Wednesday, 28 May 2014

My favourite things...

Oh yes! Another chance to link up with the lovely Pip Lincolne, from Meet me at Mikes. Who could resist? My Favourite things, why do I find these simple questions the hardest to answer? I feel like a deer in headlights, suddenly my mind goes blank and the pressure to come up with a good list sends me into a spin. What if I forget one of my bestest, most favourite things? What if all the things on the list are boring? Ok so you can see my neurosis shining through, so instead of overthinking it (which is my M.O. for everything) I am just going to go with the flow and see what ends up on the list below! Cross your fingers...

1. TV- Oh, my oldest love. Where would I be without you? Remember when there was a time when to see good acting and good stories you had to go to the movies? (Well maybe you don't!) But when I was growing up there was mainly game shows and bad English soap operas with the occasional decent show thrown in. Now there is just so much good TV I don't know where to turn next. But on days where the box presents nothing tantalising, I return to my favourite TV writer, Aaron Sorkin. The West Wing is my all-time-favourite show. EVER. The fast walk and talk, the witty one liners and dialogue that often goes over my head (got to love a show that doesn't aim its writing at the lowest common denominator), it is just the most delicious combination. So at the moment I have been revisiting, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It was a very short lived series that didn't make it onto our screens here but since was written by Aaron Sorkin and it stars Bradley Whitford it's a winner in my book!
Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman- What a sight for sore eyes!

2. Green tea- Green tea had sort of taken a backseat to peppermint tea for me but after a horrible cup of peppermint tea (you have to pick up your game there Aldi!) I switched back to a cup of green and OOH was it so lovely! I had forgotten how wonderful that lovely earthy cup of warmth could be!
My favourite mug at the moment!

3. That minute where you actually feel on top of things-  When I say 'things' I mean housework and since kids this rarely happens to me, but this week after having a few days at home and really getting my 'housework game face' on I actually got majority of the washing done, the floors cleaned and the bathrooms looking presentable. Ok so this only lasted a minute, but for that minute I had such a sense of achievement and contentment, I was thinking of moving the kids out to a hotel just so it would last longer!!

4. Catching up with my oldest and dearest friends- I am counting down at the moment to a girls only weekend with my oldest and closest friends, we have actually managed to organise the lives of 5 people who live in 3 different states, have 6 children between us and jobs and husbands to find a couple of days to live it up like it was 1999!! I can't wait!

5. My Home Beautiful subscription- This was my xmas present to myself and I am loving myself for it! I usually have one or two magazine subscriptions on the go. My parents owned Newsagencies for most of my life and so I blame them for my addiction. I have tried to really narrow it down to only one or two a month, but there is nothing more exciting than getting your favourite magazine hot off the press, stealing a quiet moment with a cup of tea and firmly pressing open that front cover. Oh the promise of inspiration and dreaming of houses I will probably never own but can fantasize about from cover to cover!



6. Watching Master Q and Miss M talking to each other- this is only a recent event and since Master Q is only 20 months and has limited vocabulary the conversations are limited but when I do catch them facing one another and engaging in some kind of toddler communication it just warms the cockles of my heart! Such a thrill to watch them growing before your eyes.
My beauties
Since I can't top that last one my list is short and sweet. No overthinking or panicked feelings so I think I can put the therapy on hold for another week!

What are your favourite things? Do you have a magazine obsession too?


14 comments:

  1. I was never a fan of green tea (it always tasted bitter to me) until recently I went to a tea demonstration and was taught that you shouldn't pour boiling water on top of the tea bag, you should pour in a little cold water first and then the hot water. It totally changed my appreciation for green tea!! Lovely post. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for the tip Ashley! I just tried it last night and it did make a difference to the taste of the tea!

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  2. I have to admit I have never acquired the taste for green or any other herbal tea. I have tried so hard, but just can't get into it. I do love Rooibos and normal tea though. Great post thanks so much for writing it xx

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I really got into Rooibos tea when I first quit sugar, it is an acquired taste though isn't it!

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  3. Oh, a great list! I just can't get used to green tea.. hubby drinks it all the time, and I know all the health benefits... just can't! Love your catching up with friends - that's a big one in my life too ! I don't know how I get through without them sometimes. And feeling that you are on top of things is just bliss. Absolute bliss!
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    1. Thanks Tash, definitely counting down to my catch up weekend with my friends, only a few days to go!

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  4. The feeling on top of things. I swear the house is clean for all of 10 seconds before the kitten makes a mess of her kitty litter and the boys empty every toy they own and washing just falls out of the machine. But that 10 seconds is magic!

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    1. Oh if only that 10 seconds lasted a bit longer, hey? Oh well got to take it when we can!

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  5. Oh my Gods! I love the West Wing! And for the same reasons! I have it on DVD and it gets a fair go pretty often (that, and Gilmore Girls). And I love my Home Beautiful subscription too. The daydreaming that follows, the creative ideas it sparks. Great list :)

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    1. Thanks Sam! Oh West Wing fans are really die hard aren't they? I think I've watched the whole series about 8 times! I actually put off watching the last few episodes for a year after they aired because I didn't want it to end!!

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  6. Never liked green tea before but love peppermint, recently discovered Moroccan Mint Green Tea and now I love it!

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    1. Moroccan mint green tea, must try that one, sounds right up my alley Melissa!

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  7. Great list! I drink loads of green tea at work. I love that feeling of a clean and tidy house - it can't be underestimated I feel. Totes agree with you on TV as well, love The West Wing and Newsroom and also Gilmore Girls - how do the writers come up with all those words!!! It blows.my.mind

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    1. Oh I know! Love to be a fly on the wall when they are writing this stuff, pure genius! Thanks for commenting Priscilla!

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