The Random Writings of Rachel: I Don't Believe In...

I Don't Believe In...


* I also don't believe in being cold. This is the day I wore leggings, jeans, a t-shirt, hooded sweater, vest, sweatshirt, 2 scarves, a hat, and Angel's winter coat to the beach because there was a strong wind and Angel wanted to see 5-foot waves on Lake Michigan (this last fall).

Here are a variety of habits and items I don't believe in:

1. A Cooked Meal more than Once a Day.
While I understand and applaud the benefits of home cooking...I think the appropriate amount of cooking is no more than one real home cooked meal per day. That's an amount I'm comfortable with. The rest of the time your hunger can be satisfied with oatmeal, a sandwich, a banana, an apple, a salad, leftovers...anything that doesn't require actual cooking.

2. Sweat pants.
Never mind that 65% of the girls at my college wore sweat pants on a daily basis, I had one pair of sweat pants that I only wore when actually in my PE classes because the teacher said we had to. And toward the end of the semester I discovered that she wasn't actually that strict and I broke the rules and started wearing jeans to class. If you haven't noticed, skinny jeans stretch, ya'll!

3. Homeowner's Associations.
I'm not even sure if that's the real term, but I've seen them in movies--the neighborhoods that force you to mow your lawn and not paint your house crazy colors and prevent you from doing other sorts of bad homeownerly practices. I don't even own a home, but if I did I know I wouldn't want to own a home with an excessive number of rules attached.

4. Child-Free Parties
Personally, I don't see the appeal. There are a lot of important children in my life right now, and I know there always will be. There were children at my wedding and the reception and there are children at every single party in my home. Any kind of get-together where children aren't welcome really isn't my thing, whether is be a sedate, fancy-schmancy expensive to-do....or a loud and dangerous frolic with illegal substances.

5.  Pointy-toed Shoes
My feet are long and narrow, which is probably why I'm not partial to a style that would only make them look longer and narrower. Plus, the shoes look rather dangerous.

6. Tent Camping
It's not fun. I'm still young ans and spry enough that I can sleep on the floor...but I have a strong, strong appreciation for real bathrooms and real walls and not freezing to death.

7. Coffee
I still don't see the attraction, folks. If I'm cold, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, or hot tea it is! But I'm not addicted to any of those. You know what drink is the best? Angel's strange and sundry fruit/ice/smoothie combinations he invents with our blender. I think he has about 5 different 'recipes' he makes on a regular basis, and they are way more exciting than coffee.

What don't you believe in?

48 comments:

  1. I'm with you, especially on the cooking more than once a day, and the pointy-toed shoes. But coffee? I believe very strongly in coffee. What I don't believe in? Sleeping under separate duvets when double duvets exist. Shirts that need to be tugged at. Coats with no pockets. And Throwing out glass jars.

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  2. I think the allure of hot drinks in general is just that they are comforting. I drink coffee and tea everyday, but there's something about coffee (good coffee, not the stuff some people make) that will get me out of bed in the morning.
    I often spend all weekend cooking because I don't get to do it during the week. I agree though: I'll make dinner. Don't ask me for lunch too.

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  3. Oh my goodness. I wear sweatpants like 90% of my life!

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  4. I am all about glamping, but I actually don't mind tent camping either. Plus, it's a huge interest of my man and he at least acts interested in all my hobbies. Coffee, oh man, I love coffee...but with the proper amount of Almond Joy creamer, and no Folgers or Maxwell House! I agree on the child free partiesto an extent. We've had many a good times with all our kids present, but sometimes it's nice to have an adult only evening.

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  5. I sleep in sweatpants almost every day, and wear them to school maybe 10% of them time? Absolutely agree with you on the point toed shoes- it's just weird!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

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  6. If you categorise sweat pants and yoga pants as separate things then no I NEVER wear sweat pants. However, if they are one in the same, then I am guilty as charged. x

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  7. haha totally agree with #1, no need for all that hustle in the kitchen! #2: I love sweatpants at home so no comment :) #3: Heck yes! My boyfriend and I have already decided when we buy a house there will be NO HOA going down to tell us what to do with OUR property, how RUDE! #4: If its a fancy restaurant, yes; but for just other situations, bring the kiddies. :) #5: I also have narrow and long feet but I've found one pair I like but that's about it, I agree I dislike making my feet look like clown feet #6: I don't do outdoors, I fear the darkness and bugs (I'm allergic to certain bites) lol #6: I need caffeine, sleep disorder, so tis required for alertness but I dislike the taste I just tolerate it :P Happy Friday Rachel! -Iva

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  8. while i have no problem getting my hands dirty, i hate camping. i even got a B in camping in college--still don't see how that happened.

