What Keeps me Sane
1. Da kitties. No matter what’s going on, I know I can get me some kitty love. Usually it’s from Miz Poo, but most any of the kitties will kindly allow me to pet them atop their little heads. Aside from the soothingness (yes, I made that up) of petting them, they constantly amuse me. Either they’re chattering at the birds who flock to the feeders, or they’re trying to kick each others’ ass, or there’s some Fancypants – Tubby action going on. I love me some kitties, have I mentioned? 2. Some readers. I have to say, some of the email I’ve gotten over the last week (especially the Lisas who are aghast that the reader mentioned last Monday was also named Lisa) has been funny as hell. And the pet pictures? I’m loving them. Keep them coming! 3. Books and magazines. I’m so glad that I married someone who loves to read as much as I do. Whenever we have some extra, unspoken-for money, the first thought on both of our minds is “Let’s buy some books!” It’s even better when I start a book I don’t think I’m going to like very much, only to end up staying up until midnight because I HAVE to know how it ends. 4. The online journals and diet journals I read. Because I love reading about the lives, struggles, and triumphs of other people – whether their lives are similar to mine, or nothing at all like mine. 5. Fred. Of course – because (pardon the sap) he’s my best friend and I can count the fights we’ve had on one hand. Because he understands what I’m talking about, he gets (most of!) my jokes, and in a few days, we’ll have known each other for 7 years, and he still makes me laugh. When something happens, big or small, he’s the first person I want to tell. And he loves cats as much as I do. 6. The spud. Because she reminds me so much of myself at that age that it’s scary. She’s not exactly like I was, but I know how she thinks, and somehow that’s oddly comforting. She’s gorgeous and silly and funny and it’s going to be hard as hell to let her make her own mistakes, but I know I’ve gotta. 7. Candles (I stole this one from Say). My favorite candle scent of all time is Yankee Candles’ Buttercream, but I like most food-scented candles. I love to light one candle in the living room, one in the computer room, and a couple upstairs. As I walk through the house, it smells awesome all the way through.]]>