You know those days where you REALLY want to be lazy and take a nap instead of do any housework or blogging or talking or thinking?


Or you want to lay on the couch and flip through all of the channels until you find that perfect show on Bravo or E?  A show your husband would NEVER watch with you and a show that you shouldn’t LET your kids watch.  I don’t want to love those shows but Million Dollar Listing pulls me in every.single.time.  That and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.  LOVE that show.


I rarely let myself have these moments of complete relaxation.  Because honestly, I feel selfish when I do.  I sit down, start to unwind and then something happens.  I get sucked into a project or an email or deep cleaning under the fridge (which by the way, is one of the most disgustingly gratifying jobs ever.  It also turns into a game of “Who-Knew-We-Had-THAT-Under-Our-Fridge!  A mystifying What’s What of the forgotten toy world.”  If you guessed 24 magnetic alphabet letters, one half-eaten tootsie roll, three guitar picks and a teeny-tiny-miniature gun, you win the game.)


But I’m discoverinng that it’s ridiculous to feel selfish for little moments of downtime.  Because everybody needs a little something in their life that makes them happy.


My HAPPY List:

  1. Exercise.
  2. Love.
  3. Coffee.
  4. Trashy TV.
  5. Chocolate.

If my day contains these five ingredients, I’m good to go.


Yesterday afternoon, I combined THREE of those happy things (the coffee, the chocolate and a Sex and the City rerun) and had myself a grand ol’ time.  Like for at least 10 minutes….before Mr. Fat Feet, who was supposed to be napping, pitter-pattered his way out of his room and asked for a bite.


I would have felt selfish for not sharing.  Plus, sharing is an act of “LOVE,” which, of COURSE, is on my happy things list.


Never mind that Number Six on that Happy List would read, “Being Alone.”  I kind of gave up on that one a LONG time ago.

Chocolate Peanut Butter “Eggs In A Jar”

Also known as my new favorite thing.  Why didn’t I think of this sooner?!?


  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • Nearly empty natural peanut butter jar
  • Handful of milk chocolate chips (I only buy Ghirardelli.)

Scramble egg whites in a nonstick pan.  Transfer egg whites into the nearly empty peanut butter jar.  Add chocolate chips.  Eat with a long, special spoon and a side of coffee.


QUESTION:  What other combos can you think of to put in a jar??  Are you loyal to a specific brand of chocolate?


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  1. Yum, this sounds delish!

    I think by being selfish sometimes you’re actually being selfless. Think about it, giving yourself that time to rewind and relax- you’ll end up having more to give back to your family :)

  2. If I were currently eating eggs, this would totally happen.

    What CAN’T you eat from a jar? I actually prefer it. I did go through a phase where I would scoop small amounts of nut butter into jars, pre-portioned, so I could pretend like I had reached the bottom and then could make oats in a jar, or yogurt in a jar…

    Of course, now I just put things in jars because it is fun to eat out of them…and since I find scraping the bottom of nut butter jars so satisfying, I never really have enough left in there for traditional ‘in the jar’ concoctions.

    Once I ate my cereal in a Dark Chocolate Dreams jar. That was awesome.

    This was a really long comment about jars. Of which the Mason variety are the best.

    Also, can you really call a plastic container a jar? I always feel weird about that.

    The end.

  3. how can you resist those lil chub feet. YOu’d have to share. Sounds like a good day, no great! and yes, you need that rest and relaxation. You’re a mama!

  4. Ahhhh…the magic of the nearly empty PB jar. One of my faves is to mix a lil cup of greek yogurt in there. It makes a kind of peanut butter mousse that is oh so scrumptious. Then if you add some chia seeds to the mix, it thickens up into a fudgy consistency. Y.U.M.