I have decided that it is better to leave my iPod at home when I ride my bike. There are a couple of reasons for this, the first being that I really should be listening for the cars behind me and second, I have a tendency to listen to it way too loud and am worried about being more deaf than I am currently. This leaves me quite a lot of time to think. I have been thinking lately about things that I totally love and things that I totally enjoy. I thought that I would share them with you.
I just want to put a warning in here, some of these things may definitely put a check mark by my name in your book as being WEIRD, but since most of you already know this, I am not too worried.
I love, absolutely, the smell of fresh laundry. I especially love it if it was washed using Tide (my absolute Favorite.) I have been known to shut myself into a laundry room, just to take a couple of deep, refreshing breaths. I have been known to smell people (trust me, only people that I am 100% comfortable with!) and tell them that I love the way their clothes smell. I probably shouldn't have told you all this, but it will warn you in case I ever 'smell' you. Laundry isn't the only thing that I smell, I also smell books, money and other 'weird' things like this.
I have discovered that I love the way leaves sound as they crunch under a bike tire. As I am riding I will go out of my way to crunch a leaf. It leaves me feeling slightly disappointed when it is doesn't crunch, but very satisfied when it does.
I love working with the wolves. My boys are hilarious and make me laugh (I have to admit that often, I try to hide my laughter,) and at the same time, they are very sweet. I love when they see me at church and excitedly wave at me, "Hi Sister Proctor!" Although my calling was extremely overwhelming in the beginning, it is now one that I absolutely love!
I love Photography. I could be perfectly content walking around taking pictures all day long. In fact, that would be an ideal day. I love sitting down and thinking of ways to represent things that I have seen or read. It helps to stretch my mind. I am a bit upset though that the picture I took to represent The Giver happens to be very similar to the picture found on all the Twilight books! I worked hard on that picture, took a lot of different ones, different angles etc to find the one that I loved and then to have a similar picture made famous. Oh, well, what can we do?
I love my dog, Jake. Sometimes, I wonder if he will be the death of me, like the other morning when we woke up to discover that he had pulled all the carpet out of one of my bathroom rugs leaving a white rubber hole in the center. However, where else can you find such devotion. I can't wait until all the apricots are out of our tree so we don't keep having an 'orange spotted' beagle.
I love Mike. He makes me very happy. He helps me to laugh at myself (such as the above paragraph on my obsession with smelling laundry.) He encourages me and supports me in things that I want to do. He is so good with his hands and is very mechanically minded (which is wonderful since I am absolutely NOT.) I have not taken my car to get the oil changed since I met Mike, he does it for me. He fixes things for me and tuned up my bike so that I could ride it back and forth to work. He does a lot for me and I love him for it. I don't think that I got too cheesy in this paragraph, did I?
Well, now that you all know how weird I really am, please join me in laughing at myself. I also encourage ya'll (don't laugh too hard Amanda!) to think about some of the things you love.