Just because, why not? It is healthy to focus on the positive and the lovely, especially during times of change, upheaval and boxes.
And before we begin I should quickly say that the list below, comes of course after the following:
Handsome, Trooper, Princess, Marks and Spencer’s, Sushi, my iphone and London taxis.
1. Getting lost in a sensual, evocative film and wishing it could never end. I love the movies so much it is quite an obsession, so much so that I have always told new parents that in my mind it is the only notable sacrifice to having children. Babies will impinge on that bi-weekly movie habit. When I was a teenager I remember taping Bunuel’s Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie onto a VHS tape and storing it safely in a box so I could always have it near. Thereafter I started my Truffaut habit and it just moved on from there. In another life I would be studying film.
It is extremely beautiful and makes me wondrously happy everyday. I shouldn’t have, because it was simply too extravagant for words, but I am so glad I did. My handbag fetish is now appeased and quietened for sometime, this is because I was hunting and finally found perfection.
3 .The sea.
Looking at it, smelling it, walking beside it, swimming in it. It is the place I am happiest.
4 .Shoe shopping. Shoes make me very jolly, and you don’t need to worry about fitting into them. Luckily for my bank balance there is no shoe shopping in Kampala. Scary for my bank balance is that Bahrain has many a yummy shoe shop. But my dreamiest shoe shop is in Montreal; it is called Scarpa and is in Westmount. I am day dreaming about it now, even that makes me happy.
5. A hike in the woods. I am not a fan of exercise but a good walk outdoors somewhere very pretty and wild makes me very happy.
6. Teaching Shakespeare or an obscure but wonderful poem and the class just gets it, Bingo. Makes me happy every time.
7. Taking a near perfect photograph. It doesn’t happen very often but it does give the best sense of achievement. Looking at a great photograph taken by someone else gives me the same thrill.
8. The National Gallery, London.
How lucky was I to have compulsory scheduled Art History lectures in the National Gallery? And I still love walking through those hallowed halls. You could say it is as close as possible to a church, for me.
9. The post meal conversation. Picture the scene. Great friends sitting together, the meal is over, the wine glasses still full. The cigarettes are lit and the candles low yet flickering. The night is deep and slow and there is no reason the get up early the next day. The moment is still and perfect. Memories are being made.
10. Princess and Trooper are happily busy with friends, or horses or any such fun. The house is ours, quiet and alone and rare.
Thanks to Belgian Waffle for the excellent idea.