In contrast to the "Fears", here are some of my loves. The things that bring a smile to my face. I was gonna list five, then ten, but I figured I would stop at twenty. I could have kept going...1. Making, and eating, French Toast with cinammon and vanilla.2. Smoking a cigar while listening to Pink Floyd3. Making a pot of coffee and having it come out PERFECT4. Watching Singin' in the Rain whenever I'm feeling down or Beauty and the Beast every February 6th.5. Listening to the tapes my ex-gf's have made me6. Reading Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings7. Late night conversations over a cup of tea.8. Hearing my friends call be "Bri" or "b."9. Reading "I wandered lonely as a cloud" by William Wordsworth10. Ordering two hot dogs and a bag of peanuts at Yankee Stadium.11. Knowing all the words to a song - "Would you like to wish on a star?"12. Sitting on the beach in the early evening13. Having that first sip of a cold beer, in my favorite bar, after a long week.14. Spending St. Patrick's Day with the same two guys every year. ("It's a long day.")15. Pistachio ice cream16. New York City at Christmas17. Singing along to Simon & Garfunkel on the radio18. Three day Fourth of July parties.19. Reading my favorite children's story - "The Dancing Man"20. Guinness.-b, I've got a little black book with my poems in
I certainly didnt think fears would generate so much conversation, thats neat.Hmmm, loves,, ok,, in no particular order.1. Mint chocolate chip ice cream2. Mother's animal cookies my newest addiction3. Purple sunsets and sunrises4. SEX5. The feel of a crisply struck golf shot,, very rare very sweet.6. The female body, especially if it is accompanied by long flowing hair 7. Watching Michael Jordan play hoops8. Watching Tiger Woods play golf9. Any good book10. Sex11. Good SEX12.Watching my stocks appreciate13. Guiness14. Black and Tans15. SEX SEX SEX SEX 16. Hanging out with my buddies from high school, and ragging on each other17. Traveling anywhere18. Talking to my mom, one of my best friends19. PAYDAY20. Did I mention SEX?
2. Smoking a cigar while listening to Pink FloydHmm, a cigar, huh? Right.3. Making a pot of coffee and having it come out PERFECTWhy is this so good? I know what you mean, though.20. Guinness.Amen to that, brother.MikeI have to think on this topic for a little while.
16. New York City at Christmasb,I hope you get to enjoy London at Christmas this year, or will you fly back to NY.Chris
20. Did I mention SEX?Several times. LOL
Loves:1. A deserted beach on a clear night.2. Shooting pool really good all night.3. Building and sitting around a campfire.4. Going back to see all my friends in Pittsburgh.5. Seeing a good band in a tiny little dive bar.6. Lazy Sunday mornings spent in bed with that special woman.7. Singing old punk songs in my roommates practice studio.8. Feeling appreciated at work.9. Getting that out-of-the-blue phone call from a friend.10. Learning new things.11. Meeting Fools at Murphy's (just a little plug :-)12. Watching a really cool lightning storm.13. A nice slice of pizza with Frank's RedHot Sauce.14. Finding out that someone you're really into is really into you, too.15. The natural waterslides at Ohiopyle, PA.16. Three Rivers Stadium parking lot at 8 AM on the day of a Steeler game.17. Kevin Smith movies.18. Getting to the stage where I can enjoy all the good points of being single.19. Vacations- anywhere, anytime.20. And to steal one from -b, Guinness. mmm, mmm, good.Mike
1. Travel to anywhere new and exciting2. Being in the airport waiting to get on the plane that will take me somewhere new and exciting3. The laughter of my two daughters when they are in a bath4. Sitting on the patio at sunset5. Really good jazz6. Anticipation7. When I hit the "compile" button and the program actually works!8. Fog9. The sound of a train whistle in the distance early in the morning10. The feeling of warmth from the fireplace on a cold winter evening11. The smell in the air after a thunderstorm12. A rose covered with dew
OK, a lot of mine have been mentioned, so I guess great minds think alike!1. Traveling - anywhere - love to just drop everything and go2. The beach at night3. The sound that snow makes when it is falling at night4. Guinness :)5. Meeting people and feeling like you have known them forever6. Shooting pool, and hopefully well7. Well, of course, sex, which is in the middle of the list to see if you are paying attention8. Walking around the lake across the street from my house.9. Watching the 4 year old wild child on my street become completely mesmerized by my cat10. Early summer mornings11. Sleeping in with that special person12. Good coffee, and even better, good irish coffee13. Homemade chocolate chip cookies14. That incredible rush when your eyes lock with someone on the other side of a room and the hair on the back of your neck stands up15. Baskin Robbins Chocolate Chip ice cream16. Sunday brunch with mimosasI am sure there are more, I just can't think of them right now! :)Cindy
