Life of a Blogger: 101 Things I Love

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by Novel Heartbeat. Every week there's a new topic, not related to book blogging. This week's topic is: 101 Things I Love. (For a full list of topics - past and future - go here.)

Here they are, in no particular order:
  1. My family
  2. My cats
  3. My home
  4. Reading
  5. Bookstores
  6. The feeling of reading a book you wish would never end
  7. Sitting in the shade on a sunny day and watching happy people go by
  8. Swimming in a tropical ocean (particularly if there are turtles)
  9. Laughter and smiles
  10. Finishing a project I can be proud of
  11. Finishing a great book
  12. Reading on a stormy day 
  13. Tea
  14. Beer
  15. Chocolate
  16. Sherlock (both the British show and the character in general)
  17. Cheesy 80s movies
  18. Sharp cheddar cheese
  19. The British Museum 
  20. London in general
  21. Wandering in a new city without anywhere specific to go
  22. Old things
  23. Meeting someone new and just clicking
  24. Having a conversation so good you lose track of time
  25. Learning new things
  26. Figuring out how things work
  27. Calla lillies
  28. The smell of cinnamon buns
  29. Lip balm
  30. Colourful nail polish
  31. Teal
  32. Turquoise
  33. Dancing
  34. A great concert where you lose yourself in the music and life just.... stops
  35. The Foo Fighters (and Dave Grohl as a musician and as a dude, he seems pretty cool)
  36. My dad playing the saxophone
  37. My dad's photos
  38. My mom's lentil soup
  39. Watching mystery shows with my mom
  40. My husband's sense of humour (seriously, the guy is hilarious)
  41. My cats' (there are 3 of them) purring
  42. A sunny day with nothing to do 
  43. The feeling of life in Hawai'i
  44. The quirkiness of San Francisco
  45. The Bellagio fountains in Vegas
  46. Walking at night near the Malecon in Havana
  47. The bookstores in Chicago - and the quirky architecture
  48. Animals
  49. Elephants in particular
  50. Pandas too
  51. And horses
  52. Flannel pyjamas
  53. A cosy bed with a big fluffy blanket and fleece sheets
  54. Blankets
  55. Blank notebooks
  56. Fountain pens
  57. Beautiful penmanship
  58. Letters
  59. Graphic designs that are perfectly devised
  60. Hardwood floors
  61. The movie Amelie
  62. Random adventures
  63. Old photos
  64. Scarves
  65. Rings
  66. Flip flops
  67. A perfectly-crafted sentence
  68. Tattoos
  69. Converse
  70. Brand new hoodies that are still all soft and cosy
  71. Almonds
  72. The sound of the ocean
  73. Street art
  74. Football movies where there's a heartwarming story
  75. Sarcasm
  76. Freshly picked fruit - cherries, nectarines, peaches....
  77. The tingle of a mild sunburn
  78. Fuzzy socks
  79. Hot water bottles
  80. Fires (like in a fireplace on a winter day, not like forest fires or house fires - those I really don't like!)
  81. French and Spanish
  82. Stencils
  83. Calm
  84. Being alone
  85. Hanging out with friends
  86. Reading quietly with someone
  87. Writing
  88. Reading beloved quotes
  89. Mugs
  90. Cinnamon toast
  91. Banksy
  92. Christmas lights
  93. Deep breaths
  94. Hugs (particularly from the hubs, he gives great hugs)
  95. The sound of rain on trees or a metal roof
  96. Night swimming
  97. The Guardian newspaper (and doing the crossword with my dad)
  98. GIFs
  99. Falling asleep
  100. The end of the work day
  101. Cheesecake
 So there you have it - 101 things you may or may not have known that I like! Next week is 101 Things I Hate, so that'll be another really good list. I've got lots of ideas for that one! What quirky things do you like? Share in the comments!


  1. I wonder what music would make your world stop. Explain! :)

    I do find people watching very enjoyable. Sometimes I'll go to the old city of Munich and just sit down by the fountains in front of the palace of justice and people-watch, imagining what each person must think, where they are coming from, where they are going... and how life in the city and its inhabitants must have looked hundreds of years ago!

    1. I thought about going into specific music, but man, that would take over the whole list! I included the Foo Fighters because not only are they one of the best live shows I've ever been to (if not THE best life show), but I read a book about Dave that I really enjoyed and the band that made me really respect their philosophy, and I loved the Sound City Movie.

      But I have pretty wide and varied musical tastes. I love conscious and old skool hip hop (older Common - back in the days when he went by Common Sense - and A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli, Atmosphere, De La Soul, Pharcyde... the list goes on and on), 90s rock and brit pop, some jazz and classical, alternative rock... and so much more.

      Some great groups and artists that come to mind (other than those already mentioned) are: The Tragically Hip, Sneaker Pimps, Chase & Status, Gorillaz, Pearl Jam, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, BB King, Kings of Leon, G Love and Special Sauce, Black Keys, Shihad (also known as Pacifier), that Pharell Willaims song "Happy", Beastie Boys, Florence & the Machine, Incubus, Latyrx, The Roots... I should probably stop there. But there are a lot more. This is also a much longer answer than you wanted... after books, music is the best thing to bring up if you want me to ramble on forever!

      I love people watching. If I ever go to Munich I'll search out the palace of justice and think of you as I observe the city wandering by! It sounds amazing.

  2. Oh, I also like lentil soup. :) Have a great week!


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