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There's still a year left so I may have to update this list, but at 7/8ths of the way through we can get started.
Inspired by @ListPrompts
- •You can never go wrong complimenting someone's children.They adore their children and chances are those kids are darn cute. So tell them! It might make their day.
- •Get outside for a while.A walk, picking up the yard, or something more ambitious. Just get out there. If it's nighttime, look for constellations.
- •Be kindest to the people you love most.Kindness is good for everyone, but start with the people under the same roof as you. Don't give them the dregs of your personality.
Inspired by @ListPrompts I'm just doing fiction, and books I've actually read. Not ranked--that's just too hard.
- •Pride and Prejudice, Jane AustenThe best novel written in English. Insightful, funny, profound.
- •Madame Bovary, Gustave FlaubertHave only read in translation (Constance Garnett's) but am impressed by how great a book it is when our heroine is so deeply unlovable.
- •A Prayer for Owen Meany, John IrvingHe is our Dickens, and this book has enough memorable characters for anyone. All the feels.
I had to share a hotel room with a work colleague for 4 nights. I worried that I would snore, but as it turned out she snores SO much and SO loud! This got me thinking...
- •Why are we embarrassed about snoring?It's an involuntary weird bodily noise, like a sneeze or a burp, but it has some shame attached to it. It's not a character flaw, right?
- •Having to wake someone who is not your intimate partner to tell them they're snoring is terrible.Now both of you are awake and they're embarrassed. And it's likely they'll start snoring again the moment they go back to sleep so it's pointless anyway.
- •How does someone snore so loudly and not wake herself?I'm sure I do this too but I don't understand it!
En route home from a weeklong work meeting
- •First flight at 6:15 was a mistake6:15 am is not too early for me. The 4 am shuttle to make the 6:15 flight ... is too early for me.
- •Fussy toddler in the row in front of me.Poor kid, poor parents. Worse for them than for me.
- •Quite a large man in seat next to my (window) seat.Also worse for him than me but sorry fella, you don't have to spread your legs that far and falling asleep leaning my way is also not an option. Mild elbow employed.
Just off the top of my head really. Inspired by @ListPrompts
- •Out of AfricaCast, setting, music, story, it's all here. I could watch Redford wash Streep's hair for days.
- •My Cousin VinnySo many funny moments! Marisa Tomei on the witness stand is sheer brilliance.
- •To Kill A MockingbirdThere's a reason this has never been remade. Who can top Peck's performance, and Scout too!
He's a 12-year-old dopey mutt named Indiana. These are the same things he wishes for every year.
- •More walkies.One a day is nice, but more is better when it comes to walkies. Also more variety in our walkie destinations, and don't rush me along. There's stuff to smell!
- •Treats!Just when you think of it.
- •May I please, please catch a mail truck or motorcycle?I've been trying *my whole life.*
They're only special because they're ours and our memories are made of these. What are your favorites?
- •A natural Christmas treeUsually cut at a local farm and put up near the start of Advent. We have just one tree.
- •Annual ornament for the girls.We try to get something related to the events of the year (vacation spot, for instance) and they're mostly unbreakable ornaments. When they move out on their own (::sniff::) they'll take these pieces of their childhood Christmases with them.
- •Christmas Eve reading of Luke's gospel chapter 1 and "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."We don't have local extended family so it's just the five of us.
Not a clever list, just reflective.
- •You think that the years of raising your children will last forever, but they fly.The intense child-rearing is only one season of your life, not your whole life. But it's pretty amazing.
- •We don't need a guardian for our children any longer.We agonized over whom to choose, and are grateful that my sister and brother-in-law were willing to take on the responsibility. But we're grateful their kind offices were not needed. And I'm confident our girls will take care of each other if the need arises.
- •Even though it's different (see item one) parenting young adults is still ... Parenting. Hard, fabulous, unpredictable.They're all taller than I am, but they're not quite "grown-ups" yet.
One day a week I get to work from home instead of a horrible Dilbertesque cubicle. This is how I make it excellent. Winter version.
- •Snow falling outside dining room doorsThe weather has to cooperate on this one.
- •One or two cats and a dog.Our current pet configuration. Lap sitting is optional and pretty distracting actually.
- •Tea in a good mug.Constant Comment is a classic. Just a tea bag and a mug, nothing too fancy. I'm getting work done people!