Monday, April 5, 2010

the lullaby of spring

So I'm leaving for Denver this Thursday morning for the AWP Writer's conference, and I decided to charge up the old iPod tonight. And now my dilemma is that I'm trying to come up with a plane ride mix. Care to help, anyone? With a theme, a name, songs to put on there? Please? Feel free to think up lots, because I'm gonna want enough for the plane ride there and back, hopefully.

This is what I want to do in terms of my window treatments; have the diner/cafe curtains halfway up, and then normal curtains on the side so I can sometimes have natural light coming in up high, but not have it glare on my tv. Perfect, no?

And, I'd been meaning to do this after Kristine did this on her blog.
101 simple pleasures courtesy of Yahoo! I bolded what I liked most.

crisp cotton sheets
soft skin
old family recipes
the first daffodils of spring
sleeping in
an exercise endorphin high
window boxes
a perfect cup of coffee
a genuine compliment (giving or receiving)
the way babies smell
a handwritten letter
waking up in a good mood...for no real reason
singing in the shower
finding a couple forgotten dollars in your pocket
doing something nice for your neighbor
a home cooked meal

movie theater popcorn
playing hookey
a bubble bath
an afternoon nap
street musicians
your favorite song
saying thank you
helping someone in need
old fashioned photo booths

fresh whipped cream
inspiring blogs
a glass of wine
rainy afternoons
the funny things kids say
a novel you can get lost in

finding the perfect piece of clothing...on sale
clean laundry

Yis, please. (first picture is from Anthropologie, the second from Urban Outfitters Spring 2010)

the wind in your hair
treating the person behind you at the drive-thru -- wow that's a neat idea
sharing an umbrella
the smell of lavender
a long walk that clears your head
a bear hug

The Beatles
smiling at a stranger
eating with chopsticks (Chinese food optional)
staying in your pj's all day
singing along to the radio and knowing all the words
fresh herbs
ordering in pizza
happy endings...even if they're fictional
flying a kite
root beer floats

holding open the door...
...or having someone hold the door for you
fountain soda
white, fluffy towels
spending an afternoon at a museum
really great advice
green lights all the way home
the sound of rain hitting the windows
sitting in a booth
holding hands
a great hair day with no effort

building a fort with your kids
when someone falls asleep with their head on your shoulder

the perfect taco
geraniums on a windowsill
slow dancing
the smell of fresh-baked bread
cheesy, uplifting musicals
great stories

the smell of gasoline
the cold side of the pillow!!!!!
love letters
old friends... friends
a pull-through parking space
a baguette -- crisp on the outside, airy on the inside
when a dog licks your hand

sitting at the counter at an old-fashioned diner
using your favorite dishes
reading your child a bedtime story
Girl Scout Cookies
kissing someone you love
the smell of onions and garlic cooking
hot chocolate
jumping in puddles
old photographs
birds hopping on the sidewalk

Ella Fitzgerald
a spoonful of peanut butter straight from the jar
your softest t-shirt
a new magazine in the mail
having exact change
bacon and pancakes cooking on Saturday morning. I miss this one.

My singular yum food item over spring break: candied walnuts. I had them in a wonderful spinach salad at the Gypsy Den (Santa Ana, not the Lab... har, har) and then the next day-- also in a salad-- at the Blue Bayou at Disneyland; not to mention caramel corn, surf 'n turf, and chocolate covered honeycomb. Blurg. (the sound of fat clogging my arteries) <3


  1. I don't know if I ever told you about him. Who do you think it is??

  2. btw... those look super sweet. I thought it was bits of tocino at first.

  3. Anything by Lloyd Cole!

    the window treatment looks great. do it.




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