Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Trivial True Loves... and My 2012 Valentine...

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This Valentines Day,
I have decided to do my posting a little differently from the last few years...
instead of talking about the people in my life that I love, I have decided to talk about the things in my life that I love... trivial things that I am addicted to because they are so wonderful.

But first, I am going to talk about my ACTUAL Valentine this year...
my NON trivial true love... Aaron Jr.
This is a photo of him at his class Valentines party at school today.
I got to help with it and I had so much fun in their class.
THIS True Love of mine is NOT trivial in any way. :)
When Aaron Jr and I went to the grocery store to pick out a little Valentines gift for each other, he said he wouldn't look when I was picking out something for him and that I was not allowed to look when he was picking out something for me. It was tricky, though, because whatever he picked out... I was going to be paying for. So, after I went through the line, I left some money with him and he paid for it all by himself then gave me the change. I knew it was something small ish because of the amount of change I got back. Whew!
When we handed each other our gifts, he had gotten me a package of Oreos. SO cute. I do enjoy Oreos, so he did a great job. What a sweetheart.
HE is the only NON trivial thing I am going to talk about in this posting.
But I had to talk about him for sure on Valentines Day... I love this little boy.

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Okay, on to the trivial true loves of mine...

Because I have been sick this week with a cold that won't quit, I am going to begin with something that has been on my mind, because I wish I had picked some up at the store the last time I was there... I have really needed it this week and especially today...

Yep, Puffs Plus Lotion

Wiping a nose with these tissues is like wiping a nose using a cloud. They don't give you the raw dry nose like other tissues do. They are heaven when you have to wipe a nose often. If I felt like driving to the store right now, I would buy these for myself, but I will pick some up the next time I go... to be ready for the next horrific cold.

Moving on... my next trivial true love (addiction)...

Cafe Rio OR Costa Vida Sweet Pork Barbacoa Salad

This salad has become the food that I crave almost every day. Of course I don't eat it every day, but if I had the funds... I would eat it every day. It starts with a hand made tortilla that is so delicious and scrumptious. Then they begin with beans and rice at the bottom. I don't get the beans, but other people like them in it. Then they put the sweet pork on top of the rice, then they put the lettuce on the pork... on top of that, they put the tomatoes and guacamole. I don't get the tomatoes... someday my taste buds may develop enough to like tomatoes. Then they put the crispy tortilla strips and feta cheese on top.
Then the green dressing that they give you is there in the photo on the side... it is SO good.
For some reason, the mixture of flavors and textures in this salad is just one of the greatest culinary experiences that I am blessed to experience almost once a week. That is what I limit myself to. Mmm...

Next trivial true love (addiction)...

Peanut Butter M & M's

These have been a favorite of mine for a long time. In fact, when Aaron passed away and I didn't want to eat anything... bags of Peanut Butter M & M's were what people brought to me to try to bring me a little cheer. Plus, I wasn't eating... so I think they were trying to entice me to eat. So, they were one of the first things that I turned to when I finally did start trying to eat again.
These babies are so delicious. I love to sit down in front of a movie with a bag (large bag of course) of these and a tall glass of milk. I love to put a few in my mouth and let them melt a little, then chew the shell off and then the chocolate and peanut butter are soft and just melt in my mouth. Maybe that is a little too much information... hahaha. Get the point though? Good.

I also love to eat these with popcorn. I will sprinkle some of these in a bowl of hot popcorn and eat them together. The warmth of the popcorn gets the M & M's soft and they just melt in your mouth... again. I guess I could go on and on with this one, so I will end there.

Next trivial true love (addiction)...


I have been addicted to baths most of my life. They are so relaxing. When I was pregnant with Aaron Jr, I was taking two baths per day in that last month or so. When I am not feeling well, like this week, baths are soothing and have a healing effect... somehow. I was talking to my sister about this the other day, so I looked it up online and read up on it a bit HERE. I found a few things that rang true about why I love baths...

"For one thing, it’s the heat of the water that’s important in hydrotherapy benefits. Heat serves as sort of a tranquilizer for the body. The thermal effect slows down the internal organs and decreases the production of stress hormones. That’s one reason a warm bath or time spent in hot tubs or thermospas is so relaxing.
Another aspect of a hydrotherapy tub or spa tub is the weightlessness. Your body is temporarily relieved of the demands of gravity, giving muscles and supportive tissues a chance to rest. The weightlessness combined with the heat of the water has the ability to relieve fatigue and stiff joints.
People who take a hot bath or relax in a hot tub shortly before bedtime report better sleep. They fall asleep more quickly, sleep more soundly, and are able to sleep for longer periods without waking after hydrotherapy baths.
 Since hot water causes the blood vessels to dilate, sitting in a hot tub can increase circulation. It’s also believed to remove wastes from tissues and to aid the immune system."

I can tell a difference if I have had to take showers instead of baths for a while. I crave the relaxation that I get in a bath. I love to read in a bath or just close my eyes and relax.
Its heaven!

A recent trivial true love (addiction)...

Words with Friends (Scrabble)

This is a recent one because I only recently got a phone that I can play this game on against other people. It has been a lot of fun... and not to brag, but I am not bad at this game. :)
Next trivial true love (addiction)...


Chili's Chips and Salsa

These don't need too much explanation. I just think their chips and salsa are the best that I have found... at any restaurant. I love them. Mmm...

I am sure I could go on and on about my trivial true loves... but this is enough for now. These are the ones that come to mind quickly as I sit and think about it.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!
I am getting this posting done when the day is pretty much gone,
but everyone make sure you take those people in your life that you love...
and squeeze them a little tighter...
and show your love for them a little more diligently...
and TELL them that you love them.
None of us ever know how much time we have left with them.
These relationships are precious.
Let us all treat them as such.

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Tawnie said...

I LOVE all of your loves. Excluding the bath. But if I had a nice jetted tub, I think that could change. I do love the hydrotherapy. That sounds wonderful. And Words with Friends....you are the bomb. I play these silly games to pass time. Sadly there is not a bit of competitiveness in me when it comes to these things. I'd rather the person who wants to win, win. I don't put in much thought or effort and I'm not very smart anyway so I'm not very fun to play with. But I do love to watch you and John battle. And I love to watch you beat John R. You know, because he never loses. So it's kind of funny when he does. I'll go to Chili's and/or Cafe Rio with you one of these days. I couldn't agree more on both. Let me know when. HappyDay!!!

Leslie said...

anytime tawnie... anytime!

Scott / Lori said...

Happy Valentines Day Leslie. THose are some great "little loves". I have to say the Kleenex tissue with lotion is nice too. That is a cute little treat Aaron had at his class party. He is cute. Hope you had a good day. Love you!

Anonymous said...

I love love love peanut butter M&M's too! I have to limit myself or I could very easily overdose on them :) I love chips and salsa as well and you're right....Chili's are the best!! I hope you and Aaron had a wonderful Valentine's Day! He looks like he had a great school party. Ours was bittersweet.......full of Valentine parties and a trip to the cemetery to remember precious baby Connor on his birthday!

Much love and prayers,

Karey said...

I love all of your loves, too. Except I haven't played Words with Friends. I sorta want to, but I know me and I worry I'd spend way too much time there. Maybe sometime.

I hope your Valentine's Day was nice. I love you!

By the way, Savannah had a great time. Thanks for helping us work that out.