10 Things to Love (most of which are free, or close to it!)

1.  Being near water: We will be spending Summer 2011 in these two places! (Thanks to our hard-working parents.)

2.  Blog surfing: Here are a couple of new favorites

http://www.101cookbooks.com/

http://www.prettyprettypaper.blogspot.com/

http://sunday-suppers.com/

http://regularrumination.wordpress.com/

3.  BBQ season on the deck: No explanation needed.  Its just freaking delish.

4.  Reading a good / thought provoking book: Just finished "The Emperor's Children" by Claire Messud - 4 stars!

5.  Flowers/Gardens/Growing things: Currently watching my basil take over brings a little smile to my face.

6.  J.Crew + Sales: it is truly the best of both worlds, crazy sales (+ an awesome 15% off for teachers in stores) and great fashion!

7.  Spanish Fútbol: Real Madrid is my team of choice and has been now since studying / falling in love with Spain in college.  Google their team if you need further evidence, ladies!

8.  Cooking / Experimenting in the Kitchen: Being curious and adventurous doesn't always have to be so difficult, just whip up something new for dinner :)

9.  "Projects" - My grandmother taught me this skill as a little girl.  The ability to invent a little project (craft, baking, etc.) and go through with it.  When my brother was born, I spent countless days "preparing" for his return from the hospital cutting paper and making collages, coloring pictures and "nesting".  The fun hasn't stopped since!

10.  Fresh veggies - (bonus points if I grew them myself or at least got to pick them out at a farmers' market, double bonus points if they are grilled in my backyard and I grew them!)

Baltimore Farmer's Market - http://www.promotionandarts.com/index.cfm?page=events&id=3

See Fruit Stand Obsession - http://www.artbymegan.com/daily-daydream/fruit-stand-obsession/