So Stacy's meme is very simple: Someone assigns you a letter (and Stacy gave me the letter C) and you have to list ten things you like that begin with that letter:
Children. I love almost all kids. Yes, there have been exceptions. But almost all children are so awesome. I learn so much from all of them. Of course, my two children are my favorites. But I've been blessed with like 952 nieces & nephews and I teach the toddler to three year olds at church. Children totally rock. God will back me up on that one.
Chocolate. Oh how I love you, you dark melty blob of goo. I just finished a very small bar of Lindt 70% chocolate. I could even use a larger percent of cocoa. But that's all they had at the grocery. That movie 'Chocolat' was amazing. I didn't even need a plot. I just wanted to watch her make that thick dark chocolate drink. And I think I want to pronounce it the French-with-a-bad-American-accent way - Shock-o-LAH.
Church. At the risk of sounding like one of those bible-thumping, self-righteous, judgemental idiots that I so despise...I LOVE my church. The Vineyard churches I've checked out so far are the BOMB, dawg (I was channeling Randy Jackson there for a second). But the people at my church (and people are what make up the church, by the way) rock. So my church therefore rocks. It's been a very long time since I have woken up every Sunday and thought, "YEAH! IT'S SUNDAY! I GET TO GO TO CHURCH!!!" I mean, when you're upset that you're sick enough to miss church? You're going to a good church.
Country. My country, in particular. Well, the whole North American continent. And toss in England & Jamaica for good measure because I'm not really that well traveled. But I love my country. I love living here. I love the freedom to be as stupid as we want and to have it be televised, to boot. I love the freedom I have to work from home, attend any kind of church or religious group I want, to be any sexual orientation I want (ok, let's pretend all the intolerant people magically disappeared), to drive from state to state with no worries except how close is the next bathroom, to buy any kind of music, book, movie I want, to experience all different races & cultures, to eat almost any kind of food I want, to have unlimited access to the internet, to walk out side of my house without worrying about getting shot down in the street, to speak out against any of our leaders without suddenly going on "extended holiday" for the rest of my life. I mean, come ON. We are ridiculously blessed.
Christmas. I love holidays. I love Christmas the best. I love the good will t'ward men (faux or otherwise) that tends to permeate the land at that time of year. I love the anticipation of the actual day. I love the trees we decorate. I love getting my kids way too many gifts. I love doing random acts of kindness to strangers that just baffle them - all in the name of a day on which we celebrate the birth of Jesus even if it is totally in the wrong time of year. I love Christmas. And one more reason I love this holiday so much......
Chocolate Chess Pie! Yes, I already said chocolate. But this is chocolate taken to a whole new level. This is somewhere between a true old-fashioned pudding and a gooey brownie - all in a pie shell. It's a heat attack in a pie. If you haven't had one, you haven't lived. If you have had one and you're thinking, "It wasn't such a big deal," you haven't had one of MINE. Oh yes. Chocolate chess pie. Great...now I'm drooling...
Comic Books Heroes. Ok, that's a stretch. But I just saw a picture of Wonder Woman and thought, dang she kicks batookie!!! I love comic book heroes. Especially the few strong female characters they have. You know the ones that somehow fight world destruction while barely wearing their costumes. The ones with 18 inch waists, 34 DDD boobs and legs that go all the way up (as a former beau of mine used to say). As someone who can't stomach women who use their girly wiles to manipulate people, you'd think I'd be all hatin' the comic book women. Au contraire. Love 'em. The ridiculousness of their get ups is part of my fascination.
Cinema. Movies. Stories. Love 'em. I love losing myself in a movie. It doesn't even have to be a particularly GOOD movie. I just love to shut the brain off and watch. And other days, I love to have my brain work over time in order to follow a good movie. I love a movie that is good enough so that you stop thinking, "Oh, there's Leonardo DiCaprio in really bad hair extensions," and just get totally caught up in the reality of the story.
I know that as soon as I finish and post this list I'll think, "Oh why didn't I remember to put [fill in the blank with some really cool, relevant C word here]?!"