Top Of The List

If I start listing names, some people might be offended – at the order, that they are left off, that others are on the list, etc. so I won’t list names of people I love.

 Instead, I will tell you about some things I love.

  1. I love lying in a cool, almost cold room, in between clean sheets with a soft comforter over me.
  2. I love the first taste of butterscotch on my tongue.
  3. I love the feeling of running until I am tired and the way my stride feels different when I start walking afterwards – a runner’s walking stride, I like to call it.
  4. I love new socks
  5. I love the smell of lemon-ginger cosmetics.
  6. I love notebooks. I love books in general but I especially love blank notebooks and I love writing page after page of my rambling thoughts and journaling and making lists and doodling until I fill the pages and make them uniquely my own.
  7. Speaking of books, I love reading! I love meeting a character and learning about them in a way I never could in real life – seeing their background and their interactions and their thoughts come together in a novel makes fiction my favorite genre, bar none.
  8. I love reading inspirational “self-help” books and feeling excited to go out and make my life better than its been before.
  9. I love crunching potato chips and candy on a road trip
  10. I love perfect-sized handbags.
  11. I love getting a handwritten letter in the mail.
  12. I love lists. I love making them and crossing things off, I love reading lists of funny and strange and interesting things.
  13. I love photography – the creative process of seeing a scene and taking my own version of that time and place in history and saving it, somehow, to bring it into the future. I remember the first time I read the history of photography, I imagined what the first subject being photographed must have thought – whether he would survive the plume of smoke and flash of light necessary to create an exposure. Photography amazes me. It’s probably why I have over 4,000 pictures on my phone. What can I say? I love it.
  14. I love travel. I love to go to a place I’ve never been before. This is a conversation I’ve had several times with my friend – going to a new place and acknowledging that our feet have never been on this soil before. I love most aspects of travel – preparing, packing, map-reading, the travel itself, the new foods, the new photo-ops, getting lost, finding my way back, staying in a hotel or a tent or sleeping sitting up in a bus, being exhausted, and finally coming back and climbing in my own bed and thinking, “I can hardly wait for the next trip.”
  15. I love to teach – to share what I know and have someone else feel the joy and power that learning brings.
  16. I love food – shop for it, to cook it, to serve it, to eat it, to read about it, to photograph it, to plan events around it, to try unsuccessfully to avoid it.
  17. I love people. I’ve found that none of those things I love mean the same unless there is someone to share it with – my mom or dad or brother, a relative, a friend, a coworker, a person I mentor, a neighbor, a fellow passenger, a kind stranger on the brink of being a friend, a blogger, a reader. Without you to listen and encourage my whims, it’s all just noise. And vanity.

So thanks for reading – my writing isn’t the same if you don’t read.
My friend Simon nominated me for a Creative Blogger Award and in the spirit of creativity, I thought I’d do a little I love… post. I know there are rules but an award for being a creative blogger where I have to do the same thing that everyone else is doing? Well, that seems a little counterintuitive to me.

 Anyway, I’d like to share the opportunity with some of these awesome blogs I’ve discovered recently and hope to get to know the bloggers better too.


  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  2. Share 5 facts (or you know, 17 facts like I did) about yourself.
  3. Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them of their nomination.
  4. Keep the rules in your post so it makes it easy for everyone to know what to do.

And the nominees are:

I enjoy reading their blogs and hope these ladies participate and keep the creativity on the blogosphere.

I hope you have a great day where you do something you love too.


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