I have a lengthy series of Things I Hate. It’s on part 20 now. This is only part 2 of Things I Like. Apparently, I hate a lot more than I like. Anyway, I’m continuing with the like:

1. I like being tall. I’m 5’9″. Last night, I was walking down an aisle in the grocery store and a petite lady asked if I could reach the thing on the top shelf for her. She said she’d been standing there for ten minutes waiting for someone tall to walk by. I like wearing heels to make myself even taller, too. Male is 6’5″ and likes to remind me that I’m only tall for a girl, still I enjoy towering over people.

2. I like my dog. It’s really quite ridiculous how much I like my dog. I like my cat, too, but cats are different. My cat doesn’t nearly knock me over when I get home because he’s so happy to see me. My dog does. She makes me happy. It’s really hard to be grumpy or depressed when she’s around. I love my damn dog.

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It’s really hard not to.

3. I love when my ipod, Mae, plays exactly what I want to hear when I don’t have a clue what I want to hear myself. Mae will occasionally put together a playlist that I couldn’t have thought up in a million years like the best DJ ever.

3. I love getting random text messages from people who I don’t talk to all the time. I have a friend who lives in Boston. Every now and again, I’ll get a text message from him in the middle of the night (Boston time). Sometimes, he even sends pictures. Every time I get one of these, it makes me smile. It’s nice when people you don’t see all the time think about you.

4. I like hearing a new song and immediately knowing it’s going to be a favorite. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes, you hear something and you love it from the very first note. The same goes for books.

5. I like putting on an article of clothing I haven’t worn in a long time and finding something in the pocket. It’s a mini-mystery. A parking stub from Brooklyn. When was I in Brooklyn? And then the details come flooding back… or they don’t. Either way, it reminds you that even your clothing has history. The best is finding money. Wooo! $20!

6. I like when I’m hungry and don’t feel like cooking, and I remember that there are leftovers in the fridge. For example, I was just thinking about what to have for dinner tonight and I remembered that there is a perfect little Filet Mignon leftover from when Male and I grilled up steaks last night. Mmmmm.

7. I like taking my shoes off when I get home. I might have to put them back on again at some point, but dammit, they are off now. It’s my little “screw you” to the fact that I have to wear shoes all day. Boooo to shoes.

8. I like being outside. I live in southern California, so I get to be outside almost year round. We have a covered patio so I can even be out there in the rain. That’s where I can usually be found on weekends and weeknights. I feel claustrophobic now whenever it’s too hot or too cold to sit outside. I’m spoiled.

9. I love playing Mahjong on my phone. Actually, it’s more like I’m obsessed with playing Mahjong on my phone. I don’t mean that sissy solitaire game that seems to prevail, but the real deal, the four-player Chinese version:

The best game ever.

The best game ever.

Fortunately, I’m not playing with real money or it could lead to real trouble.

10. I love hats. Just look at how many different kinds of hats there are! I mostly wear a trilby, a short-brimmed Fedora like Mr. Frank Sinatra is sporting here…

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or snap caps (a.k.a. bunnet, jeff, newsy, ivy, scally, driver’s, flat caps, et cetera.), which look a little like Mr. Brad Pitt’s chapeau…

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but I love ladies hats. I want to bring back ladies hats. The flashier, the better. Like Marlene Dietrich…

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Or Claire Trevor…

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Or Barbara Stanwyck…

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Or Bette Davis…

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Or Grace Kelly…

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Now those are some hats. Feathers, veils and brims for days. I want those back. Ladies, let’s all go out and buy fancy hats.

More: Part Three.