Zoe shared her top ten obsessions last week and challenged the rest of us to do the same. Since I enjoyed her and Leisha’s lists—and I’m always up for a list myself—I’m taking her up on it. Thank you, Zoe, for the challenge and the idea for a blog topic!
So here are some of my obsessions, in no particular order:
- Gel pens. Everything is better with pretty colors, and throw in some glitter or metallic effects and it’s even better. When I sit down to do some brain-twisting technical writing or when I’ve hit a wall in a story and need to resort to paper and pen to work through a plot, I bust out my brightest, sparkliest gel pens. They don’t take away all the pain, but they ease the way.
- Bee Brilliant. It’s a game on my phone, similar to Candy Crush. I’d say it’s mindless, but some of those levels stump me for days, and my 13-year-old son quit playing because it was “too hard” (mind you, he’s into instant gratification). I’m not proud of this obsession, but it is what it is, and those cute little bees are addictive. (Warning: Don’t download it. Don’t!)
- HGTV. I could watch it day and night. Property Brothers, Flip or Flop, Fixer Upper, International House Hunters, or my absolutely favorite, Beachfront Bargain Hunt. (See obsession #10 below.) I’m a before-and-after home improvement junkie. I’ve had to make a rule for myself of no more than an hour of HGTV per night.
- Kansas Jayhawk basketball. It’s one of the premier programs in the country, and I used to live 100 yards from historic Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks’ home court. If you’re not a sports fan, you probably don’t get it, but let’s just say there’s a lot of Crimson and Blue in my wardrobe.
- Jigsaw puzzles. The bigger, the better. I usually have one or another in progress on the coffee table throughout the winter months. (And like Zoe, I’m combining my obsessions with this KU basketball puzzle! <3)
- Kansas thunderstorms. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of tornados (an airborne one went directly over my house once), but I love the drama of the almost-daily storms in Eastern Kansas. The kind where, when you wake up in the morning, you can feel a certain something in the air and know with absolute certainty that nature is going to give you one heck of a loud, theatrical show that evening. (photo credit: _IGP0296_adjusted via photopin (license))
- U2. I’ll cop to being a fangirl. I bought my first U2 album (vinyl, thank you) in 7th grade—Under a Blood Red Sky. I went to my first U2 concert in Ames, Iowa, in 1991 and have hit every tour except one since then (some of them multiple times). Highlights include front row spots on the walkway in both the 360 tour and the current one, innocence + experience and introducing our kids to the U2 concert experience. (This is from the Chicago concert last month. Taken without a zoom.)
- Mosaics. Texture and color together? Nirvana for me! Just looking at mosaic works of art makes my fingers itch to create my own. I’ve taken one class, just a toe-dip in the water, and I plan to take more. When my kids are grown and out of the house, I aspire to be the crazy mosaic lady. (I don’t know where this is—it’s a stock photo—but it makes me happy.) photo credit: P1010812 via photopin (license)
- Zevia Cola. Weird, I know. With my uber-restrictive medical diet, I can eat approximately 6 foods (only a slight exaggeration), and sugar and soda, with all it’s artificial crap, are not on the list. Zevia isn’t necessarily healthy, but it’s sweetened with stevia and a lot better than my former vice, Diet Coke. The flavor had to grow on me, and now it’s my one daily treat, aka obsession.
- The beach. I’m not picky…it can be on the ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. Fine sand and waves are all I need. I’m happy whether it’s high season or winter, as long as I can go to sleep with the waves as a lullaby. My ultimate goal is to live on the shore.
These are a few of my favorite things… Who’s next?