You may or may not remember the television show “Ed.” A quirky little show from the early 2000's; a NY City lawyer who divorces his wife and moves back to his home town, a small town in Ohio. He spends most of his time when not lawyering (his office is in the bowling alley he purchased in episode 1), pursuing the girl of his dreams, Carol Vessey, high school teacher, who went away and returned home.
The show's been a great easy watch, enjoyable and fun. That is until today's episode called the “The Proposal.” As you'd expect, Ed, the bowling alley attorney, proposes to Carol, after four seasons of back and forth. She says yes and that's not the point. What struck me in this episode is in his quest to create the perfect proposal, he finds a list his bride-to-be wrote when she was 16 years old; a list of her favorite things.
I've been trying for the last year to reinvent myself. Let all the difficulties of my life wash away, rediscover myself, who I am, what I like. And as I watched this episode, as Ed gave Carol her twenty-five favorite things, I wondered to myself, “What are my favorite things? What do I like?”
In no particular order:
- I love shoveling the snow. Forget the great workout or the drudgery. When it's snowing those big, fluffy, white flakes and its warm out, without the bitter strong winds, I love going outside and shoveling the snow. But only the first snow fall. After that forget it. I'd rather stay inside and watch a movie on the couch under a warm blanket, or see number two.
- After the first snow fall and I'm sick of the snow and the cold, I love taking a vacation somewhere warm. What I love is that first step outside the plane and into the heat. It feels so…there are no words for that hot blast of heat.
- Spending time by the ocean, lake or river. Stop laughing. I know I'm afraid of water. What I'm really afraid of is being IN the water, not on the water. Having said that, I love boat rides, walking along the edge of the water collecting shells, watching the dolphins swim, or eating at a restaurant that's right on the water. I love the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. Sitting along the shoreline of the ocean, where the world feels so big, the possibilities are endless.
- Musicals, concerts, operas. I love live music, beautiful costumes, the voice of a really great singer, a well written song. I wish I could sing, alas, I sound like a dying cat.
- Reading a book that makes me laugh, or cry, one that I can't put down and wish it never ended. One that inspires.
- The first bite into a chocolate covered strawberry, when it drips all over you.
- Really great barbecue. Brisket, ribs, pork, it doesn't matter.
- Homemade chicken soup. My soup. Yummmm…..
- Coloring I've had adult coloring books long before they became the new thing. It's mindless, it's colorful and relaxing.
- I've always loved fabrics. I love the color, the mix and match of patterns. When I was 9, I bought a pin cushion at a garage sale. It had three different coordinating fabrics. I didn't sew but that round pin cushion just pleased me.
- Yoga and meditation. I love the traditional music, the soft lighting, the quiet inside my head. And for the hour and 10 minutes, it's all about me.
- Fresh flowers. My favorite flower is the Shasta daisies. I love lacy flowers that grow on the side of the road, or wildflower/butterfly gardens. Their free and wild.
- Apple picking and all things associated with it including apple cider donuts and apple pie, drinking warm apple cider and eating freshly picked apples on a clear fall day.
- Eating my way through summertime fairs. Who doesn't love funnel cakes, corn dogs, and well, just any fried food.
- I love listening to the rain fall in the early morning when it's still dark outside. If that doesn't work, listening to the shower in the dark is about the same.
- Sitting in my aunt's lanai (screened in patio) and reading, sleeping or watching the alligator in the pond, sun itself. There's something about the heat, the breeze and the sun. It's like vacation.
- Antiquing. I love strolling the booths and finding that one item that I've been looking for, for years. I love the hunt, the history, the remembrance and finding really cool old things. Once when Pluto was still considered a planet, I found an astronomy book from 1898 and guess who wasn't discovered yet.
- Eating fresh baked bread, cookies and brownies right out of the oven. Sweet, gooey and yummy. Actually, eating raw batter is pretty fabulous too.
- Strolling through independent bookstores. My favorite sections, are occult, mythology and philosophy. I'd also stroll new book stores and libraries. It's like the world is at your finger tips, sometimes the casual stroll is far more preferable to the click of the internet.
- Chicago – I love walking along Lake Shore Drive, taking a bus or boat tour, walking through Chinatown, watching the fireworks from the top of the John Hancock building and eating some favorite Chicago foods. You know, deep dish pizza and Chicago style hot dogs.
- Sparkly things. My phone case has rhinestones. I was asked once if I was a 12 year old girl. Yes. Yes I am…
- A dam hike. Moraine State Park is about a half hour from my house. We walk from the parking lot to the dam, hang out, and eat ice cream before taking the hike back. It's about four miles and a beautiful little walk. Actually I really like hiking. One time we hiked through Zion National Park, stopped at the river, took off our shoes and waded through the river. You never know what will happen until you just move.
- Traveling. Did you read all the stuff about the beach? I like traveling, meeting new people. In a small town in Austria while eating dinner, we were asked if another couple could join us because the restaurant was out of tables. We said yes and had a great conversation with a couple from England. One of my favorite things to do when I'm out of the country is go into a local grocery store. You learn so much about a culture in a grocery store. And you learn that in this country, we have choices. Lots of them.
- Watching the television show Outlander. The character in full dress, Jamie Frazier is the most beautiful man I've ever seen.
- Writing, creating. And when the story comes together, it's the greatest feeling when it works out.