Love/Hate

Here’s my list for the Love/Hate challenge you may have seen going around the blogosphere. After reading Mark’s list on his blog Exile on Pain Street, I felt this rush to write a list of my own and here it is. I wasn’t tagged nor am I going to tag anyone, but if you want to jump in and write one, I’ll certainly read it.

I didn’t think that I “hated” anything, because it can be such a strong, negative, unhealthy emotion. But, I found out I do really hate some things, and some of these things are, of course, of a lesser degree of “hate.”

I also didn’t censor myself too much, and realize that I if I wrote this list at a different point in my life,  it may be an altogether different list. Here’s what is today. Read on.

Love

  1. I love curling up with a book I can’t put down.
  2. I love dancing around my house for no apparent reason to my favorite music or to no music at all.
  3. I love fits of laughter when tears are streaming down my cheeks, and I’ve laughed so hard I forget what I’m laughing about. This usually happens with my sisters.
  4. I love watching my children sleep, their gentle breathing and their soft snores; they seem like angelic, peaceful creatures from beyond.
  5. I love that my husband still desires me after twenty-five years.
  6. I love great conversation over a delicious meal and bountiful amounts of wine.
  7. I love coffee, the smell, the taste, and knowing it awaits me (on most days) in the morning.
  8. I love when I absolutely forget about time; when I am so immersed in something I’m not aware of it passing; I’m particularly happy when this  happens when I’m creating something I feel passionate about.
  9. I love the kind of peace I feel after swimming in the ocean, the rush of the waves, and the taste of salt or after a good yoga workout lying in the corpse pose; I feel cleansed and relaxed.
  10. I love Mark’s post from Exile on Pain Street – the inspiration for this post – just read it! You’ll see. I’ll add, I love being inspired.

 Hate

  1. I hate insomnia and waking up tired, and knowing I will be tired all day.
  2. I hate when I worry, especially about money.
  3. I hate boring jobs. It’s not a case of only boring people get bored, which is what I typically say about boredom. A boring job feels like prison.
  4. I hate poverty, hunger and cancer with a capital H.
  5. I hate crystal meth and that it almost killed my brother.
  6. I hate my smart phone. It’s destroying humanity. No, I love my smart phone. The Internet at my fingertips. No, I hate my smart phone. I love my smart phone. Hate. Love. Clearly, this is a love/hate relationship.
  7. I hate it when my Internet breaks down!
  8. I hate getting older. I still feel like I’m in my twenties. Sort of. But I’m not.
  9. I hate death. It sucks.
  10. I hate car problems.

 What about you? What would be on your list?

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41 thoughts on “Love/Hate

    1. I really do have a love/hate thing going on. I don’t want to pick up my phone sometimes, but I do anyway. Yep! I can hardly believe we’ve been together that long. Time has really flown by, especially since kids.

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  1. Great list, Amy. I share your hate/love relationship with your phone. I do everything I can to minimize my reliance on it. And it’s very possible that my next cell phone is a return to the dumb phone days. I have an IPhone 4 that I got about 2 1/2 years ago. While everybody else furiously upgrades every two years, or less, I’m going to keep this one as long as I can and then make a decision about what direction I want to go in.

    I agree with a lot of other ones although I oddly don’t hate getting old. I actually find it to be comforting and something that is a good thing.

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    1. Thanks, Mark. Well, you know, ever since I upgraded to a iPhone 6, I’ve been a goner. I even have the big screen. It’s actually helped quite a bit since we only have one computer at home and my kids are on it a lot. So, I read a lot on my phone, which is why I went for the big screen. And, I do love it, but hate it too. The tendency is to always reach for it even when I don’t need to. It’s like a sickness…
      I should say aging…that part is not really comforting to me. Feeling wiser, that part is a good thing.

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      1. I have a Samsung 6 for work. Larger screen. And I hate it. Yes, the larger screen makes it easier to read things but it is just too big. I find it fascinating how everything about phones and smartphones was about getting smaller and now it’s all about getting bigger. If I’m going to have a phone I want it small so it can fit in my pocket easily. The Samsung 6 (and I’m guessing the IPhone 6) stretches the boundary of being too big.

        As for aging … the biggest thing for me is that I’m getting close enough that I can see the retirement light at the end of the tunnel. And I have so many plans for that time. So, I’m OK with aging. But it’s not even that. It’s just that I’m in this place where things are changing and it’s a part of the age that I’m at. After 20 years of daily parenting, both of my kids will be off to college in the fall. And that’s a good thing. I’m ready for the next stage.

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      2. If I had to put my phone in my pocket, I wouldn’t like it as much. I can throw mine in the black hole that is my purse instead! For readability, I prefer the bigger screen, and I have to admit I love it. I mean I hate it. I love it, hate it! The screen size though works fine. You can always get the trendy watch if you want a smaller device, but it doesn’t do that much. Until we can throw up our screens in the air, I think they’ll be a larger screen option.
        Good for you on your new stage in life! Congrats!! After twenty of years of parenting, you deserve a break and some time for you. At last!

