Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Another Silly Celebration

A little more than a year ago, I wrote a very similar post to this one. It was so much fun that I thought I'd do it again.

I am the kind of girl who gets weepy at Hallmark commercials and emotionally involved in things that don't matter very much. I really, really get excited to hear some one's good news. I feel sympathy pains when someone gets hurt or sick. I am usually the first person my friends come to when they get a new car because they know I'll be thrilled for them and demand a ride as soon as possible. I think the word for what I am is ENTHUSIASTIC.

Today is an example of the silly things I get excited about. Did you know today's date is 09-09-09? Seriously, how cool is that? And so, in honor of the day and of being excited over the little things, I offer you this post.

Nine Lists of Nine
all lists in no particular order

Nine easy treats to make a tough day a little better
  • slowly eating a Snickers ice cream bar
  • finding a personal letter in the mail
  • slurping Sonic coke with extra ice
  • calling your mom on the drive home from work
  • having your best friend call just to check on you
  • Chinese take out and a movie
  • curling up with a great book
  • a long, long hug from someone you love
  • going to bed early

Nine comfort foods for when you need to bring out the big guns
  • homemade mashed potatoes and gravy
  • hot rolls with too much butter
  • homemade biscuits with too much butter and strawberry jam
  • warm, chewy chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven
  • cornbread and chili for supper
  • grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup
  • a big bowl of macaroni and cheese
  • chicken enchilada casserole piled high with sour cream
  • saltines slathered with mayo and topped with slices of sharp cheddar cheese (Yes, I really do eat this, but only when I'm really down.)

Nine songs for when you're feeling blue

Nine things you should do at least once in your life
  • sky dive
  • skinny dip
  • write a fan letter
  • perform for a crowd
  • see your favorite band live
  • send flowers for no good reason
  • mentor someone who needs you
  • laugh till coke squirts out your nose
  • take a moonlight ride in a horse-drawn carriage

Nine things to do every day
  • sing
  • pray
  • read
  • dance
  • give thanks
  • smile at strangers
  • drink lots of water
  • laugh, a lot, a whole lot
  • hug at least three people

Nine wonderful newish-to-me blogs

Nine things on my to do list
  • print student's pictures and get them hung on the classroom door
  • catch up on my thank you notes
  • paint and hang my inspiration board for the Sparkle Room
  • make a great apple cobbler for Jeffrey
  • read my camera manual
  • get a new pedicure
  • spend my iTunes giftcard
  • have another craft day with Sloane
  • make my next Alphabetica post

Nine things on my To Buy list

Nine things to be grateful for
  • music
  • Jeffrey & Sloane
  • my cozy, comfy bed
  • that hard days always end
  • that every day is a new beginning
  • my job; even when its hard, it's mine
  • that PMS is not an every day occurrence
  • that you can't stay grumpy when you dance and sing
  • that I can always count on laughter, love, and gratitude

Happy 09.Day to you.

The photos above are from Other Things and Leo Reynolds.


Marilyn Miller said...

Great lists. I especially liked the one of 9 things you should do at least once in your life. I thought one of mine was riding in a hot air balloon, but now I think I would rather go plane gliding and feel the air move. I wish I had know about skateboarding when I was young and agile, I would have loved skateboarding too.

An Open Heart said...

What a lovely list of lists! And a perfect way to enlist the magic and energy of the perfect #9!


Gigi said...

You completely rock my world. I was getting all teary-eyed reading your post, and then I got to your list of blogs and just burst out into full-blown, grab the tissues and hit the decks crying. I'm so honored to be included. Your place is one I always love to visit. How blessed I am to have found you. Just know if we met we'd hang out, eat biscuits with butter and jam, laugh till Coke came out our noses, cry at mushy commercials, and have an amazing time. Big hugs to you, Relyn.
xo Gigi

Kim Living Life said...

oh my goodnss the what a scrummy food list I want to eat one of everything. Going to listen to the music now, how badly do we need fantastic enthusiastic people like you around every day!!! Happy 09 09 09

Derrick said...

Hi Relyn,

There's no doubt that having music, favourite food and the people we love around us, plus doing the odd crazy thing helps to make our day!

robin bird said...

absolutely none of these things surprise me, all of them delight me and maybe i will try all that big gun comfort food this next week. enthusiastic might have been your middle name if your parents had had a clue what wonders you were going to bring to the world!

much, much love xo

Debbie said...

