That's right. I am.
(Or at least, my blog is.)
The Illustrator's Wife was recently given The Incredibly Sweet Blog Award by Lauren Holgate, author of the delightfully quirky and thoughtful blog, ladaisi. She writes about life, her boys, art, writing, wanting to open a coffee shop someday (which, by the way, if she builds it, I will visit! Check out these incredibly cute coffee cozies that she just, oh, whipped up in her spare time.)
Anyway, I'm super thrilled that Lauren thinks this blog is worthy of an Incredibly Sweet Award, so many thanks to her.
The way the award works is that those bloggers who are awarded must share four of their guilty pleasures and then pass the award along.
So... let's see. Guilty pleasures...
1). I collect words. Phrases. Anything that inspires me, from anywhere, I jot it down in my tiny composition notebook that I carry around with me everywhere I go. I write down what people are saying in the airplane seats behind me, words I like, descriptions of places, prose that is written so well it's painted like poetry. Things out of magazines at the doctors office and things out of books. I listen to my grandmother's recipe for perfect Belgian waffles, and I write it down in my notebook, along with a description of her earrings and the wonderful way her wrinkles enhance her smile. I jot down the lyrics to a new song at church that moved me, funny things Charlie says. I tape in Dove chocolate wrapper fortunes. Beautiful words of encouragement that others have spoken over me. It all goes into the notebook. I collect the words, and then later I go back and savor through them.
2). I try to take very good care of my skin. I count this as a guilty pleasure because of the amount of lotion buying it involves. At one time, before I married Jake, I lived with a roommate who had eczema, and the doctor told her that once every single day she needed to put this special cream all over her entire body, and she thought that was the most ridiculous thing ever. Who has time to completely cover themselves in lotion once a day? I laughed because, well, I happen to be in the habit of doing exactly that.
3). I take cat naps (with my cat). Now, I happen to think I have the most wonderful cat in the world, but I may be a little bit biased. Still, there aren't many cats that will let you tote them around like your personal teddy bear. Stitch is cool with it, though. In fact, I think he secretly relishes the attention. And if I fall asleep on the sofa or crawl into bed at any point during the day, he'll come find me and curl up beside me (often on me). And we snuggle and snooze away. I've been known to waste many a Sunday afternoon like that.
4). I'm addicted to thrift store shopping. (Okay, maybe addicted is a strong word, but you get the point). I love walking through the doors and never knowing what I'm going to find. I love that nothing in the store matches at all and that a lot of it is just plain junk, because then when you do dig up something really cool, like a wallpaper book from the '70's, or a wispy floral scarf, or a set of milk bottle measuring cups - and then your entire purchase of six or seven things rings up to a whopping total of $4.95 - you get to walk out of the store feeling like you've discovered buried treasure.
Yep. Those are my four guilty pleasures. Now to pass the game along.
I hereby bestow The Incredibly Sweet Blog Award to the following blogs:
Tag, you're it!