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  9. Well I love cooking but it does take up precious time.

    I want to do glamping. You are camping in a house/tent with all the amenities of home but great outdoor views. That is for me.

    I wear jeans instead of sweats too. One year I wore sweats and gained 10 lbs.

    I don't drink coffee either. Never liked it. Funny enough I do like the taste of coffee flavoured cakes or ice cream though.

    I love pointy toed shoes because they make me look taller and thinner. I don't think you have that issue. My feet don't care so much for them though.

    I HATE being cold. Even though I'm from Canada I really could do without it. I don't ski, snowshoe, snowboard or skate(often) so I really don't need the winter. It can go away and I'd be just fine thank you.

    Have a great weekend!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  10. I agree with most of these, except coffee! Pretty sure I can't go more than a day without a cup :)

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  11. I'm with you on all of these EXCEPT COFFEE!!! This girl needs her coffee!

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  12. I'm a fan of child-free parties because it allows the parents to relax in a different way than if their children are around. But I totally see your point. I am, however, a firm sweatpants lover.

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  13. While I'm with you on some of them, I definitely can't get on board with the sweatpants and coffee. :) Living in Portland turned me into a coffee lover... I didn't used to like the taste, but it definitely grew on me. It's just part of the culture, embedded into each interaction and experience around the city. :) Makes me smile just thinking of it.

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  14. Just came across your blog today and love the way you write! I strongly agree with some of these! My only disagreements are with #4 - the group of friends I hang out with has 13 kids between all of us, sometime we all like to go out together without all those little ones. :) And prior to last year I would have agreed with tent camping but I think I'm changing my tune on that one! 1000% agree with the pointy shoes, those just never end well.

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  15. I don't believe in a life without Diet Coke.

    I only cook a meal once per day. Some people cook a meal for lunch AND dinner and I'm all ??? I'll pass.

    I do enjoy Child Free parties though.

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  16. I love you... but I also love sweat-pants and child-free events, hahah!

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  17. #1, #3, #6. SPOT ON. I don't like coffee. No matter how I have tried it, I can't like it. I am however addicted to lattes. I know most people consider them to be basically the same thing, but they aren't :)

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  18. Oh I'm with you on coffee, it's seriously not appealing at all to me. But tent camping is fun! Just don't go when it's cold and stay at a campground with a shower house! haha

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  19. Coffee is so gross! I don't see the appeal either. I've even tried it fancy where its meant to taste like an oreo blizzard...but the aftertaste was still coffee

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  20. Completely in agreement with #7. And the stupid thing about #3 is you have to PAY them! So I am going to pay an organization so they can tell me what to do? I think not. I also have one pair of sweatpants meant for going over shorts for the gym in the winter. That's it. :) Happy weekend!

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  21. I also don't believe in sweatpants, I don't even own a pair. I do however own lots of yoga pants and many different color skinny jeans! As for coffee, I use to not believe in it until I started working and then I became dependent lol I found a few yummy creams that make me think I'm eating chocolate! I am seriously jealous of your number 1. I've never actually made it to Lake Michigan during the winter and I really want to see the waves and lighthouses frozen!!! Even tho its freezing hope you enjoy it! Happy Friday!

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  22. Do people really cook more than one home made meal a day?! That's impressive. I'm proud of myself for getting dinner on the table each night! I can't agree with the sweatpants though.. I've been living in them this past month haha. Have a good weekend!

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  23. I totally agree about sweatpants, coffee, home made meals and being cold. So true!

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  24. Yay for the coffee thing! I don't believe it. I just believe that lemonade is a glass full of happiness!

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  25. Same for coffee , I am a tea addicted but coffee doesn't work well for me.

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  26. This is a great list! I also don't believe in camping in a tent. I let the men in the family take the kids and the women have a nice relaxing weekend in a house :-) I don't believe in a day without sweat! I love to run and bike and just get my blood pumping.
    Visiting from SITShareFest - so glad I did!

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  27. I don't get child free parties either. Kids are a part of my daily routine, it's awkward without them.

