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My Favorite Things

It’s that time of year when some of our favorite people (Hi Ellen! Hi Oprah!) are doing their favorite things lists and giveaways. So, I figured I’d share a list of some of my favorite things, too. It’s going to be a totally weird, random collection of things I love, or find useful, or have heard great things about and want to try. They are in no particular order and I’d love to hear if you have any thoughts or feelings about any of the things…

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived

This is probably my all-time favorite book. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read it, but now that I think about it, it’s been a while and it’s time for a re-read. The Christmas after I read it for the first time, it’s all I gave as gifts for Christmas…to everyone. It’s a true story based on the amazing relationship between an elephant and man that were born on the same day and grew up together becoming inseparable companions on their travels around the world. It has loyalty, friendship, spirituality, and high adventure that spans several decades. It will make you laugh. And cry. It’s good, y’all, and I highly, highly recommend it.


The perfect warm weather clothes for your feet. I’m the person that takes my shoes off as soon as I get home, if not in the car on the way home. Actually, I keep a pair in the car so I can put them on after work for the drive home. I just don’t like shoes, really, and flip-flops keep the bottoms of my feetsies clean while letting them get all the fresh air.


There will never be a shark movie as good as, or better than, Jaws. It’s just not possible. I’ve seen them all and so far not a single one even comes close. If you don’t know the story of the making of it, I recommend watching that, too. You’ll appreciate this great film even more after learning what a nightmare it was to make.

Lonesome Dove

This is another one of my favorite books, and the made-for-TV mini-series is pretty darn good, too. The TV series follows the book very closely which is always a nice surprise when you’re the type that likes to read the book before seeing the movie/show. It’s full of colorful characters, adventure, romance…it’s got everything. And, it’s part of a series of books that are all just as good. Larry McMurtry is a fantastic writer.


Do I need to say anything?

Leon Bridges

Sticking with music for a minute, if you haven’t heard of Leon Bridges you should definitely check him out. He really came onto the scene in 2014 when he was signed by Columbia Records after playing open-mics in and around Fort Worth, TX. He’s only 30 years old now but writes and performs 50s & 60s style soul music, and he looks the vintage part, too. If you have a chance to see him live, do it. He puts on a great show.

Soft-close drawers and doors and toilet seats

Seriously. The house I rent just got a full renovation and the owners put soft-close hinges on everything. It’s awesome. Except if you’re mad at someone and want to slam the cabinet door shut. Then it’s a little disappointing. I like to keep the toilet lid down and now it doesn’t slam, just slowly lowers after bumping it lightly with one finger. So fancy.


Santa Fe is my home, but I was raised in Texas and Tex-Mex food is probably the thing I miss the most about living there. Chicken enchiladas with sour cream sauce equal heaven. But the one thing I would eat everyday if I could is queso. A few restaurants around New Mexico have it, but it’s not a regular thing like it is in Texas. If I could eat only one thing for every meal for the rest of my life it would be chips, salsa and queso and it wouldn’t be hard for me to do at all.

The New Mexico Sky

Just come see it. It’s the most beautiful sky you will probably ever see, and one of the main reasons I live here.

Instant Pot

Ok, here’s where I need some help. Everyone loves their Instapot. I have one that I’ve never used. Is it as great as everyone says? Give me some tips, tricks, and recipes please!!

Ok, that’s all I can think of for now. What are some of your favorite things??

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