In honor of this Mama reaching one of her milestones, I felt like I might just compile a random, but hopefully useful, list of a few of my favorite things. Why not, right? This list is, by no means, complete or comprehensive. It is also in no particular order.
2. The Strand bookstore on Broadway at 12th Street. Yes, I've linked to their web site, and it certainly is useful. They have just about everything--new, used, rare--often well below list price. But what I love about the Strand and their "18 miles of books" is the smell. And the creak of the old wood floors. And the 15' ceilings. And the slightly disorganized atmosphere of it; "though it be madness, there is method in't." Wax poetic about Kindle all you want, nothing will replace the written, printed, slightly musty word for this Mama.
3. Every single thing from Fragonard. Even their shopping bags. And when I get to Paris, I never miss a stop in their St. Germain-des-pres shop.
4. NPR. But you knew that already.
5. Music. Music, music, music. "If music be the food of love, play on!" I cannot live without it and, it seems, neither can my little one. All genres, all kinds, all sounds--as long as it is good. Looking for some music yourself? Let your search take you beyond iTunes: Said the Gramophone is an eclectic, unexpected stew of musical tastes, complete with reviews and listening capabilities. Pandora is a free, experimental internet radio of sorts, allowing you to create your own radio station and, hopefully, introducing you to all sorts of music you've never heard before but will probably like.
6. Art. Many kinds. And especially sharing it with my little one. Past art posts. Also, the Met for Kids is a great art resource for Mamas.
7. Photo booths. Who doesn't love these things?
8. The New York Times crossword. The more you do, the better you get. Such a great way to spend nap time on Sunday afternoons.
9. Summertime, every last little warm and sunny minute of it. The food, the clothes, the endless sunlight. It's just around the corner, right? Previous summer posts, to whet the appetite.
10. Number 10 is actually 2 items. I love a clean, uncluttered house, and I enjoy being helpful. To accomplish both, I like to clean out things: toy chests, book shelves, closets and then, I drive my extras over to my nearby Goodwill, local library or shelter. Or, sometimes, I'll just pass on what we're no longer using to friends or family. Nothing like a closet you can find your way around without shoving.