My Finnish cousin is still stranded in England. She finally got out of Heathrow after 3 days and is hoping to get home soon.
The only way she'll be coming to the states is if the first flight she can make is her Christmas Day flight here (and not the two home before that). We actually got to talk to her a couple nights ago and it was good to hear she was alive and kicking, if a little exhausted.
Now my sister and I are sitting around staring at each other because all the fun things we had planned for her have kind of gone out the window.
I have gotten presents wrapped, helped to chop down and decorate our tree, and taken part in three happy hours in a row.
And if my cousin makes it home (which we're all hoping for her sake), she's planning on coming back for a visit this summer. Hopefully snow, ice and freezing wind won't be a problem then.
Without further ado, here's my Ten on Tuesday:
1. Do you do any volunteer work?
This year I helped with a 5k benefitting pediatric brain tumor research. I would love to find other ways to volunteer. I think it's really important to give back however you can and I need to do a better job.
2. Do you have a night or morning ritual?
Right now, not so much since I haven't really worked in a while. I almost always read before I got to bed. In the morning I usually hit snooze at least twice, but I give myself time for that. I can get ready in 10 minutes if need be.
3. Would you rather exercise or diet? Why?
Exercise, hands down. There are a couple reasons for that. First of all, I really love food. I can't imagine limiting myself to certain things. I try to eat healthy, but I'm not super anal about diet. I like things like mac n' cheese, donuts, and cookie dough too much. It's all about moderation. Second, I really, really like to exercise, especially weight lifting. It helps relieve stress, makes me feel better physically and mentally, and always lifts my mood.
4. If you would rather exercise, do you prefer going to a gym or working out at home?
While I would love to work out at home, I don't really have the home gym to do that. I definitely prefer going to the gym. I like the variety available at the gym. Boredom can often stop a regular workout schedule in its tracks for me, so variety is key. That said, I haven't had a gym membership since the end of October and it's killing me. That's going to have to change soon.
5. What do you think is a huge waste of time?
The amount of time I spend on the internet, half of the things I purchase that I "need", most of the time I spend worrying. And that's just a few from my life.
6. What is one way you save time?
By driving really fast. I mean, appropriately fast. I only have 1 speeding ticket, but it's not even on my record, so it doesn't really count. I also like "to do" lists, but I don't know that they save me time. They just make me feel better.
7. What is your current obsession?
Those big oversized cowls I keep seeing. I'm trying to knit my own, but may not have the patience for it. Only time will tell.
8. What is a current obsession you can't wait to pass?
Vampires. I just don't get it.
9. Are you currently reading a book? If so, what book? Would you recommend it?
I just purchased, but haven't started, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I'll let you know what I think.
10. Since we had the 90s question last week, what are your favorite songs from the 00s?
Oh gosh, how many am I allowed to include? I don't know if I have the patience or energy to do this question justice. Maybe I'll do a post about this in the future (although, realistically, I'll probably forget all about it).
So there you go, my ten. Check out the everyone else's and take part yourself!