All You Need is Love

... and some Peppermint Joe-Joe's from Trader Joe's

Today's I was searching for symbols of love, things that represented love and things I love.

There are countless things I love. There are people, such as my kids, husband and extended family. There are  places I love, like my home, Paris and Southern California and Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. Right now, I really love jeggings, a pair of brown tall boots and a green scarf, which I wear all the the time.

But one of the things I love most about the Christmas season is the return of Peppermint Joe-Joe's at Trader Joe's. Seriously, I'm obsessed with them. I've made Shelby obsessed with them ... even she started asking for them around Thanksgiving time. Even Cooper knows what they are and loves them. They are heavenly. I love to dunk them in milk, yum! When Christmas is over, I buy a whole bunch of boxes before they sell out and my stash usually lasts me until about Valentine's Day.

I love to indulge. I've never met a bowl of ice cream I didn't love. But earlier this year I made a lot of changes. I started running and eating right ... and as a result have lost 20 pounds. I've been turning down a ton of goodies for months now and then the Joe-Joe's returned and all bets are off. I love them. They make me happy. And they make me feel like Christmas is here. So, this year I'll have my Joe-Joes (in moderation) and then just run a little more. It's all about balance right?

Is it silly to love a cookie so much?

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