Elle Severe Presents

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

In Life, Musings, Random on August 14, 2012 by Elle Severe

On Friday night, via text, my sister challenged me to come up with 5 of my most favorite things in life.  I started off with “Well obviously my husband and two kids” and she said “No. Those are a given. I’m talking about just you”.  I thought this would be super easy because I am a miserable human being, a champion complainer and quite honestly, I don’t like anything or anyone.  I was dead wrong.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that this task was not easy; difficult even….challenging for sure.  As it turns out, I have a MILLION favorite things!  Maybe I’m not so miserable?!  Maybe I actually enjoy stuff?!  It sure seems that way because it took me until Sunday evening at about 8pm to get it down to  down my 5 favorite things in life.

Along the way I had to throw out things like a beautiful Spring night at Fenway during sunset, cotton candy at the Marshfield Fair, the smell of the ocean at high tide, the smell of lilacs in the Spring, Anna’s Fried Dough, $5 t-shirts from my favorite t-shirt store on Main Street in Hyannis, the Flying Horses carousel in Oak Bluffs on the Vineyard, frolicking in the water at Old Silver beach, lying poolside at Planet Hollywood in Vegas, napping on a crisp Fall day, ice skating at the Frog Pond in the dead of winter, hot chocolate, Irish knit sweaters, kittens, the Sun and Sand and Sage and Citrus candles from Yankee Candle, Gregg’s chocolate cake, the $7 chocolate cake from Ghiradelli that is beyond chocolatey deliciousness, cold water with a ton of ice cubes on a super hot day, air conditioning, a book that makes you want to stop the world so you can finish it and not lose any time, going up to the attic and pulling out my box of brand spanking new Reefs and trying to decide which ones will have the honor of being that summer’s go-to flip flops, my dining room table that I got at Jordan’s for free cause the Sox won the World Series (God I love that table), apple picking, pumpkins!

The smell of Fall complete with that wood burning smell, nice Fall boots, a new Fall bag, riding in the car with my husband and kids and we’re all singing super loud, my friend Claire’s Cape House, when I used to leave work and walk down Newbury and through the Garden and finally ending up at Park Street, Faneuil Hall, riding a ferry…any ferry, Nantucket, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, their song Snow, writing, hanging out with my girlfriends, laughing so hard that I can’t breathe and almost pee my pants, my annual Christmas breakfast with Brighton and Jacey, making my friend Paul laugh in the middle of a meeting, shoes that actually fit, white t-shirts, cloving fruit whilst watching tv in the Fall, making photo albums on Snapfish, making my friends laugh, listening to people, making people listen to me, the movie Goodfellas, catching Old School on cable, when my daughter says “I wuv you”, growing my nails long enough to polish them, getting pedicures, getting facials, getting massages, being tan, snow cones, the North End, wrapping presents for people I care about at Christmas, mashed potatoes, sheer curtains in the summer, long black out curtains for bedroom so it looks like I’m in a cave, the color pink, the color red, the color sage, gold hoops, opals, diamonds, my pearl bracelet, classic wedges, taking a killer picture of my kids, sharks, stingrays, horseshoe crabs, working at a job where I might actually be helping to contribute the greater good of mankind, Survivor, 30 Rock, Modern Family, Parks and Rec, Big Bang Theory, Justin Timberlake when he guest stars on SNL…

Pomegranates, plums and peaches, pumpkin ravioli, Harrah’s Steak House in Vegas where I had a steak that I could cut with a fork, downtown Boston, Castle Island, the Swan Boats, the Trinity Church, the Holy Cathedral where I got married and baptized both kids, street meat, Harvard Square, the love seat my friend gave me like 10 years ago that is beat to sh!t but is so f*cking comfortable I can’t let it go, the drugs I got after my c-section (Dilaudid, nice), cooking for my family, Can’t Stop by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, when my husband rubs my head when I have a migraine and I’ve taken meds so I’m all warm and fuzzy, lemon Italian ice, diving to the bottom of a pool and then just staying there in the fetal position as long as my lungs allow, Otto’s Pizza in Coolidge Corner, cupcakes, the rain, the thunder, the lightning, Cathay Pacific (Cathay Pathetic) chinese food, the view of the city from the State Room, Brattle Street, the park on the Cambridge Common with all the sand for the kids, smell of the Harvard Coop, my discount at the Coop, being able to be a blonde or a brunette, sunglasses, that my hair is legitimately long now, David Bromstead on HGTV, going for walks after dinner with my family, that I have a family of my own…

