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Sunday, July 01, 2007

100 Things I Like

I'm sorry I've been away so long.
It's been a stressful month what can I say.

I put this list of 100 things I like together as part of an email conversation with a friend but I found the exercise so interesting that I thought I'd post it up here and see what my readers have to say about it. It takes time to write up 100 different things you like (note this is not my TOP 100) but it's a lot of fun to think about all the things in life that you enjoy.

Anyway feel free to ask me questions about the list in the comments or to post up a list of 100 things you like on your own blog, it's a lot of fun.

strawberry ice cream
a good laugh
the sound of the ocean
veal chops (even though I feel bad about it conceptually)
Good Eats - the food science/cooking show
going barefoot
bass guitar!

the colgate 360 toothbrush (seriously it's the best toothbrush ever)
Steve Martin
old photos
wood floors
ice skating
fresh tomatoes

Harrison Ford Circa 1981
Aretha Franklin
Rosh Chodesh
The Oxford English Dictionary
good dreams
high-top sneakers

sleeping in
Dr. Who
ping pong
found money
sharpie markers
road trips
old friends
Perkei Avos

New notebooks
Ticonderoga Pencils
Hot Showers
Clean Sheets
Chuck Palahuniak Novels (even though they freak me out a little)
Down Comforters (although I don't own one myself)

Hot drinks
OK GO Videos
Wired magazine
Pearl Paint
Cabbage soup
Long walks
People who carry a fountain pen (and actually use it!)
Tiger balm
Having my own washer and dryer

Backpacks (I carried a backpack instead of a purse for most of my life - I guess eventually I was forced into the adult world but I still don't like it!)
playing scales
"The Shawshank Redemption"
Gerber daisies
water lilies
making myself useful

My birthday
Kids and Babies
Buttered Popcorn (in small quantities)
Singing with the Radio
Time alone
Games and Puzzles
Candle light
Day dreaming

This American Life (the radio show)
Figuring things out the hard way
Fresh air and sunlight
The Yucatan Peninsula (I've never been there I just like how it sounds)
New Music
Kurt Vonnegut
re-reading old letters

Small victories
The Toyota Yaris
getting organized
maps and globes
talking things out
giving blood
loyal pets
feeling lucky

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At 5:38 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

Sorry the formatting is all screwy I think I forgot how to blog.


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At 2:13 AM, Blogger Holy Hyrax said...

Welcome back. You've been missed.

Remind me to yell at you later for the veal chop.


Maps and Globes, I love it myself. I am looking for one of those really old looking world maps to frame in our home.

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice list, and welcome back!

For some reason this list is making me think of the old Mr. Rogers song:

"It's you I like,
It's not the things you wear,
It's not the way you do your hair--
But it's you I like
The way you are right now,
The way down deep inside you--
Not the things that hide you..."

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Shifra said...

TMBG = They Might Be Giants

Elie - when I was a little girl I used to think that was just the nicest song ever.

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Nice list, Shifra...

Having my own washer/dryer - I don't know if most people can appreciate that one, but we sure can...!

Pirkei Avos - :)

Down Comforters - :( I think this is a guy/girl thing. Guys boil, girls are cozy.

And there's nothing like reminiscing.

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At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice list. I agree with much of it. I particularly like fireflies. It's something I wouldn't have thought of if I had made my own list but it makes me a little bit happier every time one lights up the night.

Ezzie- I'm a guy and I like down comforters. Just thought you should know that.

Oh and welcome back, Shifra. We missed ya!

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Ayelet said...

Wow! I do believe we might be kindred spirits or something!

wood floors (and no carpets - especially shag)

The Oxford English Dictionary (but my new favorite is Garner's Modern American Usage - absolutely awesome).

sleeping in (I do believe that must be universal).

found money (I used to "hide" twenty-dollar bills in odd places and in my coat pockets. Seeing as how my memory stinks, I would always be delightfully surprised when I found them at the beginning of the winter season. It was also a great way to lighten the tedium of pre-Pesach cleaning.)


sharpie markers

Pesach (always my favorite holiday. I think it's the grandness of the seder. There's such a royal atmosphere.)

