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Dropping the L Word Like it is Going Out of Style

Dudes, I say the L word a lot. Ha, no not loathe, although…yes, I say that a lot too. This time I actually mean the word LOVE! I still say it despite crazy attempts to only say the word heart. Sometimes it is out of control. But since I can tell you are super tired of my vacation photos, even though I have more for you, I decided today to make a list of things that I love. Because looking back on this and make a new one in a year will make me melt with happiness I decided.

So…here goes…

I love peanut butter….more specifically eating it straight from the jar like I did this morning. I love the way the smell of a campfire clings to me when camping and lingers for days afterwards, even after going through the washer.

I love old school Tetris. And the way my blankets feel after a thousand washes, even the ones with holes in them that I refuse to get rid of.

I love the feeling of someone else washing my hair and how glamorous I feel after someone professionally blow dries it for me.

I love that I traded in heavy books for a kindle that carries them all for me, cute summer dresses and cleverly named beauty products that I would never wear but debate buying when I am Ulta. I love discovering all my socks have matches after a laundry marathon.

I love bands that no one has ever heard of and finding other people who have that same love and then sharing our music secrets as if they are really secrets. I love having heard songs first before they are on the radio.

I love airports. And people watching.

I love shaken iced tea lemonade. Made with the passion tea. I love that my Starbucks drink order is longer than three syllables and I couldn’t be happier. I love the smell of movie theatre popcorn even though I hardly ever eat it. I love raisinets.

I LOVE weddings and that churches make people whisper. I love the way peonies burst rather than bloom – the fact that their blooms are so heavy they often sag with their own beauty. I love first looks and teary grooms.

I love pictures.

I love the possibility that comes with new babies, new jobs and trips taken on a whim. I love the hope that brings me every Sunday.

I love that moment when you realize you are with someone who understands what you are saying when you do not speak. I love forehead kisses and the way a boy reaches for your hand without even telling him that is what you want him to do or when he wraps you up in his arms even in a half sleep.

I love the smell of summer – of Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion and barbeques. The way my arm warms with heat when I prop it against my car window in traffic. The way new sunglasses make me feel like a movie star and the sound of flip flops snapping on tile. I love the first time I notice that winter has arrived and I love the beauty that only can be seen when your entire world is covered in a thin whisper of white, untouched snow…until my dogs destroy it all.

I love it when people compliment you on the things you have no control over, such as my pretty blue eyes, or height or love of boy bands.

I have started to really love sleeping. The sound of my passport getting stamped, the moment you realize you can’t go back – and that you are thankful for it.

And I love you. Because you are awesome.

  • July 26, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    Ali - Best post ever. I love you friend. And I may be stealing this idea 🙂

  • July 26, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    Mirtha - I love that you share the “L” word with us! You are one exceptional young lady!!

  • July 26, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    Tina Tabibi - And I LOVE reading your blog because they are so personal, fun and shows off your amazing skills! 🙂

  • July 26, 2012 - 1:38 pm

    Bekka - Dani reading your blog always puts me in a good mood. I love old school Tetris too!

  • July 26, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    Shanna - I love lists about love. This was fun. 🙂

  • July 26, 2012 - 5:53 pm

    dad - I LOVE MY DAUGHTER!!

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