November 06, 2006


Alton Brown
speaking Swedish
the Crunchwrap (CaliValley even got a comment from the creator of the Crunchwrap)
the cast of The Magnificent Seven
anything that comes out of Butters' mouth
the stupid grin I get when I hear "Burning Love" or "Mmmbop"
Robertson Davies
chocolate iced rings from Dunkin Donuts
opening a jar of new peanut butter
Wes Anderson
knitting for babies
Old 97s
the very first and very last discs of episodes of Futurama
Jimmy Stewart
John Doe
When Lileks told Salam Pax "F**k you"
the squirrel in the Hoodwinked! trailer who says dee-na-meee-tay
buying postage stamps
high and tight haircuts

Most of the time, this blog feels like it's just me and Will. I noticed that AWTM asked her lurking readers to de-lurk and comment once on one post. (She got 25 people to chime in, but she has more readers than I do.) I thought that was such a fun idea that I'd like to do the same. Tell me something you love too.

(This post inspired by trying the opposite of a Piece of Crap List. I'll do one of those one day too.)

Posted by Sarah at November 6, 2006 01:41 PM | TrackBack

Seeing as I JUST de-lurked on the other post, does this count? What timing.

I love leaf piles and cold weather.

Posted by: Sabbrielle at November 6, 2006 01:55 PM

I love Mormons too! Everytime I would see them in Germany I would run up to them and say "hi!" They used to be a bit freaked out, but it was so great seeing someone from home. And man, their mission is hardcore. If you have been sent to mission in a country where they speak a foreign language and the government has pretty much been open about its distaste for all denominations outside of Protestants and Catholics, you are pretty brave in my book.

Posted by: CaliValleyGirl at November 6, 2006 01:58 PM

I love my boys, my soldier, welcome home ceremonies, babies, smiles, reality TV shows and Christmas morning.

I also love your blog...Thank God there is someone on this earth that feels so strongly about the same kind of issues I do. Thank God you have the courage to express your views in such a mature and intelligent venue. You always say exactly the right things and it seems like that's just how I feel too!

Posted by: Angie at November 6, 2006 02:28 PM

I never thought I'd see Wes Anderson and Mormons right next to each other on a list. So congratulations - you've blown my mind once again. BTW, have you seen the South Park about Joseph Smith? It's a classic.

Anyway, my Anderson favs in order:

1. The Life Aquatic
2. Rushmore
3. The Royal Tenenbaums
4. Bottle Rocket (this is my girlfriend's Favorite Movie Ever)

Posted by: Will at November 6, 2006 04:17 PM

1) Indiana University Basketball.

2) Popcorn that isn't microwaved.

3) Curbside trash pick up. Seriously,
how amazing is that? Put it out and
someone takes it away forever.

4) Election day. Even if it's just for
the local school board,I love that I
get a say.

5) The Public Library. All sorts of books
on about any topic you wish.

6) Dogs. My dog,my neighbor's dogs,Charlie.
I don't trust people who don't like dogs.

7) I love that I am a citizen and NOT a subject.
I love that if I met the Queen,it would be
wrong to curtsy to her,because TECHNICALLY
she is my peer.

8) The internet. Big brother isn't watching us,
George Orwell. We're watching him.

9) I love the kindness and decency of the
average American. I love the generosity
and spirit of volunteerism I see coming
from regular folks.

10) I love that yesterday I stopped in to "The
Woodchuck IGA" out in the middle of NOWHERE
and there,over the register,was the photo
of the soldiers with the "HELP US JON CARRY"
sign. The WOODCHUCK IGA people. See #8 for
how this very recent photo happened to be

Posted by: MaryIndiana at November 6, 2006 04:56 PM

I love living in America, the sound of rain, bear hugs, being pregnant, and the Green Bay Packers.

Posted by: Jen D at November 6, 2006 05:05 PM

I am glad you love Mormons, even if they are not "practicing".

I like clean sheets
hot baths
laughing and happy well behave children
smell of new babies
welcome home kisses
good books
a fantastic book
when I find a letter and no bills in the mail
orange leaves

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at November 6, 2006 05:28 PM

I love Wes Anderson, and think he should do a movie about Mormans leaving Utah and moving to Germany

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at November 6, 2006 05:29 PM

First time commenter, long time reader and enjoyer of your blog.
I love being an American
I love that my kids are now officially grown (24 and 21) and the pressure is off me - what they make of their lives is now up to them!
I love the way the internet has brought the whole world right into our homes and destroyed the hold elitists once had on information and how it was disseminated.

Wait- I forgot I did once comment before. So this isn't my official first post!

Posted by: Amy at November 6, 2006 06:41 PM

Things I love:

1. My soldier
2. My kids (Frick and Frack)
3. My family
4. My job (it can happen)
5. My friends
6. The rain
7. Fall and Winter
8. ALL babies (the smell too)
9. My life
10. and last but not least.....I love me!

Posted by: Vonn at November 6, 2006 09:14 PM

Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage.

Posted by: Eric Chen at November 6, 2006 10:18 PM

I love:
--my soldier
--my three children
--Election Day
--Blue Bell Ice Cream
--that after a BBA and a MBA I am done with school....for now
--my parents for giving me a great start in life that a lot of people don't get. I hope that I am making them proud with what I have done so far. I miss you Dad!
--Love your blog and many others that I read
--I also love being a military wife and I love that my hero is also my husband and my best friend.

