30 Things I Love Right Now: [09.22.11]

  1. Zest…
  2. Grit…
  3. Self-control…
  4. Social Intelligence…
  5. Gratitude…
  6. Optimism…
  7. Curiosity…
  8. R.E.M. retrospectives…
  9. Retrospectives in general…
  10. The dead rose Ms. Rinke-Hammer gave me (it was living when she gave it to me)…
  11. Specifically how its petals are now a sepia-toned yellow and striated…
  12. The word: striated
  13. The word: sepia
  14. My blood doctor…
  15. The migratory patter of great white clouds…
  16. What I meant to say in #15 was: “The migratory pattern of great white clouds” (which I also love) but “The migratory patter of great white clouds” was too happy an accident to delete…
  17. Brackets. With arrows attached…
  18. Dotted lines…
  19. An Expo dry-erase marker with plenty of ink (sadly: there are too few of these in my life these days)…
  20. Lowercase (lowercase?!) letters…
  21. Buzzcuts…
  22. Earthquakes…
  23. Birds…
  24. Snakes…
  25. Aeroplanes…
  26. Lenny Bruce (is not afraid)…
  27. Eye of a hurricane…
  28. Listen[ing] to [my]self churn…
  29. Feeling pretty psyched…
  30. Leonard Bernstein!

 

 

30 Things I Love Right Now: [09.14.11]

  1. Peppermint tea (iced)…
  2. Split-pea soup…
  3. Projects…
  4. When my dog smells like sun…
  5. Walking up and down hills…
  6. Serendipity…
  7. Chaos theory…
  8. Arcadia by Tom Stoppard…
  9. Alfred Hitchcock…
  10. Sam Amidon…
  11. Lisa Hannigan…
  12. “Teeth”…
  13. Teeth…
  14. “Cold Water”…
  15. Cold water…
  16. Potential…
  17. Kinetic..
  18. Energy…
  19. Vivid dreams…
  20. Shared spaces…
  21. Dictionary definitions…
  22. Patterns and recognizing them…
  23. Lying low…
  24. Playing the percentages…
  25. Eustace Conway…
  26. Elizabeth Gilbert…
  27. Making people write sonnets!
  28. Pizza…
  29. Setting a pace…
  30. When the pace is just a smidgen faster than what’s comfortable.

30 Gastronomical Nouns

  1. Prosciutto…
  2. Paring knife…
  3. Roasted tomatoes and garlic…
  4. Whataburger…
  5. Cinnamon…
  6. Wheat…
  7. Cream…
  8. Frank Stitt…
  9. Sag Aloo Palak…
  10. Cracker Barrel…
  11. Scallions…
  12. Gas burners…
  13. Poblano peppers…
  14. Pears ripening in a paper bag…
  15. Oatmeal…
  16. Mole sauce…
  17. Salad spinner…
  18. Cast-iron skillet…
  19. Sea salt…
  20. Cumin…
  21. Braised meat…
  22. Limes…
  23. Biscuits…
  24. Eggs…
  25. Cutting board…
  26. Julienne strips…
  27. Hummus…
  28. Fatoush…
  29. Sheet cake…
  30. Chocolate ice cream.

30 Things I Love Right Now: [08.31.11]

  1. Cutting the grass…
  2. Really: having cut the grass…
  3. Impromptu pilgrimages…
  4. Old friends…
  5. Clean (linty) blankets…
  6. Sandwiches of all kinds, but especially: hearty ones…
  7. Things that are tart…
  8. Clarification…
  9. Clarity…
  10. The primacy of image…
  11. Projects…
  12. Conversations (as an idea.)…
  13. Faux-paella…
  14. Leftovers…
  15. Travelling even though it stresses me out sometimes…
  16. Road trips (as a subset of travelling.)…
  17. Blacksburg, VA (as an idea.)…
  18. Blacksburg, VA (as a place too.)…
  19. 13” by Big Star…
  20. 13 (as an idea.)…
  21. Fall (aka: Autumn) in Alabama (as an idea. or aspiration.)…
  22. Punctuation as a kind of scoring (as in: musical score.)…
  23. Footnotes…
  24. Also endnotes…
  25. David Foster Wallace (as an idea. at the very least.)…
  26. Pretentious language (i.e., “The primacy of image…”)…
  27. The Second Shelf
  28. The Blue Danube
  29. Uncertainty…
  30. My book (as in: the one I’m reading.).

30 Things I Love Right Now: [08.25.11]

  1. Live music…
  2. Driving to work on a Monday (Really? Yes!)…
  3. Clean sheets…
  4. Naps…
  5. The Lures…
  6. Copper Blue by Sugar…
  7. Making decisions — or at least having made decisions, which is totally different but still…
  8. The Whole Foods hot bar…
  9. Figuring out the difference between wanting something and needing something…
  10. Not knowing what #9 really means or (especially) where it came from but there it is…
  11. And also that #9 comes from somewhere and it’s probably somewhere good…
  12. Figuring out a system for something…
  13. Tabbouleh…
  14. Also: Romaine lettuce…
  15. Drawing lines…
  16. Writing “Last Week in Review” because it helps me understand what happened and how it might help other things happen in the future…
  17. How these non-block letters are looking to me right now…
  18. The book I’m reading: Peter Guralnick’s Lost Highway
  19. How this whole sheet (which is really a half sheet) is kind of a total mess and it’s only Monday…
  20. But still: block letters…
  21. Neil Young…
  22. Also: cursive?…
  23. That I wouldn’t trade places with myself from fifteen years ago…
  24. Full-fat dairy products…
  25. Which is to say: cream…
  26. And also: Havarti…
  27. But nonfat Greek yogurt is really good too…
  28. Pencils with erasers…
  29. Erasures…
  30. 1979-1983.

