Ten Things

Today Iā€™m participating in the blog hop initiated by Carole at carole knits Please feel free to join us by posting your own “10 Things” on today’s theme!

Ten Things I Miss When I’m Away From Home:

pillows-1031079_6401. My own bed! You never sleep quite as well when you’re at a hotel or Bed & Breakfast.

2. My pillow. Hotel mattresses may be half decent, but their pillows are no match for my own. Unfortunately, it’s not always convenient to take mine along.

3. The people I live with. If one or more aren’t traveling with me, I miss my husband, my daughter and my son.

IMG_20151225_101150 4. My dog. He may be the hardest one to leave because you can’t communicate with him the same way you can with people. He sees the suitcase come out and knows that he’s not going to like what happens next. Those big brown eyes are quite good at guilt tripping a person!

5. Regular eating habits. I almost always gain weight when I go away, largely because it’s harder to control my diet. If the hotel includes breakfast, I tend to eat more than I would at home, and lunches and dinners out are usually higher calorie than those you would make yourself. And as someone said to me recently, for some reason you seem to be hungrier when you travel!

6. What’s going on in the world. I miss it in the sense that I’m less aware of what’s happening in the news. Since most news isn’t good anyway, I don’t really miss it, if you know what I mean.

athletic sue7. Regular exercise. I don’t tend to use hotel fitness rooms and I’m not walking the dog, so I’m not necessarily moving as much as I should be. Especially on days when you’re driving and not out there sight-seeing.

8. My home. Be it ever so humble, it’s true: there’s no place like home. That being said, I do enjoy any break I can get. I don’t know if that housework is ever going to disappear!

9. Routines. I’ve already referenced eating, exercise and sleep, but I also miss writing, even though I’m not as consistent with it as I’d like to be. And I miss my paycheck (I don’t get paid when I don’t work). Yes, there’s vacation pay, but believe me you notice a big difference when you have a few shifts off.

10. My country. Whenever I leave Canada, and so far it’s only been for the U.S. and once to the U.K., I’m always so glad to get back. Even if I’ve had a wonderful time away and met especially delightful people, there’s just nothing like being on the soil you grew up on. I love it here!

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Ten on Tuesday

Today I’m joining the blog hop initiated by Carole at carole knits. I may not be able to participate every Tuesday, but I’ll give it a whirl!

This week Carole asks us to describe ourselves in ten words, choosing adjectives that begin with the first letter of our first name.

Here goes:

  1. Secretive – I bet that surprises you!Ā  Or at least it surprises you that I’d admit it. It’s not that I’m up to no good, more that I tend to be quiet and reserved and don’t think everyone needs to know what I’m doing at any given time. I guess I’m a poor candidate for social media, especially up-to-the-minute soundbites on sites like Twitter and Facebook šŸ™‚
  2. Sensible – While I can be silly and have fun, I possess a good deal of common sense and try to make measured, well-researched decisions instead of being impetuous and impulsive. And I prefer sensible shoes to high heels šŸ™‚
  3. Serene – another word for calm. Also known as easy-going, not easily riled.
  4. Skeptical – I tend to be skeptical of fads, cure-alls, chain letters, etc. Before passing on any information, I’ll check with Snopes.com or otherwise do my homework. If you hear something from me, you can be sure it’s true, or that I have good reason to believe it is true.
  5. Smart – This sounds egotistical, but I’m just saying what others would say about me šŸ˜›
  6. Spiritual – I believe in God and have a strong faith that is based on relationship, not ritual.
  7. Steady – I am loyal, dependable, reliable, stable – everything an employer or friend could ask for. Sorry if this sounds prideful; I don’t mean it to be.
  8. Stubborn – I prefer to think of it as persistent šŸ˜‰
  9. Supportive – Hopefully people in my circle find me an encourager and cheerleader. I certainly try my best to be a good listener and problem-solver and to help others move forward in the achievement of their goals.
  10. Sweet – Again, just how others would describe me. In keeping with being a good friend/listener, kind, thoughtful, etc.

For the record, I’ve never liked tooting my own horn, so today’s challenge was really out of my comfort zone. Thanks, Carole! šŸ˜›