Ticonderoga pencils (Which hardness is your fave?)

Hot Showers

Clean Sheets (must be cool and crisp)

Down (not Comforters) pillows (I'm with Ezzie on the heat issue.)

email (majorly preferred over telephone correspondence)

Backpacks (I hate carrying a purse! I've only started recently because I couldn't handle my mother's pestering any longer. Also, during the warm weather, I have no pockets to stuff my wallet - a mens' style billfold - into.


"The Shawshank Redemption"

Games and Puzzles (Crosswords rule!)

Fresh air and sunlight


old photos (You don't want to be in line after me to look at the photo album. I take forever to look through them.)

maps and globes (I have a world map hanging in my kitchen.)

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Elie said...

You are tagged with the "Meme of Eight". Have fun with it!

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Jack Steiner said...

Good list.

At 7:04 PM, Blogger Holy Hyrax said...

are you sure its a good list Jack? I mean, the poor girl dident include WAFFLES, chaz veshalom.

At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you came back for this?! go back to sleep.

At 2:03 PM, Blogger miriamp said...

Shifra, my husband still carries a backpack (not a briefcase -- but he's a computer guy so he gets away with it) and my diaper bag is a backpack, and my purse... well, I go back and forth depending on how much stuff I'm shlepping around with me besides the diapers. But I definitely have a backpack that is mine that I sometimes still use. But only one strap, because I was a kid in the 80s, and it was sooooo uncool to use both straps.

At 2:17 PM, Blogger Scraps said...

Welcome back! I hope your life gets less stressful.

I like a lot of the same things, too. :)

At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good idea and welcome back.

At 8:32 PM, Blogger RaggedyMom said...

RaggedyDad uses a backpack for work (though technically he is a night school student) and I use a backpack instead of a diaper bag. And although I also grew up in the time when one strap was the only cool way to go, I've since resorted to both straps. Gotta love the uncontorted shoulders look.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

I use a backpack for my laptop...even on business trips.

Complete with orange streamer hanging off the back :)

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Holy Hyrax said...

The doctor told me no more backpacks for me. Not after, the "incident"

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Guilty Secret said...

Wow, that is such a cute list and it really got me thinking about the bright side of life. Thanks.

At 12:03 PM, Blogger Tempo said...

This list was fun! It inspired me to post one of my own. A new meme?

At 4:45 AM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Holy Hyrax: The incident where you rescued me from terrorists?

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Holy Hyrax said...

>Holy Hyrax: The incident where you rescued me from terrorists?


It was something horrendously unholy. My doctor has stated its better I not talk about it.

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cabbage soup and spreadsheets? To each their own...

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Chana said...

This is such a nice list! Maybe it should be the new meme- "things I like." :-)

At 3:04 AM, Blogger Jack Steiner said...

Oops, there seems to be a problem with new posts. ;)

At 2:17 AM, Blogger Holy Hyrax said...

Hmmmm.... Crowd is getting restless. Looks like I will have to take charge.

Ok people, many moons ago, Shifra posted a list about stuff she wants to write about. Baruch Hashem, we read about the bath towel and types of hot chanies. Now, I say we continue the list on our own.

Next up:

"Things NOT to say to your wife in bed"

get to it.

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Jack Steiner said...

"Things NOT to say to your wife in bed"

Somehow this is going to get me in trouble.

At 12:08 AM, Blogger Hila said...


Is everything ok? We haven't seen you in over 2 months now! I hope all is well.


At 11:40 PM, Blogger Holy Hyrax said...

Vanilla Ice, ice baby.

At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Viagra Online Without Prescription said...

Ok, I could say: a good book on the morning, ice cream, a kiss from your girlfriend, your dog's greetings, a good laugh (I love that too). And the list would go on and on til infinite!


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