30 Things I Love Right Now: [08.17.11]

  1. Green tea…
  2. Taping things to my the desk with the butcher paper on it…
  3. Uncle Tupelo
  4. Which is to say: the incessant circling back to seminal creative influences…
  5. How when my dog gets up in the middle of the night to go outside, I don’t really get frustrated anymore — but maybe that’s because I don’t really sleep through the night either…
  6. Old people and their dogs…
  7. Which is to say me and my old dog…
  8. How big and open and high the far gray wall feels…
  9. How I used feels mostly for alliterative purposes at first, even though I thought to myself that there was probably a better, less figurative word for it but then when I thought about it a little longer, feels actually is the right word all the way around…
  10. The chords for “Ain’t No Sunshine,” even though I can’t play it like Bill Withers plays it. I mean, don’t get me wrong: I can’t play it period, but the only way I can sort of play it isn’t the “right” way…
  11. Oh that and the way I can (sort of) play it is actually faster and more regular than the way he plays it, which turns things a little bit upside down for me. Fast = Good. Or so I thought. But in this case, if I was a good guitar player, I could play this particular song slower and more syncopated, which is a way of playing that I have always used to identify my lack of skill. I don’t know what any of that means, of course, but it’s interesting…
  12. That Alys Stephens Center film series thing coming up…
  13. (Not to mention Sidewalk, of course, which I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been to but this has gotta be the year)…
  14. How 30 Things is usually hard — or at least how there are sections of it that are hard, frustrating, fallow. You’re just sort of grasping at straws. But in a good way because it feels like practice with very few (if any) consequences. (Practice for what? Loving? Making words? Thinking? All of the above? Something[s] else altogether?) That’s sort of a self-serving advertisement for 30 Things, but I do, in fact, feel that and it is, in fact, a thing I love right now…
  15. My crazy Squibb’s Lesson Plan Book…
  16. Calling things that are the opposite of crazy crazy…
  17. Repeating the same word back-to-back, especially when it’s a cool-looking word like crazy
  18. How one metaphor I’ve been using to think about (and understand?) things — ghosts — is morphing into another: invisible. Noun to adjective, I guess, and ordinarily I’d like to be moving towards nouns. But still. It’s opening up the metaphor in a good way…
  19. How two (2) whole times last week, I really felt that process was more important to me than product. Or I just actually trusted that all and any manner of creative tinkerings will yield something, so I don’t have to worry right now. [Update! I felt it again on Tuesday morning when I was practicing guitar before school.]…
  20. Clean blankets…
  21. Serendipity…
  22. Discovering all those envelopes and receipts (etc) in my RMR commonplace that had all those handwritten poems on them. More the way it looked than the poems themselves…
  23. The tableau out the window, up and to the left especially: lampost. cerrated concrete of the parking deck. whatever kind of sky as a backdrop. And how all that changes all day…
  24. Week Two, which isn’t Week One (which I also loved), which means it’s really real now…
  25. Red crayon on yellow copy paper…
  26. Mornings…
  27. The new order/rhythm of the day (which I much prefer to the summer rhythm, which is a really important thing for me to remember about myself)…
  28. My new relationship to this (newish) room…
  29. “And the Healing Has Begun” by Van Morrison. The chords for it but also just the song. [Note: same goes for “Ain’t No Sunshine.”]…
  30. In fact, how trying to learn to play a song is mostly, for me, paying homage to the song itself. Which is different from writing. I can’t learn how to play a cover version of One Hundred Years of Solitude. Or I don’t know. Maybe I can.

30 Things I Love Right Now: [08.10.11]

  1. Rope lights…
  2. Space…
  3. Things that are gray…
  4. And also black…
  5. Such as: film noir
  6. Also things that are red…
  7. Block letters…
  8. The fish(es) on the wall that I don’t know for sure what they mean except to say that I take them as some sort of vague, half-smiling encouragement…
  9. The “I AM ENTERING NOW” sign…
  10. The “I AM LEAVING NOW” sign…
  11. Signs in general…
  12. And that signs can be physical things you put on a wall or a subway or a bus but they can also be just things that happen (and also things that don’t happen) in your life or else something someone says in passing. Etc…
  13. But mostly just having the sort of brain that works that way, that makes connections, even though sometimes those “connections” are spurious at best…
  14. Song” by Brigit Pegeen Kelly
  15. Big Sky bread
  16. The Wikipedia page for Portland, Oregon, where I learned that Mt. Hood is really a dormant volcano…
  17. The idea of volcanoes…
  18. Volcano” by Damien Rice…
  19. My purple Van-Morrison-Singing-Caravan-with-The-Band-in-The-Last-Waltz shirt…
  20. Caravan” by Van Morrison with The Band
  21. How sometimes lately, right after my head hits the pillow at night, it seems like I’m dreaming but I haven’t fully fallen asleep yet. Which I think is some sort of classifiable sleep disorder, but it’s actually pretty cool because the dreams are really vivid and weighted with significance. Or something…
  22. Sentimental Atom Smasher” by Darcie Dennigan…
  23. Dotted lines…
  24. That crazy bottle of hippie soap I bought that’s got all those words/quotes on it that are pretty fugue-like. [Note: the soap is liquid soap (hence the bottle), not a big ol’ cake of the stuff, and I kept trying to attach that particular adjective — liquid — to “hippie soap” but it always seemed to belong more to the “hippie” part of the equation. Liquid hippie soap. Hippie liquid soap. Just didn’t sound right. So You know. I left it off. FYI…]…
  25. Hey All You Hippies” by The Low Anthem…
  26. Notes…
  27. Noticing…
  28. Osmosis…
  29. Leftovers…
  30. The young Orson Welles.