- I find it so completely sad when a person has allowed themselves to become so beaten down by the opposite sex that they are obviously cynical and bitter. It’s like anyone from the opposite sex is doomed from the start and put to task for the mistakes of a past they weren’t a part of. And I use the word “allow” for a reason, which is that everyone is responsible for their own actions, emotions, reactions, beliefs, etc.
- I get to spend a good portion of this weekend with my sister’s kiddos and I’m really excited about it. I hope they’re in snuggly moods, because I know I am!
- My primary love language is words of affirmation. Lately, I have this abundance of people in my life who are masters at showing appreciation in ways that really touch me. I’m feeling the love, folks! Muah!
- You know when you hug someone and then you smell like them for quite some time after? Each time you catch a whiff it’s a little reminder of them. That happened to me yesterday after lunch with a friend. She smelled awesome! And then I smelled awesome!
- I can’t stop listening to this song. Over and over and over again! If it doesn’t catch you the first time, listen again with your eyes closed. There’s something about the beat…
Posted by Annie Brokaw on November 20, 2014
- Having a nice, long dinner and chat with a good friend. Sometimes making new friends when we’re older is hard, but it seems like the ones you do make are more quality than when we’re younger. Know what I mean?
- Sticking up for myself.
- Knowing that this week is full of “obligations” containing some of my favorite people ever. It’s going to be a busy one, but very fulfilling!
- People who are self-aware and can express that. Takes the guess-work out of things in a helpful way!
- Meatloaf! Yes, meat in a loaf form is sort of odd. But it can, when made properly, taste so yummy!
Posted by Annie Brokaw on November 17, 2014
- I dig a beard on a guy. However, when your beard is wider than your ears, that’s not hot. That’s just sheer laziness. Oh, and keep the crumbs out of there, too. Ew.
- My niece Farrah likes to talk on the phone. Hearing her say, “Hi Auntie!” just warms my heart. For awhile, she called me Annie Annie, now it’s just Auntie. I wonder what she’ll decide to stick with…
- It’s been really, really cold here in Colorado this week. I hope this isn’t an indication of the kind of winter we’re going to have because, damn!
- Speaking of cold, I am enjoying pulling out my sweaters, boots, scarves, etc. I guess that’s the silver lining to below zero temps!
- I’m getting my hair cut again on Saturday and I’m going even shorter! Nothing too, too crazy. And hey, it’s hair. If I don’t like it, it’ll grow back. Truly though, I saw this the other day and it pretty much explains everything:
Posted by Annie Brokaw on November 13, 2014
- Finding a balance between assertive and polite.
- Having a friend who so completely understands you and is able to put that to words and actions is a beautiful thing.
- Regularly meeting new people who are passionate, positive, excited, and motivated. We all need as many of those folks in our lives as we can get!
- Knowing your limits and knowing when to burst through them and when to back off a bit. It’s a heavily nuanced situation.
- This recipe using Cappello’s grain-free pasta. Such an amazing meal!
Posted by Annie Brokaw on November 10, 2014
- I think it’s misguided for people to give a relationship with someone shot after shot after shot. I mean, really, what do you expect will be SO different the 2nd, 3rd, 4th time around that it’s going to work this time? Trust me, it’s from a place of experience that I’ve formed this belief, I’ll own that.
- I just had an interesting conversation with someone about the single biggest thing that attracts me to a person whether it’s a new friend, love interest, business associate, etc. It’s emotional intelligence, hands down.
- I refuse to go shopping on Black Friday and I try really hard to stay out of restaurants, etc. on major holidays for a reason. When I was in the restaurant industry, I remember working a particular Christmas Eve knowing that my family was at home having our big family dinner and I was missing out. We had a guy lose his mind over the fact that he and his family were seated at a rectangular table instead of a round top. I couldn’t help it – I teared up and said, “Sir, be glad you’re here with your family while those of us working to provide you all a good meal and a good atmosphere are missing out.” He shut up pretty quickly. People can be so selfish and singular-minded during the holidays while forgetting how many others are sacrificing in their wake. I don’t want to contribute to that. (P.s. my family ended up waiting on me for dinner. My mom popped into my work and told me they’d wait and were out driving around looking at Christmas lights to pass the time. I cried. I think we had dinner at about 11:30 that night.)
- I have some of the most supportive people in my life. Truly, I do. You know, the people who get really, genuinely excited for you but are also there to help when you need it and aren’t functioning all that well. I hope everyone has folks like these because, gosh, they just make life so, so, so much better.
- Cell phones drop calls all the time, right? Within a few seconds of realizing this has happened, I hang up. I know some people will cling to hope the call will resume for quite some time, but I’d rather disengage and then start over. Otherwise you can start a nasty round of phone tag, which is a bit annoying.
Posted by Annie Brokaw on November 6, 2014