I have had a really long day full of all sorts of adventure and just sat down after getting the kids in bed and realized that I loved to end days with a few of my guilty pleasures.
First and foremost, and anyone who knows me at all knows this, I love Diet Coke. Yea, it has things in it that when fed to rats by the gallons, it caused cancer, but that doesn't really bother me. I guess if I consumed gallons and gallons of Diet Coke every day, I'd be worried, but I'm not.
Second, I really love dark chocolate, and dark chocolate M&M's or Snickers are just to die for. Sure, milk chocolate is the more preferred kind, but it's flavor just isn't as good to me - it doesn't make my tongue celebrate the opportunity it has to taste. Yup, I love it that much. That's probably one of my downfalls as far as a healthy diet, and I probably only indulge once or twice a week, but I love it.
Third, my Mother's Day present that I got early. See, I HATE vacuuming and sweeping, and do it rather begrudgingly, but Enoch, being the sweet, loving, caring husband that he is, bought me a Roomba http://irobot.com/sp.cfm?pageid=95 from Woot www.woot.com Mine has a scheduling function on it, so it starts and vacuums my kitchen, dining room and living room floors everyday when I'm at the gym. I love it - and to know that a room is being vacuumed while I'm working on something else is just heavenly.
Fourth - I really don't have tons of time to watch TV (outside of winter when it's too cold to do anything else) but there are two shows that I just really like that have plot lines that build off of the previous episode, and they are Grey's Anatomy http://abc.go.com/primetime/greysanatomy/index and Heroes http://www.nbc.com/Heroes/. Yea, Enoch and I like to watch Scrubs http://www.nbc.com/Scrubs/ reruns at night, but I really haven't been following it at all the last year or so. Grey's captivates me - the writing is witty, the actors hilarious and always in character and the plot twists and turns are a great roller coaster ride, especially for someone who doesn't like roller coasters. Heroes is completely captivating, engrossing, suspenseful and each episode ends with me on the edge of my seat wondering what in the world could possibly happen next. Since I seem to be missing these (both are on at 8:00 pm here in Cedar) I love the fact that I can watch the whole episode online, pausing when I need to and enjoying with fewer commercials and thus taking less of my ever dwindling and increasingly precious time.
Fifth, the gym. Sure, going kicks my butt, makes me sore at least half of the week, makes me feel totally out of shape and weak when watching younger women who have had fewer babies doing more than me and at a higher intensity. Yeah, I wish that I could get the results in less time, but I love to have the chance of having an hour of just me time. I have recently started doing the abs class twice a week - a 30 minute class of crunching, squeezing and wincing, but that has helped a bit and I'm hoping that by strengthening my core more I can finally get rid of the semi-permanent back pain that I've had for the last 4 1/2 years.
So, these are some of the things that I enjoy in life, that help me stay sane, and give me a few moments of quality time for myself. I'd love to add sleeping in...but that's not something I get to do much of at this point in my life - I'm told that teens help that process, but it seems that staying up late till they get home would negate the benefits of sleeping in...Guess I'll know more about that in about 10 years....