Laila's List

flannel (for sleeping)

cashmere (for all other activities)

electricity

friends’ houses I can walk to

being able to walk to one of the largest lakes in the world and seeing the coastline of another country

a well-stocked freezer and pantry

backyard vegetable garden

the sabres-especially afinogenov, miller, pominville, numminen, drury and briere.  and also I love that lindy ruff.

instant messaging

gratifying employment

discovering good, live music in buffalo

graduating

having business cards

french press coffee

i’m especially happy the eighties are back in because I love legwarmers.

having friends and family to visit all over the country

savoring the prospect of being an auntie

pictures of my gorgeous, pregnant sister

brown rice sushi

out of town guests

stained glass

watching (other peoples’!) babies grow up

finding friends you thought were gone from your life

rediscovering my single self

Book: Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama

Movie:  I can’t remember the last time I saw a movie.  That’s sad.  But I have two movie tickets if anyone wants to go on a movie date with me.

CD: My New Orleans classic CD.  Ernie K-Doe, Cheeky Blakk, Ballzack, Rebirth, Dr. John.  Fantastic!

Meal:  The dinner Victor cooked for me out of the cookbook from Nika.  And also, my tamarind glazed lamb.

Danika's 2006 list

dry and/or sunny fall days
a complication-free pregnancy
my body and its amazing abilities to change and accommodate new life
organic/hormone-free milk
port-o-potties (aka Honey Buckets/Johnny on the Spots) that have toilet paper and hand sanitizer
road trips, especially with a good companion
Brown Cow cream on top yogurt
good greens (kale, chard, spinach, etc.)
hand me downs
peanut butter
people who still send birthday cards
a job with good vacation time (3 weeks in my 1st year)
an office with windows and a view
free weekend minutes on my cell phone plan
living in an area with tremendous options for childbirth (i.e. midwives, birth centers, doulas)
snowboarding, which gives me a reason to like precipitation!
pedicures
ultrasounds and Dopplers
zappos.com
buses that are on time and not too crowded
people that give up their seat on the bus
blogs that enable me to keep up with friends who live far away
slippers, robes, hats, gloves, scarves and other things that keep me warm
National Parks
hiking trails that aren’t too crowded
people who yield on hiking trails
traditions
being upgraded (in hotels, on flights, etc.)
Besalu and its perfect, buttery, French pastries
living within walking distance of the video store, post office, bank, grocery store, coffee shops, restaurants and the movie theater
Essential Bakery’s Rosemary Diamante bread
my book club

Best meal: Mar Plata, Puerto Vallarta Mexico
Best movie: I can’t think of a single one…I’ll come back with one
Best book: “My year of meats” by Ruth Ozeki
Best cd: Alexi Murdoch

zaynab's List

patience

my partner, Wadud

the beautiful blessing of friendships, new and old

discovering, after all these years, that my old blockages and painful hangups can be resolved by just feeling the feelings I was too afraid to feel when they first came up

the poem, Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

having enough to take care of my needs and to share with others

the elections

spending time with my parents

taking the next step

the lawncare crew that raked the leaves this year

yoga

waking up in the morning and knowing I am happy

looking forward to my sons coming home for Thanksgiving next week

love,

zaynab

Karima's 2006 List

utilities and people who share theirs when you have none (e.g. Greg)
saws and people who know how to use them (e.g my next door neighbor)

all the noble folks who worked so hard to bring us LIGHT and HEAT

food in the larder, money in the bank

clotheslines

clothespins (such brave little household attendants)

babies!

ancestors that gave me a strong footing

people that NOTICE

polite people
all my daily fumbles (that keep me humble)

minor adjustments that change everything

finding stuff I thought was lost

the public library

digital cameras

pockets

writing/receiving real old-fashioned letters (e.g. Sandra)

being cooked for, and quite majestically (Greg)

leftovers (extending the savor)

the rustle of the unexpected

And to all my Dear Ones who are as gorgeous as eggplants, as vigorous as morning glory tendrils and have hearts as big as hubbards.

A tall sunflower nod to you all. May your seeds spread far and wide.

