Love and Hate Tuesday: Volume 1

Alright, friends, it’s time for a little Love & Hate Tuesday where I counteract the things I currently loathe with something positive on sort-of the same subject. Seems like a good exercise for a cranky pants like me, no? I can’t take all the credit, however, “Love and Hate Friday” is the brainchild of the lovely Janet from any moons ago. Today it just seemed fitting to resurrect her idea. But, it’s Tuesday, not Friday, so…well, you understand.

Love: Happy spring flowers, flowering trees, tulips, daffodils, all those hallmarks of spring.
Love: All the images on Twitter and Instagram of gorgeous blossoms!
Hate: Um, there isn’t really a proper spring here in Arizona, and my neighborhood has very few flowers, a few flowering cacti and one Jacaranda tree, and that’s about it.

Love: NCIS starring the delightful Leroy Jethro Gibbs, DiNozzo, and forensic genius Abby. I’ve spent the last few months re-watching all TWELVE seasons of it on Netflix. Also? I don’t care how long Bishop is on that show, my heart will forever wish she was Ziva David.
Hate: Now I have to find a new show to love. Twelve seasons is a long time to commit to one set of characters, but I’m super invested now and I’m worried any new show just won’t live up to my (probably unrealistic) expectations from a TV cast.
Hate: Watching shows like that make me seriously question my life choices. Once upon a time I had a full ride scholarship to Air Force Academy and was ready to start training to be a fighter pilot and then, perhaps, move towards a career in the FBI or CIA or something, or maybe a military attorney. Watching people stop the bad guys always makes me wonder, a bit, what would have happened to me in that life trajectory.

Love: Having enough money to buy everything we need and survive without too much financial anxiety
Hate: Still feeling like an extra $100 dollars would make my life immeasurably more satisfying. Sigh. I’m working on it.

Love: Remembering how to write again consistently. Yes, I just watched a crap-ton of NCIS (12 seasons, 24 episodes per season), but I have also been a lot better about spending  a little time every day to write in a personal journal (what?!) and have been writing more consistently for this site as well.
Hate: There are days and weeks when I feel so paralyzed by anxiety and doubt and panic that it makes it hard to create anything, I struggle with sentences and allowing myself an imaginative/creative thought (“But what if that’s wrong!?”), let alone trying to write 600 words about any given topic. Ugh. Anxiety sucks.

Love: Being able to work in fuzzy slippers any given day, working from home full time definitely has it’s benefits.
Hate: How sedentary my life has become. I can sit at my desk for hours at a time without even realizing it and my only real movement is walking 300 steps to the mail box. I need a pretty significant change in my exercise and activity levels to counteract this lifestyle change or I will be busting out of my stretchy pants really really soon.

Love: Looking for cute workout clothes online, I’m not super vain, but I am so much more likely to get my sweat on in something I enjoy wearing that has moisture-wicking abilities and is in a fun, bright color.
Hate: That online shopping doesn’t burn more calories. Get it together, science!

Love: That I have space for a few vegetables in the backyard. Blue Eyes built me some garden boxes and they are filled up with hopes and seedlings. I bought the tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash, and herbs as little plants, the rest I planted as seeds and am SO ANXIOUS about them coming up and growing strong.
Hate: Studying a plot of brown dirt day-after-day, waiting for little green leaves to come to the surface. Oh my goodness, I did not realize gardening was such an angst-inducing sport! So far I have 3 zucchini sprouts (out of 12-14), and 3 bean plants (out of a whole packet of seeds), zero watermelon, zero butternut squash, and two sunflowers (out of 2 packets of seeds). WHERE ARE MY LITTLE PLANTS! COME UP, LITTLE PLANTS!!

What about you? What do you love and hate today?

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0 thoughts on “Love and Hate Tuesday: Volume 1

  1. nonsequiturchica

    When did you plant the seeds? It took our seeds about three weeks to germinate and make their way to the top of the soil- of course we are in a much cooler climate. Make sure that you are watering a bunch!

    1. Feisty Harriet Post author

      They’ve been in the ground about 10 days, and the days it’s so hot (over 80 degrees) I water twice a day just to keep them from burning up. I’m trying not to freak out, but I feel like the seed packets are misleading. “Germination 6-8 days” MY EYE! Liars.


      On Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM, Feisty Harriet wrote:


  2. Alice

    “hopes and seedlings” – hee!

    Have you already done Criminal Minds? It’s my current fave of the crime-drama bunch, and there are a crap ton of seasons for them too!

    I love all the flowers and blooming and springing…. but I HATE the allergies that go along with it!

    1. Feisty Harriet Post author

      I tried it a few years ago, maybe 7 or 8 episodes, and it was…okay, but a little too frightening. Like, I don’t like being inside the head of a psychopath criminal, it gets to me, somehow (even though they catch them at the end…usually).

      I usually have TERRIBLE allergies in the spring and again in the fall. It seems moving 700 miles and several thousand feet of elevation lower has….made my allergies disappear. I had two nasty days of them in February (FEBRUARY! WRONG!) and that’s been it. The end. No more allergies…..I am highly suspect of this development because it seems too good to be true…so, we’ll see what the rest of the year brings. (Although, my old neighborhood had a million giant trees everywhere, and this neighborhood has a few tall saguaro cacti and very few trees….so, maybe I’ve actually beaten the allergy game?


    1. Feisty Harriet Post author

      Ooooh, how awesome would it be to be a genuine spy!??! Another life… (I’d be an awesome spy, and I secretly have always wanted to be a trained assassin…but, you know, a good one. Not skilled, well, skilled but also with a moral code, ya know?


  3. Kelsie O

    Sounds like an you aren’t doing too bad with the gardening! It’s hard being faced with patience when you don’t need any for most things (everything’s at the push of a button!)

    I think your anxiety over writing is normal, and part of what makes you a good writer. The more often you write, surely the less insecure you’ll feel.

    Right now I really love my house but hate that it’s a huge mess, love that I’m doing more with my blog but hate that I feel guilty about the time it takes from other things, aaaand I love how with the Internet I can have social interactions with out leaving my bed, but hate that I don’t put forth much effort elsewhere.

    1. Feisty Harriet Post author

      Well, I *literally* just ordered a Fitbit online…and that should burn at LEAST 200 calories. I mean, right!?


      On Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 11:01 AM, Feisty Harriet wrote:



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