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100 Things I Love

I loved writing this post in 2018 for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is that having a list of things you enjoy in one place is quite convenient. I’ve referred to this list (which is still in my phone notes) several times over the last two years.

First published November 30, 2018

The day before Thanksgiving, I came across a blog post by Jennifer P. Williams, whom I had never heard of before.

100 Things I Love.

Simple enough, yet full of amazing things to well, love.

It inspired me to make my own 100 things I love list in my phone, adding items here and there as I thought about them.

Let me tell you, it’s been a lot of fun to thinking about things that tickle my fancy, and it made me think maybe we should all have a list of 100 things we love on our phones.

100 Things I Love

  • Going to the city with my little family the week of Thanksgiving
  • Sunny days
  • The first snow
  • A house full of people
  • Routine
  • Laying on the couch watching movies
  • Foot rubs
  • The smell of a spice shop
  • Chocolate chip pancakes and bacon
  • Coffee
  • Buddy snuggling against my legs

  • Holding my daughters’ hands
  • Mike’s laugh
  • Pandora Sunday Brunch playlist
  • Rum and coke
  • Cold pizza
  • Back scratches
  • The first 15 minutes of a professional massage
  • The first night of daylight savings time in March, when it’s light out until after 7
  • The smell of the house after the windows have been open all-day
  • Homemade pasta Alfredo
  • Steak on the grill
  • Singing loudly in the car with Anna
  • California sunshine
  • Destin, Florida
  • Waffle House
  • The lights of the Christmas tree

  • All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
  • The smell of coffee brewing
  • The smell of Thanksgiving food when you walk into your mom’s house
  • Leftover turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving
  • Warm cookies out of the oven
  • Trader Joe’s freezer section
  • Shopping on Christmas Eve morning for last minutes
  • The scent of our church after the candles have been blown out
  • The memories of the first Christmas Mike and I shared
  • The smell of cedar outside after it has rained
  • When Rebecca and I burst out laughing and can’t stop
  • State Street in Chicago
  • Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Sausage Pizza
  • Eating at Pizano’s pizza on Madison Street

  • Dipping spaghetti with marinara into ranch dressing
  • The sound of the ocean
  • The smell of earth after a long winter
  • The first buds on a tree

  • Birds singing
  • World Market
  • The smell of suntan lotion
  • That we have a goldfish older than Ella
  • The television show My Grandmother’s Ravioli
  • When Anna does my makeup
  • Anything and everything to do with Dolly Parton
  • Hulu
  • Date nights that include a Target run and a stop at Starbucks
  • Whiskey
  • Fresh salsa and chips
  • Heartwarming television commercials
  • My teenager allowing Mike and me to hang out with her and her friends
  • Laying in Ella’s bed with her on a sunny winter day, listening to music
  • When Ella puts lotion on my legs and feet
  • Red church doors

  • Lunches alone with my mom
  • My dad’s jokes
  • Mike’s chocolate chip cookies
  • The refrigerator after going to the grocery
  • Homemade bread
  • Wendy’s chili
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Easter lilies
  • Door County Wisconsin
  • Impromptu dinner parties
  • Target Dollar Spot
  • Friends who’ve become family

  • Horses hooves on pavement
  • Clean sheets
  • Marching bands in parades
  • Our church on Christmas Eve
  • Bonfires

  • The first full day of summer
  • The sound of tree frogs
  • The sound of a train horn in the distance
  • The smell of fresh tar
  • My grandma’s beef and noodles
  • God and Jesus
  • Children singing spontaneously
  • Buddy’s excitement when we come in the door
  • Nibbles sleeping curled in a ball
  • Eating outside at a restaurant

  • Pedicures
  • A package on the front porch
  • John Hughes movie marathons
  • Burnt marshmallows
  • The smell of flowers, especially hyacinth and lilac
  • People who kiss you on the cheek when they hug you (my dad is one)
  • Big Mac’s
  • My mom’s tuna salad
  • The poem Footprints
  • Creaky wood floors
  • Essential oils (especially peppermint)
  • Being a mommy

I could add so many more.

I believe I will.

28 thoughts on “100 Things I Love”

  1. I’m gonna! I’m gonna! Count me in on this fabulous idea. And then you can just look at the list from time to time and feel amazing. ❤


  2. Here are some things that I love about this post: so many of things you love are smells, and every time you mentioned one, I could instantly connect with it. You love things that are super small and things that are larger than life. So much of your love revolves around the simple things that your family members do, and mostly they are things that they do without trying.

    I love that you took the time to do this. If it feels this good to revel in the things that you love, as a reader, it must be that much more amazing to reflect on this list as the one who wrote it!


      1. OK so two years later Ani is not as eloquent as two years ago Ani 😂 That mozzarella stick though, surprised I didn’t comment on the luxuriousness of it already.

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      2. OK so two years later Ani is not as eloquent as two years ago Ani 😂 That mozzarella stick though, I’m surprised I didn’t comment on the luxuriousness of it already.

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