    Tent camping, no. I'm with you on that. I want a camper or a hotel.

    Coffee. I used to be there but I recently started drinking it to cut down on my pop addiction!

    No sweat pants here. Pajama pants? That's a whole different love affair!

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  28. i'm with ya on the pointed shoes, but only because my feed are so wide - it doesn't even fit :/ can we get a ban? it's been decided that people with narrow and wide feet would like to see the shoes done away with :)

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  29. I also don't believe in sweatpants or coffee! I'll rock leggings and Dr. Pepper, though- so I'm no better. :)

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  30. I'm with you on most of these. People think it odd that I don't drink coffee and Homeowner's Associations are totally lame. I do however enjoy tent camping - every once in awhile. If we could afford a trailer, I'd rather do that, but tent camping with the right equipment can be fun. Stopping by from SITS!

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  31. I love your list and OMGoodness agree with all of them. Sweatpants look awful on 99.9% of us, hello. I dress the way you went to the beach to go on motorcycle rides with my husband. He says if we crash I will bounce, that's a good thing! I LOVE kids. They were the highlight of my beach wedding. I looked over and saw my flower girls dumped the rose petals out and filled their baskets with sand. I loved it!
    Have a great weekend...
    doreenmcgettigandotcom

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  32. What about yoga pants? Do you believe in yoga pants? Do those count as sweat pants? And, I don't believe in coffee either. I'm scared of anything that's addicting.

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  33. I love coffee. Boo to you!

    I remember when pointy shoes used to be very very popular, like really really really long points! I wouldn't be caught dead in them now.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  34. haha, I LIVE in yoga pants. Do those count as sweat pants?

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  35. I am right there with you on 2,5,6,7. I rarely if ever wear sweatpants, My feet are already big enough-I don't need them to look bigger. Thank goodness my husband doesn't like camping because I am not a fan. I have only ever tried coffee once...and again thankful that my husband does not like it either. Stopping over from SITS.

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  36. I'm not much of a fan of sweatpants either. Last time I wore them was in gym class in 1997. Never again.

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  37. bahahaha, I love this post--especially the being cold one, because I will definitely snuggle up when I know it's going to be a cold day on campus! Also sweatpants and pointy-toed shoes. Pointy shoes are so ODD! The kitten heel kinds especially.

    I don't believe in Alabama weather because it's so unpredictable, and I also don't believe in people who don't like dessert.

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  38. Homeowner's Associations. Ugh. I don't believe in them either.

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  39. Wow, your list is almost exactly like mine. I've only recently begun to drink coffee and then only with enough sugar and cream into it to turn it into coffee flavored pudding. The other thing I don't believe in - sports. I sometimes feel like the only non-sports fan in the world. The Superbowl is tomorrow and I only have a vague idea of who is playing. I will watch it, but only for the commercials. #SITSSharefest

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  40. Oh I definitely agree with number 6! I'm too much of a creature comforts person to be interested in camping!

    Away From Blue

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  41. Great post for me to stumble upon. This is such a good list. I have to say I really want a pair of sweatpants. Just something to throw on when I'm just heading out to the store quickly.

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  42. Agree with #6 and #7! I hate camping! I like the outdoor but I want real bathroom, so if somebody invites me to go tent camping, I'd pass.

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  43. I don't get the allure of sweatpants, either. I don't believe in going to the mall on Saturday. Too many people. Shopping just shouldn't be a contact sport.

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  44. I understand your frustration with pointy toes shoes. I always try them on but they look so awkward lol

    xo,
    ChaChaTheFashionGenius.com

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  45. I'm not into cooking more than once a day either, mine love sandwiches and that good for me. I hate pointy shoes but do have a few that I got cheap, trying to up cycle them now so not to see the toes. And coffee I only had my first cup at Christmas but I do like a milky coffee once a day now, but love my hot chocolate more ;)

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  46. I am the same way regarding sweat pants. Not my thing at all. I don't think I even own a pair! I never was that girl who wear them to class. I dress up everyday (well what people called dressed up). I just wear something I want and look put together and fashionable. Clinton and Stacy on What Not to Wear say that people that wear sweatpants, especially in public have given up on life haha

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  47. I don't believe in cold either. Or marathons. I don't believe in foundation (or much makeup at all, really)

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  48. haha, you are just like my husband. he never wants to go camping and sleep in tent. he thinks it's so unnecessary!

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