4. ...or Beauty and the Beast every February 6th.So you celebrate Ronald Reagan's birthday also?Nice list, of course half of those make my worst days:)ToddI hate it when my friends call my "b"
In no particular order, I love:1. Travelling - Airplane or Car2. The smell of freshly cut grass and clean laundry3. Good wine4. Irish Coffee5. Italian Food6. Massages (giving and receiving)7. Music8. Family and Friends9. Pets10. Reading11. Sightseeing12. Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream 13. Good Sex... and Romance14. Nice Surprises15. Planned Spontaneity16. The pictures my daughter draws for me17. Rollercoasters18. Swimming19. Flowers20. NYC at Christmas (also)
Things I love:1. When I'm struggling to explain something (in writing) and suddenly it clicks and I'm on and I write like flowing water.2. When I'm able to really focus and be fully present while giving a massage and the client can do the same thing. It's a rush like no other.3. Going to sleep with my head nestled on DocuHubby's shoulder. Naps are extra special.4. Getting a neck rub!5. Rocky Road Ice Cream, funnel cakes, and baked coconut custard pies.6. Listening to my Grandma laugh.7. A long walk in the woods. It was best when Grandma still had the stamina to go with me.8. Sitting on the beach in the dark (OK, I'm just second'ing someone else's nomination of this one.)9. Being caught by suprise on a warm spring day by the smell of honeysuckle.10. Playing with a puppy when they're all fat and squirmy. Kittens run a very close second.11. Getting lost in a good book.12. Girl-gab sessions with my best ladies that make us lose track of time.13. Cooking with my niece and nephew.14. Swooshing down a big hill on my bike (OK, it's a mix of joy and terror).15. Swimming. The way sunlight looks underwater. The silence of water whoosing past my ears while I swim.16. The "thunk" of a perfectly returned volleyball serve (both loved and rare!).17. A good massage that makes me turn to jello.18. Music that I will play over and over and over and over: Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D (minor?). "The Yee Haw Factor" by Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Beethoven's Toccatta something or another(OK, I can't remember the actual title). "You're the One" by Bruce Springsteen. "Get Up John" performed by Ricky Skaggs.19. Dancing with complete abandon (thank God for Motown!).20. Doodling.Kelly
Loves....1) My kittens, especially when they're purring2) My doggie, especially when I walk in the door and she gets all excited to see me and runs all over the house (She lives with my parents).3) My dad reciting "Gunga Din" for me4) Silly 80s pop music5) Bumming around the French Quarter6) Seeing a really good band playing live7) seeing friends & family8) hanging out with my friends (even when I am totally WIPED the next day because of it)9) Going places I've never been to before10) wandering around Rome. (Yes, Italy)I am sure I could list plenty more, but I think I will stop there.Kaiti
1. The sun on my face in the morning2. The cat insisting on finding a way onto my lap in the evening3. Looking at myriad, brilliantly-hued flowers in gardens or in untended fields4. Getting something I value repaired... and having it work reliably again5. Observing all the the things that various people are good at.. and becoming a part of that in the act of observation6. Warm bodies of water... bath,jacuzzi, pools, oceans7. Being extremely fond of someone who is extremely fond of me8. Knowing that things usually have a way of working out for the best for all concerned.9. Learning something new, by accident10. Understanding how the world turns a little better11. Finding an incredible bargain12. Helping someone change their life for the better13. Watching a man prepare my meal. (yep- it is really primal)14. Listening to the neighbors murmer, as they light torches and candles on a hot, brown-out August night15. Noticing all the wildlife where I live..that soften and disrupt the interstices of freeway concrete and tarmac.
