Lately, I've been Wendy Whiner. As an antidote to that, I'm starting a list of things I like a lot. To be fair, I'm doing it alphabetically. Here's A-M:
Austen, Jane - I've always loved her writing, but I haven't read her for a while and I picked up Mansfield Park again recently as I was between books and was delighted all over again.
Bioluminescence - fireflies are always cool, but my favorite is marine bioluminescence where the water lights up when you move it or waves lit by millions of tiny, glowing swimmers. There's a place in Puerto Rico that has the highest concentration of bioluminescence in the world. You can kayak out into it at night and then swim. When you dip a paddle into the water, the water lights up. It's fantastic.
Charcuterie - because bacon, sausage, ham & pate are delicious.
Disinter - it's a wonderful word for digging something up. This could also have been defenestrate, which is a lovely word for throwing something (including oneself) out a window.
8tracks.com - and the iPhone app. My new favorite way to listen to music.
Forensic Files - my favorite TV show with new DVDs available. If there was a way I could be a forensic analyst without having to take science classes (at which I am crap) I would spend my days doing something in this field. Probably forensic graphology or serology, but pathology is also fascinating.
Gastronomy - everyone knows by now how much I love food.
Happy Hour - self-explanatory.
I'd Know You Anywhere - a quite well-written book by Laura Lippman. It's creepy and thought provoking in all the best ways.
Jollity - both the word itself and what it means.
Killing, The - the series on AMC. I know it's based on a Danish show which many people say is superior, but this show stands by itself. I'll try to get a hold of the Danish show when I can, but for now, I'm totally satisfied.
Lovers - my new favorite band. Not to be confused with The Lovers. This music is relaxing and upbeat at the same time. It's multi-purpose music. You could run to it, or sleep to it. Check it out.
Mashed potatoes - again, not explanations necessary.