A grad, I have to give a shout out to my alma mater. Bear Down!

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Questions of the Day:

  • What simple things bring you happiness?
  • Do you have a favorite circuit workout?

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