What Do You Love?

I love rainy days when I can stay home. I love making desserts just because I feel like cooking. I love having a big stack of books I want to read. I love waking up early on a day I have no plans and getting out of bed anyway. I love having a clean house and being able to sit back and enjoy that. I love having newly painted toenails. I love getting a notification from the library, telling me my requested book is available and just waiting for me. I love going to the movies by myself. I love driving by myself and singing loudly along with a favorite CD. I love grocery shopping as soon as I’ve finished in the produce section. I love being home alone in the afternoon. I love the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, especially when they play a song I know. I love riding the bus and being able to read the whole way and not using any of my precious gasoline. I love getting the mail and wondering what might be in that box. I love throwing things away and seeing the emptiness left behind. I love going to the bookstore just to wander around. I love movie trailers, to the point where I’m sad when the actual movie starts. I love daffodils. I love getting on an airplane and knowing when I get off I’ll be in a different place. I love chocolate soy milk and feeling both healthy and indulgent when I drink it. I love writing a good academic paper and knowing it was a good one even before I turn it in. I love sweaters and skirts. I love growing plants in my kitchen window and watching them tilt toward the sun. I love my iBook with an unreasonable love; I love being a Mac person. I love reading magazines of any kind. I love wearing sunglasses. I love going to a musical and falling in love with the music and the dancing. I love Thai and Indian food, and I love being the kind of person who likes those kinds of “exotic” foods. I love being thin. I love finding a good spot in a crowded parking lot. I love how sun looks on wood floors. I love houses full of personal pictures. I love that I have dark eyes and light hair. I love that my house has five bookcases and still can’t hold all the books I own. I love roller coasters and short lines for them. I love getting an email that’s a blog comment or a long letter from someone I love. I love nice blinds, rather than those flimsy plastic ones that get bent and look dusty after ten seconds. I love the way my legs look in high heels. I love finding a good bargain on anything. I love seeing the red light on my phone when there is a new text message. I love seeing a bookshelf and realizing I’ve read most of the books on it. I love finishing the laundry and having it all put away. I love finding new blogs and reading months of archives. I love the feeling of being healthy after being sick. I love buying plane tickets and then planning for the trip. I love being in a good classroom discussion and having something to contribute. I love fry sauce. I love having my inbox completely cleared out. I love the feeling of being happy with who I am, even if who I am isn’t perfect.


The challenge from She Likes Purple: make your own list. The only catch? You can’t include a single person you know on your list. No “I love the way my husband laughs” or “I love hearing my little girl call for me.” It’ll be tough, I know. But this particular little exercise is about stripping away everyone who defines you and figuring out what you (not his partner; not their mother/daughter/sister/friend) love.

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  1. Great exercise, I’m definitely going to try it. My friend and I were just saying that we should hold a “before we had kids” party so we could see more of what we did and who we were when all our time wasn’t spent caring for the little tykes. Wish we lived closer too. Game nights would be awesome!

  2. I loved reading that blog! I’m going to try to make the list… and yes, it will be very hard not to list anything about my husband or kids. Although, there were many many things on your list that I love too, so they might just end up on my list to get me started!

  3. Hi Janssen,

    David Grover told me to contact you guys because you are in Austin and love it. I just found out that I got into a writing program there and was hoping you could give tell me a bit about why you love Austin, what tips a newbie to the area might need, and a few places to check out during my visit there in a few weeks. This is mortifying (because my blog is an embarrassment to blogs worldwide) but maybe you can post your answer in a comment to this here thing: http://clubnarwhal.blogspot.com/. I appreciate it!


    PS: I posted virtually the same comment on Bart’s blog–don’t hate me! Also, your post made me really, really happy.

  4. Great list. Doesn’t it just make you feel good to make that huge list and then realize you could have gone on and on and on? Wait, that’s what happened, right? I think you are awesome. And I shall shop the produce section FOR you if we ever live near each other again.

  5. I’m totally going to do this too — then later I want to try doing a “what do you loathe” list. Hate’s too strong a word, you know!! Your list was so great – thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow!!! I loved this!!! Most of those I had to agree with! It made me realize how many things I love too!

  7. Janssen–I loved your list. I love looking at the little details in life and realizing that there are so many that make me happy! Thanks for sharing your joys 🙂

  8. I loved this list, and also loved that this exercise was about "stripping away everyone who defines you and figuring out what you love."

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