Day dreaming, looking at houses online in Malibu, Nantucket and Brookline, nice pajamas, when I get my sister in the Christmas grab, my daughter’s name, my son’s name, riding the Green line to Reservoir and the trolley is randomly empty, when I used to ride the Red line and didn’t have to care if it was Ashmont or Braintree cause I lived at JFK, everything Dominick Dunne, John Irving, and Carl Hiassen have ever written, cheese! Historical novels, Game of Thrones (show and books), how my daughter says “you nasty” after someone burps without even allowing them the opportunity to say excuse me, when the cat litter has been taken care of, freshly laundered clothes, a nice work outfit, a good tweet from Jenny Johnson where she says something nasty to Kim Kardashian, the YouTube video of the panda baby sneezing, how Liz Lemon is always talking bout food (“I already have a drink, could I have mozzarella sticks?”), how Alec Baldwin is pretty awesome, the time my husband and I got bumped to first class on our way to Vegas (that sets a vacation up real nice), getting cheap groceries at Market Basket and then it turns out they carry my all time favorite ice cream: Heavenly Hash!

Lobster, drawn butter, low lighting, candlelight, firelight and the Northern Lights, earrings and necklaces and funky rings and pretty scarves, spending an hour (or 3) in the Christmas Tree Shop, getting my eyebrows waxed, when my friend Jo does my hair, when someone announces a pregnancy, brand new babies, Lilly Pulitzer dresses, shells collected on the beach on the Cape or in Florida, the thought of my kids’ faces when we tell them they’re going to Disney World in about 5-6 years, raw oysters, sand dollars and starfish, that I quit smoking cold turkey like a f’*cking badass, my allergy nurse Carol who is the kindest person of the planet, my books; all of my books, the OPI color Miami Beet, that I used baseballs and had my friends and family “autograph” them instead of a traditional guest book at my wedding, that those balls belonged to Dick Radatz and in some small way I could honor him, that the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and that I have a tattoo with the date and the exact time that Doug Mientkiewicz caught the final out from Foulke and that I even had someone in the Red Sox organization confirm the time, blankets, my comforter, throwing out my alarm clock and waking up to an alarm on my phone that’s a woman cheerfully singing “good morning, good morning!”, when my son wants huggie, meatball subs, eggplant rollatini from Dolce Vita, clam chowder, ice skating, gymnastics and swimming in the Olympics, shirtless Channing Tatum, Tom Selleck’s mustache, the movie Lucas…I think I’ve made my point.  So what did I finally settle on?

Now remember, this was  very, very, VERY hard…here it is, my five favorite things in life:

5. The feel and smell of my pillow and my sheets. They are crisp and clean and never less than 600 thread count. I love my bed.

4. Settling into my couch with a book that has me entranced.  Preferably in the mid-afternoon on a lazy Saturday when it’s cold out and I have nowhere to be.

3. An ice cold can of Pepsi, a large tuna sub from Chuck’s and a bag of Sour Cream and Onion potato chips.

2. Wearing a white or cream colored sweater on the beach, in the summer, preferably around sunset after a long day of frolicking.

1. U2.

Think up your own 5 favorite things. You’ll find that life isn’t so annoying after all.

2 Responses to “These are a Few of My Favorite Things”

  1. Brighton says:

    Great (and highly entertaining) writing! LOVE this more than I could ever describe!!!

  2. Leigh says:

    Thanks for Dad’s shout out…awesome piece..and ditto big time on #3…xoxo

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