My friend Kate inspires me. I’ve known her since middle school. She lived in Kansas City. I lived in Corpus Christi. We met at geek camp in Kirksville, Missouri, in the summer of 1988. Back then, I wanted to look like her and write like her. Now I want to look like her, write like her, and have a family like she has. Some things don’t change.
Lately, she’s been writing about her favorite things. She’s been writing lists of things that make her deeply joyful, and she’s inspired me to do the same. So here I go:
Bread and Butter, watching Before Sunrise and Before Sunset back to back, having friends drop by my house unexpectedly, a run with a friend, watching Erin race, having a drink with Corky on his rooftop deck, watching The Notebook, the scene in Rudy when he learns that he made the team, Rudy in its entirety, Bikram yoga during the winter, reading a book so good that it totally disrupts my life, napping with Bread and Butter, watching Armineh on stage, Capital City Toastmasters, writing, sunflowers, getting handwritten notes in the mail, the Summer Writing Retreat put on by the Writers’ League of Texas, Alpine, waking up in a hotel, long weekends with old friends, the hum of the dryer, swimming at Deep Eddy and going to Magnolia Cafe afterwards, finishing a bike ride, seeing Pete’s name in my inbox, the fact that my dad texts, puns, Marline when she makes herself laugh, pedicures, massages, Bruce Robison, the restroom signs at Home Slice Pizza, writing in my journal, events led by Jeanne Guy or Christina Baldwin, fresh sheets on my bed, coffee on those mornings when I can sit on my couch with a magazine, my Ironman finisher gear, the Ironman pendant Mom gave me at the Coeur d’Alene finish line, Pine State Biscuits, Phillips Church, my memories of laughing with Karyn and Kishie in Moulton, late night walks in the rain, writing out my goals around New Year’s Eve…
What are some of your favorite things?