Hmmm.....I'm sure there is a lot else, like I would love to have a couple hours of sleep but until DH comes home that is out of the question!

Posted by: Curly26 at November 6, 2006 10:21 PM

I love:
1. My family
2. Interesting conversations with my daughter
3. Our dog Toby
4. Flowers
5. Rain at night
6. Genealogy
7. A beautiful snowy day
8. Babies
9. Traveling to new places
How's that?
Your Mama

Posted by: Nancy at November 6, 2006 11:12 PM

A stack of new books and a 2 week vacation.
Freshly mowed grass.
Hugh Hewitts quotations at the beginning of each hour...especially Aragorn's "St Crispin Day" speech..."Stand Men of the West"
Chocolate cake and a good cup of coffee
The Internet...especially blogs...milblogs
Trying to Grok was the first blog I read.

Posted by: Mary*Ann at November 7, 2006 12:04 AM

1. God
2. Going to church on regular days
3. My daughters
4. My ex-wife
5. My parents
6. America
7. Cats and dogs
8. Talk radio
9. Trying to Grok
10. Early Heinlein
11. Andre Norton

Posted by: Don at November 7, 2006 12:33 AM

Things I love
1. Opening a new can of coffee.
2. Kittens and Puppies
3. Finding a new (or undiscovered by me) book by an old author.
4. Sunrise
5. Having a family & home to come home to.
6. My wife.
7. My cat who come to ME to have his ears scratched.
8. The ability to ignore or pay attention to the world around me and the freedom to do so.
9. Being able to walk into a grocery store and buy food without having to grow it myself.
10. Technology.

Posted by: SciFiJim at November 7, 2006 12:59 AM

Delurked, cha cha cha.

Still lovin' yer blog. Thanks for the great posts.

Posted by: JACK ARMY at November 7, 2006 01:25 AM

An occasional poster, but every day reader:

Opinion Journal
trying to grok
The Bleat

I love your positive attitude, your sacrifice, your honor and morals, and how young and enthusiastic you are! (I've got about 20 years on you.) I love how in love you and your husband are. I love how you put yourself out there and say what you believe (not easy these days!).


puppy tummies
baby pectoral fat rolls
a good thunderstorm
how my lawn looks after a good mow
community on Scrappleface

The Grace of God

blog on.....

Posted by: MargeinMI at November 7, 2006 07:03 AM

I love:

* Peanut butter and cheese.
* Big machines. DC-3s, earthmovers, whatever.
* Violin solos, whether in Gaelic folk music, bluegrass, whatever.
* Debating ethics and philosophy, as long as we use small words ;) On a larger scale, I like reasoned debate, not slanging matches.
* Sci-fi, fantasy, and history.
* Zombies, giant robots, pirates, kittens, and ninjas. But hey, who doesn't?

Posted by: Hiraethin at November 7, 2006 07:27 AM

I think (But I don't recall now..)I posted on your blog once last week. I love it. So I am not sure if this is officially de-lurking..

Things I Love.
1) my husband and 2 girls
2) the smell of fresh cut grass
3) Laughing
4) the song "When you say nothing at all" (Duet version by Alison Krauss and Keith Whitely)
5) reminiscing with friends

Posted by: Keri at November 7, 2006 09:55 AM

I've been reading your blog regularly for a while now and commented a few times. So, you know I love trying to grok.

Other things I love are:

God's mercy and grace.
My wonderful husband of 27 years (so far).
Our two beautiful daughters.
My huge extended family.
Alabama football(Roll Tide) even when we lose.
Seeing Old Glory flying over our embassy when I'm in a foreign country.
The fact that there are still people who understand that there are some things worth fighting for.
A rainy day at home, cuddling with my hubby and watching old movies.
Books and libraries.
The internet.

I could go on and on. But, that's a good start on the things I love.

Posted by: Pamela at November 7, 2006 10:08 AM

I love it when a plan comes together.

Posted by: Bob at November 7, 2006 06:14 PM

Jag älskar Amerika.

Och mina barn, min fru, mörk choklad, J&B, pizza med Bud, RHCP, att vara en neocon, Italien, frihet, att blogga, Battlefield 2142, svensk sommar, vara DJ på fester, kräftor, och alla som tjänstgjort i Irak.

Hope you enjoy reading Swedish as much as speaking it, Sarah ;)
Sorry to all for not making sense.

Posted by: Anders at November 8, 2006 11:48 AM

My soldiers
Hammock and a good book on a warm day
Fresh laundry
Cat purring

Thanks for the blog and for your and your husband's service keeping the rest of us safe in our beds.

Posted by: Molly at November 8, 2006 08:11 PM

Sarah, I love Alton Brown too!!
I love the movie Office Space, and this line in particular:
Peter: I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.

Posted by: Kate at November 9, 2006 05:37 PM

I love...

My husband, friends and family
My dog
Babies when they laugh
Crisp fall mornings
Pumpkin cheesecake
Learning something new
Taking a great photo
The way the Army has shaped me
Oh and Gluehwein

Posted by: Household6 at November 10, 2006 09:25 PM