Nicole and I figured that we give thanks to God for the obvious things every year—God’s love, family, friends, food, oxygen, air conditioning, board games, etc. you get it. The essentials. So why not give thanks for the random little things that few remember or think about?
That’s what we’re doing this thanksgiving. So here we go:
- Water bottles on the nightstand: We live in the dry heights of Colorado. It’s a cracked and barren land. We need liquid—especially at night. Otherwise we’ll awaken with parched lips and dried boogers. It’s the greatest thing to wake up in the middle of the night—you can’t even feel your tongue, the moisture’s gone—and that water bottle is right next to you. You take a sip and the liquid washes over your mouth, cooling and rejuvenating the dried abyss.
- Chipped marbles!: When a marble is chipped, it rolls down some of the funnel pieces a bit faster on the race course we’ve constructed (I’m referring to my Marble Works Set by Discovery Toys). The imperfections allow the marble to reach the finish line faster. (Kind of like how God uses our imperfections to further his kingdom.)
- Card sleeves: Investments need to be taken care of, sure—but what’s the real draw with card sleeves? It’s got to be the feeling of slipping that sleeve onto your beloved card. It just feels so…right. Every ounce of my perfectionism is satisfied. A place for everything, you know? Plus, it looks shiny and neat.
- New yogurt: Ever bought a fresh container of yogurt, popped open the lid, pulled off the plastic film—and just gazed at the smooth surface. Unbroken, pristine. White as snow on a January morning. Then your spoon plunges into the surface, breaking up bits of cream. Delicious.
- Living within walking distance of our favorite Pho restaurant: In fact, we’re in good walking distance of pretty much everything. This location is great. We love being able to walk to get our local Vietnamese pho…and then deciding to drive anyway. (It’s the thought that counts.)
- Top 10 lists: Aren’t they wonderful to read? We don’t know the psychology behind it—but seeing the best or worst of everything is oddly relaxing. Plus, it helps you get to know random people.
- Bubble wrap: Bubbas! They pop and make noise when you jump on them! And you can press them with your thumbs to relieve stress…it’s basically fireworks without hazards. Nicole’s family has a tradition of popping bubble wrap every New Year’s Day. Seems legit.
- Video game music remakes: So many talented artists have devoted countless hours to honing their skills, perfecting each note with the discipline of a trapeze artist. Why? So they can replay their favorite video game tune on YouTube. Excellent. We applaud this use of talent and keep a playlist of our favorites on our account. But seriously, it’s some of the best music we’ve ever heard. Check it out.
- Little toys you can fiddle with: Some of us like to fiddle with stuff as we work (I use a hands-free dictation program). Having random doodads to play with is great. From screaming goats to Majora’s Mask figurines, plastic grapes and broken fidget spinners, Bluetooth devices and thumb drives…I love to fidget. There’s a world of things to mess with on my desk.
- Freshly vacuumed carpets: The lines that evidence fresh vacuuming are immaculate. You can just feel the cleanness. It makes you want to dance and twirl. (But then you’d mess up the lines.) A fresh vacuuming is like a spring rain—but instead of flowers, you have vacuuming lines.
- Bathrobes (OK…one more!): Often, the line between pure natural glory and comfort is thin. Too thin for open-window apartments to accept. Bathrobes save us from disgrace and provide us with warmth.
So there you go! Random things we love about life. What about you?
-Ian & Nicole