Tuesday, March 4, 2014

8 Things That Should Always Be Hot

1.     Tea – I’ve been hung up on peppermint tea this winter and simply must have it piping hot. Like, scorch-your-throat hot.

2.      Chicken soup – Soup is of no use unless you can hover over it and completely steam your face in the wafting vapors. My grandmother would not be pleased if I served her recipe in a lukewarm or—God forbid—cold fashion.

3.      The fireplace – Nothing says cozy like a roaring fire on a frosty winter night. Where I live, there have been a multitude of these this winter. I’ve spent many hours warming myself by both gas and wood stoves, and I love them both equally.

4.      Sunshine – I always find it interesting that even in the middle of winter, I can sit in a sunny spot near a window and feel the warmth of the sun on my skin. The sun doesn’t let you down in terms of hot. The air, on the other hand, can be brutal.

5.      UPS delivery guys – I don’t know if it’s just my neighborhood or what, but these guys in brown are always attractive. Many of them are bearded (sigh) and when they are hauling boxes around, they are just plain sexy.

6.      Tropical islands – It’s nice to know that while I’m freezing my bottom off in the north, somewhere near the equator the temperatures are hot and palm trees sway in a balmy breeze. I can imagine I’m on a beach blanket and escape for a little while.

7.      Cookies straight from the oven – I don’t think this one needs explaining. All it needs is milk.

8.      Romance novels – I read these because they are hot. I write these because they are hot.

What would you add to this list?

For some hot fun, try my book Firefly Mountain. It’s got a hot firefighter, a hot photographer, several really hot secrets, and an arsonist bent on making a hot mess of a cozy Vermont town.





Leah St. James said...

UPS guys--that made me smile on a morning where I woke up to another couple inches of snow in the winter that won't end. (And this in an area where a couple inches of snow is usually our yearly total!) Thank you! :-)

Margo Hoornstra said...

We are actually above zero today, not counting the wind chill. Thanks for the warm up, Chris. I'd have to add coffee, steaming hot, at least until Summer.

Christine DePetrillo said...

Seriously, the UPS guys are great around here. Some of them are funny too. I once had one see me pitch a fit at my mailbox because I'd gotten a wedding invitation that I didn't want to go to. He asked me what was wrong. I told him. He offered to go. LOL.

Liz Flaherty said...

LOL. I like your list, and agree with most of it. Of course there are still some of us who read (and write) un-hot romances. That works, too!

Jannine Gallant said...

I actually like iced tea better than hot tea. The rest are excellent choices. Oh, my dog thinks the UPS guy is hot. He always leaves a dog treat on top of the package!

Alicia Dean said...

Haha, I enjoyed your list. I can't say I agree with all of it, but YES on the hot UPS guys. As for the tea, I prefer coffee, and I for sure want it hot. Stories can be either hot or un-hot. Hmmm...as far as adding to the list, I would say another thing that should be hot is a shower. My water doesn't stay as hot as I would like it too, and I would love to be able to stand under a steaming hot spray to my heart's content.

Betsy Ashton said...

Coffee. I order a grande skim extra hot latte even in the summer. And Thai food, but that's a different kind of hot.

Christine DePetrillo said...

Funny how many coffee suggestions there are. I don't drink the stuff, which I know is unusual for a writer. Alicia, a hot shower is a great addition to the list.

Diane Burton said...

Great list, Christine. I'm not a tea drinker, but peppermint tea sounds great--esp. this winter, which isn't ever going to end.