November 20, 2020

A to Z of Some Favorite Things (a writing prompt)

I really feel like I need a light-hearted post today, so here goes... an A to Z list of some favorite things in life!

A - Autumn. The best time of year! Not only do I love the crisp air and pretty colors, I like seeing Halloween decorations and being able to wear comfy hoodies.

B - Board games. I go through phases where I play them all the time followed by long periods of not playing them, but ever since I was a kid I've loved playing board games. I even used to get creative and make my own.

C - Cats! I have four of them and I love their unique personalities. I don't think I could choose a favorite of them--I love them all for different qualities.

D - D.I.Y.  Doing things myself gives me a huge sense of joy and I feel pretty proud of the things I've taught myself to do over the years. 

E - Electric heating pad. I have a bad back and there really isn't anything I can do about it. However, I do love to sit with my heating pad on my back because it brings a little relief. I'm also freezing all the time, so the heating pad warms me up!

F - Friends (the TV show). The one thing that Jerry and I have in common--we love Friends! We even named all of our pets after Friends characters: Phoebe, Estelle, Chick, Duck, and Joey.

G - Giving gifts. I love to buy gifts for people! When I find something that reminds me of someone and I think they will like it, I get super giddy about it.

H - Horror movies. I'm a sucker for a good slasher film! I recently wrote a list of my favorite scary movies.

I - Ice cream. I am NEVER too full for ice cream! I have so many favorite flavors that I can't even list them. In this photo, I believe it was cake batter. We were at a local dairy farm with fresh ice cream!

J - Jerry ;) He's my favorite person. Of course!

K - Kindle Paperwhite. I have read so much since I bought it. I never thought I'd like digital books more than the regular paper ones, but I definitely converted when I got the Paperwhite. (ETA: I think it goes without saying, K for "Kids" would be too obvious--clearly my kids are most favorite things! If I was writing a gratitude list, it would be different--but this is just supposed to be a silly A to Z list.)

L - Love Languages. One of the most life-changing books I've ever read was The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman (Amazon affiliate link). It helps to understand people around you--not just your partner, but your children, friends, family. It made SO much sense to me and a world of difference in how I respond to different people in certain situations.

M - Memories! I am a nostalgic person and I love to look through old photos and watch old home videos of my family.

N - Nieces and nephews. I became an aunt in 2017 and now I have two nieces and a nephew. Now that my kids are teenagers, seeing the little ones makes me feel so nostalgic and wish I could do it all over again. (No, I'm not having more babies, haha)

O - Orange. Orange is my favorite color!

P - Pizza. The best food ever! I love so many varieties of toppings, but my go-to toppings are green pepper and feta cheese. A local restaurant makes a Reuben pizza that is to die for.

Q - Quiet. Sometimes I love having the house to myself and just relaxing with a book or writing a blog post. I have such a hard time concentrating on anything when there is noise. I am hypersensitive to noise--I have to tune out the hum of the kitchen appliances, birds chirping outside, the furnace running, etc. Having everything super quiet feels so nice!

R - Rainy days. There is something about a rainy day that makes me want to get all cozy in my pajamas, curl up with a blanket and a book or TV show, and just relax. 

S - Squirrels. I adore squirrels! Even though they live outdoors, I still consider them pets. I buy them walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and almonds--they are spoiled :) They have individual personalities, too, which are so fun to learn.

T - Thrift stores. I love shopping at thrift stores because you never know what you're going to find. You can gets some awesome deals! I've bought several designer brand articles of clothing for just a couple of bucks each.

U - Underdogs. This is a stretch, I admit, because there aren't many U-words. But I always root for the underdog where appropriate, and I love hearing stories of underdogs that come out on top.

V - Validation. I learned so much in therapy about validating others' feelings and exactly what a big difference it can make in how people feel. Most people who talk about their feelings (even something incredibly simple) want to feel heard and that their feelings are valid. I even wrote a post called "The Most Important Tool I've Learned in Psychotherapy" to explain it better because it was so life-changing.

W - Woodworking. I love to build things out of wood, especially when I can make things out of scraps. They may not be the nicest looking objects, but I have fun making them :)  This is a "fishing gear station" I made for (a fraction of) Eli's fishing stuff.

X - Xanax? Hahaha, not a lot of X words, but Xanax is kind of legit. I don't take it anymore, but it certainly helped during panic attacks or when I had to fly somewhere. 

Y - Yard sales. Just as I love thrift stores, yard sales/garage sales are so much fun because it's a mystery as to what treasures you may find.

Z - Zealousness. Maybe it's the bipolar in me, but I get very overzealous sometimes and I don't think that's a bad thing. When I have an idea, I get very excited about it! I love when people have a strong passion for something, whatever it may be. 

This was a fun list to write--as you know, I love lists :)  If you feel like leaving a comment, why not use the first letter of your name to tell me one of your favorite things that starts with that letter?

Have a great weekend! xo


  1. Melissa, M - my children

    I hope Noah and Eli don’t read your blog.

    1. Did you actually read her list? “Clearly my kids are most most favorite things!”

  2. Jayme - junk food! I know horrible for you, but I am a junk food lover. To the above commenter - how rude!

  3. That person was unnecessarily unkind, sci he is silly!!

    I love this list and it was fun to read! You’ve written about that rubens pizza before, I remember! It also makes me think of Monica’s. There was a giant frosted cookie thing you posted about a ton for a running treat and it totally motivated me to run because I wanted a big cookie treat too! 😂😂😂

  4. 😀 So clever and so cool. I guess I have been reading your blog too long because at the end of your post I felt like I knew that you loved these things already! C could have been Cats AND Cookies lol but glad you didn't make it too obvious 😉

  5. This is much harder than I thought it would be! I love Thai food, especially the curries.

  6. I love your M for Memories because I would probably do P for Photos for myself. I love having my entire life's photos scanned and on my iPhone.

    Happy Thanksgiving next week!

  7. Love the list. It made me think of my list and it brought a smile. Wouldn't have taken to time just reflect on these if you didnt post it. Thank you for giving us something fun to consider, we need to think of something other than COVID right now!

  8. I love this post! I would have to do A for Adam (my husband!) and, if we're getting a little silly here, A is also for Adam Driver (my all time celebrity crush haha). My husband is rolling my eyes at me but what I can say! He knows he's my celebrity hall pass ;)

  9. I guess Melissa was never taught the life lesson "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

    I love your list Katie.

    For me it would be S for Sister....but I also really like Salads! LOL


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