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Monday, May 22, 2006
Monday Madness
How many simple things have you learned to appreciate more, for one reason or another? Please list them and feel free to elaborate on each.
  • Talking with my son on the drive to school each morning.
  • The feeling of fresh, clean and smooth sheets against my skin as I slip into bed at the end of the day.
  • That first sip of coffee in the morning, it's mellow and rich warmth washing over my tongue and firing up my brain.
  • Learning to appreciate new wines- how they hit on the palate and discerning the different and subtle undertones- tea leaves, ripe black cherry, plum, lilac blossom wrapped in chocolate, raspberry jam...
  • Sitting on my deck and just doing nothing for a few minutes but watching the way the sunlight plays through the leaves of my trees.
  • A walk in the morning when there's no one else around.
  • Sharing a conversation with a witty soul.
  • Laughing out loud about a book I'm reading. I did that last night and stayed up way too late reading. No, it wasn't "The Screwtape Letters"- I was busy thinking up about 13 ways of killing myself while reading that bit! It was "Possible Side Effects" by Augusten Burroughs. I can't think of anyone who's funnier, more perceptive or more irreverant. He's not for the easily offended. In one of the chapters his grandmother first tells him about the tooth fairy. She likens her to Tinkerbell, and Augusten is horrified- he thinks of Tinkerbell (and therefore the Tooth Fairy) as a "creepy bug woman with her devil wand, sneaking into my bedroom at night while I was sleeping, and taking my teeth and leaving things under the pillow that shouldn't be there..." So he procedes to pray to keep the Tooth Fairy away- "Although my parents never attended church or mentioned Jesus except when they screamed at each other - and then they used his full name, "Jesus Fu**ing Christ"- they did explain that the was a man who lived in the sky and granted wishes to certain people. People he liked."
  • Listening to live music. I'm simply mesmerized by it and have a deep admiration for those who are musically gifted.
posted by Lisa at 5/22/2006 08:10:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤


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