Good morrow, friends!
Today I will be participating in the “My Favourite Things” Tag, which I was tagged for by the remarkable Chelsea, whom I thank muchly.
On principle I feel as if I should not be doing this tag, because it has the word “favourite” in it, and I tend to have an aversion to the word. But in this case I am going to waive that point. The discussion of favourite things in general is much easier than picking a favourite thing.
As you have no doubt deduced from the extremely straightforward title, basically I will be listing some of my favourite things (the magic number is seven, apparently). I will also be picturing these things. I will also be telling you the rules, in case you would like to join this tag as well.
- Link back to and thank the person who tagged you
- Link back to and thank the blogger who began the tag (thank you, Beth!)
- List and picture seven of your favourite things.
- Tag at least seven people (or as many as you can).
- Use the picture above (at Beth’s request).
- List the seven rules.
Okay, now on to the good stuff.
1. Animal Crackers
DO YOU SEE IT, IT IS A BEAR.
We used to get these when I was a wee child and I LOVED them. I still love them, in fact. But I haven’t seen one in a bear shaped container for ages. I found that very magical apparently. I mean, it is pretty cool. No other animal crackers are quite the same. This isn’t supposed to be a commercial, but yeah, I am unreasonably attached to this particular snack.
Pencils are my life. I like the idea of pens, especially really cool fountain pens or quill pens, but when it comes to actually writing, pencils are my best friends. They allow for the fact that I will make mistakes. And they are beautiful- in there own humble sort of way. Simple, number two pencils, painted yellow wood with soft pink erasers. You might just think ho-hum school supplies but I love these things.
3. Peanuts (comics)
I love Linus. He is very near and dear to my heart. So is Charlie Brown, of course, but Linus is almost even more special if that’s actually possible.
Pianos are pretty spectacular. I mean, I’m not all that great at actually playing them, but I like to mess around on them, and also they look really cool. There are the decrepit old ones with chipping keys that seem like they should belong in an abandoned opera house somewhere in Paris, and then there are the stellar new ones that are shiny and glorious and feel like playing clouds. All the kinds have their own magic. Have you ever played a grand piano with the lid up? It’s amazing.
5. Old Photographs
There is something beautifully mysterious about old photographs. I mean, there are a lot of photographs in general that seem to have a story behind them, but for some reason I get that feeling the most strongly when I see an old photograph. It’s like somehow the story is more untouchable because all the people in it are probably dead by now. I get this awesome mysterious vibe when I see a lot of old photographs, because I won’t ever know the full story. Just this one moment captured in black and white.
Look, guys, these are actual newsies and each one of them has a story. Who were these kids? I get so excited about this, good grief.
6. Old Books
Some people freak out about the latest shiny hardcover. I freak out about that dusty leather bound volume that probably smells a little musty. Old books are so freakin’ cool. My grandparents have these old Charles Dickens books and I love how you can actually feel the type. It bumps off the page. It’s like reading in 3D! Okay, not really, but I think it’s pretty great. The problem with old books is that the older they get the less comprehensible they become. Like…I don’t actually know how to read Latin. But they look really amazing! I would love to see a handwritten book someday, from before the printing press was invented.
Or, more specifically, my panda family that I have slowly accumulated over the past few years from my sisters and cousin. Quite honestly it all started when I read Son of Neptune (which ironically I didn’t like all that much) and Percy had this panda pillow pet. Somehow that made a great impression on me, and my sisters, being very kind and sensitive, took notice of this. Hence, they bought me a panda pillow pet (pictured above). I named him Sydney Darnay, (which is a combination of two wonderful Dickens characters who bear a striking physical resemblance to one another). I won’t burden you with the history of the others, but I will point out H. Arpad Laszlo because you might not notice him otherwise.
He is one of the newest additions to the family, and I love him very much.
Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and remember the things that we love. These are all little things that make my life that much better. I am very grateful for them all!
Thanks again to Chelsea for the tag!
Speaking of which, I am supposed to tag people as well.
I hereby tag:
Grace @ Somewhat Reserved
mphtheatregirl @ Meg’s Magical Musings
Annie Xia @ Zoelogist
F.C. Tait @ Of Enchantment and Escape
Justice @ Justice and Writeousness
Jess @ The Artful Author
The Temperamental Writer @ allthingstrivialandinsignificant
Tell me some of the things you geek out about.
What are some little things that fill you with excitement? Did you have a favourite snack as a wee child? Do you prefer pens or pencils? Are you as eager about education as Linus is? Do you play any musical instruments? Do you prefer new or old books? Do you have a favourite stuffed animal? Tell me of your favourite things!