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List #9 – Weird Things That Make Me Cry

Wow, these lists are getting depressing. I hope we have an uplifting prompt soon. Until then, here are some weird things that make me cry (and you can leave it to me to be weird about it):

  • TV shows — Bones, Castle, Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time … you name one of the shows I watch regularly, I’ve cried at least once. I’ve even teared up on shows I don’t watch consistently (Glee, Criminal Minds, How I Met Your Mother).
  • Books — I love a book that so strongly affected you that just thinking of the title makes you a little emotional just thinking of the title. Like, A Prayer for Owen Meany or the last Harry Potter book.
  • Cards — If a Christmas or birthday card has a sentimental note, I melt. That may not seem weird, but it seriously doesn’t take much.
  • Cars — Well, certain cars I tend to associate with certain people, so I get a little sniffly when I see those cars.
  • Songs — Just like with cars, I associate music with people. When those songs come up on my Spotify playlist, I get a little teary-eyed, especially if I haven’t seen that friend in a while.

Happy … the Mixtape

For a better part of a year now, I’ve been driving a car from the 90s. While I’m very thankful to have a vehicle to get me from one place to another, there are select features that I wouldn’t be opposed to upgrading.

For instance, the tape deck.

Yes, I said it. The tape deck.

I haven’t listened to cassette tapes since we would take youth group road trips in high school, so that and the radio are all the music I have to listen to while driving. I miss being able to put a CD in, but I’ll take what I can get.

Enter the mixtapes made by my 17-year-old self.

I apologize to anyone I used to subject to the randomness of these things! Wow! There were some bad combinations of songs on those things.

One tape I do find amusing to still sing along to, however, is one I actually titled (a rarity back in those days). It was called “Happy”, probably because most of the songs just plain make me smile even if I’m having a rough day.

Here are some of the songs from that tape (but not all of them):

The only thing that makes me sad about these songs now is I wonder what ever happened to most of them.

And that it wasn’t until much later when I was introduced to the song “International Mystery Man” by The Lads.

Movies I Own & Movies I Wouldn’t Mind Owning

I only own about a half dozen DVDs. I’ve only purchased one of them. I know, I’m a rarity among Americans for that, but to the contrast, I own far too many COs by obscure musicians.

So, here are the DVDs I own:

  1. Mulan. It is a great Disney film with plenty of humorous lines and fun songs.
  2. Moulin Rouge. I love the music. (Sense a trend?)
  3. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, pt 1. Given to me by my brother, I suspect I’ll be watching it within the next month & a half.
  4. Willow Creek Association Leadership Summit 2008. I worked at the Summit during my internship & received the DVD for doing so.
  5. Batman: the Movie. How can you not laugh at that movie! It is ridiculous and from the 1960s.
  6. It’s a Wonderful Life. I bought it at a used book store.
  7. Bride & Prejudice. I inherited this one from a former roommate because it wouldn’t work on her DVD player.

On the other hand, there are only a couple movies I wouldn’t mind adding to that list:

  1. Anastasia. I love the songs in that movie. And the dialogue is hilarious, especially Bartok’s lines.
  2. RENT. I (once again) love the music. And Anthony Rapp.

Wonderful Day


I promise I won’t be posting a new list every day. It’s just that some days just seem significantly better than others. Today was one of those days, especially after having some discouraging news yesterday. Here are some (not all) of the reasons I like today:

– I made it to work on time this morning, something I’ve been struggling with lately. What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
– I received some major compliments on some graphics work I’d done.
– I was able to get something off my chest that was bothering me without the other person being too offended.
– I have an evening at home, not out running.
– A Jarritos pop for lunch.
– Cindy & I had a wonderful conversation today.
– A great playlist of music to listen to for the day.

What makes a day especially great for you?