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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I Heart...

I heart the world tonight, especially those plumber guys!! All is good... I've showered, brushed my teeth, gone to the bathroom (and flushed the toilet!), and had a cup of tea (made with water that poured out of the faucet, fresh and clean, as opposed to sputtering out, all brown and smelly)... I got a great new haircut (and a slightly darker color) this afternoon... I'm at 54% of my fundraising goal for the 3-Day Event Breast Cancer Walk (you guys have been so generous!)... and I'm looking forward to my birthday this weekend, as the Republican is taking me out to my favorite restaurant, where I'll have some gorgeous red wine and dessert before going to the movies (and no, even though we're going out on Valentine's Day, it's NOT romantic!).

So, in honor of my birthday and the fact that today ended up all warm and fuzzy, I'm going to post a list of things I love (things other than the obvious - Ryan, Sundance, my family and friends, etc)... 44 things to be precise, as that's how old I'm turning on Sunday...
1. Tulips
2. Duck egg blue walls
3. Simple silver jewelry
4. Little English villages
5. Books and bookstores
6. Hand-knitted sweaters
7. Rain
8. Swimming
9. Handwritten letters
10. Family photos in silver frames
11. Long massages
12. Old pubs
13. White kitchens with big windows
14. Camping
15. Freshwater pearls
16. Kissing
17. Words as art
18. Big, fat, thirsty towels in sunkissed colors
19. The sea
20. Puppy breath
21. Wicker furniture
22. Gerard Butler's crooked smile
23. Nike running shoes
24. Colorful, handmade quilts
25. Cottages
26. Classic Audrey Hepburn dresses
27. Working with little kids
28. Beautiful journals
29. Big comfy chairs with ottomans
30. A fire in the fireplace, inside or out
31. Big soaker bathtubs
32. Porch swings
33. Hardwood floors
34. Lemon or raspberry anything
35. Container gardens
36. Magazines (especially home mags)
37. Finding a piece of art (any medium) that 'speaks' to me
38. Lambs (especially the ones with black faces)
39. Traveling
40. Babies' big belly laughs (and causing them!)
41. Pine farm tables
42. The smell of citrus, vanilla, or fresh cotton/linen
43. Floorplans and architecture
44. Writing

32 comments:

Michelle said...

Hi Lovely Happy Diane!!!

I am very happy all is well in your home re: all forms of water!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ON SUNDAY!!!!!

I love your 44 list. I noticed that #14 and #32 are the same!!!! So you love camping twice!!!!????

EXCELLENT!!!!

Love you girlie!!!

Lee said...

I might just have to pass on the puppy breath, there are limits, but love the rest of the list.

Sam_I_am said...

HAppy early birthday!

jill said...

such a warm fuzzy list....=D

Have a great birthday Sunday!!!!!!

Diane said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes! And Michelle, thanks for pointing out the camping thing... I DO love it, but didn't mean to list it twice! :)

Ronda's Rants said...

I love those things too!

Michelle said...

YAY for porch swings!!!!

Your welcome!!!

blognut said...

I love all of it, even the puppy breath, but especially babies' big belly laughs. Those are the best!

PS - Happy Birthday!
PPS - You're older than I am!
PPPS - Just sayin' because I'm the evil one!

sherri said...

HAPPY 44th BIRTHDAY!
(We are the same age)

Please email me your address because I want to send a handwritten note, on blue stationary, spritzed with vanilla and the envelope will be licked buya puppy so you can smell his breath!

I love you! I just want to make you happy.

Mel said...

You know, I have a lot of those things at my house. Visit! I'll even clean the big tub really, really good so you can take a soaker! But, I'll tell you like I told Brianna: you can only use the back of the tub to put your bowls full of water, not the front because it might spill out on the floor. And, it you pout or whine about it, you'll have to get out as soon as you've washed your hair!

Lisa said...

happy birthday xxx

mo.stoneskin said...

Forget duck egg blue walls. I just love duck eggs. On my 44 list (a few years away) they would be top.

Coachdad said...

My new favorite post of yours .... Happy Birthday!

Braja said...

OMG, you take 27 outta there and I wrote that list...

Happy birthday little sis :)) Mwahhh!

HLiza said...

Wow..44 is a wise age! Happy coming birthday Diane..love the list except the puppy breath and lambs..I have phobia of furry animals. I smell something about the Republican..no?

A Woman Of No Importance said...

I am so, so pleased that you are sorted, and would it surprise you to know that we would have practically the same list of 44, except mine would be 45! So you can have Gerard Butler to yourself, for your birthday - I hope you have a wonderfully happy one, Diane - love and birthday hugs x

Protege said...

Glad to hear that your plumbing is in order.;))
And I can't help but wondering whether that Republican might still become someone serious in the future. Just a hunch.;)
I love all the things you list, they could have been mine.
And a very "early" happy Birthday, my friend.;)))

Sometimes Sophia said...

Loved the list... we agree on all but the puppy breath. Thrilled to hear that your cup runneth over again fresh and clear.

44? My MIL would say, "That's a big number!" (Not really, though.) Prime time is more like it. SO ENJOY!! Especially on your birthday. Have a happy, happy day and year!

Shanna said...

Puppy breath?! Ew! ;)

Happy Birthday!! 44 sounds lucky to me and why haven't we seen this new cut and color? Hm??

Have fun on your un-romantic date. Unless of course I'm reading this late (forgot to check the date and too lazy to do it now...) in which case I hope you DID have fun on the red wine/dessert date with the republican ;)

theoddduckling said...

Just in case I disappear from bloggyland again happy early birthday and I hope you have a lovely date with the Republican.

I agree with 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17,20, 23, 28, 29, 32, 33, 39, 40, and 44.

Amy McMean a.k.a McSunshine said...

Well good thing you didn't have to kill anyone and dump them in the ditch. Glad to hear you have your water back. Happy early birthday!

Heather said...

I love most of those things, too! And Gerard Butler... mmmmm, yummy! Netflix actually deliverd a movie of his yesterday that I fully intend on watching tonight - Rock n Rolla? It seemed to pass to DVD fairly quickly, but with him in it, it has to be good. And if it sucks, I'll just put it on mute and watch. :)

Heather said...

OH and I almost forgot... Happy early birthday!!!!!

Julie said...

Thanks for spreadin the love today...glad it's a good day for you!

Jenners said...

Happy Happy Birthday!

Your list made me so happy! I love all those things too ... but I didn't realize them til you painted such beautiful images in my mind.

Enjoy your non-date. Splurge on the dessert!

And I'm going to link to your breast cancer walk page in my Writer's Workshop tomorrow! You will definitely make your goal ... I'm sure!

mo.stoneskin said...

Nah I'm not your friend Todd. I live in a place called Shoreham, but given the fact that everything in our country is built by a couple of companies that could explain the similarity!

mo.stoneskin said...

Todd and I should meet, all though it might lead to a deadly conversational spiral of death. Glad you know Shoreham :)

mo.stoneskin said...

Twice a year to this shoddy little island? Crumbs.

mo.stoneskin said...

Is this kinda blog convo permitted? I mean it must confuse the hell out of people!!

hautepocket said...

Dude, is it weird that I put your birthday on my calendar so that I don't forget to send wishes your way?

swenglishexpat said...

44! Pah, nothing! I don't think I could even think the number of things I love. Before I get to the end of the list I've forgotten the first ones. I was 17 when you were born!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY girl! ;-)

LMN said...

I am so with you on the puppy breath, hardwood floors, handwritten letters, and the magazines. Yes! What a perfect afternoon that would make.

And hurray for plumbers!!!