Hillary Gayle (hillarygayle) wrote in goddess_central,
Hillary Gayle

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Our Favorite Things

Well, it's Christmas, dang it. And around Christmas, a lot of people watch/listen to "The Sound of Music". I have, and I have "My Favorite Things" in my head. So without further ado, I propose we make a list of our favorite things, otherwise known as "Officially Sanctioned Goddess Items".

Electricity: With the small ice storm that just skipped gaily through our area, I am reminded of how much I appreciate "the juice", as my grandfather used to call it. Ours was out the whole day on that first day of freezing rain, and went out again the next night. This house gets COLD, and I suffer badly from internet withdrawal.

Coffee & tea: these are the drinks of the gods (or goddesses, I might say). Warm, yummy, & caffeinated. I'd want some right now if I weren't already buzzing on Diet Mountain Dew. Which brings me to my next items:

Diet Vanilla Coke, Diet Code Red, & Diet Dr. Pepper: These are my 3 favorite sodas. I point out they're diet, because I only switched over to diets this summer, and am still proud of the fact. Walter (father-in-law) laughs at me and says only in America do we order a bacon cheeseburger with a diet soda. What I say is this: if I am going to eat a bacon cheeseburger, my calories are comin' from the CHEESEBURGER, dang it. I am NOT piling 150 MORE calories on top by drinking a regular soda. That said, these are my favorite sodas because there's one for everything. Code Red goes extremely well with heavily flavored food, such as Italian. I LOVE this stuff with pizza. Dr. Pepper plays well with extremely salty food, like popcorn, chips, or other things "junk-food-ish". It also goes massively well with Chinese food and traditional food, like fried chicken, soups & stews, etc. Vanilla Coke is my drink of choice with sweets. (On a side note, I tried it a couple of days ago with a can of Chunky beef stew: DON'T do that. My taste buds were on strike for the whole rest of the day.)

My computer: Chibi is my baby, and I love her. I can write emails, keep in contact with my friends, read the LJs of my fellow goddesses, look up obscure information, print my digital pictures, find information on DDR games, read web comics (I have finally succumbed to Sluggy, btw), and generally entertain the crap out of myself. God bless modern technology! Amen.

My digital camera: I am the menace of my family. Camera in hand, I wait patiently for someone in the family to do something utterly weird, extremely cute, or otherwise photogenic. Then it becomes forever engraved on my Sony memory stick...or, at least until I print it out and stick it on their fridge, unbeknownst to them. Guerilla photography! w00t!

My husband: I figured this went without saying, but hey. What's a "favorite things" list without your favorite person? He's always on my side, he's always got an answer (even if it is just "DDR until you feel better"...that usually works, too), and he looks freaking cute when playing with Pete. He drives when I don't feel like it, he keeps the house picked up, he goes and gets me ibuprofen when my hands hurt, and he makes my entire family laugh uproariously. Just tonight, he and my MOTHER were the class clowns; kept disrupting the membership & body life group meeting at church. ^_^ Terry tried to throw them out of the room twice, but I think he realizes Bryan is younger & spry-er than he is, and Momma is like 20 times meaner, and bites. ^_^

Pete: Pete is our rat terrier, my LJ icon, and about the cutest thing that has ever walked on 4 legs in this house. He has invented a new game: solitare fetch. This involves NO throwing on the part of a human. Pete has a beanie baby frog which he takes in his mouth, flings across the room with a remarkably coordinated flip of his little head, and then runs down and viciously shakes. It's almost like "How DARE you run from me, FROG?! Take that!" He has learned sit VERY well, but "up" is harder, and we CANNOT make him stop sleeping on the back of the couch...mostly because it's way too cute for us to tell him to quit.

Pita bread: I've been eating this like a maniac for the last few weeks. It's just good.

My family: my family is one huge unit. Some people have internal politics in their families (my sister's soon-to-be husband comes to mind), but my family is one cohesive THING. If we move, we do so as a group. I LIKE that. Also, my family is BIG. When most people hear or say "family", they're talking Mom, Dad, Siblings. Not so in my family. If you were to ask me, I would really & truly feel that my IMMEDIATE family consists of Momma, Daddy, Aunt Ginger, Uncle Aaron (ask me about them sometime), Ty, Trent, Courtney, Kelsey, J.T., Bryan, and Grandma Wanda. Half the time, it involves another family: Terry, Julie, Ryan, & Jacob Williams, and it's coming to always mean Ashley, Kelsey's girlfriend. And every sunday afternoon, we ALL go out to eat together. Waitresses fear us. Everyone in my life has a PLACE in my family, including my husband and my best friend. Q, in case you didn't know, you're the Biblical scholar & one of the resident geniuses. Bryan's the electrical, computer, & gadget guru as well as the math genius. I'm the family historian, English genius, and Knower-of-Many-Things-Obscure. We've got the Matriarch, the General Fun Organizer, the Clown, etc. And we don't ever really argue among us, unless it's little things, like whether we have peanut butter bonbons or banana pudding at the Christmas Eve party (we usually get both) or where to HOLD said party (this year, "The Farm" won out--it's my parents house! w00t!)

Houseshoes: My feet are always cold.

Squashy pillows, daffodils, Japanese food, books, books, books, music, books. Extremely large sweatshirts, boots that make my legs look good, Lane Bryan jeans, Old Navy clothes, my truck, my house, the lake out here on the farm, the family herd of dogs, our home office (tribute to a dorm room, it is) my friends, world peace, and doughnuts.

Okay. Now y'all's turn. ^_^
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