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Today’s Be Happy Challenge:
– Something You Are Looking Forward To. –
I remember years ago when the biggest thing I was looking forward to was the day that my kids could reach and pour the milk by themselves so they wouldn’t have to wake me up at zero dark thirty to make them breakfast. Finally that day came, and it was every bit as glorious as I had hoped!
Now, as my kids are nearly high school age, I’m looking forward to the day they move out and I can work on retirement, move to St. Croix, and become an ornery old woman, like Arden has already become. That day may not come as easily as the kids reaching the milk, however.
So, more realistically and immediately, I’m looking forward to this weekend! The glorious days of spring have finally arrived in Charleston after a cold, uncharacteristically long winter. Okay, so maybe not spring… Here we tend to jump straight from winter to summer, and we really only have two seasons: Stinkin’ hot and stinkin’ cold. Only a few weeks ago, I still needed a blanket on my lap at baseball practice, and now it’s about 97 degrees outside.
Beautiful [and hot] days call for awesome weekends and free time! And since I can’t just hop on a plane and take a vacation to my favorite place in the whole world, I’ll have to make due with our beautiful city.
We’re going to spend this beautiful Friday afternoon enjoying some reggae at Party at Point with great friends.
Then, tomorrow, we’re going to float on the Edisto River. We’ll have lots of beer and lots of friends in tow, and we’re just going to enjoy a nice lazy day – finally! After the week of hell I’ve had at work, I’m really looking forward to some relaxation. And did I mention beer? I can’t wait for a nice cold beer. 🙂 We bought a really cool, ginormous float, and even though the kids can fit in it with us, we got them each their own. If we’re really going to enjoy the weekend, the kids are going to have to annoy the crap out of each other and not us, right?!
On Sunday, we’ll venture to Sullivans Island. The kids can play in the waves while I dig my toes in the warm sand and even out these tan lines. Sounds heavenly, does it? Since I live at the beach, I have to remind myself often not to take advantage of it. Some people aren’t as fortunate as we are, and they don’t get the luxury of basking in the beautiful sunshine on a gorgeous beach whenever they want.
So, as I enjoy every second of my weekend (that I’m so looking forward to right now), I will also be thankful:
Thankful for my health and my family’s health…
Thankful for our brave American soldiers who are fighting for our freedom this very second so that we can enjoy our weekends without a care in the world…
Thankful to live in the best City in the world…
Thankful for a man who has been more of a dad to my boys than their own father ever was – Happy Father’s Day…
Thankful for a job that I love and get weekends off from…
Thankful that I can hear my favorite reggae music tonight…
Thankful that I can taste delicious, ice cold beer on these hot days…
Thankful for the beautiful sunshine…
Thankful for my amazing blogger friends with whom I can share these great experiences…
Thankful for our beautiful children who find some way to bring laughter to my life every day…
What are you looking forward to?
Today’s Be Happy Challenge:
– Home. –
Ahh, home. Home sweet home. Home is where the heart is. Home, home on the range. Oh wait – that one doesn’t really fit, does it? I’m getting a little carried away.
I’ve lived in lots of “homes” in my 31 long years of life so far, but I’ve got to say that the place I consider my true home isn’t any of the actual houses. My home is Charleston.
For those of you poor souls who don’t know much about Charleston, I’ll give you the skinny:
Charleston, or “The Holy City,” is the oldest city in South Carolina. It lies just south of the middle of the state’s coastline, on the Charleston Harbor. It’s been named America’s most friendly, most polite, and most hospitable City by a number of magazines over the years.
The City is known for its history, culture, beaches, architecture, and food. Yum… food!!! We have some of the country’s best restaurants and chefs here. A few of my favorites are Peninsula Grill, Slightly North of Broad (or SNOB), and Oak Steakhouse.
We also have great shopping, if that’s your cup of tea. King Street, in downtown Charleston, has shops and stores ranging from antiques to high fashion, and the City Market, also downtown, has a wide-range of stores and open-air shops and galleries.
Like sports? We have quite a few local teams here. For example, our Charleston RiverDogs are our Minor League Baseball team, an affiliate of the Yankees, and our Charleston Battery is our professional soccer team. We also have hockey and rugby, and we’re home to the Family Circle Cup.
My favorite thing about Charleston (besides of food, of course), though, is the beaches! We have beautiful beaches here, and I can’t imagine ever calling somewhere home that isn’t near the beach! My favorites are Sullivans Island and the Isle of Palms, although there are plenty more to choose from, and you can usually find me at one of them every weekend during the summer. There’s also great fishing and boating – two more of my favorite things!
Overall, Charleston is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. And we have amazing culture, food, art, history, beaches, fishing, boating, shopping, and architecture. If you’ve never been, you should come visit! I’m proud to call it home.
Let me start off by saying that I hate love Arden. Damn Thank you, Arden. Thank you so much for giving me the ABC Award! According to my stats page, I don’t deserve this award, which leads me to believe that you really just want to watch me shifting and writhing uncomfortably in my chair all day as I try to respond to my nomination. Yep. That sounds about right.
Here are the rules to this award:
1. Add the ABC Award to your new post.
2. A-B-C about yourself using one word or phrase. (No, you cannot leave out ‘Q’ or ‘X’)
3. Nominate however many blogs you’d like to receive this award.
4. Let the recipients you’ve chosen know via a link in their comments section of their blogs.
And now, let my misery begin…
Anal. [I think you’ve already figured this out about me.]
B-e-a-utiful. [Not really, but I love saying that.]
Candid. [Arden knows this firsthand.]
Ghostly. [I need Charleston to feel like Charleston now, please. It’s May. I need a tan.]
Honest. [Brutally so.]
Impatient. [And Intimidating.]
Jealous. [Of everyone who has more than 66 followers. Pathetic.]
Knee-deep. [In crap I don’t want to deal with today.]
Mom. [I don’t even know my real name anymore.]
Nauseous. [I have the stomach flu at the moment. Don’t worry, Arden… I won’t discuss poop.]
Overweightphobic. [Also known as cacomorphobic.]
Political. [Don’t get me started.]
Quite certain I’m capable of murder.
Realistic. [Some like to call is pessimistic. I would beg to differ.]
Sarcastic. [Literally all the time.]
Traffic snob. [If it’s more than 15 minutes away, I’m not going.]
Vexed. [Anyone who reads my blog knows that this is pretty often.]
need want a vacation and a million dollars.]
X-wife. [I wear that badge proudly.]
Yeller. [I can admit it. Maybe no one heard me the first time. Maybe.]
Zealous. [About several issues. Again, don’t get me started…]
And no, without further adieu, my nominees for the ABC Award are:
Marriage, Motherhood and Madness. Mia is hilarious, and she blogs for the same reason I do: to get some time to herself! (She’s also the real Slim Shady, by the way.)
Ben’s Bitter Blog. While he, too, is hilarious (and tall), he’s also jealous that Arden nominated me for the award. Stop being bitter, Ben. Now it’s your turn.