400 Words About Things I Love

Times have been tough lately, what with politics and the state of the economy and Thanksgiving family gatherings, so I’m going to take a moment to spread some happiness and give you 400 words about things I love.

salt shaker

I love happy salt shakers that surprise me on restaurant tables, kittens that stick their paws under my bedroom door in order to steal errant socks, fluffy bathrobes at Christmas, soft old jeans that are worn to a perfect fit just before they fall apart, hand knit socks from my mother-in-law, buttered popcorn with just the right amount of salt and a touch of parmesan cheese, gigantic noses on my great uncles, the big dog who woofs like a puppy at everything with paws, vanilla cupcakes with multi-coloured sugar sprinkles, the sound of seashells clacking together in a pile in my palm, toddlers wearing suspenders, the relief I feel when an airplane flight finally smooths out after take-off, tall boots made of soft leather, listening to rain patter on the roof of a car in the middle of the night, skinny dipping, sliding in between fresh bedsheets, remembering that time when two three-week-old baby deer suckled at my fingers with their perfect mouths, taking long walks through water at a lake’s edge, cheesecake drizzled with chocolate sauce, bunk beds, prematurely grey hair, oversized cocktail rings, the smell of new paperback books, how snow sounds like styrofoam underfoot when it gets below -25°F, YouTube videos of babies laughing, fat caterpillars, good hair days, hanging my hand out of the car window on the highway so I can feel the wind push back against my palm, rootbeer popsicles, sitting in candlelight during power outages, eating the pods after shucking peas, the wooden ball my grandmother used to drop into the toes of socks when she darned them, old hippies, Boler campers, pocket watches, the soft beep my computer makes when it asks me if it’s okay to update a program, sea glass, wooden hangers, hot baths at midnight, that kittens have blue eyes before they turn colour, mud between my toes, the blue stuff the dental hygienist uses to polish my teeth, steam rising out of hot cups of coffee, iPhoneography, trips abroad, robots, cozy sweaters in the fall, strawberry jam on top of thick butter on warm biscuits, breakfast for supper, high top sneakers, Archie Andrews’ jalopy, nerdy little kids with glasses sliding down their noses, when soft flowers all flutter together in the wind like butterflies, NPR’s This American Life with Ira Glass, raccoons, bubble bath, the New Zealand accent, water running over creek pebbles, and bright tacky bathrooms.

Help spread it around. What do you love?

About Schmutzie

Schmutzie can most commonly be found at Schmutzie.com, but she's also the founder of Ninjamatics and the Grace in Small Things social network in her ongoing efforts to make stuff on the internet and spread things that don't suck.

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  1. Deberdoo says:

    Thx for smiles, I love Banana popsicles, my grandchildren, rainbows, butterflys, black cats,
    music, my mustang, and hugs… just to name a few.

  2. Megan says:

    That feeling right before you fall asleep. Waking up in the wee hours of a weekend morning and realizing that the alarm won’t be going off. The first sip of a fresh, ice-cold soda. The way I feel when I finish a run. Being at the airport in the early morning, ready to fly off to somewhere new.

    I could go on and on. Thanks for the prompt!

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  3. Loukia says:

    I loved this so much.

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  5. Hellraisin says:

    I love the NZ accent, too. “Flight of the Conchords” is like Star Wars for people like us.

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  6. kelly landau says:

    I love that you throw these out there and that I become inspired to do them… here goes!

    my dog’s perfectly-perked German Sheppard ears, endless cups of coffee with cream and sugar, the recipe for ‘crack sauce’ I got from Gluten-free Girl’s website; houses with tons of natural light coming in through multiple, full-length windows; mountains, computers, derby skating, picking the perfect present for someone or recommending a recipe they end up loving and make for every party they go to; cold, cloudy winter days as an excuse to hibernate and read for hours or watch 3 movies in a row; hand-held digital voice recorders; the color orange; organization; writing, bowls, sour cream, sports bras, when I have control over my appetite, the internet, not procrastinating, interviewing people, riding bikes of all kinds and which I have one of each: cruiser, road, mountain, foldable; next to no new emails in my work Inbox, having a clean house (and that does not include the actual process of cleaning, which I detest, and which my husband does not seem to understand); the smell of roasting green chili peppers, tall kitchen tables, British TV/sense of humor and their cuss words (how can you not love saying bugger or calling someone a Twat with an “a” sound like in “bat”?); the fact that I can put in “British pronunciation of twat” into my browser’s search engine and hit the first link they suggest to get what I am looking for; being perpetually behind the camera instead of in front of it; Colorado and its 355 sunny days a year; Any kind of wildly unruly, curly crazy hair that sticks out like a manic halo; Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and specifically, Paula Poundstone; chunky rings

  7. Sandy says:

    I love this and I can’t wait to do mine! Thank you. :)

  8. I seriously love love love reading blog posts like this one. Thank you.
    I also love frozen raspberries and lonesome toys.

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  9. Teri Carter says:

    thanks for making me smile. I will do this soon.

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  11. Nenette says:

    I love this, and I’m going to have to do it too. :)

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