What’s on Your List?


I like a list. 

I like checking things off of a list, getting things done.

I was at Trader Joe’s today, had a list of at least 100 items, organized in sections the way the store is organized.  I knew to get smoked turkey because my list said it.  I knew to get cucumbers because my list said it.  As I walked by Produce, I realized we needed bananas, which were not on my list, so I quickly scribbled the word “bananas” in the fruit section of my list, then crossed the word out as soon as the bananas hit the cart. 

When I was unpacking from our Easter trip to Philly, I came across a list titled, “What Lexi Loves.”  I like this list.  For a lot of reasons. 

One reason is that my daughters worked on it together.  I picture Lexi pacing back and forth like a 1950’s businessman, dictating to her secretary (Caroline), to “Get this down!”  Caroline though, I’m certain, had as much to do with generating the ideas as Lexi.  Perhaps Caroline was testing herself, in the way of that old television show, “The Newlywed Game,” seeing how well she really knows her sister. 

I obviously like the content of the list.  I’d bet high that it’s in no particular order, because “Mommy” is listed before “Pink Doggie,” because “Grama’s cookies” are listed before Grandma herself, and because first comes God, then Cake, then Mary and Joseph, then Icecream Cake.  

I like this list because it got me thinking about list-making for other reasons.  Not just the getting-things-done reasons but the celebrating life reasons.  How great would it be if we could all keep these kinds of lists more accessible?

Here’s mine for today…in no particular order:

What I love:

  • purple
  • Ed Harris
  • good news
  • my family, flaws and all
  • sneezing
  • baseball
  • yellow roses
  • hiking with Dave
  • Italy
  • mint-chocolate-chip icecream
  • my kids’ laughter
  • odd numbers
  • the sound of wind in trees
  • Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic,” especially the bridge
  • other people’s stories

So…tell me, what’s on your list?  Just jot down a response in the comment area.  How about FIVE items–that’s a nice, odd number!


9 Comments on “What’s on Your List?”

  1. Linda says:

    It only took a little over a week to finally get a quiet moment to read this, but I loved it so much I want to give you a list now anyway. Thanks for making me think of a love list instead of all the To-Do post-it ones I have around:

    *A random hug (the run and jump ones from my kids are the best, but really I’ll take ’em from anyone)
    *Sitting on my hammock with a book or with the kids in a rare moment of calm
    *Eating a mini Dove chocolate and reading the message inside
    *A beautiful day after soo many cold ones (this week was perfect)
    *Going through the blue folders at night to see all the work the kids did at school

  2. Jacqueline says:

    Just for today, huh?

    Multi-colored peppercorns
    Warm breezes
    Pretty toes
    The sweet smile of my little girl

  3. Mary Kate says:

    1. Hot cup of coffee with French vanilla cream
    2. Laughing with my kids!
    3. A summer thunderstorm
    4. Catching a glimpse of a humming bird at our feeder
    5. Enjoying a glass of wine with my husband at the end of the day!

  4. Carrie says:

    1. The fun of kids running in the house after a day of school
    2. Planting pansies with the girls who don’t seem to feel the cold and could play in dirt and water for hours
    3. My 5 year old who loves to do “homework” this includes creating worksheets for herself and working diligently til she gets it all done. And then is so very proud of her work as she has me check it.
    4. Cleaning out closets til Midnight and the tiny feeling of accomplishment it brings
    5. The opportunity to exercise after a very lazy and overfed spring break

    51/2… How Katie always makes me think and smile:)

  5. Tina says:

    and love Van Morrison too, of course on same page with “Into the Mystic” an absolute fave.
    and our wedding song, “Someone Like You”.

  6. Tina says:

    To do is too long and of course never done,
    so some of my love list, looks like this:
    1) The wide eyed look in my childrens eyes when learning/seeing something for the first time.
    2) Chocolate milk shakes, made with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, the way my dad liked them.
    3) Pot Roast, only my mom’s (I try my best to copy).
    4) Coffee and papers early Sunday mornings with Frank
    5) Great Britain

  7. Jess says:

    my boys, all four of them, big and littles
    sunshine and warm air after a long gray winter
    laughing with friends
    (love this post too. and also workflowy.com – my favorite listmaking place)

  8. Heather says:

    1. My daughters giggling
    2. The sound and smell of the ocean
    3. Cooking for my family & friends
    4. Old family stories
    5. Europe

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