Sunday, December 25, 2005

My Favorite Things


Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens…bleh…okay, they’re cute. But my favorite things this season are SPAM FILTERS that keep me from seeing email messages (sometimes 60-100 per day) from the likes of Charlotte Reed whose subject line reads: Are you in search of the che ap Iicensed (yes, a capital “I” instead of an “L”) dru gs? – and that’s exactly how it all appears. Or then there’s this one from Jesus (no last name – who knew?) whose subject header is: Re: [/]: Antyihng u need 4 Ises. I’m also delighted not to be subjected to ads asking if I’d like to enlarge my penis or “perscribe” to “farmecuticles” from some place I can’t pronounce and doubt is even on any known map.

Then there are movie reviews – I have a penchant for liking just about anything that Picks ‘N Pans at People Magazine doesn’t like, but I take to heart whatever my local Blockbuster Video recommends. I like foreign films and strange foods, but then I also delve into whatever John Cusack appears in simply because the boy doesn’t just appear in any ole thing he’s handed, and a great cheeseburger with onion rings can’t be beat when I’m in the mood for going blue-collar. One of the best places to get these is at Bricktown Brewery in Oklahoma City.

I have degrees in education, music, and English out the wazzoo, but I rarely turn down a good Jeff Foxworthy or Larry The Cable Guy spot on Comedy Central.

I’ve never met a diamond, a Godiva chocolate, a Mercedes or a week in Reno that I didn’t love, but there’s nothing like a handmade piece of jewelry that a child or a friend makes, a bag of M&M’s when I’m writing, a city bus trip through downtown St. Louis, or a weekend watching movies with The Kid.

Other feel-good favorite things:

A phone call from Lex in Australia on Christmas Day and hearing she’s had an advance 4 and ½ star review from Romance Junkies on her first book debuting with Samhain

Seeing my friend Merry’s 5 star review on her 1st book with By Grace Publishing…

Knowing that the check really is in the mail…

Still getting a royalty off of e-books that were published in August and September…

A full refrigerator that doesn’t consist of leftovers…

The security of knowing that the bills are paid or semi-paid…

Pets who are so spoiled that when I come home from shopping their noses are in the bags before I even get my coat off…they know Mama has a bag of rawhides with their names on it…

The little boy who knocks on my door wanting to sell a dollar bar of chocolate to a diabetic…because he’s raising money for his school…

Still having both of my parents, seeing them past their golden wedding anniversary and watching how Poppa can’t leave the house without kissing Mom or patting her butt…

A five-year-old niece who loves movies and thinks that “Chicken Little” is an educational film…

My sister-in-law who never forgets a birthday, even when I’m continually late remembering hers…

A ratty old pair of slippers whose shape holds the contours of my feet…

Knowing that despite our cultural, socio-economic, psychological, and political agendas contained within, the country where I live is still strong and free and defended by a military who sacrifices so much for my freedom…


I like the blank screen that greets me when I sit down to begin a new novel or short story – it’s there waiting for me like a canvas anticipating whatever “art” I toss, opening up possibilities and creative venues, giving me one more chance to express myself.

I like THE END when I’m done with a piece, because by the time it’s there, I’ve vented and spewed; I’ve thrown the clay onto the wheel and constructed what was in my heart at the time.

Dinner with friends, good books, inspiring music, photographs and paintings whose messages are either clearer than words or so intriguing that I have to think before I form an opinion…

Really good recipes from friends & family, unusual cookbooks, kitchen gadgets Tammy sends me, then the opportunity to put them all to good use…

I like it that my son and I have a tradition of sharing a movie moment or two every Christmas. This year we have Season Four of “24” to watch. Plus he bought me a chick lit/hen lit flick called “Must Love Dogs” that was delightful (John Cusack, again, plus Diane Lane).

These are a few of my favorite things. Feel free to share yours.

Happy Holidays, Everyone.

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5 Comments:

At 9:49 PM, Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Whoa, hang on. I rented "Must Love Dogs" on the strength of Cusack being in the movie, and we made it less than ten minutes before popping it out of the DVD player.

I'm gonna blog on that tomorrow, methinks. Why "Must Love Dogs" sucks and why "The Baxter" was fun, and what one had and the other lacked. Besides, um, Elizabeth Banks.

 
At 10:57 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

(grin) If you only played 10 minutes, all you caught was a slow set-up. Cusack had some great lines, the plot was total chick lit and not everyone's cup of tea, but some of the vignettes were so well done...those of Christopher Plummer, Elizabeth Perkins, Diane Lane, John Cusack. It's not War and Peace (although there's a ton of Dr. Zhivago in it).

 
At 6:06 PM, Blogger Rinda Elliott said...

I just love your blogs. Warm and friendly and this one made me smile. Thanks.

We did a writing contest using words from those weird spam emails on the Smart bitches website. One of those entries is mine-- but I can't tell you which one to vote for since that would be cheating. (grin)

Happy Holidays, my good friend. Christy and I want to meet you for lunch soon.

 
At 6:24 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

aaaw, thanks, Rinda - and I'd love the lunch.

I'll have to check out those Smart Bitches entries now, just to see if I can spot yours - lol.

...and need to head over to Doug's domain tomorrow to see his blog on mah Christmas movie. *wink*

 
At 8:50 PM, Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

I never win those contests :o(

(of course, what was the prize last time? A vibrator?)

 

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