Well, there are a lot of repeats that would be on my list, but here's a couple of additions:1) The complete, unconditional, and totally incredible love my dog gives me. Someone once said, people get so attached to dogs (pets) because they provide just this type of love -- the type of love that we seek from other people.2) Returning that love to my dog. I'm one of the best things that's happened to her (she was a stray) and she's one of the best things that's happened to me.3) Driving down the road at 75mph with the windows down, the sun shining, and Jimmy Buffett playing VERY loudly.4) Seeing my daughter smile and hearing her laugh. If only I could REMEMBER the feelings of utter joy, contentment and amazement that I had as an infant -- the same things I can see in her face right now.5) Lying in bed with my wife ... all snuggled up... and just talking. I wish she could stay awake longer. :-) I really cherish those times.6) When not participating in #5; lying in bed and thinking. Thinking about everything and nothing. I love all those thoughts that are so clear in your head in the darkness but fade into fuzziness when the light of day hits. It's so easy to solve the problems of the world. If only ....7) I have to repeat -b's: the very first drag on an ice cold beer -- man that's good.8) A good cigar (with the ice cold beer from #7) and a great conversation.9) Learning something new every day. Doesn't matter if I'll ever use it -- it's the learning that's soooo cool.10) Recieving a sincere, heartfelt compliment from someone I respect.11) Recieving a "thank you" from someone I respect after I've given them a sincere, heartfeld compliment.12) Crab Legs. With Lots of Butter.13) Fresh seafood on the beach at sunset. Ahhhhhhh....14) My Mom's Frozen chocolate chip cookies.15) Learning something new about my wife, a friend, or anyone that I care about.16) Creating something (doesn't matter what) that makes someone's life better or gives someone pleasure.17) Wearing shorts 12 months a year (even in the snow).18) St. Louis Blues hockey.19) Being surprised.20) Surprising someone.21) Being a father.. No. Being a Dad.Well, this could go on and on.... It's a very good psychological exercise, I would suspect, to do this.Thanks for indulging me.B*Mann
OK, I'll throw a few of mine out here:Riding my bike with friends.Playing Soccer in a park.Camping on a cool evening.Seeing close friends.Having close friends call just to BS.Watching a good hockey game.Traveling just about anywhere.Elvis.Hiking in REAL mountains and finding the perfect spot where no one is around and just loafing about enjoying the scenery.First kisses, Second kisses, etc.Having friends that take one look at me and know exactly what I'm thinking without having to ask."These are a few of my favorite things..."catdaddy
My turn1) When both of my sons are home for dinner and we eat as a family.2) When either of my sons call me "Mama". Just something in their tone that tells me they need and love me dearly3) When all of boys friends are over for a BBQ with Matt and Mike's "cool mom"4) Gonna get slammed again but, a VERY cold bottle of Coors Light on a hot day5) I love when my dad surprises me with a shrimp stuffed tomato to take to work for lunch6) Quiet time with just meKathloves her boys
Cindy:4. Guinness :)Wow, we got you hooked, huh? Already on the love list!Ya got good taste.Mike
Loves II. Y'all got me started and now I can't stop!21. Fresh summer fruit--peaches, blueberries, and strawberries especially.22. Catching fireflies.23. Flirting with someone when you both know it's innocent. Flirting with someone when you both know it might go somewhere (but you're not particulary worried about the outcome).24. Zoning out on the beach when the sun is just hot enough and the sound of the waves is hypnotic.25. Discovering new bookstores. Spending a lot of time wandering through any bookstore (chain or otherwise). The smell and sound of a good bookstore. The smell of a new book (I know I'm not the only one here who sniffs new books!).26. The sense of peace at the end of a good worship service. The utter absurdity of faith in the eyes of the pastor when she raises the host and says "the body of Christ, given for you".27. The feeling of warm mud between my toes. Socks warm out of the dryer.28. Brewing a proper cup of tea and drinking it while reading the paper on a snowy Saturday morning. While wearing a flannel shirt.29. The riot of color at a farmer's market. The abundance of a good produce section. Mastering a new recipe.30. Taking a nap on a warm afternoon on the weekend at my parents and falling asleep listening to the low buzz of voices downstairs. Waking up on a cold morning (before the farmhouse got central heat) nustled into the valley in the mattress under several pounds of blankets to the sound of Grandma making breakfast.Kelly
Interesting list coming up with this:1. Watching the sunrise while on my deck drinking a perfect cup of coffee made by my partner of 11.5 years.2. Using my outdoor shower rain or shine, (something about hotwater and cold rain touching your skin at the same time.)3. Walking on my treadmill whie watching movies.4. Being woken up during the night and making love.5. Being snowed in - then taking pictures of the snow.6. Beef Stew that has simmered on my wood stove all day.7. Watching the black bears walk around my house.8. Feeding the wild turkeys and deer in the winter.9. Fresh bread baking in the oven.10. Lunch or brunch with good friends ( and finally finding out what pork steak really is.)11. vacations and antiquing12. taking photos with my camera of wildlife and plants.13 - canoeing on a quiet lake14 - Watching the moonrise over a calm lake, campfire behind me, loons singing softly. It always amazes me to see that golden pathway and feeling like I could walk on it to touch the moon....Just a few that give me great memories...Linda
24. Zoning out on the beach when the sun is just hot enough and the sound of the waves is hypnotic.Better yet -- Zoning out at Jazzfest, listening to some great music by somebody you've never heard of before, just after stuffing yourself with some real good food. :-) Talk about mellowing oneself into oblivion... No chemicals required, but crawfish do help... :-)Kaitigotta go again next year.
