I love…

1. cats on my lap.

2. my family, around the dinner table, joking and snarking and laughing.

3. mint oreos.

4. feeling beautiful, for it is a rare thing.

5. being the center of attention on my own terms.

6. target.

7. sitting in the hairdresser’s chair.

8. rollercoasters.

9. listening to the waves.

10. giraffes.

11. my mom.

12. the freedom i feel to sing at the top of my lungs in the car by myself.

13. books. all books. that books even exist.

14. the temple.

15. summer nights just after the sun goes down.

16. painting the 34th street wall.

17. taking silly pictures.

18. dairy queen blizzards.

19. my eyes and their crazy color-changing effect.

20. flip flops. i wear them all year round.

21. the fact that my nails always look good, no matter what i do or don’t do to them.

22. TiVo. oh, how i miss thee, you bastion of the upper middle class.

23. being competitive.

24. pizza for breakfast.

25. my birthday!

26. the feel of clean sheets.

27. the little stuffed lamb that i sleep with, raggedy as it is.

28. sleeping late with no guilt (something that doesn’t happen very often anymore).

29. answered prayers being clear to me. they are miracles.

30. raspberries. blueberries. blackberries.

31. holding my grandma’s hand. i have good memories and sad memories of that, but i love them all.

32. the gospel of Jesus Christ.

33. witty quips, especially when they come out of my mouth unexpectedly but with perfect timing.

34. school supplies–notebooks, pens, paper, the smell of new vinyl, the sales, the whole sections in stores, the whole thing.

35. wedge heels.

36. fall leaves on maple trees.

37. my dream of going to europe. it may never happen, but i still hold it dear.

38. teaching, especially in those moments when i know i’m doing it well.

39. frozen eggrolls, the world’s most perfect food.

40. being confident enough to be me with no regrets or fears.

41. facebook.

42. law and order.

43. dark chocolate m&ms.

44. the geico gecko. those are the few commercials that truly awe me about advertising.

45. being in the loop, so to speak.

46. blueberry pancakes.

47. instyle magazine. it is the only one that doesn’t feel like a waste to me since it takes me ages to read it and i love every minute of it.

48. baking. it’s such a stress reliever.

49. sass. i define this as the confidence to say what you mean when you mean it and the spunk to get away with it without hurting anyone.

50. playing on swingsets.


51. bright ties. ties with personality. ties that say “i’m not afraid to stand out and make a statement” but are still classy.

52. black and white photography.

53. big, graphic, bold colored flowers on fabric.

54. falling asleep on the couch.

55. macs.

56. haribo gummy bears, especially the clear/white ones that taste like pineapple.

57. the messages on taco bell sauce packets. i get joy from them. i’d like someone to propose to me like that. they have them, you know. the ones that say “will you marry me?” so cool.

58. virgin pina coladas. actually, any drink that could be alcoholic but isn’t.

59. men who treat women with respect.

60. fun and revealing late-night AIM conversations.

61. perfectly painted toenails.

62. the long phone conversations that made last summer amazing.

63. people who are willing to express their love.

64. the perfect chicken chimichanga.

65. the sound of crickets.

66. vanilla candles. vanilla lotion. vanilla room scents. vanilla.

67. daisies.

68. working in the temple. i love the temple, but i also love my job at the temple so much.

69. the color combination of blue-green and chocolate brown.

70. the way i feel when i’m reading the book of mormon.

71. british accents. australian accents. new zealand accents. anything that sounds like a british accent.

72. the word “gobsmacked”. the phrase “might could”. the letter r. the number 9. and the fact that those last two things reminded me of sesame street.

73. the fact that i kill at wheel of fortune and am decent at jeopardy.

74. mix cds.

75. the pacific ocean.

76. the word amazing when it’s applied to me—and i know it is not an empty compliment.

77. the song “when you say nothing at all.”

78. laundry day–after everything is done.

79. serving enough to abandon selfishness.

80. text messages, especially the unexpected ones.

81. crossstitching.

82. the sound of a silent library and the awe that it fills me with.

83. getting the mail on alternating Thursdays or Fridays.

84. baby animals in springtime. cliché, but true, especially when i drive by them in the fields.

85. cherry pull and peel twizzlers.

86. sand between my toes.

87. the Rocky Mountains.

88. jane austen novels. all of them. there aren’t enough of them.

89. cranium.

90. trusting people. it’s not easy for me, so when i get there, it means something big.

91. being someone trustworthy.

92. the seemingly eternal search for the perfect purse. it must be how hunters feel.

93. barbeques and all that comes with them—friends, family, burnt hot dogs, paper plates, everything.

94. hope.

95. little kids and everything that goes with them.

96. lists like these. i learn a lot about myself.

97. my best friend—and everything that he has taught me and all the ways that i am better for knowing him.

98. adventures of my own creation, especially when it involves travel.

99. redecorating, inspired by long hours of inspiring HGTV watching.

100. my life. even when i complain, i am a really lucky girl.

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