Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Awesome List (31 Days, Day 9)

Click here for Table of Contents for 31 Days of Awesome

I love lists.

They spark memories, make me hunt down old photos, take new ones, and dream.  I have so many notebooks full of ideas, "list your life" books -- all sorts of things like that.  So today's list is just a few awesome things I've found -- some sweet, some hilarious, all pretty darned wonderful, in my opinion.


The Awesome List

1.  Doing the unexpected.  Wouldn't it be fun if you could get your group of co-workers to spend one day entering every door in this way?  Work should be fun.  Unless you work at a law firm.  Then this might be frowned upon as you enter the court room.

Hooray for 80's videos!

2.  Cool cars.  Zack has gotten me all worked up about cars since he was little.  This car, which I would have given my eye teeth for when I saw it the other night on a Las Vegas auction floor on TV, about killed me because if I still had my old job, I could have bought it. Insured it, probably not, but no roof, no worries.

What's your dream car?


3.  This photo of Zack in the midst of water polo/catch/smash the ball as hard as you can at your friends.

When have you had this much fun in the water?  Time to change that!

4.  Playing games.  We are indeed a game-playing family.  We own every single edition of Trivial Pursuit (other than the specialized ones like Disney, etc), but nothing quite beats Zack and I playing Monopoly Deal.  That stinker skunks me nine times out of ten.  I LOVE his laugh when he wins. 

When's the last time you played a game?

5.  Random cool collections.  This is one little portion of my office bookshelf.  A vintage blue Mason jar, an upcycled Mason jar, two handmade boxes (one containing all the charms I collected during a Charm Swap group I once belonged to), a cream extractor (say what? you say) that goes with the massive collection of old milk bottles I own, a pink cinnamon spice box (because yep, it was pink), my grandmother's box of pins and thimbles in a pastilles box, an aspirin tin from who knows when, and two faux blue bird eggs.  Oh yes, the silver box.  That used to hold Dean & Deluca spices, but now it holds my personal button collection, the REALLY cool things I don't want to lose.

What do you collect?

6.  And last but not least BOOKS.  OMG.  Books books books.  Old, new, autographed, creased up, on a Kindle, I don't care.  I love books, as you can see if you click that link!  I read between 70 to 100 a year and I only read at night before bed. I'm so glad I'm teaching my son to love them, too. Rick loves books as well, but he listens to audio books, something I just can't manage.  I have to SEE the words, not hear them, to really comprehend what's going on.

What's your favorite book?

Part of my library.  And there are bookshelves in almost every room in the house.
This goes wall to wall, floor to nearly ceiling.

I hope you enjoyed the list, and it got you thinking!

Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.


  1. When I was growing up, we spent a lot of time at the pool. When my dad was growing up, his family spent all kinds of time at the lake. Neither of us had been swimming in a while. Recently, my parents moved into a condo with a pool they didn't think they would use. My dad and I ended up having a great time this summer swimming together!

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  3. I really enjoyed the list but especially bookshelves that goes wall to wall. I hope ı will have books and bookshelves like yours in the future in my house. I already have a bookcase and a lot of books but not so many. I am reading your blogs because ı don't wan't to forget reading and understanding your language. It not may be good enough but ı'm trying to do my best:) Love from Turkey.

  4. Your post sure did get me thinking. What a classy car. My husband and I restored and customized classic cars for more than 20 years so know old cars more intimately than most.
    I can tell that Zack is having a great time in the water. I really enjoy swimming but it has been a few years since I have gone. Uhm, maybe that would be a good way to get back to exercising.
    I played games often with my boys when they were young but they are grown now. I do still play cards weekly.
    Other than beads I collect English Bulldog pieces, pink glass, and antique photos of people.
    I too love books and I read every night. My favorite is "Dimensional Bead Embroidery" by Jamie Cloud Eakin. I go back to it again and again. Sometimes just to see her beautiful pieces, sometimes as inspiration, and sometimes for techniques.

  5. Dream car: 1950 Jaguar XK120 roadster - open air 2 seater with wooden dashboard. It's top speed of 120 mph was the fastest car in the world at that time. The first time they were ever entered in a race, they came in 1st and 2nd place.

    Pool fun: my dad's twin brother use to have a massive birthday pool party in has back yard every summer for all of us with summer birthdays. That's a really big group in my family. We'd BBQ or have a 6 foot sub. A cake for the boys, and one for the girls. and presents for everyone! Fond memories. I think I need to talk to my brother about resuming this tradition for the next generation.

    Favorite books:
    classic: Jane Eyre
    adventure: Fantom Tollbooth
    drama: Lightning by Dean Koontz

    Collections: Vintage luggage, Kimonos, and Kokeshi dolls

  6. Anonymous6:25 AM

    Lists! Love them. I think I even have a list of my lists! Spotting a restored classic car will send me hustling across a parking lot to peer inside and guess at what is under the hood. And books! who could live without them? I carry a book in my purse so I am never without one. I read any time any place.

  7. I belong to a reading, game & outdoors playing generation, unlike most kids these days, sadly. You read a lot, I'm impressed. I don't collect anything but cherish things like old tins and boxes my mother used to her last days and use them for my supplies, too :)

  8. It is an awesome list! And fun to look at. We don't have many doors to go through at work other than elevators though I guess that might work :)

  9. I never learned to swim and am very fearful of water. Cars...I LOVE them all! Games are not my favorite and Mr. C never plays any of them. I used to love Scrabble. I do enjoy reading...especially in Winter when the days are short and dark. As for collections...oh yes I do have a few. Mice since I was about 2 yrs old. I am enjoying your 31 days and must get caught up since we were gone again. Creative Writing Bliss Dear...

  10. This was a very interesting post. I really enjoyed it. My favorite book; I'd have to say "The Awakening by Kate Chopin."

  11. I love reading in bed. I just bought a new bedside lamp at Target. The cord on the old one came apart. (I'm surprised--but happy--I didn't set the house on fire!) I will want to get it repaired eventually, but a week without being able to read in bed was enough!

  12. 1. To spring out of bed at dawn every day to see the sunrise... Hard when you're a night owl :)
    2. I don't like cars, but my Renault Clio is pretty cool. Just the other day I reversed it into a lamp-post and got away without a scratch (I must add, this is a one-off. The hitting-lamp-post bit I mean).
    3. This summer, watching my dog, husband and mum messing about in the sea. Technically I wasn't in the water, but it was fun!
    4. During the same holiday I played Scrabble with my mum. Hmmm, I shall gloss over the details, suffice it to say that she has a competitive streak I was previously unaware of ;) I continue to play, but on my own on my ipad, which isn't quite the same...
    5. Beads, indulgently; nature "finds" such as cones, beach stones and shells which I want to use but somehow never do; bits of pretty fabric, ditto; other stuff like boxes and safety pins, in case they "come in handy".
    6. I wish I read more. My favourite books are Pride and Prejudice, and my books on Mindfulness.

  13. You have the gift of putting collections together in a pleasing way. I wish I had that bump. We have been living in our house for four years and still haven't hung my pictures.


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