A few of my favorite things...


For starters, it's November already. I gotta be honest, time has flown! The time has come around again for us hit the supermarkets and hunt down a chicken big enough to pass for a turkey. People are beginning to dream of Thanksgiving Dinner... Mashed Potatoes...LOTS of SALTED butter...

And even though every day of every year is a day to be thankful; the month of November happens to emphasize gratitude. So today, I thought it fitting to tell all of you about some of my favorite things; or rather the things that make me happy.

First and Foremost: Jesus makes me ecstatic! I love it when his people are on fire for him!

Second: Have you ever had one of my sister's cupcakes? If you haven't, I'm sorry but, you haven't lived! They are so good... I could seriously talk about them all day...

Third: I love cold season here in Dakar. You know why?

A) I don't sweat, literally ever...

B) It's windy.

Wind makes me so happy!!! Ugh, I love the wind. I love feeling it run through my hair, I love how it makes the leaves in the trees blow, I love how it makes the birds sing, I love how it gives teachers an excuse to open the windows... I just LOVE the wind.

Fourth: I love bubbles. I don't know why. I think I find them interesting to watch, like I get mesmerized or something...But I don't really like the sudsy feeling they leave behind.

Fifth: I love a really cold diet coke.

Sixth: I LOVE the smell of clean laundry!!! There's just something about it, it makes me smile.

Seventh: I love big hoodies. Not because of fashion...But because big hoodies are super comfortable. Buy me a big hoodie and I'll be your friend forever. No joke.

Eighth: I'll really love you if you buy me chocolate. But it has to be either Reese's or PB M&M's...

Ninth: I love Mashed Potatoes. Like, I've licked the pot before...

Tenth: I like to collect things. Mostly hoodies, stuffed animals, and sea glass. Each piece has a story...

Eleventh: It makes me happy when I find a song with clean lyrics that has a really good beat to it. I will not get it out of my head. I promise you, once I hear a song and I like it; it's not coming out. Go look up "Shotgun" by George Ezra. You're welcome!

Twelveth: I love grading. Grading people's papers is super entertaining to me. I kid you not, time stands still...Until the lyrics to a good song pop into my head; and then there's no turning back. It turns into a full out jam session.

Thirteenth: I love Dakar rain. It's different from rain anywhere else. There's something in the rain here. It makes everyone really happy; and that makes me happy.

Fourteenth: I enjoy a good lightning storm; the kind where the sky is super dark until "BOOM!" flash of light RIGHT THERE...

Fifteenth: I love writing...

Sixteenth: Take me to a car wash; you won't be able to get rid of me... Those things are SO COOL!!

Seventeenth: I love to laugh. If you can make me laugh, you're cool. (But you're cool either way cause I'm cool like that...)