A Journal Prompt - One Hundred Thing to Rejoice About

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"One Hundred Things to Rejoice About" - A Journal Prompt

I want to dedicate an entry to rejoicing--from the littlest things to the big, happy things--the reasons why we keep going, even when it's hard. (Things have been hard, lately.)

100 Things to Rejoice About:
  1. The smell of just-about-to-rain: apparently doesn't occur in places without humidity. My 4, 8 and 8 year old cousins in San Fran had never smelled just-about-to-rain until they came to visit two and a half weeks ago
  2. Popham Beach
  3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  4. The Portland Museum of Art
  5. Chris Cornell
  6. The 50% off clearance sale at Old Navy (especially because I get another 20% off of that)
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  8. Wine from Spain
  9. Very Sexy Bras from Vickies
  10. My dog Daisy
  11. Tetris
  12. Matt Damon: even though he's cheesy, he's still not as cheesy as Ben Affleck and much hotter
  13. The Boston Public Garden and Boston Common
  14. Martinis from the top of the Eastland
  15. Snood
  16. Snorkeling in Bermuda
  17. On Point with Tom Ashbrook: many thanks especially to Hilary for her production efforts
  18. The Museum of Fine Arts
  19. Flip flops
  20. Colin Firth
  21. The tropical fish of the Caribbean
  22. Swimming pools
  23. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  24. Going to the Maine oceanside with people from the Midwest: like being an ambassador to the beach. "That's a Razor Clam. That's a mussel shell. They're delicious. Like chicken, only better."
  25. Buddhism
  26. 30 Rock: It's on right now. Every time I see it, I just think "Oh sh*t, is this show funny!"
  27. Butterflies
  28. Cook's on Orr's Island
  29. The lovely array of flat shoes they're designing these days
  30. Super strong magnets: I bought three from Red Dragon for Cecilia's Fourth Birthday Magical Box of Things. They're magic. When you put one in the palm of your hand and then stick the other two under your hand at the same polarities, it flips the magnet over in your hand. Like magic. Cecilia and I were impressed with our magicalness.
  31. Speaking of magic, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is next on the list
  32. The fact that every turn on the roads of Maine yields a pretty view.
  33. The 1989 black Caprice Classic I saw in Dorchester today that was awesome on its own (mint condition) but was awesomer because it had a UMaine Black Bear Maine license plate.
  34. The architecture of Lewiston Maine's old buildings
  35. Flamingos
  36. All My Children
  37. Especially Erika Kane's flawless face due to innumerable injections of Botox
  38. My cat, Oliver: Sir Oliver the Lilshed Crookshanks Milo Madden the III, Esquire (see the very bottom of this blog for a photo of his best work as a lilshed)
  39. Sleeping Beauty
  40. Modern interpretative dance performed by a charmingly precocious 4 year old whilst singing "Once Upon a Dream" for a quarter from her mom: best show I've seen in years
  41. One Life to Live
  42. David Ortiz's smile
  43. The fact that David Ortiz, a native Spanish speaker from the Dominican Republic, is easier to understand than Mayor Menino of Boston in those anti-violence PSAs aired on NESN.
  44. Microbrews, particularly Gritty's
  45. The color fuschia
  46. Sushi, especially spicy tuna
  47. Marden's and its snappy, straightforward slogan: "I shoulda bought it when I saw it at Mardens!"
  48. Lobster claws
  49. Cracking open a lobster claw and getting the white stuff splattered all over your hair, face, glasses and even getting a bit of a pearl necklace, lobster-style
  50. Irish jokes
  51. Soap Net
  52. Fresh Air with Terry Gross
  53. All shades of purple
  54. Ikea (I almost forgot that one!)
  55. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  56. Bart and Greg's
  57. Little Homeys and other tiny toys that amuse people of all ages: when I taught "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Odyssey", classes met every other days so I had to revive their memories of what we'd studied the class before. I did it in three minutes at the beginning of class with "Little Homey Theatre." I took my little pencil case box of Little Homeys and other tiny toys with mermaids, animals, figurines, etc. and recreated the plot lines from the last class. It was fun. Plus, they remembered.
  58. The way the British spell theatre.
  59. Grasshopper cocktails
  60. Sundried tomatoes
  61. Invigorating walks
  62. Starbuck's Iced Orange Mocha
  63. Mountain views
  64. Glimpses of Fenway Park while in bumper to bumper Mass Pike traffic
  65. Chocolate chip cookies
  66. Stonecoast
  67. The Isabella Stuart Gardiner Museum
  68. Napa Valley
  69. Drag Queens
  70. Brain candy books: especially Bridget Jones but also Georgia Nicholson, Princess Mia, and Stephanie Plum, oh and Captain Underpants and Encyclopedia Brown
  71. Digital cameras, iPods, Razrs and other little gadgets that are fun
  72. Ben Harper
  73. Playing beer dye
  74. UMaine men's hockey games at the Alfond
  75. Fresh snow
  76. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  77. Bachelorette Parties
  78. Roses
  79. Daisies
  80. The University of Maine, Orono
  81. Harold and Maude
  82. Playing with make up
  83. Microbrews: Shipyard
  84. Gabe Kapler's body. Shaaaaa-looooom!
  85. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  86. Sam Adams
  87. Fenway
  88. The Red Sox
  89. General Hospital
  90. Harry Potter, the series, completing itself in 25 hours and 44 minutes from now
  91. NPR
  92. Tori Amos
  93. engagements
  94. weddings
  95. babies being born
  96. Shakespeare
  97. The Golden Rule
  98. poetry
  99. friends
  100. family