May 29, 2008

100 things that make me happy…

Filed under: Blogging,Listy McListerton,Uncategorized — Tags: , — denise @ 10:18 pm

1. when a butterfly lands on me

2. fresh baked bread

3. smelly markers – the ones that smell like fruits and candy (except that jacked up black licorice one)

4. John Hughes movies – Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Breakfast Club, Weird Science…

5. getting cards and packages in the mail

6. cussing

7. Sephora, Ulta… any and all Makeup Meccas

8. public libraries (especially when I request a book and it comes in)

9. pull tabs. I go seriously batshit when I realize a bar/restaurant has pull tabs.

10. laying under trees and watching the sunlight filter through the branches and listening to the wind move the leaves… I could give you the long explanation that is… ok, I’m a Taurus and that is an earth sign which means I’m far more comfortable in dirt and rocks and plants than I am in water, air or fire… I’m not sure how many people are more comfortable on fire, but you see where I’m going with this. The short answer is that I like trees. And laying under them.

11. a rock-star parking space (you know, just shy of a handicap spot – can I say handicap? I think so.)

12. thunderstorms

13. writing

14. when I randomly and almost accidentally understand what someone else is saying in another language after growing up with a French-speaking grandmother, a German speaking mother and taking two (TWO!) years of Spanish in high school

15. the Stilton burger with truffle oil and parmesan fries from The Bulldog in Northeast

16. spontaneous genuine smiles

17. when someone holds a door for me, says “bless you” when I sneeze : average garden variety common courtesy that is so rare these days

18. empty public bathrooms

19. “smut mags” – The Enquirer, Globe, Star

20. someone else washing my hair (ahhhh…)

21. peanut butter

22. Christmas trees

23. museums

24. scratch off lottery tickets

25. Billy Collins poetry

26. bumper stickers about tolerance and peace

27. Better Cheddar crackers

28. Brittish/Aussie accents

29. Halloween – everything about it. Except that it isn’t a National Holiday that we get off work. Boo!

30. The PediEgg

31. reading in bed

32. getting emails from people that make me smile

33. bandwidth

34. gerbera daisies

35. avocados

36. flopping a set

37. turning a boat

38. football season

39. making the playoffs

40. fantasy football

41. my Mazda Tribute

42. coupons

43. Diet Coke

44. Diet Coke with Windsor

45. foot massage

46. Sabino Canyon and Mt. Lemon

47. swap meets

48. praise

49. mashed potatoes

50. Co. Bigelow

51. Going to Vegas

52. singing in the shower

53. corn mazes

54. board games

55. being valued

56. my best friend

57. surprises

58. people that get my drift, accept that I’m difficult but ALSO worth it, in the end

59. a snappy comeback

60. the future

61. my family & friends

62. reality shows

63. treasure/scavenger hunts

64. living in Minnesota

65. when I plant something and it actually grows (rare, I admit – but holy shit, have you seen my currant bush? It’s going crazy!  Kir Royale, anyone?)

66. being smart and creative

67. new socks and underwear

68. going to the State Fair and Renaissance Fair

69. that there might be more to life than we know… magic… life on other planets.. time travel.. ghosts..

70. really sharp cheese

71. waterfalls

72. public speaking

73. pomengranites

74. Lutsen

75. pumpkin patches

76. strong Democrat candidates

77. candles

78. acoustic music

79. Saints games

80. feeling pretty

81. new perfume

82. going barefoot

83. a clean house (speaking of rare…)

84. the color orange

85. old, soft sheets

86. pajamas

87. making out

88. autumn

89. really great soap (like the kind my sister I-L sent me from Berkeley!!!)

90. soft pretzels

91. people who keep their promises

92. my kids… my amazing kids…

93. blue jeans

94. iced tea

95. getting the bonus on a slot machine

96. sunsets (trite much? I don’t care. Suck it.)

97. my mom’s cool, reassuring hand on my forehead when I’m hurting…

98. my husband

99. popcorn at the movies

100.  nicknames


  1. Good list. Made me feel nice and fuzzy!

    Okay so what is flopping a set?


    Comment by Gabbi — May 30, 2008 @ 6:49 am

  2. I cheated and only did fifty. Here they are:

    Comment by Krista — May 30, 2008 @ 9:12 am

  3. “flopping a set” is poker terminology – it’s when, in Texas Hold Em, you have a pair in your hand and on the flop (the first 3 cards laid out) you make 3 of a kind (also called a set)… “turning a boat” would be if your 3 of a kind turned into a full house when the 4th card comes out (which is also called “the turn”) by pairing “the board”… which gives you a full house (also called a boat). Jesus. Confusing much?

    Ex. You have 7-7 in your hand.

    Flop (first 3 cards on the board) are K-A-7

    You have 3 of a kind now (a set)

    The 4th card (or the “turn card”) is another K

    You know have 7-7-7-K-K and a full house (boat)

    Hmm. Clear as mud?

    Comment by denise — May 30, 2008 @ 11:18 am

  4. I finished my list!
    There are SO MANY good things on your list that I forgot about when I was compiling mine! Such as laying under a tree, or a clean house!

    Comment by Dani D — May 30, 2008 @ 11:25 am

  5. Great list D-i didn’t know you were a pull tabs, or “pullies” fan. You’ll have to come up for a visit to good ‘ol Stearn County where the pull tabs are abundantly available and popular!!! The “locals” call them “pullies”…we aren’t considered local yet i guess but give us another 50 years and then we’ll be true Stearns County residents.
    Love reading your blogs…love getting to know you better through your AMAZING writing. Remember me when you make it big.
    Jules 🙂

    Comment by Jules — May 31, 2008 @ 5:41 pm

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