Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Todd's Box O' Joy

I had one of many conversations with James last night at what we have affectionately dubbed, "The Satellite Office." I could tell you where it is, but then we'd have to eliminate you, or, we would simply make you buy a round.

The conversation was about an article in Esquire where the writer lists 25 things that give him joy and then something about putting them all in a box. I did not actually read said article, you see. I prefer GQ or Men's Health over Esquire. The discussion began to actually churn my creative and grateful juices, but after our discussion, it was time to leave, as we had once again closed the Satellite Office with a few other stragglers.

This morning I read a nice post by my buddy Alan about some of his favorite things. After reading his list, I felt inspired to put down a few items of my own that give me great joy. After a brutal summer and 3 weeks of unemployment, it has been such a relief to be working again, and not having to panic about lack of income, etc. Today I feel grateful, and so, without further delay, I will now open my "Box O' Joy," and share with you the things which warm my heart and make me happy. Here they are, in no particular order:
  1. The first cup of coffee every morning.
  2. Watching the Three Stooges with Cody.
  3. Hearing Katie, Jenna, and Christi giggle.
  4. Playing "fetch" with Jesse (my Golden Retriever).
  5. Listening to Tracy breathe as she sleeps and cuddles beside me.
  6. Having Lilly (my cat) lay on my lap.
  7. Watching football with Nicholas.
  8. Watching my dog, Sunshine, run across the yard. She looks like a rabbit.
  9. Cold beer on a hot day.
  10. A & W Root Beer floats.
  11. Staying up late and sleeping late.
  12. Visits with James where he shares the latest "Harper stories."
  13. Chick-Fil-A milkshakes (Strawberry or Peach).
  14. Hearing Cody laugh at "America's Funniest Home Videos."
  15. Diana Krall singing, "The Look of Love."
  16. Listening to Matthew talk about his day.
  17. Music from the 70s and 80s.
  18. Deep conversations with people who actually know a thing or two.
  19. Hugs.
  20. Laughing myself to tears.
  21. Apple Pie and Vanilla Ice Cream.
  22. Having all the children (including Steven) home together. They are all uniquely special to me.
  23. Thanksgiving Dinners when my grandparents were still alive.
  24. The sound of running water (except when I have to pee).
  25. Autumn colors.