Talk about mellowing oneself into oblivion... No chemicals required, but crawfish do help... :-) crawfish pie is WONDERFUL adds to the flavor of New Orleans!Linda
14. Finding out that someone you're really into is really into you, too.Amen to that! Mr. X
Hmm, a cigar, huh? Right.Yes. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.3. Making a pot of coffee and having it come out PERFECTWhy is this so good? I know what you mean, though.The idea is that something so simple as a good cup of coffee can bring a smile to my face. So many things go into making coffee, that it rarely comes out the same every time. The type used, amount used, type of water, temperature of the water, amount of water, type of sugar, amount of sugar, etc... Most times I just make my coffee and do what I do. But when it comes out perfect, it just makes me grin. And I savor it that much more.KWIM?-b
me:Why is this so good? I know what you mean, though.-b:The idea is that something so simple as a good cup of coffee can bring a smile to my face. So many things go into making coffee, that it rarely comes out the same every time. The type used, amount used, type of water, temperature of the water, amount of water, type of sugar, amount of sugar, etc... Most times I just make my coffee and do what I do. But when it comes out perfect, it just makes me grin. And I savor it that much more.KWIM?Yeah -b, I do. My question was meant to come out rhetorical. I love it when I get the coffee just right, but I wonder why such a simple seeming operation is so hard to duplicate daily. Mike
The Nevada sky at night. So many stars...Being the last one awake around a campfire and prodding the coals to get that one last flame to pop up again.Listening to Marty Robbins in the jeep when I went camping with dad.Licking the bowl after moms done making cookies.The cocked head look my dogs give when I ask them about a "riiide" or "waaalk".Old people reminiscing.The rush you get after you jumping bailHeroes.Watching my stocks go up.The smile on my parents face when I go home to visit.Watching a scary movie with a pretty lady.Snuggling with someone I care for.Running in shackles being shot at, WOO HOO!Handcuffs >=)jag
Yeah -b, I do. My question was meant to come out rhetorical. I love it when I get the coffee just right, but I wonder why such a simple seeming operation is so hard to duplicate daily.I know. I used to think the same thing about beer. I always figured that beer was basically beer, but wine was the complicated thing. As I've grown older, and more educated, I've realized that while the ingrediants in making beer might be simple, there are soooo many varieties. And to use the example we had in our lists, there are sooo many different pints of Guinness Stout. You would think that every pint would be the same, but it isn't.Sometimes the simplest things can be so complicated.-b
I have enjoyed the fears thread, this one should be even better.Things I love (in no particular order):1. The ocean2. The mountains3. Seattle (the best of both of the above)4. Family get togethers5. An evening with friends6. Golf, golf, golf7. Food….particularly breads or pastries8. Convertible ride at night9. The Motley Fool and these boards10. Sailing11. Fishing12. Going for a walk in the snow13. Standing alone in the crisp morning air watching the sun rise14. Watching the humming birds at the feeder15. Listening to the frogs at night16. Hugging trees17. Reading science fiction/fantasy books18. Learning something new19. Laughing at a good joke20. And of course…The Rams!!!
