100 of my favourite things.

Several months ago a friend wrote a post about 100 things she loves. I loved the idea and the post. Today calls for more focus on the good. So, in no particular order, and with some repetition from the About page on this blog, here goes:

  1. The first bowl of café au lait in the morning.
  2. Ucluelet, British Columbia. If you haven’t been…go. And stop in at Jiggers and Ukee Dogs.
  3. My family. And that means more than the four of us living under our roof. It encompasses brothers, parents, in-laws, nieces, cousins and aunts.
  4. Second-hand bookstores.
  5. My husband’s biscotti. That’s not code for anything.
  6. The way dark chocolate with sea salt melts in my mouth leaving the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
  7. Standing in a forest and taking deep breaths.
  8. Horses.
  9. Friends with whom I can be open and uncensored.
  10. Miss Vickie’s Sweet Chili & Sour Cream chips. I love them too much.
  11. Our dog, Juno.
  12. My son’s easy smile.
  13. Cheese as a food group.
  14. Hockey. It’s the most beautiful team sport. Don’t argue.
  15. Loyalty.
  16. Random text messages from my nieces. “Hi Tata. I love you.”
  17. Chausson au pomme. I can’t express how amazing these are when bought straight from the bakery.
  18. Amber lager.
  19. Road trips.
  20. Red wine, but not ones made with Syrah/Shiraz because those just make me sick.
  21. Running.
  22. Seeing my daughter’s happiness when she rides.
  23. When my shelves are spilling books on the floor.
  24. Laotian rice paper wrapped spring rolls. This would be the food I’d choose if forced to give up everything else.
  25. The scene in Elf when Buddy the Elf rides an escalator for the first time.
  26. The smell of spring when everything thaws.
  27. Eating vegetables from our garden.
  28. Boot camp with fun women.
  29. Citroën 2CVs.
  30. Having breakfast with D almost every day.
  31. The days leading up to a vacation departure.
  32. Coyote songs late at night as my daughter and I leave the barn.
  33. Humour.
  34. The stories my grandfather told.
  35. Saint-Pierreville, France.
  36. Crème de marrons (sweet chestnut spread).
  37. Canoeing.
  38. Stone ruins. If there’s one to explore I’ll find it.
  39. Ignoring maps and directions.
  40. White peaches.
  41. Smart-asses. I know a few.
  42. Lampeter, Wales and the friendship it brought.
  43. The sound of cicadas in Provence.
  44. The chateau of Vaux le Vicomte.
  45. Photo albums.
  46. Murder mysteries.
  47. The dance numbers my daughter and nieces put on every time we’re together.
  48. Love Actually.
  49. The Cone.
  50. Taking pictures.
  51. The misty rain that fell almost daily while I lived in Wales.
  52. Highland cattle. C’mon…they’re cute.
  53. Docks.
  54. People who don’t take themselves too seriously.
  55. Hobnobs
  56. Anything by Tolkien.
  57. When my son rolls his eyes at my corny jokes.
  58. Christmas lights.
  59. The take me or leave me feeling that comes with being over 40.
  60. Postcards.
  61. Big snowflakes.
  62. Boots.
  63. Old keys.
  64. The orange 1970s VW Camper my brother drove.
  65. Travelling with family.
  66. Hats.
  67. Pottery studios. I’m sorry for all the detours, family.
  68. Asterix le Gaulois.
  69. Planning a trip.
  70. The burgers at Mile One Eating House in Pemberton, British Columbia. OH. MY. GOD.
  71. Goat cheese.
  72. Writing again after a hiatus of years.
  73. The bouquinistes along the Seine.
  74. My super comfy studio pants that I don’t use at yoga studios.
  75. Going to the cottage.
  76. Driving, because navigating is beyond me since I’m easily distrac…oooh look at the mountains!
  77. Mountains.
  78. Anything my mom cooks.
  79. Bakeries in France.
  80. The apple orchard down the road from us that doesn’t cater to crowds.
  81. Small hotels.
  82. The ocean.
  83. Early mornings by the lake before bringing my daughter to school.
  84. Wearing skirts during the summer.
  85. Algonquin Park.
  86. Grocery shopping by myself.
  87. The smell of a campfire.
  88. Serena Ryder.
  89. Watching the Olympics. Go, Canada!
  90. Wood floors.
  91. Most variations of blue.
  92. The quiet when the kids are finally in bed. I love them, but go to sleep already!
  93. Hoodies.
  94. Loud music in the car.
  95. Restaurant patios.
  96. The idea of knitting something. The reality is that I’m useless at it.
  97. A clean house. I just don’t like the cleaning part.
  98. Archaeology.
  99. Real fireplaces.
  100. Cheesy sci-fi TV shows.

Now it’s your turn.

Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada, Pacific Ocean, water, dock, boats, mountains, fog, mist, ocean, favourite things

Highland cattle. Scotland, Scottish, cow, cute, humour, photograph, humour

cheese, red wine, wedding, France, Saint-Pierreville, drunk, photograph, humour

Vaux le Vicomte, France, Louis IVX, Fouquet, basin, chateau, gardens, statues, photographs, summer

  • Love this! I could almost literally copy and paste it to use for myself.

    • Thanks. The list screams food obsessed and borderline anti-social.

  • I love it!! I’m so glad you did this. It’s such a wonderful exercise, isn’t it? And I love so many of the items on your list. Stone ruins, cheese as a food group…and Love, Actually! YES. I think maybe I’ll watch that one tonight 🙂 (Also, I noticed how many of your items were set in BC. You KNOW you were meant to move here, right? Don’t fight it.)

    • It’s getting harder to fight it every time we go back.

  • You’re probably the most interesting person I know.

  • my grandparent’s ashes were sent into the ocean off of Ucluelet – love that area.

  • “Bowl of café” – love it! 🙂 And you got me curious with Ucluelet, I’ve been to BC but never heard of this place. I need to check it out.

    Lovely list all in all, so many great things to be happy about!

    • Ucluelet is calm and beautiful. I’d go back every year if I could.

  • Love it! Of course my attention span would never allow me to get to 100, so I’ll just borrow your list, k?

  • I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award. All the info is here: http://amateuraglow.blogspot.ca/2013/12/liebster-award.html. Oh, and great post!

  • What a lovely list!! So many great things to love – “friends with whom I can be open and uncensored” is so important to me – I don’t need many of them but even one friend that just gets me and loves me as I am is such a treasure! It was great to get to know you a little bit better through this list.

  • Warms the cockles of my heart 😀 I’m definitely taking you up on writing my own list and I am sure, like you, knowing that when I get to 100 that I could go on and feel truly blessed. Have a wonderful trip to Laos !


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