KarimaDee

Yearly favorites:

Book(s)

Fiction: Heartbeat by Sharon Creech

Nonfiction: The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher
Short Story Collection: The Last Lovely City by Alice Adams

Movie(s)

The Big Sleep

Little Miss Sunshine

Going to the Italian Film Festival with Greg, Laila, Tessa, John and Cynde and seeing and loving, once again, Moonstruck.

Meal

@Au Pied de Cochon (Montreal)

CD 

Soundtrack from the movie Transamerica

Saying(s)

“You can’t patch every hole.”

~Grandma Gullo

“If you let things go, what you get is gone.”

~John Lloyd

Tessa's List

people that hold the door open for you

a week with no tests or papers due

a good ballet class

the ability to travel

Coming home and sleeping with my puppy….good source of heat!

Places that have little coffee shops (somehting I miss about buffalo. There is nothing at Geneseo. bleh)

Ginger Chocolates!

having my favorite foods when I come home

Good smells

people who wash your dish just because

flat ground… I always thought hills were nice until I had to walk up them at 9 in the morning

Fall: I love stepping on crunchy leaves!

The new Science building at geneseo:amazing!

having plants on my windowsill

Seeing people outside when it’s nice out!

Nice days! when it’s not rainy, sun and rainbows are very nice things to see

YouTube, i watch ballet videos obsessively

My laptop! helps me keep in touch, and lowers the seemingly endless amount of time I spend in the library.

My Bio lab group; very effective and reliable people

Fun lab equiptment! I heart centerfuging!

Unamerican cuisine, anything from home, just good food in general! (can you tell im a little sick of cafeteria food?)

I know this is against the rules but I believe this year it is really necessary for me to say that out of all things I am thankful for my family. I have the best support system there is, and I truely think I hit the jackpot when i was born…

hrmm favorite book and movie

book: this is a bit hard seeing as i haven’t been reading much besides my text books and let me tell you that is not my favorite…i guess ill have to go with the book that I have not finished ..in fact i am only on page 10 so i can’t really tell you how wonderful it is. Mountains Beyond Mountains…by Tracey Kidder very interesting!

oh and also The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman: another great read not novely but something interesting

movies: Little Miss Sunshine

and The Departed

Favorite quotes:

“There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.”

Thomas Jefferson

well this is my horoscope I just thought that it was quite nice for me at the time:

Climbing Mt. Everest bored the renowned mountanier Alex Lowe, even when he did it solo without any supplemental oxygen. “Everest held none of the riddles he deligted in solving on remote wallls and unnamed ice smears,” wrote Outside Magazine. “He preferred places that offered serious consequences’ and little in the way of record book glory” One of Lowe’s colleagues added “It was astonishing what Alex was able to do. And do alone, without bragging,” Lowe hismelf once said ” The best climber is the one who had the most fun.” I reccomend his attiude for you right now capricorn. Go after the accomplishments that make your heart sing rather that those that make your ego swell.

Rob Brezny of Artvoice

Gems from the past

Here are a few gems from previous years:

curtains billowing in the breeze
~Cynde/2002
having been taught the names of mountains
~Molly Sturdevant/2003
an “extra ” bathroom
~Irene Pakel /2001
the way the pool slides off you after a good shave and taper
~Paula/2001
safe landings and fufilling trips.
~Lyn Corder/2001
the sound of water rushing down a street sewer
~Gene Yates /2001
the sound of a paddle dipping in water
~another good one from Gene
the ability to make people laugh
~Craig/2002
the ability to remember where I’ve been
~Coree/2002
a man on his knees…on a ladder…in the yard…you get the picture.
~Paula Ryan/2002
momentary misperceptions that make familiar objects strange
~Zaynab/2002
sitting on the porch at night
~Cricket/2002
wedded bliss (tee hee)
~Danika/2003
people who don’t play Christmas music before Thanksgiving!
~Tessa/2003
mail from friends.
~Sandra/2000
people that give directions in English
~Laila/1998
people who give you a brake in traffic.
~Grandpa Bondi/1999
dreams to attain.
~Tony Maligno/1999
goretex
~Gordon/2003
to be traveling in the opposite direction of the traffic jam.
~Karima/1998
the chuckle of little ones.
~Aunt Mae Zanghi/2003
shovelled sidewalks.
~Cory Muldoon/1996
kisses that start out wanting to know…
~John Haupt/2003
for friends as unpretentious as cabbages.
~Mirek Piskacek/2002