Deep Affection

You had to know this was coming, because I have FOMO like a MOFO and all of blogland is playing this game and if I knew the original creator of it, I would certainly give credit, but I don't. Also, it's a Friday, and my last day at my job, and it's been a bananas week, so a fun post is warranted, right?

I went ahead and asked a couple of people what they thought were the five things I'm most obsessed with. Some people took it a little bit too literally so I had to nudge them in the right direction and asked them what they think I have "deep affection" for, or something similar. Here's what my nearest and dearest had to say:

Writing (and/or blogging and/or words in general): 10
Everyone could agree on this one. It came as reassurance with perfect timing for the giant leap of faith I'm about to take in my chase after a career in doing what I always believed I do best.

Yoga: 9
Believe it or not, my mother was the only person who didn't say this. (She also didn't fully understand the assignment at first. Hi mom.)

Running: 8
Shockingly, not 100% on this either. The red onions (see below) probably took up the spot for running from that one respondent.

Books/reading: 6
I did expect this to be a bit higher, but I'll still take it.

Sushi: 3
It's true. In fact, my (second-to)-last-day-of-work lunch courtesy of my bosses was sushi. No tempura, but beggars can't be choosers, amirite?

Grammar: 2
Two coworkers said this. They've heard me groan audibly about misplaced em dashes and improper usage for several years, so this is not a surprise.

New Jersey: 2
Almost surprised that this didn't come up more, but the only two people who said it are the two people I asked who aren't from New Jersey. I talk a bit more about how awesome NJ is to people who don't already know it themselves, I suppose :)

Puppies/dogs/fuzzy four-leggeds: 2
Well. Duh.

Makeup/Nail polish: 2
I mean, I did used to have "nail polish addict" as a descriptor in my Insta profile. But I kept forgetting to take nail polish pictures so I decided to remove it. Still true though. And my Naked 2 palette is a prized possession, even if I don't have as many opportunities to use it as I used to.

Runners up, including these from a person who surprisingly knows me really, really well:
Er... I meant to say #3.

Not taking shit from people, independence, One Direction (true), tattoos, music, coffee (shockingly only said once!), tea, disco fries (French fries with melted mozz and gravy—I take my gravy on the side; I'm a dipper), red onions (This one was kind of a joke. My yoga class friend said this because the day before I asked her, I showed up to class warning her that I'd just eaten a whole lot of red onion for dinner [summer salad: cuke, onion, tomato, basil, drizzle of oil, pinch of salt. Yum.] and apologizing in advance of the Lions Breath we always do in class several times).

This was fun, honestly. I wasn't sure if I'd play the game until Kristen volunteered her answers for me, and I thought to myself, "What would others have to say?" Hearing the different responses from people in different corners of my life was interesting for sure. So I extend it to you now, how do you agree with these 10 friends? Anything you'd add that they didn't include?

Also, today is my last day at my job. I'm taking a huge leap of faith as I leave, and I think I'm equal parts nervous and optimistic. If you happen to have a positive, encouraging, life-affirming proverb or quote in your back pocket, I think I'd really love to hear it right about now. What have you got??

Also also...please go have an amazing weekend.


  1. last day at this job! sad but exciting at the same time, right?
    i'd be interested in what others had to say about me so maybe i'll do this at some point as well!

  2. What a fun post idea!!!!! I'm intrigued about what people would say about me :)!

  3. Great post! I definitely don't think books and late night conversations are necessarily close enough to be connected with "or" but it's all good! Happy last day of work!! I actually have some career change quotes because I have been in your shoes!

    Our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
    M. Scott Peck

    You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
    Mae West

    And of course, the cliche "everything happens for a reason" and " life is a journey, not a destination".

    Best wishes!!

  4. This is so interesting and I am definitely going to ask people now too. I would have probably said yoga, running, and writing for your top three! I would have probably also added listening-- in the sense that you're always so willing to listen & offer advice/suggestions :) And YAY for your last day!

  5. this is hilarious! you and Tracy were the only ones who said Australia, which I thought was funny. Also, my mum didn't understand either. She listed like 10 things and said 'did I do it right?' lol.
    enjoy your last day! now i want sushi. and seriously, i LOVE red onions. like, so much.

  6. ps I had to google the em dash. My brain hurt.

  7. I just learned about em dashes in my typography class! One less em/en/hyphen abuser in the world.

    Here's my quote, "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin

    I played the obsession game, too - super fun! Whoever came up with it should have made a link up, because it's been all over Blogland. You'll have to tell me why NJ is awesome, because everyone I know makes fun of it.

  8. Haha now that I think about it, I'm surprised grammar (a) wasn't mentioned for me at all and (b) wasn't higher on your list!

  9. I keep meaning to do this. I'll see my two best friends this weekend, I'll have to poll them.

    I always like to think of this in times of upheaval: "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new." - Socrates

    Good luck!

  10. 1. F*@&ing did I miss that when my phone said "STOP IT SVEN" when you asked me these questions. I'm a moron. Maybe it would have been more obvious if you had called me or something (Your ringtone is "Oh look, it's like a little baby unicorn !") I'm changing your picture from dinosaur selfie to Olaf.
    2. I love how there was about a zero second though process in responding to said questions like this is a normal, everyday conversation to have. Which is probably legit.

    Happy last day of hell !

  11. It was my friend Kristin!! :) I love that everyone is joining in on this haha!

    1. Oops here's her original post:

  12. Happy last day!!! I love these posts. It is funny how predictable we are. right?? I would have certainly said yoga, writing, and running for you.

  13. So fun! The ones I sent you were the first that came to mind but as I was reading these I was like oh, DUH that's a good one. Too bad I only got to pick 5!
    Also I googled em dashes and I'm pretty sure I type them all the time, but incorrectly. Punctuation is not my grammar forte :(
    Yay happy last day!!! It's 6pm EST as I type this so I assume you made it out alive by now!

  14. I posted this earlier this week (or was it last week?) was so much fun to see the responses. I've never been to NJ, but NJ will always have a special place in my heart because my first love (and lasting love) is Jon Bon Jovi. No shame.

  15. I do plan on having a great weekend, especially now that I'm going to join the bandwagon and play this game as well!! Love it and I'm totally out of the loop because this is the first I've seen of it. lol You're so in the know ;)

  16. i haven't heard of this, but i love a list, so this is a great idea for a post! congrats on the leap of faith! hope monday is easy and breezy.

  17. This looks like a fun idea. I would have given you a 10 for yoga and running!

  18. I love this idea. Ummmmmm I am so surprised your mum didn't say yoga - you deserve a 10 on that and on running. I agree with the writing too - yes those three definitely deserve top of the list!!!


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