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  2. I agree with you on death and getting older. I’m trying to see if I can mount a letter writing campaign or a political movement or something and see if we can do away with them. I don’t know who put that stuff through in the first place, but they have some answering to do.

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    1. It’s good to know I am not alone in this! Who decided this is allowed at all? Please let me know if I can help out with the letter writing. I’m happy to help. 🙂 They’re creeps. That’s what I do know, Perry.

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  3. I’ll put popcorn and chocolate on my “I love” list for sure. And books. Lots and lots of books. Fish, cilantro, and pineapple go on my hate list. Not very nice of me, I know.

    Of course, I have more serious ones like you, too. Always interesting to see what makes the cut on other people’s lists.

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    1. Mmm…see how did I not put chocolate on my list? It actually is pretty hard to limit it to ten, and rather than rack my brain I just wrote it. I would add chocolate now and rain in the summertime and roller coasters to my love list. The hate list is harder to add to than the love this. So, that’s a good thing, but I’m sure I could fill another one, but the “hate” part is so strong. Do I really hate it, hate it? Maybe a just a strong dislike.

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  4. And I found that all of your loves sat close to my heart. I so know we are soul sisters. And I’m fairly certain we’d laugh until we cried if we ever had the chance to hang out. So stay my friend and I look forward to that happening eventually.
    Love to you,
    Shalagh
    PS You forgot that you Hate rental moving truck companies.

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    1. Aww, I love that you felt that way about my loves, Shalagh. You know the fit of laughter I’m talking about. Yes, laugh until we cry. It’s like a cleansing thing, isn’t it? Of course, all laughter feels pretty great. I laugh a lot, too, always trying to see the funny in everything. Definitely, I will stay your friend.
      How could I have possibly forgotten the rental trucks?! Yes, yes, considering it part of that list! Love to you, too.

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  5. Of course you have negative and unhealthy feelings. Know why? Because you’re not a chunk of wood or a piece of machinery. No need to feel bad about it.

    Nice to see your entry. And thanks for the link! You’re very sweet to me.

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    1. I’m not a chunk of wood? What?! All these years…
      Yeah, I know. Actually, it feels kind of therapeutic. It’s okay to let it all out.
      Thanks for the inspiration. It’s my pleasure, Mark. Yours was so poetic.

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  6. Great choices here Amy, many of which I would agree with. I’ve done lists like this in the past on my blog, but I may do this version too – as you say the things will vary at different times in your life, even different weeks in your life, so it’s ok to do it again!

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    1. Thank you, Vanessa. It’s hard to do just ten, I suppose. Now that I’ve made the list, I can think of a lot more things I’d add to the love side. Really, I don’t hate as many things. I would add waiting in lines. I never enjoy that! Sure, why not? Do it again! You might surprise yourself. I’ll keep an eye out.

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      1. I’ll link back to your post and Mark’s if I do it, then you’ll get a notification. I agree that hate is such a strong word, in fact I think when I did a post about that before I titled it something like “X number of things I hate or just don’t like very much” because I wanted to tone the word down a bit when I was talking about mainly fairly trivial things!

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      2. I like that title. That makes perfect sense. It’s hard to group some of these together, but I guess you can think of them as separate items too. I look forward to your post if you decide to do it. 🙂

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  7. Good grief, Amy – I agreed with every one of the points on your love/hate list! Particularly the Chrystal meth hate. My family was nearly destroyed two years ago because of this drug. It’s absolutely hideous.

    I laughed at the ‘sleeping children’ point. I used to ask my father if he loved me (may he rest in peace) and he would say, ‘I love you the most when you’re asleep’. It wasn’t until I had children that I realised what he meant! 😀

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    1. That’s so fantastical that we have so much in common! I’m sorry that you had to deal with that horrible drug. I really do HATE that one. My brother has been clean for 3 years! He’s very involved in meetings, etc and helping others which really helps him.
      Ha. I know. It’s sounds as if I only like my children when they’re sleeping. You know what I’m talking about! There’s nothing a sleeping child. It’s the sweetest thing, so precious. Thanks, Dianne. 😀

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  8. You know Amy, we like and hate a lot of the same things… sounds like a good coffee-time discussion. I do have to say that I love my cell phone though. And there is this certain feeling of unbelievable euphoria when I write something half-ass. I think you said the same thing (more eloquently) in your #8 on the love list.

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    1. Very cool, Trent. Maybe this is one of those things where people realize how much in common they have with each other, as humans living in the same dimension. Sure, anytime…coffee, a beer, wine. I’ll sit down and talk anytime with you. Just to write anything feels like an accomplishment or at least a step in the right direction. 🙂 Thanks so much.

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