Gummi candy is a guilty pleasure of mine. The fruity flavors, the playful colors, the chewy texture, the complete lack of nutritional value… how can you go wrong? Recently, I was on a road trip with my brother and we stopped at a convenience store to re-stock our “road snacks”. He bought a package of gummi bears, and we instantly reverted back to our childhood selves. We spent the next several miles squealing with glee as we bit off the little bears’ heads and fought over our favorite flavors. We laughed ourselves silly. I highly recommend Black Forest Gummy Bears and Trolli Peachie O’s peach rings. The peach rings are especially good, because they are coated with coarse sugar, for an added sugar high. Plus, they really taste like and (kind of) look like peaches, so you can convince yourself you’re eating the real fruit and can feel less guilty about your splurge. Or, at least, that’s how my mind works…ahem…uh… onto the next item.
I love my gel eye mask. Have your eyes swelled shut from severe allergies or do you get painful sinus headaches? Maybe you’re sporting matched luggage under your eyes from lack of sleep? Maybe you just cried your eyes out at whatever drama is in your life or simply because your favorite character just got the ax on your favorite TV show… (poor Charlie …sniff… yeah, I still haven’t gotten over it). I’ve suffered from almost all of these situations lately, and nothing is more soothing than a gel eye mask. What’s nice is it can be stuck in the freezer, or it can be warmed up in some hot water, depending on what kind of therapeutic temperature you need. Many thanks go out to Raven for purchasing me a mini spa set that included one.
The TV show Burn Notice is an hour of escapism at its finest. When I need to just relax and not think about my day, it's the perfect distraction. The show is about a spy who has been "burned" or basically fired. He spends each show using his "special skills" to help people for extra money, all while trying to find out why he was wrongfully set-up and "burned". He gets help from his ex-girlfriend (a former IRA agent) and a former spy friend, who is now retired. It stars one of my favorite actors, Jeffrey Donovan (loved him in "Touching Evil") and one of my all-time absolute favorite actors, Bruce Campbell (Hail to the king, baby!). The writing is quick, clever and witty, and the action is terrific, but it's the chemistry between the actors that really seals the deal. The new season starts July 10th. Click here to go to the show's website and learn more.
Those may all be little trivial things, momentary pleasures, but there is one big thing that helped me get through the last two weeks, and that was my friends. One friend gave me a word of encouragement that was so timely, I soared on it for a good day or two. Another friend helped me to laugh when I didn't think there was anything to laugh about. One friend had a sympathetic listening ear, and didn't try to fix things for me, but was just there to listen. Another friend send me an unexpected little pick-me-up in the mail that made me smile. One friend constantly challenges me to let go and not be so uptight. And yet another friend spoke some hard truths to me and challenged me to push myself. And then there is my husband, my best friend, who does all of these things and more. He's my safe place to come home to at the end of a crummy day. He makes me laugh, and I love him more and more with every passing second. (I know, that was completely mushy, but totally true.) And most of all, every one of you prays for me. Where would I be without you all? (The loony bin, I suspect.)