Now that is just excellent and thought provoking. If I can get my thoughts in gear early in the morning.

smith kaich jones said...

Oh my, ma'am. I was worried when I didn't see a post from you yesterday morning or afternoon, when no wonder! These are the best, although I am under orders to never call my mother on my way home from work because she just knows that I will have an accident if I am on my cell in the car. :) Wonderful songs! And I have done 6 of the 9 things you say one should do at least once in one's life, and I have recently discovered some of the same blogs as you, and thank you! for being behind in your thank you notes, because I am always behind in the same, and I always feel quite bad about it, and now I feel I am in good company.

Thank you for a wonderful way to begin my day!!

:) Debi

beth said...

I just want to come and spend a weekend with you laughing and dancing and eating until we're exhausted and then we'll watch a movie....K ?

Connie said...

Love this...your lists always make me happy...although I will probably never skydive :)

Elle Bee said...

Hot rolls with too much butter. I think you really hit the nail on the head there! And I really do adore that container at The Container Store.

spread your wings said...

yes i think enthusiastic is the perfect word for you. you seem to live life to the very fullest in everything you do. i love every one of your list - they always delight me
i really can't wait until springtime when we get to meet. : )

Jeanne said...

I love all your posts
I love you

Someone's Mom said...

I love your lists. We could totally have a girls misery eating fest (well, except for the crackers and mayo). My go to song is Pink's "Get The Party Started" as it always makes me want to get up and dance. Once again, you have me thinking and smiling.

PixieDust said...

I was nodding my head to each one - they're wonderful! (well, actually I giggled when I saw my blog mentioned - sweet you!)

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!


Heart2Heart said...


I found your heartwarming blog from Daily Pleasures and hopped on over here to make it a permanent stay. I love your 9 lists and would have to say most of your comfort foods are mine too!

Hope you come by for a visit soon and become part of my family. Looking forward to getting to know you more!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Maithri said...

You fill me up...

With warmth, positivity and the candle light of love,

How do I thank you?

All my love, Maithri

susanna said...

Great list here, Relyn. I'm all for home comfort foods right now and that cool container is just the thing to take with me to the grocery store. How did you ever find it? And the Jane Austin Book Club is on my must watch list. Must add that to Netflix... And I laughed when I read #7 on your Nine things to be grateful for - hah! Oh that god it isn't! ;p

Gayle said...

Relyn, your lists made me smile! Thank you for leading me to Viva La Vida! You are so right, what a great video to watch!

anna said...

What an awesome set of lists! Very inspiring. : )

Lubna said...

Hi Relyn,
My former boss just called to check on me. She was really worried. Made me feel good. I will come back and check on the list in detail and savour the songs later. BTW, this should make you smile, the book collection drive has gone well - so don't worry Relyn.

Anonymous said...

yay for lists!
these are all so great. loving your comfort foods... and clapping in agreement to the pms one.

Grace said...

just love, love your Nine lists of nine that I shared the link on my FB page, I hope you don't mind.
I like the home comfort foods list, Mine would be any pasta with tomato sauce, meat Lasagna, Spinach with garlic and lemon juice, yum, birthday cake, for any day dessert, buttermilk pancakes with blueberry syrup,dill potatoe salad,tortilla chips and salsa(love to crunch), roast chicken, and caramel,chococlate swirl vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles. Also like your subject-Alphabetica.

Delena said...


Thanks so much for helping me today with the signature question. If I ever had a blog camp I would love you to come. Your blog is my daily read!

Jessica said...

Your lists are great--- I do love that list of comfort foods as well as things you should do every day. It really appeals to my 'listing nature'

Jeanie said...

I have had many smiles reading this post. I also need to add a few of these to my list! Great graphic, too!

Jaime said...

9 things I love about you...

1. Your love for life.
2. The gentle and insightful way you teach...your students and us!
3. You know what the important things in life are, and you exude gratitude.
4. Sometimes I can see you dancing and singing all the way from here.
5. You glow...and the light that comes from you touches everyone like a sunbeam.
6. You are one of the best list makers I have ever known ;)
7. You are as real and as genuine as they come.
8. You comfort me in ways no one else can.
9. You are so so BEAUTIFUL! Inside and out and all around and around and around.

studio wellspring said...

love this post. thanks so much for all the wisdom & bliss you share!

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