This Friday is my birthday, and I thought I would commemorate it with some profound, some sentimental, and some plain joys of life from my first 23 years of existence. Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 for the complete list!
19.) Singing in the shower – my current line-up includes “The Wizard and I” from Wicked, “The Sweet Bride” by Kate Rusby, “On My Own” from Les Miserables, and “The Log-Driver’s Waltz,” a Canadian folk song. My volume is probably greater than my skill, but there it is. Other favourites that get rotated in: “Popular” from Wicked, “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid, “Take Me, Baby, or Leave Me” from Rent, “Funny Honey” from Chicago, and “The River Driver” by Great Big Sea.
20.) Swearing – sorry, Mom. There really is nothing like a well-placed swear word in life or literature to offer catharsis/add gravity/make me laugh. For an example that achieves all of the above, I give you Colin Nissan’s “A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Tiny Fucking Ship Inside a Tiny Fucking Bottle.”
21.) Chris’ mechanical keyboard – As a writer, my laptop really need only have a keyboard, Microsoft Word, and Internet access for me to be happy. Chris is a photographer and a gamer, which means his computer setup is way, way pimped out compared to my 13” MacBook. I don’t need two monitors, or a huge tower with video cards and memory and a whole bunch of other stuff I won’t pretend to understand, but I do love his mechanical keyboard. It makes a punchy little click with every stroke, somewhere between a typewriter and a modern keyboard. Typing on that thing feels like an effort, an accomplishment, and it is so, so satisfying.
22.) The colour red – isn’t it obvious?
23.) Breaking crème brûlée with a spoon.
24.) My book stamp – When I was first starting my reading career as a tiny lass, my Auntie Jennifer gave me a stamp to use in my tiny book collection. With Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, it was just perfect for my childhood books, and it is still perfect now. Every single one of my books is stamped, my name and the date written in. I cherish this little gift as one of my prized possessions, and its mark makes all my books a little bit more precious to me.