When we purged last week, Muffin left a comment saying that we should instead say what we like rather than what's annoying. I appreciate the sentiment.
The purpose of The Purge is to--at least temporarily--rid the mind of recurring memories of the stuff that's bugging us because I don't see a way to go through life without being irked now and again; and if we can find a place to actually say that our self-righteous sister-in-law is driving us mad or that we can't stand how women with great lives constantly whine to their friends or that gals who wear leggings with mini skirts to church should be told they're actually rather immodest (by LDS standards), I believe that's a good thing.
Of course it doesn't meant that there aren't bits we love and could use a little more of. Thing is, we are so often welcomed and encouraged to talk about those things. Tell me more of what you're loving. What's good about today? Blog after blog asks questions like these in effort to get you to respond with sentiments that end up trite and overwrought. I take no issue with this; each blog's author has an intention and theme of sorts. There just aren't enough blogs asking for the opposite in effort to leave you room to actually remember the things that make you smile. My theme is Truth and As-is, and sometimes the truth of things as they are is that too much is too obnoxious to let lie.
Nevertheless, as some kind of proof that I truly do have bits and moments that induce a spell of glee, here's a touch of what makes my life that much more livable, the stuff I can't get enough of--what I'm happy to binge on:
Bouts of simplicity • throwing things away • teas • my dirty puppy • individually wrapped chocolates • solitude • all-wheel drive • my talents • kind, intelligent coworkers • my husband's utter love to serve me • hours of phone-talk with sister Whitney • twine • Signo Uniball micropoint retractable pens • spellcheck • pipes that aren't frozen any more • dreamless sleeps • throwing more things away • surprising people • our maid service • cocktail rings • to-do lists: done • abnegating obligations • having nothing to do with my mother-in-law • a handful and a half of mini marshmallows in my cocoa • friends like me • clementines • sweaty yoga practices • well-maintained, quaint-looking houses in bad parts of downtown • silence • people who tell the truth about their lives • late breakfastsAnd because it's only polite to ask (and voyeuristic that I actually want to know), what are you happy to binge on as of late?