These are a few of my favorite things
* Laughing so hard I can't breathe, so much that it gives me one of those "my brain's been deprived of oxygen for too long and now I have a little bit of a dizzy headache" kind of headaches.
* The way my hair looks sometimes at the end of the day, which I have tried and tried to duplicate during the day to no avail.
* The hours of 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
* Sitting on the bathroom counter with my feet in the sink, listening to the radio, while I'm getting ready in the morning.
* Talking to myself.
* Other people telling me they like talking to me, too.
* Dangly earrings.
* Sitting on my couch, leaning against two or three cushions stacked on one end with my feet propped up on the other end, under my fuzzy green blanket. I will never, ever, ever throw away that couch. EVER.
* My delicious vanilla candle that makes my apartment smell like cookies.
* Getting one of my magazines in the mail, especially one of the ones that comes on a random day (today was InStyle day! yay!)
* Finding live or acoustic versions of songs I already like.
* Making a real CD instead of just a playlist on iTunes. Which is what I did the other day. The songs on it ...
-Chocolate, Snow Patrol (live). One of my favorite songs ever. I love the drums and then the first line: "This could be the very moment I'm aware I'm alive."
-Hands Open, Snow Patrol. Another opening line I love: "It's hard to argue when you won't stop making sense." Also, inexplicably, I love the line that starts: "Put Sufjan Stevens on ..." I have no idea why.
-Sweetness, Jimmy Eat World (live). Not my favorite Jimmy Eat World song, but it is soooo fun when they play it at concerts.
-Black Balloon, Goo Goo Dolls (live). I like the instrumental part in between the first two verses, and then when he's like, "A thousand other boys could never reach you, how could I have been the one?"
-Where Does the Good Go, Tegan and Sara (live). I have listened to the original only a billion times, so it was time to switch it up.
-Lazy Eye, Silversun Pickups. OK, I don't think it is possible to really like this song unless you see the video. It's about completely, COMPLETELY liking someone, but trying to play it cool (you're watching them the entire time, but out of the corner of your eye ... hence the lazy eye). I don't usually like yell-y parts in songs, but I like this one: "I said I relate. I said we relate. It's so fun to relate." You know how sometimes you can be talking to someone and you're like, "Oh, my gosh, ME TOO!" I think those are some of the very best moments in life. It IS so fun to relate!
-Good Things, Bodeans (live). When I hear this song, I picture two people in the very beginnings of liking each other and ... I don't know. It's just cute. No games, no trying to be something else ... just, I like you. This is a good thing. WE could be a good thing.
-Omaha, Counting Crows (live). Kind of like the Jimmy Eat World one ... it's not my favorite of theirs, but it's one of their best live songs. This song is mentioned in a book I like, and it's described as one of those songs that's kind of melancholy and upbeat at the same time, which I think is a perfect description.
-Good Enough, Crosby Loggins. This is in honor of my friend, who watched Rock the Cradle religiously and loves him.
-Come on, Get Higher, Matt Nathanson. I like listening to it on airplanes while I look out the window. Random, I know, but I do.
-Swing Life Away, Rise Against. It's one of those songs I forget about a lot and then I hear it and I'm like, oh, yeah, I like that song.
-After Tonight, Justin Nozuka. I went through a stretch where I would be up really late and have VH1 on in the background, and this song ALWAYS came on at the same time and then I would have it stuck in my head. So I downloaded it to get it unstuck.
-Last Request, Paolo Nutini. I was working late last week, and once everyone was gone I turned up some music and this song came on. I sort of just had this moment where I sat there in the quiet, dark office, listening to this song, and ... I don't know. It just hit me, in a very poignant way.
-Different, Acceptance (live). Love the song, needed a new version.
-Babylon, David Gray (live). I love this line and the way he sings it: "If you want it, come and get it." It also reminds me of this scene from Friday Night Lights, quite possibly my most favorite FNL scene ever.
-Real Love, Regina Spektor (live). A cover of the Beatles song. So sweet, simple and romantic: "Seems that all I was really doing was waiting for you."
-The Heart of the Matter, India Arie. Another cover. I think this is such a great song ... like, for some reason, I really hear the lyrics in this version as opposed to the original, and they're just so pretty. Good job, Don Henley.
And finally ... my little blog turned two years old last week, and I am constantly amazed by all of the smart, funny, nice people who come to say hi and read what I have to say. You are all definitely among my favorite things, and thank you so, so much for that. To celebrate, tell me one of your favorite things and I'll pick a winner on Monday, who will get a copy of that CD (see? there WAS a point to the song rundown!) along with a few of my other favorite things. (NOT my couch. It's mine, and it's too big anyway. But some other fun stuff.)
Have a good weekend, everyone!