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The Good Stuff

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These are small things that make life worthwhile even when everything else sucks:

1. Watching a cat lay in utter, sprawled-out bliss in front of the fire on a wet night.
2. Books. Always books. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for all of the books that I have loved so well and so deeply that they made whatever fucked-up state my life was in at the time bearable.
3. The smell of horses, when you put your face right up next to the skin on their neck, or put your nose next to their velvet muzzles so you can breathe their breath.
4. The smell of puppies and kittens, any baby animals that you can put your face into and smell all of the milky, soft babyness.
5. The tactile, sensual joy of touching things: silk, satin, velvet, fur, leather. I walk through clothing or fabric stores just touching things.
6. Snuggling spoon-fashion, warm in our bed.
7. Tall, slender guys with large noses. I’ve always been a sucker for a certain physical type. Add big, girly eyes, good cheekbones and long hair to the mix, and it’s perfect.
8. A good bottle of wine on Friday night after a long week.
9. Riding out, away from the roads…I miss that.
10. Seeing wildlife: deer in my backyard in Ashland, Oregon. The fox that I saw a few weeks ago in the pasture. Hawks, anywhere.
11. Dancing alone, when you can just lose yourself in the music and stop thinking.
12. Full moons at night. Tiny sliver moons at dawn or dusk.
13. Old churchyards.
14. Sleeping on the couch with my head in Phil’s lap.
15. Favourite comfort food: artichokes with mayonnaise, rare steak, lasagna, Thai food.

11 thoughts on “The Good Stuff

  1. “Tall, slender guys with large noses. I’ve always been a sucker for a certain physical type. Add big, girly eyes, good cheekbones and long hair to the mix, and it’s perfect.”

    HMPH!

    ~huff~

  2. artichokes with mayonnaise

    mmmm :) I’ve eaten 10 in the past 2-3 weeks I think. I ♥ artichoke season out here. Do they grow in the UK? can you get them over there?

  3. Add big, girly eyes, good cheekbones and long hair to the mix,

    Okay, so you’ve got a few deficiencies. Looks like you and me = her perfection…. I got the other half of the stuff on the list. Woo! shall I bring the wine and wear something velvet? You wouldn’t mind much, would ya? :P

  4. oh no fun! you could probably find pickled artichoke hearts, but that’s not the same thing AT ALL.

    Unfortunately, I suspect they wouldn’t ship over well, or might be prevented.

    I’d think the English coast would work for artichoke growing like it does out here around Salinas and Monterey. hrm. perhaps too wet there? not sure! but it’s in the thistle family, and I know THOSE are in England.

  5. >1. Watching a cat lay in utter, sprawled-out bliss in front of the fire on
    >a wet night.

    Cats are always a treat.

    >10. Seeing wildlife: deer in my backyard in Ashland, Oregon. The fox that
    >I saw a few weeks ago in the pasture. Hawks, anywhere.

    I miss ashland too!

    >11. Dancing alone, when you can just lose yourself in the music and stop
    >thinking.

    A very few times I have actually achieved this and yes it is quite blissful.

    >15. Favourite comfort food: artichokes with mayonnaise, rare steak,
    >lasagna, Thai food.

    Oh my. Mayonnaise?! I remember how worried I was last time we thought mayonnaise somehow got into the microwave and affected subsequent food in it.

    Yes I must agree that rare steak is excellent. I never knew how to cook my steak until I lived with my dad and step-mom recently and realize how much better rare was. and of course lasagna (cheese! mmm) and thai food is great. :)

    thanks for the list!
    -A

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