Saturday May 22, 2004

Some of My Favorite things

There are lots of weblog memes (shared prompts and ideas) and email questionaires that ask "What's your favorite food? Your favorite color? Your favorite ice cream?..."

One of my online writing groups (Personal Writing) does a single weekly topic — the topic for last week was "Your Favorite Things". The prompt was to choose one or more than one. Write about why the things you chose are favorites. What do they mean to you?

This isn't just a list of one element favorites in a set of pre-chosen categories. There's no reason why someone can't have multiple favorite things in a given "category" or why the categories themsselvs must be "logical" or narrow. In fact, I believe that most people don't have one single always favorite whatever-it-is (food, ice cream, piece of music). I certainly don't.

In my writing group, one man wrote about many of his favorite books, with a paragraph for each describing what made that book special. One woman mentioned her favorite color (green) and then went on to write about her other favorite colors, eventually concluding that she likes every color (at different times) except yellow aand purple. Another woman mused on chocolate until I could almost taste it and described things that help to define the shades of blue to which she is most partial — a lake, the sky at twilight, or a piece of turquoise.

Our favorites may shift with our moods. Some nights you may just want to sit quietly and read; other times you may want to be sociable. You may consider both of these to be favorite pasttimes. I love to sit and read, or play with the computer, or go out to dinner, but parties, clubbing, or after-work drinks will never make my top 10 list!

The categories you choose, and the favorites you pick for those categories, define who you are, as does the way you choose to talk about your favorites.

What are some of your "favorite things"?

I did mine as a "free-write". I just started typing things as I thought of them. Each thought led to another. I'm still adding things!

I did a little bit of rearrangement after I "finished" the first version of my list; in retrospect I wish I had left the original order alone. It was... eclectic! (e.g. one ordering I didn't change was the (logical) segue from Teal to Ducks :-)

A Few of My Favorite Things

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens..."

Sunbeams on water and everything about kittens!

Richard's laugh, Richard's puns, Richard's smile, Richard's brilliant ideas... Richard.

Bebop, Squirrel, Mezzaluna, and Raven.

A huge orange full moon rising like a giant sugar cookie above the rooftops.

The first thin crescent moon looking for all the world like the Cheshire cat's smile.

Seeing Orion in the sky for the first time.

The first day when I realize that the days are getting longer after all and winter is on its way away again.


Peppermint striped sunsets with cotton candy clouds.


Cats, cats, and everything about cats - head, tummy, tail and toes, eyes, ears, mouth and nose, whiskers and feet, soft mews, purrs, head butts,and shin rubs. Cats!

Rubbing tummies. Playing chase.

Daffodils. Burrowing my nose in one and inhaling the scent. Lilacs (the same).

Warm gingerbread with brandied hard sauce.

Pork and sauerkraut on a cold night. Shrimp! Caesar salads. Crispy bacon. Eggs Florentine. Crunchy peanut butter on whole grain toast. Bacon and tomato sandwiches on sourdough toast. Oatmeal with maple sugar and a bacon sandwich with apple butter on whole wheat toast.

My Mom's Toll house cookies — double the chocolate chips and quadruple the chopped walnuts.

Coming home after time away.


Any day I don't have to set an alarm clock.


My kitties nearby, choosing to spend their time with me. Knowing they missed me when I was away.

Taking a nap in the afternoon, joined by (or joining) the cats.

Victorian House concentrated coffee in iced coffee.

A Toasted Almond on the rocks (Kahlua, Amaretto, and cream, over ice). Strawberry daiquiris (with extra strawberry). Cointreu. Ginger Ale with lime. Hot tea. Unfiltered apple cider (called "apple juice" in California).

Fresh ripe fruit: bananas, pears, strawberries, peaches, grapes. Fuji apples. Comice pears. The fruit bowl at our fevorite "diner".

Bittersweet mint ice cream. Peanut butter cup ice cream with great hunks of peanut butter. Serious peach ice cream (Hagen Dazs makes a wonderful version). Teaberry ice cream (a flavor I miss from Pennsylvania).

Maroon, burgundy and all dark bluey reds. Teal.


Lemon meringue pie. Boston Cream pie. Peach crumb pie from the Country Cupboard in Lewisburg PA.

Tiramisu (the "Barry Manilow of deserts").

Dark (semi-sweet) chocolate. Serious handmade toffee covered in dark chocolate and almond bits. Mint creams. Homemade peanut brittle.

Books — A Wrinkle in Time (Madeline L'Engle); The Dark is Rising (Susan Cooper); Winnie the Pooh (A A Milne); Anthem (Ayn Rand); Harry Potter; many authors of fantasy and mystery too numerous to mention...

Nabisco Barnum's Animals Crackers (no other brand will do!)

Pepperidge Farm turnovers still hot out of the oven with Hagen Dazs vanilla swiss almond ice cream.

Soaking in the hot tub before bed.

Our house, our garden, our neighborhood, our general location, the SF Bay Area.

Poetry — Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, The Road Not Taken (Frost); Kubla Khan (Coleridge); Jenny Kissed Me (James Leigh Hunt); Invictus (William Ernest Henley); The Raven (Poe); Jabberwocky (Carroll)...

Music — Pachelbel's Canon in D; Albioni's Adagio; Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks; Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5...

Stuffed animals, especially the squooshy ones with little beady eyes :-)

Eucalyptus groves. Piney woods. vanilla. nutmeg. Spearmint. Catnip. Wintergreen.

Fresh basil!

The spicy smell of a clean pussycat.

Computers, the Internet, the Web, my writing groups and mailing lists. The ability to "meet" and converse with people from all of the word, so easily!


Children's books, richly illustrated. Trading these with my Mom and sister.

Stage Plays — Most anything by Neil Simon or Ibsen; "You Can't Take it With You"; Light Up the Sky"; "Arsenic and Old Lace"; 1776 ...

Movies — The Star Wars Trilogy (the original 3);The Great Race. 1776. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; Monsters, Inc; Fantasia (the first one)...

Getting lost in a good book, especially a book I hate to see end. Meeting characters that I feel I know so well I wonder what they're doing when I'm not reading.

Muppets, especially the Cookie Monster. I have a Got Milk poster of my favorite blue furry monster framed and hanging on our bedroom wall).

Music — Enya; Orlando de Lasso; Loreena McKennit. Anything brass. Trumpets!

Little brown birds (sparrows and finches, juncos, chickadees). Scrub jays taking peanuts. An occasional redbreasted grossbeak or goldfinch. Squirrels and raccoons at the feeder. The ravens in the park across the street. Hummingbirds.

Going for walks on the trails around the preserves. Spotting the occasional rabbit, lizard, deer, or snake.

Fireflies, cardinals, and "toad-strangler" thunderstorms — three things from Pennsylvania that we don't have here.

The rare and delightful lightning storm that we occasionally do get here.

Planaria worms :-) I used to keep some of these as "pets" every summer from 7th through 12 grade. I got them at the end of the school year from my 7th grade Biology teacher, kept them all summer, fed them beef liver, watched them, took notes, then released them into a local stream before we went on our summer vacation.

Sleepy, soggy, soft, fluffy, upside down kitties (there are four near me as I type).

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