Just this weekend, my blogging buddy Leah penned a thought-provoking post called “My favorite things and what’s up with that?” I read it once and then read it again and lingered on how her thoughts have inspired mine.
So, Leah shared what she’s loving right now (Vitamin water, new music, eating outside and Instagram) and things she’s not so sure about (juicing, the book I wrote about the other day, and the Olympics.)
So with that, here’s my top 5 Fuss-worthy delights of late:
Walking barefoot in the yard. Remember how, as a kid, we’d run around barefoot all the time? I do. As a kid, the soles of my feet were as tough as leather; I could walk across gravel, straw and dry prairie grass without so much as a flinch. Over time, my feet became soft. Going barefoot in the grass and out on the patio takes me back to summer days of old.
Fireflies. I grew up too far north for those little guys to live so I don’t have childhood memories of catching fireflies … but boy I do ever feel like a child when one alights near me now. Magical.
Finding a new (old) tune on Amazon. I’ve rediscovered my country roots by downloading some vintage classics like Mel McDaniel’s “Lord have mercy, Baby’s got her blue jeans on.” I know it’s corny as what but when I hear that song I can’t resist belting out the lyrics and working it just a little.
Color. I’m not a confident decorator and have tended to favor neutrals and old standbys that I grew up with: country blue, rose and linen. But lately, the World Market look has tempted me with colors like paprika, lime, spice and robin’s egg blue. And I don’t spend much, just a few $$ on a pillow or a new throw. What a difference!
Shopping my closet. I’ve mentioned how exercising and eating healthier (translate not: being an idiot when I indulge) has brought about positive changes in my shape and size. And that’s great, ’cause who doesn’t love to see results? But sometimes, when we’ve been one size for a while, our minds forget what those other sizes felt like. And then come days when you think, “oh what the heck” and go for it. I pulled a top out last Thursday and paired it with an older wrap skirt and netted a ton of compliments. Why? ‘Cause it’s flattering, fits well and looks new. And I hadn’t worn either in 8 years.
Put your blue jeans on and work it with Sammy Kershaw’s cover of Mel’s hit song:
And now to the “I don’t get what the fuss is all about” stuff:
The Olympics. Leah, I am with you on this one. I hope all athletes do well and I will catch a highlight or two but I’m just not that into it this time.
TomKat. Since when did a celebrity split = news? Katie takes Suri to lunch! They eat! And that’s a headline? Please.
Expensive brand names. I’m sure it’s the farm girl in me but I find a certain satisfaction at snagging a purse on clearance for $12.00. I’ve never carried a $200 designer bag and I never will. Why? Because if I don’t have $200 to put in the bag, I don’t need no $200 purse.
Pilates. Tried it. More than once. Can’t. Do. It. Jessica Rabbit was not designed to move like that. The end.
Starbucks. I have never understood the appeal. When I have to pretend I know another language just to order a large coffee, I’d rather .. not. Venti-latte blah blah blah makes me feel like Thurston Howell the III. Luvveeee! Plus, it’s just not that good.
How about you? What things are you having fun fussing over this summer? Which could you easily throw by the wayside?