Rob of V-Pub is a patient man. I say this because he asked me more than a month ago to do this challenge and it is only now that I am getting round to it. On this occasion though, it is not from want of trying or lack of enthusiasm – I have simply been up to my eyeballs in less enjoyable things. So on with it now. I hope you enjoy reading my list. And I welcome you to add your own.
List 10 things that you love
- Presents for no reason at all. I love surprises and what could be more delightful than receiving something on an ordinary day to make it special? It doesn’t have to be big or expensive: a tiny sachet of delicious tea, a pretty leaf or a little handwritten note completely transform my day and make me beam. It sounds corny but it’s true.
- Sunshine and clean, crisp white linen. I don’t take this one lightly. Coming from a place where there are no seasons and the weather is beautiful all year round, I find even after a decade of living in Australia, the winter hits me hard. The cold doesn’t bother me as much as poor light – it affects my mood and my motivation.
A fresh bed is absolute heaven to me and joined at the hip to an airy room filled with natural light. In our household, one of us cares more about making the bed than the other. Same with yours you say?
- A slice of time & memory. Yes, I want to go back to the 80s and 90s when life was a whole lot simpler. For now, I content myself with memories of a narrow wedge of time when I was still a child, the world was my oyster and nothing was impossible. This memory is punctuated with the scent of my mother’s chai, her dulcit tones calling me to tea and a light breeze wafting in new promise each Sunday afternoon.
- Wanderlusting. This is on a lot of people’s lists and for good reason. I would happily spend the rest of my days wandering all corners of the globe meeting new people. I love experiencing a new culture through language, custom, art, literature, architecture, food, beliefs and geography. Because inasmuch as we are all different, we are all the same.
Travelling alone is even better – hands up who else has learned so much more about themselves through solitary adventure?
- Learning a new language. This has got to do with aforementioned love of travel. I simply cannot resist the sound of a foreign tongue and make efforts to learn it to native fluency. My capacity for doing so has waned over the years even if my enthusiasm hasn’t. To be able to converse with another person without the barrier of language is the lure. Of course, being the spy thriller fan that I am has nothing to do with it.
- Academia. Yes, I know I sound like a complete nerdburger but that is because I am one. I kid you not, if I didn’t have bills to pay, I would happily submit to a lifetime of study. Fun study of course, not accounting and computing. But to learn all the weird and wonderful things out there and feed the curiosity of my inner child. A break now and then to travel would have to be a given.
- The smell of old books. Refer points #6 and #2. Living in a time when everything is electronic and accessible (even our imaginations are not ours any more sometimes), books are the last windows to wonderful distant lands. I have particular fondness for them because my grandfather used to pass on some really old ones that smelt their age – well loved, worn and enjoyed.
- Science, particularly astronomy. I have no expertise in this area, it just fascinates me no end. Think about this – if you took out all the space within atoms, every single person who ever walked this earth could fit into the volume of a single sugar cube.
It really puts things into perspective for me about how small and insignificant we are and at the same time, such a magnificent fluke of science. Yet we fight wars each day. Stupid!
- Food. This is probably no news flash to you. I love to eat, I love to cook and I love to feed others. Where I am from, it is the ultimate expression of caring. So please don’t wolf down a meal that took great time and effort to prepare. And certainly don’t ask for the tomato sauce! Asking for seconds is heavily encouraged.
- Cuddles. A long time ago, this would have been on the hate list. A big hug just makes everything right in the world.
List 10 things that you hate
I’m not a hateful person and hate is a pretty strong word. So this list won’t be as long as the LOVE list. Sorry Rob, but just think of it as the right balance between the two.
- Rude people. Why some people have to make the effort to make another person miserable, angry or frustrated is beyond me. I cannot stand such low lives.
- The times we live in. Please refer #2 in the LOVE list. I insist I was born a few decades late.
I don’t even know where to start. Nothing is sacred or innocent any more. I’m sure my parents and their parents before them said the same thing but seriously – Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, selfie sticks, rising sea levels, mink eyelashes . . . . . ‘Nuff said
- Ironing. I am not shit at it, I just hate it. Gimme dishes to do or prawns to devein, no problems. Ironing is just poo.
- Exercise. I have an aversion to exercise like you wouldn’t believe. From time to time, I do engage in some gym-related activity. But it is usually because I am too broke to buy bigger pants instead (see LOVE list #9). Mr Meow is the complete opposite which, as you can imagine, is infuriating.
- Aspirin. So I get these debilitating migraines from time to time. And the only thing that can fix them is aspirin. Except the smell and taste of it makes me gag. Imagine my horror when my sister chews on aspirin tablets like they’re peanuts. What the?!?
- Religion. I’m probably going to offend a lot of people and reduce my tiny readership even further, but I think religion has been the primary cause of tremendous bloodshed. In my mind, it is really a remnant of a time when our race created myths and legends to explain the unknown. We live in a time when we should know better yet we kill and maim in religion’s name.
- Chaos. This is a little obsessive-compulsive of me but I am loathe to coming home to a mess. A place for everything and everything in its place and all is well. Otherwise, I end up in a foul mood because my home is no longer my sanctuary.
Nominate fellow bloggers to take the challenge
Here are my nominees – no pressure!
And anyone else who would care to share. Write your own post or feel free to leave a comment below.
Thank you Rob, for nominating me. This challenge made me think rather hard about what I love and hate (we oft use those words so liberally). Please check out Rob’s blog and his LoveHate list too – he is hilarious and a most gracious host at his V-Pub.
Have a fabulous love-filled week ahead x