Monday, February 25, 2008

25 things

I could write a wrap-up of the Stitches West conference I went to on Saturday, but I can sum it up in one word: Malabrigo. Malabrigo Silky (half silk, half merino, in lustrous Burgundy), Malabrigo Merino Worsted (a sweater's worth in Olive!), Malabrigo Lace (lovely cobwebby baby-soft dark blue/green Vaa), and best of all, a FREE skein of Malabrigo Sock yarn, not yet released for public purchase (or even mentioned on their official website!), in the most amazing blue/green/purple colorway. I am so drooling over this stuff, y'all. I went to the Malabrigo booth and asked the vendor when the sock yarn was going to be released, and when I mentioned that I was a member of the Malabrigo Junkies group on Ravelry, he pulled out a FREE skein, all for me! Big enough for a pair of socks! Superwash merino! The colorway doesn't even have a name yet, it's just called "Test Sample" but ooooooh, all the glorious jade, turquoise, sapphire, and amethyst colors....

Anyhoo, that's not what I wanted to write about. What I really wanted to write about is a meme I saw on Keckler's blog, The Grub Report, which is really just a list: 25 things I never get tired of.

So, without further ado, here's my 25, in no particular order:
  1. Spring bulbs, pushing up through the cold gray days
  2. The smell of the earth when it rains for the first time after a long dry spell
  3. Fresh salty sea breeze on my face
  4. Cowgirl Creamery cheese
  5. Mr Wonderful's whistling. He is a master whistler. He whistles along with songs, or just when he's walking or driving or whatever, and can do these amazing Disney-animated-bird trilling noises.
  6. Throwing a bunch of stuff together randomly and coming up with a great new meal that everyone in the family enjoys
  7. The smell of lilacs
  8. Rugrat, falling asleep while leaning up against me, going all boneless and limp, and drooling just a little bit
  9. The "aha!" moment, when a puzzling programming issue at work suddenly becomes clear
  10. A buttery, melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon from Ruth's Chris Steak House
  11. That moment when you just finish a wonderful book
  12. The smell of a wood fire, especially when you're camping
  13. Right after the cleaning ladies leave, when the house is perfectly clean (before the kids get here and mess it all up again...)
  14. Hot buttered popcorn at the movie theater; I can't seem to watch a movie in the theater without it
  15. Climbing into bed every night with Mr Wonderful
  16. Exploring a new city, especially if it's somewhere that requires the use of a passport
  17. Walking through the redwoods
  18. Finishing a knitting project
  19. Heirloom tomatoes, still warm from the sun, with fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil, sea salt and cracked black pepper
  20. Road trip!
  21. Dancing with friends at a club until we're exhausted and dripping sweat
  22. Hearing a great new song on the radio
  23. Sleeping until I wake up naturally, without an alarm clock
  24. Getting a pedicure: it's a fairly cheap indulgence, and it lasts for a month!
  25. Kisses

1 comment:

winona said...

Hi Jen--
I really enjoyed your list--and reading your blog in general. I can almost feel as if I am right there with you and you are speaking to me. You are getting to be quite the writer...LOL Always~~mom~~