Loving My Life: Things I Can’t Resist

Last week I wrote about a few of my favorite things (are you humming? I am!). This week I want to share some of the things I can’t resist – including a few that I probably should.

  1. Chinese Food & Sushi – there are a few things when it comes to food that I’m always in the mood for. Chinese food and sushi are on the top of that list.  If asked where I want to go out for dinner  (or lunch) those will almost always be on the top of my list. It’s funny to think that when I first tried sushi over 30 years ago, I didn’t think it was all that great. Now, my local supermarket carries it and I can have it (almost) whenever I want.
  2. Chocolate – a close second when it comes food loves. Dark chocolate is my preference but milk chocolate can be wonderful too. And it doesn’t need to be plain – peanuts, almonds, toffee, hazelnut, cinnamon, even spicy sometimes. I discovered Godiva in my teens and went through a “snobby” stage. Now I appreciate Hershey’s, Dark Chocolate Milky Way and even the occasional bag of M&M’s. And for dessert? Lava Cake.
  3. The Jersey Shore – boardwalks and skeeball any time of year. If you’ve read my bio you know that I was raised in Jersey and to this day the Jersey Shore is one of my favorite places to be. The first time I went to Cape Cod I was so confused.  How could anyone have fun at the beach without a boardwalk? My grandfather taught me to skeeball and my mother taught my sons. I suppose I don’t go in the winter, but every other season you’ll find me visiting. Zeppole, anyone?
  4. New York City – the greatest city in the world. No, I haven’t been to Paris or Tokyo and I’m sure their wonderful. I loved Chicago and hope to go back and San Francisco is terrific, too, but there is just *something* about New York. At first I was going to put theater, because that too is something I can’t resist (It’s one of my first loves) but it’s so much more than that. When I’m in New York, whether I go to the theater or not, I’m energized, revitalized. When I leave, I can’t wait to go back. My plan is to retire there.
  5. Books – I guess this one’s pretty obvious. Most writers are readers and as many have said, reading is the best way to improve your writing, but books are truly something I can’t resist. If I’m in a new area, I check my Yelp app to see if there are any independent or used bookstores in the area. I take Artist Dates to Barnes and Noble. My To-Be-Read pile is a bookshelf (with lots more on my Kindle). I’ve stopped promising myself that I won’t buy a book when I go to conferences, thrift stores, libraries (their fundraisers! It’s a good cause!), because I’ll just break that promise. I’m never going to be caught up.
Skeeball on the Jersey Shore

In addition to these I absolutely love and can’t resist:

  • Watching the Wizard of Oz, even when it’s on commercial television.
  • Movie theater popcorn
  • Pointing out cows and horses when we drive by them
  • Kissing my cat on the nose, even though he kind of hates it
  • Foods with cinnamon – it’s one of my favorite flavors
  • Accessories by Betsy Johnson
  • Singing along to 80’s music
  • Charlie Brown specials
  • Shirts with Tinkerbell on them (I have at least a dozen)

And in the things I probably should resist list:

  • Chips. Doritos, potato chips, and anything in that food group. Nope, I can’t eat just one
  • Social Media –I really don’t need to check it as much as I do
  • Napping – sometimes I need it, but a lot of the time it’s my go-to procrastination method. It instantly turns off my swirling thoughts.
  • Reruns – I know every episode of Charmed and I think I’m getting close on at least the first ten seasons of Law & Order: SVU and NCIS. Maybe it’s a guilty pleasure, but there are times when it’s a better idea to turn off the television.

What are the things you can’t resist?

Next week – the people in my life because that’s who makes it all worthwhile.

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