1. Home comforts [special mention to bubble baths]
Last year I trekked round Thailand for five weeks, living out of my backpack, sleeping on jungle floors and listening to the sea as I fell asleep. I loved every second of it, but by the final week, man, I just missed.my.bed. It made me realise that I love travelling and seeing the world but that there is also a lot that can be said for a bubble bath, clean sheets, lying on the sofa under a blanket and having snoozy Sundays watching box sets and drinking hot chocolate. I really, really love my home comforts.
2. The sea
The sea has been a fairly concurrent fixture throughout my life; I was born in Cornwall in a small village named Porthleven and then moved to a town called Helston - both by the seaside. Later we moved to the Hampshire coast and I spent many an hour as a child walking along the beach with my Mum and have always enjoyed the sound of the sea and find it relaxing and, reassuring almost. Now I am all grown up I work in the maritime sector and met my other half whilst sailing and I am sure that the sea will always be a big part of my life.
Confession time - I sleep with a stuffed animal - well, he is losing his stuffing actually. He has also lost his ears, tail and one of his eyes. I was given Doggy on the day after I was born so he is also 26 years old and I can't bear to be without him!
4. The boy
Yeah, I know, bit cheesy and yuck but I would be lying if I didn't say that my other half wasn't one of my favourite things. Before meeting Tom I went out with the classic 'bad boys' who treated me like rubbish, messed me around and preferred their guitar/skateboard/other girlfriends (delete as appropriate) to me. Now I have a boyfriend who can't do enough for me, buys me flowers, generally romances me and even does my ironing/washing/washing up just because it's a nice thing to do. I have to pinch myself sometimes that I have someone who treats me so nicely, and after a lot of uncertainty and general relationship crapness it is an amazing feeling knowing I have met the man that I will marry. (Incidentally, Tom's love is also in the photo above - yep, his red VW Transporter van in the background!)
Argh... I just love Christmas so damn much! Mulled wine, hats and gloves, buying presents, board games, roast dinner, being around my family, Christmas markets, crap TV... I love it all! I tend to go a bit crazy with Christmas shopping - I love nothing better than seeing a family member's face when they unwrap something I know they'll love.
6. Getting older
Even though I am only 26 years old, sometimes when I look at my hobbies and what I usually spent a weekend doing, I feel much older. In my time, of course I have had my years of going out drinking every night and staying out till the early hours - as a student I used to know what day it was by which club night we'd been to the night before - but these days I have become a boring grown-up who grows her own vegetables, is more 'pub' than 'club' and likes baking and recipe books. These days I am more likely to get excited about a bubble bath and a nine o' clock bedtime than a night on the tiles - and I love it.
8. Road trips
I only started watching Dexter about a month ago but it's so flippin' good! I have just started series two and already I am totally gripped. The only downside is I sometimes get a bit scared before I go to bed if I've watched too many. Yeah, I'm a massive wuss!
10. Lots of other things I've missed....
No list of my favourite things would be complete without Pancake the hamster, film photography, 'me time', reading - especially Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Coupland, receiving post, scrapbooks, listening to music on my lovely headphones, milkshakes, and of course, my wonderful friends and family.