This is fortuitous timing, because I've discovered a whole subculture of people who are crazy addicted to an ordinary thing that brings me joy, and I'm definitely intrigued about this. So that thing is going to be number one on my list:
1. Planners/organizers - I love ways to keep myself organized, and with all the stuff going on in my life, a good planner is a must. I'm one of those folks who migrated to electronic calendars and came right back to paper. I love it. I've had Day Timers, At A Glance, and I'm now on to Moleskine. But I have to ask, if you have a planner/organizer you like, what is it?
2. Closely related to the first thing item on the list are journals. I'm a Moleskine journal person now after years of using composition books, and I've also got random miscellaneous journals in everything from nice journal books to steno pads. I also have a one line a day journal that I am currently in my fourth year of keeping. I don't know why I write in them. At some point, I'm going to have to burn them all so people don't read them after I'm dead.
3. Iced tea. Life without it might possibly not be worth living. I don't really want to know what life without iced tea is like.
4. A gorgeous sunrise. They are all gorgeous, but in New England we go for days if not weeks when we don't really see the sun rise. In other parts of the world, they are even more gorgeous because you can see more of the sky. Here's a Colorado sunrise from last month:
5. Sunset also has to be on the list, especially a summer sunset with a cold bottle of beer.
6. The smell of fall in New England.
7. My kids are now old enough to feed themselves and the dogs if I fall asleep. Sometimes I'm just so tired that I fall asleep after I get home from work. Knowing that the kids will be fine brings me a peace of mind that can't be beat.
8. That Geico commercial with the free range chicken. I love the chicken having an adventure. When this commercial comes on in our house, everything stops so we can watch it.
9. Days when I get my 10,000 steps. With a desk job and a long commute, I don't walk as much as I would like. I'm trying to rework my sleep schedule so that I can get those 10,000 steps in every day, both because it makes me feel good to achieve a goal and because the physical and mental benefits of doing that walking are fantastic.
10. The feel of sand beneath my toes. I love walking on the beach. . . if only I lived a little closer so I could do that more regularly.
I didn't mention anything having to do with my family, my pets, knitting, yoga, or books. That's because those are a combination of extraordinary and too easy to put on a list like this. I wanted to challenge myself a tiny bit.