Wednesday, March 13, 2013

100 Things I Love

Hello friends. How are you?

Considering this is my second post in March and it's already the middle of the month, I think it would be fair to say I've lost my blogging stride. Booooo! Although, it could also be argued that I didn't really have much of a stride before this either. :P  I don't know what my problem is, but I just can't seem to get myself together enough to blog! It's not even that I don't have topics about which I'd like to post, because I do! There's books I want to tell you about, several half written reviews in draft, recipes I could write about, cookbooks I could write about, photos to share and so on. I have a list of blog post ideas! The good news is that I'm sitting here right now typing this post, so hopefully it will actually make it to published status and I can pick up the pace around here. I hope so, because I miss you all. And speaking of all of you... I finally bumped over to 200 followers (google). I know there are even more of you who follow or subscribe to my blog in other ways, too. I just want you all to know that I appreciate each and every one of you who take the time out of your busy life to stop by and read what I have to say. It would be pretty lonely here without you.. so thanks. :)

In my last post, I shared My 100 Day Happiness Project with nine tasks that I'd like to take on between March 1 and June 9 to help boost my personal happiness. So far I have done none of them. You can laugh. I did when I just typed that. But it's okay, because I know I'm going to do them. Next week. Ha ha! I'm kidding. I'm putting things in motion for all of them to happen very soon. I thought my new fitness goal was going to be to bump up my regular runs from 3.2 miles to 5 miles.. which I still might do, I suppose. It's just that I haven't felt much like running lately so that kind of stinks. I'm trying to think of a different fitness goal in the meantime. Or maybe I'll get re-inspired to run with spring right around the corner. We'll see.

Speaking of the Happiness Project business, I saw on Mari's blog that she and her friend Lisa from Lit and Life posted lists of 100 Things they love last week. I love reading lists like that! It's a fun way to kind of get to know someone better, don't you think? I decided to make a list, too--you knew I couldn't resist the list making part, right? I have to say it was a very good exercise in self-reflection. There's an awful lot of food on my list... hmm.. that explains things. *sigh*

Check out my list below. I hope you have fun reading through it and that I inspire you to make your own. If you do, let me know--I'd love to read it. :)

100 Things I Love 

working out 
homegrown tomatoes 
fresh basil 
 ice cream 
kettle popcorn 
really good pizza 

 meeting people and making new friends 
snowy days 
sunny days 

rose gardens 
the scent of boxwood 
memories of my oma 
u-pick farms 
cross stitch stuff 
cuddling my husband, kids, pets. 
 sexy music 
my idevices! 
 coming home 

 hand written letters 
kittens (cats, too) 
cooking my family's favorite foods 
a romantic diner - at home or out 
 living healthfully 
 National Parks 
fresh corn 
 cooking magazines 

cooking things from scratch 
crumb cake 
 Hayao Miyazaki films 
 a good conversation with a friend 
singing along to the radio in the car 
vanilla anything 

 good quality chocolate [Belgian is my favorite] 
 Christmas cookies 
 fairy lights 
backyard patios 
backyard vegetable gardens 
visiting other people's backyard vegetable gardens 
 art projects
 epic movies with elaborate cinematography and costumes 
 happy endings 

 just-baked bread 
love stories 
exploring books on goodreads 
hearing 'i love you' 
climbing into bed at the end of the day 
 new york city 
whimsical, romantic movies like Amélie [french film] 

 taking photos 
 used book sales 
vintage postcards 
my husband playing guitar 
chai tea 
vegetables roasted with garlic and olive oil 
 lemons & limes 
Indian food

a day at the beach 
Thanksgiving dinner 
bird watching 
 making lists 
the scent of hearth fires in the air 
the feel of the sun on my face 

 baby animals 
little roadside farm stands 
the Olympics 
the beauty and majesty of our planet 
peace among people and nations                        

the end. :)

march 13, 2013


  1. I saw this when Lisa did it. I'm glad you did it too. I keep saying I will. Hopefully I'll have time to do it this weekend.
    I too have a recipe to share and 2 books to review. Life sometimes gets in the way of blogging. It happens.
    My list will include a lot of food too!

  2. I love popcorn, the Olympics, plus so many other things I didn't think to include! I love your list :)

    Don't put pressure on yourself related to the happiness challenge, it's about happy not checking off successes. If you are making the most of everyday you are rocking it!

  3. Great list! BLTs...mmm my favorite sandwich. We could ride bikes and eat BLTs and talk about books...too bad we live on opposite sides of the country! ;)

  4. I loved reading this list! This is the first time I've been to your blog, but between this and following you on instagram, I sort feel like I know you. And you seem like an absolutely delightful person to know! :)

  5. Oh Linda, please do it! Make a list! I know you've been so busy and even a bit stressed out with your dad's health and the move, and so on.. I think taking some time over a few days to make a list like this would relax you and give you the opportunity to reflect on some really good things. :) xo

    (I'm afraid to scan my list and actually count the food items there.. it's probably at least 10%! LOL!)

    Mari I know, I know.. you are so correct. The important thing is to remind myself of and cherish the happiness in every moment.. not just tackle a list and think it'll happen from there. Honestly, I don't stress about checking things off my list. I'm pretty happy just thinking about those things. :)

    Samantha I KNOW! We could ride miles together and probably never run out of things to talk about! My cycling partner is a food lover, too. We chat about food probably 30% of the time we ride. Even at 6 am we're talking about the menu at our favorite restaurant. LOL!! We probably talk about fitness another 30% and our families the other 30%. ;)

    Debi Hey!! :)) Thanks so much for clicking over here from instagram! I love that app--I've met so many great people there. Truly. Thank you so much for those kind words.. I'm very touched and happy we've connected on instagram and now on our blogs! ( I just clicked over to yours. ;) )

  6. That's a great list!!
    I don't know if I could come up with 100 things off the top of my head, lol.


  7. Thanks, Alex! My list took a few days to finalize. I got to 65 no problem.. then I had to think. Then all of a sudden I had 110 things and had to prioritize. LOL! You should try it!

  8. That is a fabulous list! I don't know if I could tackle making one up, but you make me curious how many things would actually make it to my list. And like you, pretty sure at least 10% would be food. *g*

  9. Christine, this is an amazing idea..I'll try to write a post about mine 100 favorite things too next week!

  10. Great list, I officially signed up and joined the challenge too, thanks to seeing it on your blog.

    I love all things vanilla also, for me the smell is divine.

    And chai tea, yummy.

    Have a happy moment, day, week is great even if you don't officially tick off the list.

  11. I've also lost my blogging mojo this month. I just feel like I'm drowing in things I need to do... Am holding out for the Easter weekend...



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