Thursday, October 2, 2008

Things that make me happy (in no particular order):

1) Being able to leave home and hang with Jennna and Auntie
2) Laughing with Ariel
3) Snuggling with Mommy
4) Getting free-will affection from Daddy
5) Breyer’s chocolate ice cream
6) Driving up and down hills
7) Sitting in an automatic car wash
8) Making supper for my family
9) Going to Hobby Lobby
10) Starting a new journal
11) Accomplishing something I’m scared of
12) Reading a book in the bathtub
13) Painting for fun
14) Buying flowers
15) Playing in the dirt
16) Long walks outdoors
17) Joking with Keith
18) Throwing knives
19) New crayon smell
20) Play-doh
21) Making sheep/goat/or UFO noises with Ariel
22) Bellowing Dr. Seuss opera
23) Waltzing/prancing/dancing around the house
24) Baking pastries for people who can eat them
25) Writing funny blogs
26) Goodwill shopping with Ariel
27) Herbal tea when I’m sick
28) Learning a new thing a day
29) Receiving a compliment
30) Blazing my own trail
31) Clean sheets
32) Warm horses’ faces
33) “Big people hugs” with Jenna & Kestners, Emilie hugs & Best hugs with Ariel
34) Sugar cookies
35) Helping people
36) Saving loose change
37) Standing in the rain
38) Reading children’s picture books with silly voices
39) Frozen yogurt squeezers
40) Silly walks
41) Having strangers smile warmly at me
42) Singing hymns
43) New office supplies
44) Ariel’s “warm fuzzies”
45) Blasting away on saxophone and clarinet
46) Millet bread
47) Big band music
48) Memorizing Bible verses
49) Admiring colors and trying to describe them
50) Plumbing and toilet paper
51) Sunrise, sunset
52) Catching up with friends
53) Wild fruit
54) Peony fragrance
55) Unexpected cards, notes or correspondence
56) 50’s movies
57) Cotton
58) Smell of New Salem homes
59) Swinging on a swing
60) Climbing trees
61) Going barefoot in grass and moss
62) Finding/preparing hostess gifts
63) Getting packages in the mail
64) Ibuprofen
65) Clean drinking water
66) chapstick
67) checking out an armload of books
68) days off school
69) decorating my bedroom
70) taking pictures of people
71) fixing grammar and punctuation
72) laughing at business and buildings whose lights are out
73) efficient time management
74) puppies
75) Aldi’s chocolate bars
76) Having people remember my name (extra points if they pronounce it correctly)
77) Bucking the system
78) St. George Island
79) 50’s doowop groups
80) 50’s fashion
81) Modern fashion
82) Looking at portraits
83) Making fun of myself
84) Herbs
85) Watching thunderstorms
86) Riding in a car with someone who likes driving
87) Going to museums
88) Smell of gunpowder
89) Fireworks
90) Retellings of Beauty and the Beast
91) Camping out
92) Foreign/ethnic music
93) Hand lotion
94) Playing games with friends
95) Exploring things in cities
96) Doodling
97) Romantic comedies
98) A clean bedroom
99) Sunshine and 65 degree weather
100) Making new friends
101) The smell of leather
102) Very good choirs
103) Listening to an orchestra tune and warm up
104) Salty smell of the ocean
105) 1st through 5th graders
106) Old fashioned architecture
107) Omnimax theaters
108) Popsicles
109) A foot of snow
110) Beach towels
111) Strawberry-banana juice
112) Strawberry-peach frozen smoothie
113) Spelling a word correctly
114) Learning new vocab
115) Using new vocabulary properly in a sentence
116) Changing a recipe and getting compliments
117) Shower gel
118) Day dreaming
119) Writing silly fiction
120) Blowing straw wrappers at people
121) Wellies
122) Writing a paper I know is good
123) Productive restroom time
124) 8 hours of sleep
125) Finding a pair of classy cheap comfy shoes
126) Sweet dreams
127) Butterflies
128) Eating healthy food
129) Seeing frisky horses
130) Crossing things off lists
131) Driving in snow (in a front wheel drive)
132) Reading someone’s mind
133) Jinxes
134) Smell of state fair
135) Cooking appliances and utensils
136) Certain antiques
137) Birds’ nests and eggs
138) Chicks and ducklings
139) Pamela’s Pancake mix
140) Pamela’s Brownie mix
141) Pamela’s bread machine mix
142) A good hair day
143) Skirts and dresses
144) Finding a pair of jeans that fits just right
145) Peach orchards & peach slushies
146) Crisp air on fall morning
147) Pumpkins and gourds
148) Page-boy hats and fedoras
149) Making cards
150) Cider slushies
151) Inventing words
152) Looking at noses
153) Homemade vanilla ice cream
154) Quality products
155) Flailing before falling
156) Butchering other languages
157) Yelling at deer
158) Farmers’ markets
159) The produce aisle
160) Bubbles
161) Massages of any kind
162) Researching
163) Having a flashlight, knife or duct tape when you need it
164) Huge T-storms
165) Tornadoes
166) Accents
167) Food nerdery
168) Finding I have things in common with people
169) Yogurt parfaits with strawberries
170) The thought of a veggie wedding bouquet
171) Goodwill clothes that don’t look like they’re from Goodwill
172) The name Rodency Bythany
173) My poofball haircut--Thanks Ariel :D
174) Encouraging others and being encouraged in spiritual walk
175) Good natured name calling
176) Experiening God's graciousness... and being aware of it
177) Crossing things off my lists
178) Taking photos of weather!
179) When someone can do math
180) A day when I don't hurt quite so bad
181) Quote books
182) Juggling projects
183) Homework you can do in bed
184) Home-canned fruit and veggies
185) A phone call with PERFECT timing
186) Bubble wrap
187) Cardboard boxes
188) Unexpected hugs from little kids
189) Praying with pre-teens
190) Seeing a puppet show
191) Creating decent allergen-free replicas of my favorite foods
192) When someone apologizes
193) A very good stretch
194) Analogies, mnemonics and word-pictures
195) Killing nasty bugs before getting bit or stung
195) A book with a happy ending
196) Graphic design
197) Effective communication: a clear conversation, a powerful advertisement
198) Impromptu cheap games
199) Eating meat with the carnivorous Willems
200) Being able to see how God has worked in my life in hindsight


Natalie said...

Wow I love a lot of those things too, but number 75: "Aldi’s chocolate bars"

TOTALLY!!! Which ones, by the way? Or all of them? The dark chocolate in the red wrapper is good, and the dark chocolate w/hazelnuts, and the Moser-Roth 70% chocolate is awesome too! :D

Lauren Burke said...

Oooh! Um, the ones I like are pretty huge (like 12"x3") and are either in a blue wrapper (milk chocolate) or a yellow wrapper (milk chocolate with almonds). I don't remember the brand name, but I am a chocolate snob, and for me, that is the best chocolate I've ever had AND it's cheap! We've never seen the dark chocolate-hazelnut kind!

Karen said...

Besides enjoying reading your faves list, I have to say... your hands must have been feeling really good that day!! : ) That's a LOT of typing!! YEAH!!

Lauren Burke said...

Actually, I'd created most of this list four or five months ago... up to about 178 or so. So it was mostly just copy/paste. But it made me smile to look back over it. :o)