Some of my loves are...1. A full Autumn Moon set low on the horizon.2. Sunrise at Bar Harbor.3. Sunset at Del Mar.4. The sound of a soft moan.5. A gentle caress.6. Waves crashing over me on the breakers.7. Lobster in drawn butter.8. Albinoni's Adagio.9. High speed on an open highway.10. Fall foliage in New Hampshire.Frank(Thanks for the thread -b)
okay, I thought of more....15. - Watching Movies...16. - Working to bring in the stray black cat, trying to build his trust.17 - watching the baby woodpeckers coming to the bird feeders and realising they have no control over their flying and they may land on you because they are in such shock at flying...18. - BRONCOS FOOTBALL TEAM 19 - Sunshine on my head when I'm working in my flower gardens20. - A good sci-fi/ sci-fantasy book21. - chatting with friends by phone or IMing them22. - Campfires - (I could spend hours just watching the flames dance.)23. - trying new recipes24. - Guessing shapes in cloud formations25. - Howling into the night from my deck, listening to the coyotes respond back (good thing my closest neighbor is 1/2 mile away)26. - Watching football with my partner, my brother and sister-in-law and having a cookout at the same time...27. - Watching the wind move up the side of the mountain in swirling patterns from my office window.28. - Learning something new about myself and life around me everyday.... 29. - Chasing 2 of my 3 cats around the house in a mad game of wild kitty tag, collapsing on the floor and having them climb on top of me for lot's of loving and petting....Just a few more loves....Linda
More loves...- Being curled up on the sofa in front of a fireplace with someone- A really good nap on a lazy Saturday afternoon- Picking someone up at the airport- Having someone waiting at the gate for you at the airport- The feeling that you are not letting life pass you by- Phone calls that are not from telemarketers- Snuggling under down comforters in the dead of winter- When the sun hits the lake at just the right angle and it all sparkles like diamonds- Watching birds learn how to fly- Watching the reaction of my cats when a pair of ducks decides to stroll across my front lawnCindy
here are a few moremountain sunsets during the winterthe first ski run in the morning when the slopes are quietsun filled mornings after a day of hiking in the rainseeing so many stars that you can't pick out any constellationshitting that one golf each round shot that convinces me that maybe I can play the gamewatching thunderstorms at the beachwaking up to an unexpected snowfalldoug10000
3) Driving down the road at 75mph with the windows down, the sun shining, and Jimmy Buffett playing VERY loudly.4) Seeing my daughter smile and hearing her laugh. If only I could REMEMBER the feelings of utter joy, contentment and amazement that I had as an infant -- the same things I can see in her face right now.21) Being a father.. No. Being a Dad.Hey, slow down dad. Even when they are not in the car your kids are counting on you to come home safe.Personally speaking, my wife has attributes that I will never have (well, probably not)... do I want those attributes a part of my life? Heck yes!You want male breasts? Yuck
Well, now...I said I LOVE doing it, but like so many things I love doing -- I don't get to do it that often! I know what you mean, though... I'm not a "road rage" driver to the worst degree, but I'm only a few notches below that. It's something I'm desperately trying to get better at -- for the very reason you cite.Male breasts, eh? Well, my wife does have lovely ones... (hehehehehe) But -- haven't you heard? Breasts on men are worth about $100k, if you have friends that will bet you that much that you won't get them and keep them for a year!B*Mann
4. SEX10. Sex11. Good SEX15. SEX SEX SEX SEX 20. Did I mention SEX? ummmmm budre, should we talk? Rav Agrees with all above
Hey Rav, too many Lattes, or is this a Ravathon?Ascaris(Ravathon - isn't that the Energizer bunnies competition?)
A few more...- Waking up early on a beautiful Saturday morning without benefit of the alarm clock because you got a really good nights sleep- A sugar raised doughnut and a good cup of coffee- Someone who says, "Please, ladies first" and lets you in line- Spotting a hummingbird in the backyard- Paying cash- The challenge of trying to type with a cat in your lapCindy
- The challenge of trying to type with a cat in your lapBetter yet, the challenge of trying to get out of bed with a purring cat napping on top of you.Even better, giving up and staying in bed. :-)Kaiti
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